Life Science

We have Life Science program options that are appropriate for a range of grades from Pre-K-9th grade. The content and project for each program is tailored for your grade level. All classes can be conducted in both English and Spanish. To find out more or to book a program, click the inquire button below. Be sure to include in your email the date, time, and program you are interested in, as well as the location where you would like the program to take place.

 

Bats - Echolocation

Are bats blind? Enter the world of this unique nocturnal mammal. This hands-on program includes a slide presentation along with discussion of echolocation and the bat's special function in our ecosystem. Learn how bats locate their food using echolocation-simulation. Students make a "bat" project to take home.

NGSS Learning Standards: P-LS1-1, P-LS1-2, P-LS3-1; K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1; 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 1-LS3-1; 2-LS2-2

 

Forensic Archaeology

How much do your bones reveal about you? Classmates team up as Forensic Specialists in this challenging program. Using real human bones as props, teams are briefed about their mysterious discovery and challenged to examine the bones for clues. Specific facts about bones are presented and then the teams hypothesize about what the various aspects of the remains reveal about the person’s age, gender and their possible demise.

NGSS Learning Standards: 4-LS1-1; MS-LS4-2; Crosscutting Concept: Cause and Effect

 

Entomology - the world of insects

Students examine the world of insects, including life cycles, form and function with models, specimens and living creatures. Each child receives a live cricket and builds a habitat to nurture and observe his/her cricket. (Notify us upon registration if you prefer a class set of crickets or one for each student.)

NGSS Learning Standards: P-LS1-1, P-LS1-2; K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1; 1-LS3-1; 2-LS2-2; 3-LS4-3, 3-LS1-1; 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2

 

Botany - Leaves and Seeds

What’s so special about plants? Through hands-on exploration, students learn about plant and seed structure. Topics discussed include seed dispersal, germination, and photosynthesis. Students take home a germination project to nurture and record observations as it grows.

NGSS Learning Standards: P-LS1-1, P-LS1-2, P-LS3-1; K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1; 1-LS3-1; 2-LS2-1, 2-LS2-2; 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2; 4-LS1-1; 5-LS1-1

 

Forensic Anthropology

Students examine and compare a variety of real animal bones. Using calipers, they will measure each bone and create a bar chart to take home. Together they re-assemble a human skeleton model.

NGSS Learning Standards: 1-LS3-1; 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2; 4-LS1-1

 

Ecosystems - Choose from 3 themes

Rainforest Ecosystems: Take a journey through a tropical rainforest to discover this unique ecosystem and its effect on the world. Students will learn about forest layers, animals, plants and products using a variety of unusual and rare hands-on materials. A slide show of photos of the Amazon and Australian rainforests emphasize the importance of this resource.

River Ecosystems: Using water samples from a local river source, students assess water quality and discuss the negative effect of environmental factors on the river. Students learn about the plants and animals that make up a river environment and their interdependence. Students design food chains and food webs for greater clarity and understanding of the delicate ecosystem.

Forest Ecosystems: Students view slides, observe plant specimens and conduct a pH test on soil.  They discover the healthy role of fire in maintaining the local endangered forest ecosystem of the Pine Barrens as well as the role that the Pine Barrens plays in maintaining our aquifer.  This program features natural and social science topics with a specific emphasis on Long Island, its people and landscape.

NGSS Learning Standards: P-LS1-1, P-LS1-2; K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, 2-LS2-2, 2-LS4-1; 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 3-LS4-2, 3-ESS2-2; 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2; 5-LS1-1, 5-ESS3-1; MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5, MS-ESS3-4

 

Be a Microbiologist

Bacteria, viruses everywhere! Why do some of them make us sick? Learn how easily germs are spread. Follow the path of germs in your classroom using Glogerm and black lights. Fight the spread of germs by learning bacteria elimination techniques.  Students check their own hands under our “GermDetector.” A unique experience!

NGSS Learning Standards: 4-LS1-1; PreK-6 Standard 1 Personal Health and Fitness

 

Your Genetic Traits

Jump into genetics with a fascinating examination of common traits. Students take data, make comparisons, and discover how individuals are unique and similar at the same time. Experiments with tongue rolling, taste testing, and other genetic traits are explored.

NGSS Learning Standards: P-LS3-1; 1-LS3-1; 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2; MS-LS3-1, MS-LS4-5, MS-LS4-6

 

Your Senses

Students will touch, taste, listen, see and smell their way to discovering how all 5 senses are used to interpret the world around them. They learn how the senses are part of an interrelated system.

NGSS Learning Standards: P-LS1-2; 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2, MS-LS1-8