Engineering Challenge: Urban Water

Grades:
grade 3
-
grade 12
Engineering
Physical Science
Workshop

Students will dive into the field of water engineering as they design and build their own sustainable city landscape, and then test their city’s ability to retain stormwater, prevent flooding, and capture pollutants while considering ecological impacts.

*Offered February–March

Topics:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: ETS1.A Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems; ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions; ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solution
Science and Engineering Practices: Defining Problems; Designing Solutions
Crosscutting Concepts: Structure and Function; Systems and System Models
At The Hall
Enrollment12 minimum
32 maximum
TimeTuesday-Friday
10:15 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.
1 hour
CostExhibit Experience + Workshop: $450; Complete Experience: $500. Extra chaperones are $12/adult ($14 if a show is added)

Squid: The Inside Story

Grades:
grade 6
-
grade 8
Life Science
Workshop

How do squid swim? Catch prey? Eat? Even release ink to get escape predators? These are just a few of the questions students will ask when they observe a day in the life of a squid. Through external exploration, observation, and dissection of a fresh squid, students will collect evidence to answer their own questions and come up with explanations for how various structures function in a system to help a squid survive.

Topics:
DCIs: LS1.A Structure and Function
Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions; Constructing Explanations
Crosscutting Concepts: Structure and Function; Systems and System Models
At The Hall
Enrollment12 minimum
32 maximum
TimeTuesday-Friday
10:15 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.
75 minutes
CostExhibit Experience + Workshop: $450; Complete Experience: $500. Extra chaperones are $12/adult ($14 if a show is added)

Insects in Action

Grades:
grade 1
-
grade 2
Life Science
Workshop

A carrot was left overnight in a tank of insects, and now has mysterious marks on it. In Insects in Action, students will become entomology detectives, investigating the carrot mystery and gathering evidence to determine which of the insect suspects could have left their marks on the carrot. Students will explore structure-function relationships and determine which suspects have the structures necessary to leave the marks on the carrot.

Topics:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1LS1.A Structure and Function
Science and Engineering Practices: Constructing Explanations; Arguing from Evidence
Crosscutting Concepts: Structure and Function
At The Hall
Enrollment12 minimum
32 maximum
TimeTuesday-Friday
10:15 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.
75 minutes
CostExhibit Experience + Workshop: $450; Complete Experience: $500. Extra chaperones are $12/adult ($14 if a show is added)

Motion in the Universe

Grades:
grade 9
-
grade 12
Earth and Space Science
Workshop

Students observe moving systems at many scales, including simple and falling objects, systems of planets and moons, our Solar System, and the galaxy. They investigate how basic laws of motion and gravitation lead to the kinds of systems they observe.

Topics:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System, PS2.B: Types of Interactions, PS2.A: Forces and Motion
Science and Engineering Practices: Developing and Using Models, Constructing Explanations
Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models
At The Hall
Enrollment12 minimum
32 maximum
TimeTuesday-Friday
10:15 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.
60 minutes
CostExhibit Experience + Workshop: $450; Complete Experience: $500. Extra chaperones are $12/adult ($14 if a show is added)

Squid Dissection

Grades:
grade 9
-
grade 12
Life Science
Workshop

How do squid swim? Catch prey? Eat? Reproduce? Release ink to escape predators? These are just some of the questions students will come up with when they observe squid swimming, eating, and reproducing. Through external explorations, observations, and dissection of a fresh squid, students will find evidence to answer their own questions and make explanations for the physiological functions and how these structures work together as a system.

Topics:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A Structure and Function
Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions; Constructing Explanations
Crosscutting Concepts: Structure and Function; System and System Models
At The Hall
Enrollment12 minimum
32 maximum
TimeTuesday-Friday
10:15 a.m., or 12:00 p.m.
75 minutes
CostExhibit Experience + Workshop: $450; Complete Experience: $500. Extra chaperones are $12/adult ($14 if a show is added)

Fizz, Pop, Wow!

Grades:
age 4
-
grade K
Physical Science
Workshop

Young children love mixing things together to see what happens. We elicit their natural curiosity as students mix common household ingredients together and observe the interesting and exciting results. As they create their mixtures, they explore cause and effect, test their predictions, and communicate their results. They even use the products of their fizzy combinations to inflate a balloon.

Topics:
Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect

*Note: NGSS Standards only apply to grades Kindergarten and up
At The Hall
Enrollment12 minimum
20 (4-TK); 24 (K) maximum
TimeTuesday-Friday
10:15 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.
1 hour
CostExhibit Experience + Workshop: $450; Complete Experience: $500. Extra chaperones are $12/adult ($14 if a show is added)

Dry Ice Investigations (formerly Fantastic Gas)

Grades:
grade 3
-
grade 5
Physical Science
Workshop

“Why does it do that? What is it made of? What would happen if…?” Dry ice inspires students to create their own questions and investigations in this frosty, foggy, and bubbly workshop.

Topics:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A Structure and Properties of Matter
Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect
At The Hall
Enrollment12 minimum
32 maximum
TimeTuesday-Friday
10:15 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.
75 minutes
CostExhibit Experience + Workshop: $450; Complete Experience: $500. Extra chaperones are $12/adult ($14 if a show is added)

Engineering Challenge: Make It Move

Grades:
grade 1
-
grade 2
Engineering
Physical Science
Workshop

Students immerse themselves in problem-solving as they use simple hydraulic systems to make intricate inventions. They will think like engineers as they design, build, test, and redesign their models. Open-ended investigations combined with specialized materials and tools help students focus on cause-and-effect relationships and inspire them to create innovative solutions.

*Offered September–November.

Topics:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: ETS1.A Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems; ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions; ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solution
Science and Engineering Practices: Designing Solutions
Crosscutting Concepts: Systems and System Models; Cause and Effect
At The Hall
Enrollment12 minimum
32 maximum
TimeTuesday-Friday
10:15 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.
75 minutes
CostExhibit Experience + Workshop: $450; Complete Experience: $500. Extra chaperones are $12/adult ($14 if a show is added)

Circuit Solutions

Grades:
grade 3
-
grade 5
Physical Science
Workshop

There’s a heat wave, and the cooling fans of Lawrence Elementary School aren’t working very well. Is there a better way to make them run to keep the school comfortable? Through exploration and investigations with circuits, students design a solution to wire the building more effectively to transfer energy from its source to fans throughout the school.

Topics:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS3.A: Definitions of Energy; PS3.B Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
Science and Engineering Practices: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions; Developing and Using Models; Asking Questions
Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect; Energy and Matter
At The Hall
Enrollment12 minimum
32 maximum
TimeTuesday-Friday
10:15 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.
75 minutes
CostExhibit Experience + Workshop: $450; Complete Experience: $500. Extra chaperones are $12/adult ($14 if a show is added)

Engineering Challenge: Water Engineering

Grades:
grade 1
-
grade 2
Engineering
Physical Science
Workshop

Students design and build their own water pathways and discover how water moves as it interacts with different materials. As students explore the properties of permeable and impermeable materials, they use what they’ve learned to design a sustainable cityscape that retains stormwater while preventing flooding.

*Offered February–March

Topics:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: ETS1.A Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems; ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions; ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solution
Science and Engineering Practices: Defining Problems; Designing Solutions
Crosscutting Concepts: Systems and System Models; Structure and Function
At The Hall
Enrollment12 minimum
32 maximum
TimeTuesday-Friday
10:15 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.
75 minutes
CostExhibit Experience + Workshop: $450; Complete Experience: $500. Extra chaperones are $12/adult ($14 if a show is added)

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