6th-8th Grade

SMALLab (Learning Lab: In-House Only)

Fraction Lab MATH SOLs: 4.2, 4.3, 5.2

Students will review all things fractions and decimals. Fraction Lab is great as an introduction to the idea of fractions and decimals, or for reviewing these concepts. During Fraction Lab, students will explore fraction comparisons and equivalency by creating equivalent fractions and comparing fractions with similar and different denominators. Students can also use their knowledge of dividing fractions and place their answers in order from least to greatest or greatest to least. While playing a memory game students will match a fraction to its equivalent decimal.

Moon Lab: Moon Lab SCIENCE SOLs: 3.8a, 4.8

Students will learn why the Earth cannot survive without the Moon in this hands on collaborative lab. Students must identify the differences between waxing and waning cycles in order to successfully complete our memory board. Moon Lab is an interactive activity that uses images provided from NASA to introduce students to the phases of the moon or review the moon phases. Students are challenged to arrange the moon phases in order, starting with the New Moon. This activity includes eight images of the moon as well as the names of the lunar cycle to help students to have a full understanding of our moon’s phases.

Galaxy Lab SCIENCE SOLs: 4.7, 4.8

Planets in our solar system can be divided into two groups: inner planets and outer planets. These planets share many similarities, but also have unique characteristics. Galaxy Lab challenges students to correctly identify the similarities and differences between these two groups of planets. Using NASA images, students will be challenged to order the planets from the smallest to largest and from closest to furthest from the Sun. What would the solar system look like if we shrunk if down to 60ft long? Discover what makes each of the eight major planets in our solar system unique.


Mysteries of Flight

SOL: 6.6b; PS.10; PH.4; PH.5d, e (Interactive Demo)

How do airplanes and rockets fly? Put Bernoulli’s principle to the test and discover the four forces of flight! Work in teams to demonstrate Newton’s Third Law of Motion! What can flight teach us about keeping race cars on the road?


Space Freeze

SOL: 1.1; 2.1; 2.3 (Interactive Demo)

Why is liquid nitrogen so important to NASA? Explore the effects of extreme temperature change on the different phases of matter. Create a cloud in your classroom! Can we freeze air? Discover what happens when metals get just as cold as space!


Matter of Fact

SOL: 6.4 (Interactive Demo)

Explore how temperature affects the different phases of matter with liquid nitrogen! Learn the distinguishing properties of solids, liquids, and gases. What are the different parts of the atom? How can we identify different elements? View the Periodic Table of Elements. Study the difference between elements, compounds, and mixtures.


May the Force

SOL: 6.1c, d, e, f, i, j; 6.2a; PS.1m, n; PS.6 a, b PS.10a-d (Learning Lab)

There’s science in roller coasters?! Investigate the forces that are at work in our everyday lives. Discover Newton’s Laws of Motion while building a roller coaster! Learn all about gravity, potential and kinetic energy, and friction. Calculate the speed, force, work, and power your roller coaster creates.


Hands-on Learning Programs

Interactive curriculum-enhancing programs and demonstrations teach the basic principles of science, aviation, and space technology. Students are challenged to develop inquiry skills and use hands-on investigation to explore, experiment, and find solutions to scientific problems.