Science Exploration Classes

 

Get the most out of your field trip experience with a Science Exploration Class designed just for students! Classes are available by grade level and provide a hands-on, interactive experience for students to put science to the test. Science Exploration Classes vary from 45 minutes to two hours and cost an additional $3-6/person (includes students, teachers, and adult chaperones). The 2018-2019 school year lineup of classes is listed below. 

Alligator 101: Adaptations

Grades K-2

Book your group for a 45-minute interactive presentation with our highly qualified educational staff. We will cover alligator classification, life cycle and habitat adaptations. This class can must have 20 minimum participants and can accommodate up to 60 participants.  ($3)   

Alligator 101 is available at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. 

 

Think, Plan, Build: Engineering 101

Grades 3-5

The Engineering Exploration Lab is where students grades 3-5 can explore aspects of engineering through hands-on activities designed to engage participants in the Engineering Design Process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve. Our Exploration Lab theme is "Think, Plan, Build: Engineering 101" which consists of 30 minutes for students to actively experience engineering first hand and 15 minutes of instruction from one of our highly-qualified educational staff. During this class, students will solve a structural engineering problem while experiencing real world challenges to complete their project. Students will work in teams, learn that engineering is all around them and that they are closer to being an engineer than they think!  ($3) 

Engineering 101 is available at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Class must have at least 20 participants (60 maximum participants).  

ROV: Underwater Robotics

Grades 6-12

Introduction to ROV

Design, build and test a small-scale ROV of your own design! This Lab will consist of 30 minutes for students to actively experience robotics first hand combined with 15 minutes of instruction from one of our highly-qualified educational staff. Students work in teams to gain a better understanding of robotics and how the US Navy and other organizations use ROVs to explore places humans cannot go. This class is limited to 50 participants. Due to the nature of this class, 1 actively participating chaperone per 10 students is required.  ($3)

Introduction to ROV is available at 9:45, 10:45 and 11:45 a.m. 

Underwater ROV Exploration

Explore underwater environment with an ROV you design, build, and then modify in order to complete challenges. This lab will be a one-hour lab that will challenge students to use the engineering process to modify and control an ROV to meet requirements of several tasks/missions. Students will work in teams in order to learn teamwork and project collaboration. This class will deepen understanding of the advanced uses of ROV’s in underwater exploration, scientific investigation, and salvage of environments that are not suitable for humans. This class gives an overview of the skills that are critical for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), scientists, oceanographers, and the U.S. Navy. This class is limited to 30 participants. Due to the nature of this class, 1 actively participating chaperone per 10 students is required.  ($3)

 

Underwater ROV is available at 9:30a.m., 10:45a.m., and 1:00 p.m.

Microbiology

Grades 6-12

How many organisms live in just a tiny drop of water? The diversity of life becomes self-evident in the microscopic worlds and has fascinated people since the first glances through the microscopes of Antoine van Leeuwenhoek. Discover a cellular world and explore questions of what is living and non-living and how microbes move, sense their surroundings and interact with the world around them. This class is limited to 30 participants.  ($3) 

Microbiology is available at 9:30, 10:45 and 1:00. 

Heart Dissection and Circulatory System

Grades 6-12

This lab provides an excellent overview of the circulatory system with an emphasis on the heart, the specialized pump of the sytem.  Students will participate in a sheep heart dissection, and learn about common diseases and defects of the circulatory system.  This class is limited to 30 participants.  ($6) 

Heart Dissection and Circulatory System Lab is available at 9:30, 10:45 and 1:00.

 

Labs on Demand

Grades 7-12 (advanced labs)

Fetal pig, frog or shark (dogfish)...These labs will be two-hour dissection labs of the chosen specimen. Students will work in groups of two. Emphasis will be on anatomy and physiology, levels of organizations, systems, taxonomy and adaptations. Students will also engage in a histology discussion and microscopic viewing of those tissues. This class is limited to 30 participants.  ($5)  

This is a 2-hour lab and is available at 9:30 and 1:00.