Bring on the Noise
Explore how sound waves are created! Compare sound traveling through the different phases of matter. See a laser light show that explores the effects of change in frequency, pitch, and amplitude of sound vibrations. What does a compression wave look like? Investigate factors affecting pitch using different musical instruments!
What causes the sun to rise and set every day? Learn how the Earth’s four seasons are caused. Learn the difference between the geocentric model of old and the heliocentric model of today (and the philosophers and scientists that introduced each theory to us)! Classify the different phases of the Moon and discover how they occur through a hands-on activity!
SOL: 3.5; 3.10a; 4.4c; 4.5c
Learn all about the food web that keeps all of Earth’s ecosystems healthy! Explore the producers, consumers, and decomposers of different habitats! What can you learn from dissecting owl pellets? See what a mosquito’s nose looks like and discover why they want your blood! Determine why the world needs dung beetles. Do you dare to eat a grub?
SOL: 3.11a; 5.3
Explore light and the electromagnetic spectrum! How are light waves different from sound waves? Create your own rainbow! What makes an object transparent, translucent, or opaque? Study the difference between reflection and refraction, and find out how light can bend!
SOL: 3.5; 3.6; 3.9d-e; 3.10a; 4.5
Play a board game to explore the Earth’s different habitats! Why is photosynthesis so crucial to life? Discover how behavioral and physical adaptations help animals survive. With a terrarium, observe the interdependence of plants and animals.
SOL: Science 3.1, 4.1, 5.1; Math 3.14, 4.10, 4.11, 4.12, 5.11
How do we use the scientific method in our everyday lives? Learn about some of the world’s most famous scientists. Using scientific instruments, learn how we can measure density! Participate in a completely hands-on experiment!
SOL: 3.2; 4.2b-c
What are the six simple machines? How can they be combined to create compound machines? Identify the simple machines that we use every day. Discover how levers can help lift heavy objects!
Matter of Fact
Explore how temperature effect 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. Construct a model of a molecule!
SOL: Science 3.9d, 3.11, 4.8d; History 3.10
Take a trip to the future as we colonize the Moon! Compare and contrast surface conditions of the Moon and Earth! Determine what humans would need to sustain a lunar colony! Work in teams to build a model lunar colony!
Our Solar System
SOL: 4.7; 4.8
Using NASA images, identify the eight major planets in our solar system and discover what makes each one unique! Learn the difference between the geocentric model of old and the heliocentric model of today – and the philosophers and scientists that introduced each theory to us! What would the solar system look like if we shrunk if down to 60ft long?
There’s science in roller coasters?! Investigate the forces that are at work in our everyday lives. Learn all about gravity, potential and kinetic energy, and friction by building your own roller coaster!
Shake, Rattle, and Roll
SOL: 5.6a; 5.7
What are tectonic plates? Discover how earthquakes and volcanoes are created. View the globe without ocean waters to discover tectonic plate boundaries. What caused Hawaii to form? Determine the origins of the rock types!
Under the Weather
SOL: 3.9b; 4.6
Study cloud and storm formation! Learn how to use weather charts and various weather instruments to predict the weather from your own backyard! Do you know what the different weather symbols mean? Observe how the water cycle works!