The SciTech elementary school labs are specifically designed to support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). We currently offer two lab activities for third grade. We also offer three labs for grades 4-5.
Students discover how to use a water sampler by collecting water samples from the Inner Harbor (weather permitting). They use a dissection scope and learn how to identify different species of organisms living on a biofilm disc. They test the water for temperature and salinity and explore how water quality affects the species of organisms found at different depths. GRADES 3-5. Length of lab: 2-2.5 hours. NGSS Alignment
Students will answer the driving question 'How are oysters important to the Chesapeake Bay?' They will use equipment, such a dissection scope and a hand lens, to exam oyster shells and their internal structures. They will learn to identify organisms that either lived or are living on the oyster shells. GRADES 3-5. Length of lab: 2 hours. NGSS Alignment
In this lab, students develop engineering practices like creativity, collaboration, and communication. They learn about the types of soil that can be used in a rain garden, and they design and test rain garden models to clean and absorb polluted water. Students will collect and compare data on the effectiveness of their models. They will also explore the rain garden installed at Pierce's Park (located outside of the Columbus Center). GRADES 4-5. Length of lab: 2.5-3 hours. NGSS Alignment