Science Outreach

Can’t come to us? We can come to you! Enrich your classroom and after-school programming by incorporating hands-on science activities performed by NYSCI Instructors. Each outreach session is designed to provide an interactive age-appropriate science experience that meets the New York City Science Scope and Sequence, NY State and National Standards.

All materials are provided for a maximum of 30 students per 45-minute session, up to four sessions (120 students) per day school outreach visit, or up to three sessions per after school outreach visit. Fees: $1,000 per outreach.


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Bubble, Bubble

Grades Pre K – 2

Experiment: Through creative, hands-on activities students investigate the basic science behind bubbles. Students investigate the shapes of bubbles by making different bubble wands. Students conduct different experiments on whether they can create bubbles of different sizes and colors. Finally, students create their own bubble art.

Grade K/NYC Unit 2, Grade 1/NYC Unit 2
NGSS – Cause/Effect, Structure/Function


Sporty Nutrition

Grades K – 2

Health & Nutrition: What should I eat today? Through various hands-on activities students investigate how different foods give you the vitamins, minerals and nutrients required good health. Students participate in different activities to explore and understand our dietary nutritional needs and make and take home a nutrition wheel.

Grade K/NYC Unit 3
NGSS – Energy/Matter


Oobleckian Science

Grades K – 2

Scientific Method and Literacy: Experience solids, liquids and gases as you investigate an unknown substance called Oobleck, and the differences between Newtonian and Non-newtonian fluids. Following a storytelling session, each student will make their own Oobleck from cornstarch and water, and relate it to the Dr. Suess story of the same name.

Grade K/NYC Unit 2, Grade 1/NYC Unit 2
NGSS – Structure/Function


Observe, Record, Predict

K – 2

Scientific Method and Literacy: Delve into the world of science and explore the scientific method. Children learn to become scientists as they observe, record and predict in a series of experiments. Measurement skills are stressed.

NGSS – Patterns, Cause/Effect


Stuck on Magnets

Grades K – 2

Magnets: Through hands-on activities students explore the properties of magnets, learn what magnets are, what they are made of, and how the poles of a magnet orient themselves. With an understanding of what magnetic material is made of, students make predictions about what happens when two magnets (and non-magnets) are brought together. This workshop utilizes on classification and measurement.

Grade K/NYC Unit 2, Grade 1/NYC Unit 2


Classy Classification

Grades K – 2

Classification: Through a series of hands-on activities, students explore the fascinating differences between insects and spiders. Become an entomologist and learn how to classify different insects based on their characteristics and anatomy.

This workshop provides a solid foundation for learning the principles of classification. This workshop also includes a group reading of the book, Bugs are Insects.

Grade K/NYC Unit 3, Grade 1/NYC Unit  1
NGSS – Structure/Function


The Reasons for Seasons

Grades 1 – 12

Astronomy & Weather:  Predict rising and setting positions of the sun at the beginning of each season and explore factors that contribute to seasonal change. Students will also learn about the seasonal changes in other places on Earth and the factors contributing to those changes.

This outreach uses Starlab, our portable planetarium. Starlab requires a space of 24 feet in width and 12 feet in height. It fits perfectly in a school’s gymnasium or on an auditorium stage.

Grade 1/NYC Unit 3  Grade 6/Unit 2  Grade 8/NYC Unit 3 NYS PS 1.1i
NGSS/ Weather and Climate, Space Systems


The Night Sky

Grades 1 – 12

Astronomy: Immerse yourself in the evening starry sky. Learn how to read a star map and find objects in the night sky using a technique called star hopping. Make connections between the constellations in the night sky and Greek and Native American mythologies.

This outreach uses Starlab, our portable planetarium. Starlab requires a space of 24 feet in width and 12 feet in height. It fits perfectly in a school’s gymnasium or on an auditorium stage.

Grade 1/NYC Unit 3 Grade 8/NYC Unit 3 NYS PS 1.1i
NGSS / Space Systems


Bright Ideas

Grades 3 – 6

Light: Learn how light can be produced and become familiar with some of its properties. Experiment with reflection, refraction, diffraction and absorption.

Grade 3/NYC Unit 2
NGSS – Energy/Matter


All Charged Up

Grades 3 – 6

Electricity: Through a series of hands-on activities student are introduced to the concepts of static electricity, conducting and non-conducting material, and simple and parallel circuits. Students discover how electricity is produced, experience the powerful electric field of an electrostatic generator, experiment with conductors and insulators, and design and build simple circuits.

Grade 3/NYC Unit 2, Grade 4/NYC Unit 2
NGSS – Energy/Matter


More Than Magnifier

Grades 4 – 7

Lenses: Find out how lenses can work separately and together. Explore the concept of refraction and use rulers to determine focal points of convex and concave lenses.

Grade 5/NYC Unit 1, (Grade 6/NYC Unit 2), Grade 7/NYC Unit 2
NGSS – Scale



Grades 5 –9

Microbiology: Using high-quality portable microscopes, explore the fascinating world of animals and protists. Find out what it means to magnify and resolve an image, how we classify living things and learn to identify some of the parts and functions of single-celled organisms.

Grade 5/NYC Unit 1,5, Grade 6/NYC Unit 3, Grade 7/NYC Unit 4
NGSS – Scale


Delicious DNA

Grades 5 – 9

Genetics: Discover the shared chemistry that exists among living things. Participate in an activity demonstrating how the same units of DNA lead to the diversity of living things. Isolate and take home the DNA from a strawberry or a banana.

Grd 5/NYC Unit 1,(3), Grd 6/NYC Unit 3, Grd 7/NYC Unit 3-4, Grd 8/NYC Unit 1
NGSS – Structure/Function


Force & Motion

Grades 6 – 8

Physics: Through a series of interactive and creative hands-on challenges, students explore Newton’s Laws of Motion. Students investigate potential and kinetic energy, build ramps, and take measurements and make calculations based on their experimental variables. Students then use their knowledge to design, build, test and modify a balloon car racer – and race them!

Grade 6/NYC Unit 1, Grade 7/NYC Unit 2, Grade 8/NYC Unit 2
NGSS – Structure/Function, Systems, Energy/Matter, (Stability/Change)


Cool Craniums

Grades 6 – 10

Life Science: Explore how animals adapt to their environments. Study, sort and classify the form and function of a variety of mammal skulls. Investigate how to apply these techniques to identify a mysterious skull.

Grade 6/NYC Units 3-4, Grade 7/NYC Units 3-4, Grade 8/NYC Units 1, 4
NGSS – Patterns, Cause/Effect, Structure/Function, Stab/Ch


Powerful Polymers

Grades 7 – 12

Molecular Chemistry: Explore the molecular world of cross-linked polymers. Discover how atoms form molecules and monomers and how they link to form amazing organic and inorganic polymers. Make your own cross-linked polymer to take home.

Grade 7/NYC Unit 2,(3-4)
NGSS – Structure/Function, Energy/Matter


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