Laboratory Workshops (Pre-K to Grade 2)

Put discovery in the hands of young scientists with activities that introduce and promote scientific thinking and reasoning. Young Scientist Lab Workshops are aligned with NJSLS-S and Universal Design, principles for curriculum development that gives all students equal opportunities to learn.

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Young Scientist Lab Workshops (45 minutes)

Cracking the Code

Discover the job of a computer programmer and the basics behind coding. Ask questions, make observations, and gather information to tell a story using the app Scratch Jr. in this hands-on introduction to coding.

NJSLS:S: Engineering Design K-2-ETS1-3

Shooting Hoops with Uncle Isaac

Want to shoot baskets like a pro? Engineer a catapult designed to push and pull your way toward this goal. Then analyze, compare, and test a friend’s design. There is always more than one possible solution to a problem!

NJSLS:S: Engineering Design K-2-ETS1-2, K-2-ETS1-3

Mr. Golden Sun

Explore the job of a meteorologist. Learn what happens to water as Mr. Golden Sun warms up Earth’s surface.

NJSLS:S: Energy: K-PS3-1

Natural World Around Me

Discover what animals need to grow and survive in this up-close animal encounter. Observe a variety of live animals, use your observations to describe patterns, and identify evidence that led to these discoveries. This workshop can be individualized to focus on, but is not limited to, the following topics: reptiles and amphibians, insects and arachnids, aquatic animals, pollinators, small mammals, and invertebrates vs. vertebrates.

NJSLS:S: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes: K-LS1-1

Natural World Around Me

Discover what animals need to grow and survive in this up-close animal encounter. Observe a variety of live animals, use your observations to describe patterns, and identify evidence that led to these discoveries. This workshop can be individualized to focus on, but is not limited to, the following topics: reptiles and amphibians, insects and arachnids, aquatic animals, pollinators, small mammals, and invertebrates vs. vertebrates.

NJSLS:S: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes: K-LS1-1

Light It Up!

Plan and conduct investigations using flashlights and light boxes to focus on what it means for objects to be transparent, opaque, translucent, or reflective.

NJSLS:S: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer: 1-PS4-3

Ready, Set, Robotics!

Aspiring computer scientists, get ready for a hands-on introduction to the world of robotics. Solve a series of challenges using mobile, responsive robots called Cubelets.

NJSLS:S: Matter and Its Interactions 2-PS1-3

What’s the Matter?

Explore the colorful world of chemistry with investigations that show how to describe and classify materials by their observable properties.

NJSLS:S: Matter and Its Interactions: 2-PS1-1, 2-PS1-4

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

Our planet is constantly being shaped by events that can happen very slowly over time, or quite suddenly. Using a model to represent land and bodies of water, students will simulate how glaciers and avalanches can change the shape of the land around us.

NJSLS:S: Earth’s Place in the Universe: 2-ESS1-1