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.

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All materials are provided for a maximum of 30 students per 45-minute session.
Fee: $300 for the first session, plus $225 for each additional session. Minimum booking of two sessions required.
Travel charges may apply for locations more than 20 miles from NYSCI.

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Topics

Bubble, Bubble

Grades Pre K – 2

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, NYS PS 3.1c
Grade 1 – NYC Unit 2, NYS PS 3.1c
NGSS – Cause/Effect, Structure/Function

 

Camouflage

Grades Pre K – 2

How do animals keep themselves safe from predators? Students will create an animal that will hide in its environment using camouflage. An interactive story time is included in this workshop.

Grade K – NYC Unit 3, NYS LE 3.1
Grade 1 – NYC Unit 1, NYS LE 3.1
NGSS – Structure/Function

 

Light and Shadows

Grades Pre K – 2

How is a shadow created? Experiment with light sources, shapes and filters to create a variety of shadows. Students will create shadow puppets and take part in an interactive story time.

Grade K – NYC Unit 2, NYS PS 3.1
Grade 1 – NYC Unit 2, NYS PS 3.1
NGSS – Scale Proportion and Quantity

 

Make Some Noise

Grades Pre K – K

Investigate the science of sound while exploring different objects and the types of sounds they create. Students will make instruments with recyclable materials, bells, shells and beads. Then they will create a musical piece that will be performed with the entire class with their handmade instruments.

Grade K – NYC Unit 2

 

Rockets

Grades Pre K – 2

Explore the trajectory of a rocket as students design and launch their own rockets. Students will investigate variables from the length of the tube to the number of fins on their rocket to create the best flying one.

Grade K – NYC Unit 2
Grade 1 – NYC Unit 2
Grade 2 – NYC Unit 2
NGSS – Cause and Effect

 

Classy Classification

Grades K – 2

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

 

Gooey Matter

Grades K – 2

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

 

Mixing Color

Grades K – 2

Explore the colors of the visible spectrum through hands-on experiments and learn the differences between primary and secondary colors. Participate in an interactive story time and make a colorful collage to take home.

Grade K – NYC Unit 1/NYS PS 3.1b,c
Grade 1 – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS 3.1

 

Sporty Nutrition

Grades K – 2

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

 

Stuck on Magnets

Grades K – 2

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

 

Cool Critters

Grades 1 – 3

What is the difference between an insect and an arachnid? Compare and contrast the physical characteristics of various live critters to determine if they are insects.  Explore the life stages of a beetle up close and investigate the physical features these cool critters have that will help them to survive in the wild.

Grade 1 – NYC Unit 1, NYS LE 3.1, 4.1
Grade 2 – NYC Unit 4, NYS LE 3.1, 4.1
NGSS – Structure/Function

 

The Reasons for Seasons

Grades 1 – 12

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

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

 

Owl Pellet Dissection

Grades 2 – 6

Explore the relationships between predator and prey with an owl pellet dissection. Students will extract and classify the bones of different prey in an owl’s diet. Compare results with other students and create a class graph of findings.

Grade 3 – NYC Unit 4, NYS LE 3.1a
Grade 4 – NYC- Unit 1, NYS LE 6.1c
Grade 5 – Unit 4, NYS LE 6.1b
NGSS/Systems and Models

 

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

 

Bounce, Balance and Play

Grades 3 – 6

Test your balancing skills while you discover how balance is related to sports. Observe the relationship between kinetic and potential energy. Investigate the shape and composition of various balls to see what makes them bounce, fly or roll as far as they do. Make predictions, conduct trial experiments and collect data on the elasticity of various balls.

Grade 3 – NYC Unit 1, NYS PS 3.1b,c; NYC Unit 3, NYS 5.1c,d
Grade 5 – NYC Unit 1, NYS S 1.1, 1.3, 2.3; NYC Unit 3, NYS LE 5.3b
Grade 6 – NYC Unit 1, NYS PS 4.1d,e

 

Bright Ideas

Grades 3 – 6

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

 

The Eyes Have It

Grades 3 – 7

Experiment with various optical illusions and learn how the brain can deceive the eye. Conduct investigations on depth perception, use color filters to make 3-D glasses and create your own optical illusion toy.

Grade 3 – NYC Unit 2, NYS PS 4.1, 4.2
Grade 4 – NYC Unit 2, NYS PS 4.1
Grade 6 – NYC Unit 3, NYS PS 4.1
Grade 7 – NYC Unit 2, NYS PS 4.1, 4.4

 

Delicious DNA

Grades 5 – 9

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.

Grade 6 – NYC Unit 3
Grade 7 – NYC Unit 3–4
Grade 8 – NYC Unit 1, NYS LE 2.1, 2.2

NGSS – Structure/Function

Microscopes and Mircrobes

Grades 5 – 9

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

 

Force & Motion

Grades 6 – 8

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, NYS PS 4.1e
Grade 7 – NYC Unit 2
Grade 8 – NYC Unit 2, NYS PS 5.1

NGSS – Structure/Function, Energy/Matter

 

Cool Craniums

Grades 6 – 10

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

 

Mystery Molecules

Grades 7 – 12

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, NYS PS 3.1a, 3.3d
NGSS – Structure/Function, Energy/Matter

 

Maker Outreaches

Maker programs enable students and teachers to tinker, design, and create together. We reuse everyday materials in exciting ways that encourage experimentation and collaboration to develop 21st Century skills.

Fee: $350 per session. Travel charges may apply for locations more than 20 miles away from NYSCI. To book please email gwilliams@nysci.org or call 718-595-9114.

 

Magnetic Mazes

Grades K – 3

Explore the properties of magnets and the magnetic quality of different materials by creating and playing with a magnetic maze. Discover how different forces interact and how distance and matter can affect the strength of a magnetic field. Students will make their own magnetic maze to take home.

Kindergarten 3.1c, 3.1e
1st Grade 3.1e
2nd Grade 5.1, 5.2a
4th Grade 5.1e, 5.2a,b, 4.1g

 

Build a Bug

Grades K – 3

Deconstruct the specialized parts of bugs and insects. Find out how pinchers, legs, wings, mandibles and eyes develop for particular purposes then create an insect of your own using cardboard linkages to mimic unique motions.

1st Grade 3.1a 
3rd Grade 5.1b
4th grade 4.2b

 

Camera Construction

Grade 4 – 8

Deconstruct a camera obscura (pinhole camera) to discover how the interaction of light and matter create how we see. Students will build their own cardboard camera obscura to discover how the eye works as well as the properties of translucent, transparent and opaque materials.

7th Grade 4.1d, 4.4 a, b

 

Make Things Move

Grade 4 – 8

Deconstruct machines and mechanisms to examine how they function. Experiment with potential/kinetic energy and explore how designers and engineers have been utilizing these principles as a foundation for building the machines we use everyday.

6th Grade 4.1c, 5.2 c,d,e,f,g
8th Grade 5.1 a,b,c,d,e

 

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