Hands-On Labs

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Want your students to get their hands on some real-world technology? Turn your library or multi-purpose room into a biology or GIS lab for a day! Programs are designed for students in grades K–6. Combine various topics as part of your microscope package.

Microscope Labs

Our staff provides a compound microscope for each student in a guided exploration of objects invisible to the naked eye.
Capacity: 30 students
Time required: 30 minutes
Fee: $200 includes set-up and four workshops; $50 for each additional workshop.
Four workshop/day minimum

Up Close With Everyday Objects
For students in kindergarten
Content themes: Motion, Energy, Engineering, Technology, History of Science & Technology
Look through magnifying glasses and microscopes to view items like fabrics, magazine pages, and feathers.

The World of Microscopes
For grades 1–2
Content themes: Motion, Energy, Engineering, Technology, History of Science & Technology
Make a water lens microscope. View various living and non-living specimens through a compound microscope.

Cells and Diversity
For grades 3–4
Content themes: Motion, Energy, Engineering, Technology, History of Science & Technology
What are cells and how do they differ? Make, view, and compare slides of plant and animal cells.

Life Under a Microscope
For grades 5–6
Content themes: Motion, Energy, Engineering, Technology, History of Science & Technology
Learn about microorganisms as seen through a microscope. View and draw living organisms.

GIS/GPS labs

Our staff provides a handheld GPS (Global Positioning System) unit for each pair of students in a guided outdoor Geocaching experience. Program is not available December–February.

Two workshop/day minimum
Capacity: 30 students
Time required: 1 hour
Fee: $300 includes set-up and two workshops; $100 for each additional workshop. Schools will need to provide 4 adults per lab to monitor outdoor portion.

Bone Collectors
For grades 3–4
Using Global Positioning System technology, students will locate caches (on school grounds) containing bones to complete and reassemble skeletons.

Celebrating Cells
For grades 5–6
Artifacts contained in caches, located with GPS units, will provide clues to the function or structure of cells. Some prior knowledge of cells is advisable.

DNA Disaster
For grades 7–8
Students will use GPS to locate caches with fragments of DNA in order to build a double-stranded DNA molecule that will prevent an unauthorized top-secret investigation from going wrong. Prior study of DNA base pairing is required.