The Towson University Center for STEM Excellence has developed a variety of free resources for teachers and students engaging in distance learning. Watch our Distance
Learning Resources Webinar for an overview of all of our resources. Check back regularly as we continue to
provide new programming.
Virtual Science Lessons
We have created a variety of science lessons you can incorporate into your online
learning curriculum. Each lesson is contained in a Google Slides presentation, which
you can easily assign to your students through a single link. Learn more about the
logistics of accessing and assigning these lessons (PDF). If you have an idea for a virtual lesson you would like us to make, submit it here. Email scitech AT_TOWSON with questions.
Students learn about the reserach of a local scientist as they work to answer the
driving question: Are bird migration patterns changing? Dr. Emily Cohen leads students
through a series of investigative questions based on her work studying migration patterns
in birds. This activity is designed for upper level high school students and fits
well in biology, environmental science or research methods classes. Grades 9–12.
Students learn about oysters and how they support the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
Teacher Demo Kits
In addition to our regular in-class MDLL kits, we are offering modified versions of
our kits for remote learning. Our Teacher Demo Kits can be sent to your home or school
so you can work through a science lab online with your students. Email mdll AT_TOWSON with questions.
Learn about how rain gardens help to keep the water in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore
clean and healthy! This version of the video shows an investigation designed to show
how the components of a rain garden work to clean the water before it enters the Harbor.
(4 min video)
Rain gardens can help to keep polluntants and contaminants from run-off from entering
the water in the Inner Harbor. This short video details what rain gardens are and
how they're being used in Baltimore City to keep the Chesapeake Bay healthy! (3 min
Faculty and students have created a variety of short educational videos and activities
designed to engage students in learning about the research happening at the Institute
for Marine and Environmental Technology.
Custom Science Investigation Videos
Are you trying to figure out how to incorporate lab-based activities into your online
curriculum? Let us help! We can create demo videos of science experiments and investigations
that your students would normally do for themselves in the classroom. These short,
inquiry based videos are designed to be easily incorporated into your existing virtual
lessons. You tell us what you need a demo video of, and we’ll film it and make it
available to you and your students! Email tucse AT_TOWSON with questions or to request a teacher answer guide.
Click here to request a custom science investigation video or check out our growing library
of videos below that we've already created.
And check out lessons created by teachers using these videos!
These videos can support the common 'flame test' lab activity in which students must
figure out whether the cation or the anion determines the color of the fire when a
compound burns. Grades 9–12. (14 sec videos). View webinar on this lesson.
This video supports lessons centered on the process of DNA gel electrophoresis. Students
are introduced to the process of gel electrophoresis and are challenged to compare
banding patterns of DNA found at a crime scence to samples taken from several suspects.
Grades 7–12. (13 min video)
This video is perfect for chemistry or forensic science classes. Videos show how eight
known over-the-counter medications react to several different chemicals. Students
can then be challenged to identify up to ten of the 'unknown' samples, using evidence
and reasoning gained by comparing them to the known samples. Grades 9–12. (2 min videos)
Science Explorers Club
The virtual Science Explorers Club will meet every Wednesday from 4:00–5:00 pm and
is open to any Maryland student in grades 3–5. Students are welcome to attend every
session or drop-in when it fits their schedule. Our first session will be Wednesday,
September 16 and the club will meet every Wednesday through December 9. Students must
register to receive weekly Zoom meeting links. Email programs AT_TOWSON with questions.
Sign up for the Science Explorers Club by completing this form.
Virtual SciTech Field Trips
We’re bringing SciTech field trips to your remote classroom! Schedule a virtual field
trip and our instructors will meet with your students virtually to complete a scientific
investigation. Our field trips have flexible timing, but you can generally expect
the experience to take 60 minutes.
If you are ready to schedule a virtual field trip, please fill out our Virtual Field Trip Request Form. Please make sure to submit your request at least two weeks before your desired field
trip date. After you submit your request we’ll contact you to confirm the date, time,
and details for your lab.
Our current virtual lab offerings are listed below. Please check this page frequently,
as we will be updating the list with more options. If you have questions, please email
Elementary Education Field Trips
Why are oysters so important to the Chesapeake Bay? Students will look at an oyster
up close through a microscope, and learn how they filter water and provide habitat
to other Chesapeake Bay organisms.
This lab gives students a chance to explore how rain gardens can help reduce pollution
in the Chesapeake Bay. We'll make a model rain garden in the lab and test it out with
some polluted water! This lab uses everyday materials that many students will have
at home, so they can try it again on their own after the lab.
What is a Watershed?
Most students in Maryland don't live right on the Chesapeake Bay, but they do live
in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In this lab, students will explore their watershed
and learn how pollution travels to the Chesapeake Bay.
Secondary Education Field Trips
Case of the Crown Jewels
The Case of the Crown Jewels lab uses restriction enzyme analysis and DNA gel electrophoresis
to solve a fictional crime. Students will learn how DNA can be analyzed once it is
collected from a crime scene. They will also learn about lab techniques like making
an agarose gel and using a micropipette.
It's a Gassy World
This lab explores the issues of global warming, climate change, and the role of carbon
dioxide as a greenhouse gas. We’ll conduct an investigation to test the question:
will warming oceans be better or worse at absorbing carbon dioxide?
Looking into Lactase
In this lab, students will explore and investigate lactase, the enzyme that breaks
down lactose. We’ll identify mystery milks with the help of a lactase solution and
conduct an investigation to explore enzyme function in different environments.
Mystery of the Crooked Cell
Students will explore how sickle cell anemia is genetically passed down. We’ll run
protein gel electrophoresis to test a fictional patient for the presence of sickle
cell hemoglobin. Students will also learn about lab techniques like using a micropipette
and making an agarose gel.
In this lab, students will explore the issue of shark finning. We’ll investigate how
DNA gel electrophoresis can be used to test samples of powdered shark fin in order
to build evidence for a legal case. Students will also learn about lab techniques
like PCR, making an agarose gel, and using a micropipette.
Virtual Coffee House
The Towson University Center for STEM Excellence hosts a virtual coffee house on the
third Tuesday of each month from 4:00–4:45! Grab a cup of coffee and log-in to Zoom
for 45 minutes of informal discussion with colleagues. The team from the Center for
STEM Excellence will lead these informal discussions, providing opportunities for
you to discuss everything from distance learning to new teaching tools and techniques.
Sign up for the Virtual Coffee House by completing this form.
TU Mentoring & Classroom Connections Program (TU MC2)
The TU Mentoring and Classroom Connections (TU MC2) program is a virtual 'near-peer' STEM mentoring program designed to foster connections
between Towson University STEM students and secondary students in classrooms across
Maryland. The program's goals include increasing student interest in, and access to,
STEM fields of study and will focus on students traditionally underrepresented in
STEM fields. More information about the program available here.
We are now accepting applications from middle and high school STEM teachers to be
part of of the spring 2021 cohort!Applications are due November 30, so get yours in now!