Learning Labs that are available for traveling science outreach programs are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Kitchen Chemistry*
Can you think of a more fun way to learn about the properties of matter while practicing measurement skills than by mixing up a batch of oobleck? We’ll explore what chemistry is as well as different states and properties of matter. Then, we’ll learn about what happens when you combine different states. We’ll discuss non-Newtonian fluids, and demonstrate a chemical reaction you can try at home!

Natural Disasters*
Ever heard of Pangea? We’ll go back in time to learn about the moving plates that have shaped the continents we know today. We’ll learn what happens when plates move against each other, including earthquakes and volcano formation. We’ll see how earthquakes are measured, try our hand at using a homemade seismograph, and engineer earthquake-proof model houses.

Egg Drop
You can’t engineer an omelette without breaking a few eggs. Can you figure out the best design solution for a problem? Your students will compare a set of solutions and select the best one for the job, then implement their chosen design plan. Their challenge? Keep an egg safe when it lands on the ground after a 20-foot drop! With limited materials and time, they will need to select and build the best design to accomplish this fun challenge.

May the Force Be With You*
This IS the learning lab you seek! Learn about forces and motion and how Newton’s Laws of Motion work in the everyday world. Start with an investigation of the laws and engage in a series of challenges to apply each law. Can you roll a marble down a ramp and hit a target? Can you change its motion? How do scientists and engineers take advantage of the Laws of Motion to make deep space missions possible?

Adaptations and Ecosystems
Most of us can name our five senses, and what they allow us to do, but did you know that animals have some senses that humans don’t? We’ll discuss behavioral and structural adaptations throughout the life cycles of different organisms and learn about the needs of living things. We will also play a game to demonstrate how adaptations help plants and animals survive in their habitats to create a balanced ecosystem among living and non-living things.

Solar System Explorers
Let us take your students on a journey as they create a take-home model of our solar system. We’ll point out the coolest, hottest, and most surprising planetary landmarks along the way. Includes a free, out-of-this-world Science on a Sphere presentation!

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