Hands on Labs

Not only are the labs aligned to the TEKS, you can further explore the standards via the exhibits. (Should be rephrased/expanded on so it’s not identical to previous copy) These labs are all 45 Minutes in Length.

Early Childhood (Pre-K - K)

Dig those Dinos

Discover fossils from afar and follow dinosaur tracks.  Where will they lead you?

TEKS: Earth and space: the student knows that the natural world includes earth materials.

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)

What’s the Matter?

Students will explore the fundamentals of chemistry including physical properties of matter, mixtures and solutions, and exciting chemical reactions.  This lab also uses basic equipment while emphasizing laboratory safety.

TEKS: Matter and energy: the student knows that matter has measurable physical properties and those properties determine how matter is classified, changed, and used.  5.5B, 5.5C

 

Adapt to Survive

Ever wonder how snakes swallow their prey whole or how beavers cut down trees?  Students will discover the answers while exploring taxidermy specimens, skulls, pelts to help understand how animals physically and behaviorally adapt to survive, and thrive, in their habitats.

TEKS: Organisms and environments: the student knows that organisms undergo similar life processes and have structures that help them survive within their environments.   3.10A, 4.10A, 5.10A

 

Air and Weather

Explore air, weather patterns, the water cycle, and the influence of the Sun.

TEKS: Earth and space: the student knows that the natural world includes earth materials.  4.8B, 5.8B

Electrical Exploration

Students will explore electrical circuits, learn about coding, and interact with simple robots.

TEKS: Force, motion, energy:  the student knows that energy occurs in many forms and can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems.  5.6B

 

LEGO Simple machine challenge

Students will learn how simple machines work, where they are found in our everyday life as use LEGO bricks to design and test a catapult.

TEKS: Force, motion, energy: the student knows that energy occurs in many forms and can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems.  3.6B

 

Secondary (Grades 9-12)

Amusement Park Physics

Students will learn how physics plays a role in our favorite amusement park rides as they examine a variety of forces in action, collect and graph data, explore Newton’s laws, and investigate conversation energy.

TEKS: Calculate the effect of forces on objects, including the law of inertia, the relationship between force and acceleration, and the nature of force pairs between objects. P.4D

Demonstrate and apply the laws of conservation of energy and conservation of momentum in one dimension. P.6D

 

Brain Power

Gain insight on basic brain anatomy and functions through a guided dissection of a sheep’s brain.  Students will uncover how the brain controls all our bodily functions and how a sheep’s brain compares to a human’s.

TEKS: Evaluate the modes, including the structure and function of the digestive system, by which energy is processed and stored within the body. AP.5B

Exhibit the ability to cooperate, contribute, and collaborate as a member of a team AP.1B

Eye See You

Students will work in pairs to gain a better understanding of vision by exploring the basic structures of a cow’s eye, how the parts work together, and its connection to the brain.

TEKS: Interpret normal and abnormal contractility conditions such as in edema, glaucoma, aneurysms, and hemorrhage. AP.6C

Exhibit the ability to cooperate, contribute, and collaborate as a member of a team. AP.1B

 

Not for the faint of Heart

Students will work in pairs to learn about the structure and function of a mammal’s heart as well as how oxygen, nutrients, and hormones are transported throughout the body.

TEKS: Analyze and describe the effects of pressure, movement, torque, tension, and elasticity on the human body. AP.6D

Exhibit the ability to cooperate, contribute, and collaborate as a member of a team. AP.1B