We are excited to announce our new, progressive STEM and Environmental Science classroom programs. Our talented and qualified educators can visit 2nd-8th grade classrooms to share our specialized inquiry-based curriculum spanning life science, earth and space science, physical science, and engineering.
Through interactive lessons, students hone their observation skills to discover the structure and properties of matter and magnets. Using scientific inquiry, they test their hypotheses and distinguish between chemical and physical changes. They explore the benefits and challenges of energy sources and means of energy transfer, including sound, heat, and light. Students also collect and data to analyze the impact of force and mass on an object’s motion.
These lessons teach students about the Earth's place in a the larger solar system and the processes within the planet that affect the landscape. Students use a stream table to explore erosion and deposition; they predict future weather patterns; and analyze the availability of fresh water. With the use of models, students learn how the movements of the Earth, moon and sun affect various Earth cycles, such as the seasons and tides.
Students will engage in hands-on, experiential activities to explore concepts such as biodiversity, adaptations, and trophic cascades. Students will discover the various forms of life that exist in their own schoolyard. Analyzing the structure and needs of plants, they then create a "super plant" that can survive in a specific environment. Students will examine the complexities of natural systems and the impacts abiotic factors, such as forest fires or harsh winters, have on the biotic factors of an ecosystem.
These lessons focus on the engineering process, including solving a design problem within given criteria and constraints. Students evaluate the integrity of multiple design solutions, control variables, and conduct and analyze the results from different tests. From designing their own structures to examining the strengths and weaknesses of everyday objects, students engage in engineering lessons that foster collaboration and creativity.