SciTech Student Learning Lab

Located in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, SciTech is a field trip destination that engages students in grades 3 -12 in hands-on, inquiry-based science activities that stimulate thought and engage participants.

With twelve different activities to choose from, educators are able to complement and enhance scientific concepts that are being taught in the classroom. Each of our laboratory activities, aligned with Maryland State Curriculum, are based on real-world problems and issues allowing students to engage in scientific and engineering practices while learning content in new and challenging ways.

 

SciTEch Activities

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Grades 3 - 5)
SCITECH ACTIVITY GRADE LEVEL DESCRIPTION LENGTH
Chesapeake Bay Critter Investigation 3 - 5 Students study the biodiversity and test the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. 2 – 2.5 hours
Oyster Encounter 3 - 5 Students study basic oyster anatomy and physiology to understand the importance of the Eastern Oyster in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. 2 hours
Rain Garden Engineering Design Challenge 4 - 5 Students work as environmental engineers tasked with designing a rain garden that absorbs the most groundwater. 2.5 – 3 hours
MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6 - 8)
SCITECH ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION LENGTH
Chain Links Students create Cheseapeake Bay food web models and the test effects of pollutants using bioluminescent bacteria.  2.5 hours
Chesapeake Bay Critter Investigation Students study the biodiversity and test the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. 2.5 – 3 hours
DNA Extraction Students explore the role and function of DNA in living organisms by extracting DNA from fruit. 2.5 – 3 hours
It's A Gassy World! Students discover what role carbon dioxide plays in climate change and how climate change is affecting, and will affect, the Chesapeake Bay. 3 hours
Mystery of the Crooked Cell (Mystery Disease) Using gel electrophoresis, students determine whether a patient carries the gene that causes sickle cell anemia. 3 hours
Natural Products Students investigate anti-microbial properties of different plants using bioluminescent bacteria. 2.5 – 3 hours
Rain Garden Engineering Design Challenge Students work as environmental engineers tasked with designing a rain garden that absorbs the most groundwater. 2.5 – 3 hours
HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9 - 12)
 
SCITECH ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION LENGTH
Chesapeake Bay Critter Investigation Students study the biodiversity and test the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. 2.5 - 3 hours 
Crucial Concentration Students use the Lowry Assay to determine the concentration of protein in different sports drinks.  3 hours
DNA Extraction Students explore the role and function of DNA in living organisms by extracting DNA from fruit. 2.5 - 3 hours  
Illuminating Indicators Students develop a microbioassay that uses bioluminescent bacteria to determine water quality. 2.5-3 hours
Looking into Lactase Students perform tests on a newly developed lactase enzyme for effectiveness on its substrate while changing the pH and temperature of its environment. 2.5 - 3 hours  
Mystery of the Crooked Cell (Mystery Disease) Using protein gel electrophoresis, students determine whether a patient carries the gene that causes sickle cell anemia.  3 hours
Natural Products Students investigate anti-microbial properties of different plants using bioluminescent bacteria. 2.5 - 3 hours  
Wildlife Forensics Students use DNA gel electrophoresis to test whether tissue confiscated by U.S. Customs officials comes from a great white shark.  2.5 - 3 hours