Through hands on chemistry in a lab setting, participants discover, experience and identify chemical reactions
Students participate in one group demo, then conduct four different hands-on experiments for themselves in small groups. Participants use lab equipment and are given the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity in a lab environment. Students are often surprised to see the various types of reactions and the speeds at which they occur.
Experiments include endothermic, exothermic and photo-luminescent reactions. Students learn to recognize chemical reactions and discover their applications in every day life. Discussions include chemical structures, indicators, concentrations and catalysts (NGSS PS1A and PS1B)
In this program students are encouraged to conduct the experiments for themselves with limited assistance from chaperones.
“Understanding chemical reactions and the properties of elements is essential not only to the physical sciences but also is foundational knowledge for the life sciences and the earth and space sciences.” National Research Council. (2012). A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. The National Academies Press.
- This program is available to visitors in fifth grade and up.
- There is a minimum of 15 students or a $135 charge.
- There is a maximum of 32 students.
- A lab is scheduled for 1.5 hours (approximately one hour in the lab and a half hour to explore the center).
- Larger groups may want to consider a combo program.
- The program is $9 per student, with one adult free with every 3 students.
- This program is available by appointment only.