Looking for awesome, hands-on science programs that are also NGSS aligned?
How it works: We come to your class with lab coats and all other supplies to provide an exciting 75 minute science lesson. We have engaging demos and interactive lessons and activities.
NGSS alignment: Most classes are developed in alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS); some specially requested classes fit with the California Content Standards. Science Delivered has the materials and know-how to go beyond a typical lesson and to get your kids excited about science. For the NGSS classes below, we have listed the appropriate NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI) and assessment. If your school has not yet transitioned to the NGSS standards it's no problem! We can modify the classes below to fit in with your needs.
Cost: Cost is dependent on several factors but averages to around $5.50/student per class for in-class visits for schools in San Diego and the surrounding areas. Right now qualifying schools can get free classes thanks to the support of Cymer and Mission Federal Credit Union. If you are interested in these classes or working together to find a funding source to provide Science Delivered programming at your school please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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****Custom classes for preK-5, camps and other organizations are available.****
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For qualifying schools in the 2015-2016 school year, many of our class visits are funded by:
What is Science?
2nd - 5th grade
Students learn about the scientific method by participating both as scientists and subjects of the experiment! Students then put their drama chops to the test by acting as famous scientists and technologists to teach their fellow scientists-in-training about important historical STEM figures from all backgrounds. This class can serve as a stand alone or as an introduction to other Science Delivered programs.
- performing experiments as scientists
- acting and dressing up
- basics of the scientific method
- basics of our diverse STEM history
Students learn about solids, liquids and gases in this fun, hands-on class. After a quick review of the three categories, we focus on gases by comparing helium-filled and air-filled balloons. Students learn that air is something, not nothing, and that are different types of gases. Students then learn about the transition from ice to water by doing an "ice-block treasure hunt". They use salt and squirt bottles to accelerate the process.
- Watching balloons fly around the room
- Squirting water to melt ice
- Pulling treasures out of ice blocks
- That gases are something and take up space
- That there are different kinds of gases
- That substances can transition between states
Solids, Liquids and Gases
California content standards, Grade 1. Available in modified form for grades K-2
California content standards, Grade 1. Available in modified form for grades 1-5
Fruits, Flowers and Slimy Seeds
NGSS Grade 2; Available for grades 1-5
DCI: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics
Addresses assessment: Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal dispersing seeds or pollinating plants
Students learn all about wind in this tons of fun class! Wind is all
around us – but what is it and where does it come from? We start
with a demonstration and hands-on activity where students learn that mixing hot and cold water causes the water move (currents) and that this same
principal applies to air. We then explain that in addition to a
temperature, air has a pressure and differences in air pressure
create wind. Students are able to discover this for themselves during an activity using straws, plastics baggies, feathers and pom-poms. They even blow up "glove balloons." For the last half of class students enjoy building their
own wind vane. We bring fans to walk around and show the students how their tool works.
- Using water and food dye to make currents
- Blowing through straws
- Testing their wind vanes with fans
- Differences in temperature in water and air create movement
- That air takes up space
- How to make their own tool
Students look at common foods in a whole new way! Students start out by learning that all fruit comes from flowering plants and that pollination is crucial to fruit growth. They then act as bees by collecting “nectar” (glass stones) from “flowers” (decorated bowls) and simulate how pollen (baking soda and tissue paper) spreads from flower to flower. The rest of the class is spent dissecting various fruits. Students observe and report on features of the fruits and seeds and how these features might aid in new plant growth. Please note: This class is messy!
Extra: Make slime using seeds
- Taking apart fruit
- Leading their own investigation
- Mimicking bees
- a scientific perspective on commonly encountered foods
- basic developmental biology of plants
- basic fruit anatomy
Balancing Forces and Gravity's Pull
(Class is being reconfigured. Please stay tuned)
NGSS Grade 3; Available for grades 3-5
DCI: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
Addresses Assessment: Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object
Class is being reconfigured. Please stay tuned. Students learn all about the forces which act on the objects in our world! A slightly more advanced class that works well at the end of your forces and balances unit. We start out with a few fun demonstrations including “Newton’s Beads” and a punching bag demo to teach students about balanced forces and gravity. They then are each loaned a bird balancing toy which they study to determine how the weight distribution permits a balanced toy and learn about center of gravity. They then make their own balancing toy using the discovered and discussed principals
- Amazing demos
- Learning science with a punching bag
- Creating their own toy
- How forces, including gravity, shape our world
- How to investigate a interesting phenomenon (balancing bird toy)
- How to use science to create something fun
Invisible Forces: Static and Magnets and More
NGSS Grade 3; Available for grades 3-5
DCI: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
Addresses Assessment: Ask questions to determine the cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other
Students learn how objects can interact even if they do not make contact with each other! We discuss magnetic and electric forces in this exciting class. Students start with a challenge where they must remove chips from a beaker with water without touching or pouring out the water (hint: the chips are magnetic). Students then see the power and usefulness of magnet with a "paperclip pick-up" activity. We then move onto electrical forces; students observe a static electricity demonstration and then they get to be the positive and negative charges. Finally, students actually get to be part of a circuit using our awesome "human circuit" toys.
For a small extra cost: Students make a magnet toy using repulsive forces
- Picking up items with magnets
- Watching objects float via static electricity
- Bending water
- That forces can be invisible
- That forces can work through air or other materials
- About charge, electrons and attractive and repulsive forces
Coming Fall 2016:
What do you need to survive?
(Available March 2016 or earlier. Please inquire)
NGSS Grade 3; Available for grades 2-5
DCI: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
Addresses Assessment: Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
Students learn and discuss the basic principles of evolution and learn some adaptations various animals have that help them survive their environment. Students then partner up and are asked to, first, imagine a new environment in a far away land and write down its features. Student-pairs then swap environments and, using recycled materials, build their own animals with features that are best adapted to survive in this foreign environment. This class blends the sciences and the arts.
- Learning about the crazy ways different animals have adapted
- Coming up with their own environment
- Creating their own animals
- About adaptation and evolution
- Different animal features and behaviors
- The fun of combining art and science
NGSS Grade 4; available for grades 3-5
DCI: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer
Addresses Assessment: Develop a model to describe that light reflecting from objects and entering the eye allows objects to be seen
Students explore the world of optics. They start by investigating some amazing effects that can occur when you bend light just so. This includes observing the abilities of lenses and exploring the illusion generated by a mirascope (similar to a hologram). They then use mirrors and a light source in an “optics box” to determine the pathways by which light travels.
- The amazing mirascope
- Playing with lights
- Playing with lenses
- How light travels
- How to bend light
- How light and eyes interact to allow vision
Perceiving is Believing: Neuroscience
NGSS Grade 4; available for grades 2-5
DCI: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Addresses Assessment: Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different way.
Students learn about how they perceive information through a series of experiments and demos designed to trick the brain. We start with demos "tricking" or exploring each of the 5 "traditional" senses. We then pass out REAL sheep brains for the students to examine and compare to pictures of the human brain. Note: Students to NOT dissect the brains. Brains are tripled bagged and fixed with a non-toxic substance.
- Tricking their brains
- Participating in demos
- Looking a real sheep brains!
- How signals propagate through their brains and bodies
- Their perceptions can be different than reality
- Basic brain structure
The Waves of Sound
NGSS Grade 4; available for grades 4-5
DCI: Energy: Waves and their Applications in Technologies and Information Transfer
Addresses Assessment: Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, hear and electrical currents
Students learn about waves and energy transfer by focusing on sound waves in this fun and exciting class. We start with a demo of “the clapper” to show how sound waves can be transferred into energy. This moves into a discussion of waves, using slinkys and rope demonstrations. Students then perform their own experiments using string and coat hanger; they learn about the scientific process and wave transmission.
- Playing with slinkys
- Hearing amplified sounds
- Conducting their own experiments
- How sounds move through various materials
- How sound waves interact with their ears to allow us to hear
- How to conduct a scientific investigation
Chemistry: What's Your Reaction?
NGSS Grade 5; available for grades 1-5.
DCI: Matter and its Interactions
Addresses Assessment: Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen
Students learn about chemical reactions and the invisible properties of many gases during a series of fun activities. First, we start with a magic trick that demonstrate the how many materials have unique properties. Then, students perform the classic baking soda and vinegar reactions, but here they use up the gas to blow up balloons and learn about acids, bases and carbon dioxide. Students then investigate citric acid and baking soda to explore temperature changes and energy exchange during chemical reactions.
Extras: (extra cost applies) 1. Dry Ice Demo 2. Elephants Toothpaste Demo 3. Students make "Kid Fizzies" using Citric Acid and Baking Soda
- Being amazed by the magic trick
- Blowing up balloons with gas
- Feeling the citric acid/baking soda reaction get COLD
- That there are various types of gases
- That chemical reactions can produce gas
- That chemical reactions use or generate heat
Students learn about the universe they live in. We start with a brief discussion of gravity and a “Newton’s Beads” demonstration. We move on to discussing how all celestial bodies have gravity and the sun’s gravity is what keeps the earth revolving around the sun. We learn that the sun is a star special to us, but has similar properties to other stars. Students get hand outs which have information about the closest stars to us in the universe. From a container with balls of all different sizes, they measure and learn how big the sun is compared to other stars, and how far away those stars are from Earth compared to the sun. They then use penlights to demonstrate how being farther away from light makes it dimmer, and that is why our sun appears so bright.
- Discovering the Sun is smaller than some other stars
- Playing with penlights to determine relative brightness
- Using balls to compare stars
- About the celestial bodies in our universe
- How gravity shapes our universe
- What we are looking at when we see stars
NGSS Grade 5; Available for grades 1-5
DCI: Earth's Place in the Universe
Addresses Assessment: Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distance from the Earth and Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down
Students learn about energy cycles by learning about nutrition and their own digestive systems! We discuss the origins of energy for plants and animals, and how we obtain energy in turn by eating them. Students learn about the importance of good nutrition by weighing out the amount of sugar in popular drinks and then simulating their own digestive system!
- weighing out the sugar in their favorite drinks (trust us)
- mashing up food to act as the digestive system
- basic facts about digestive system
- surprising nutritional facts
- how to evaluate the foods they eat
Sun to Stomach
(Available 2016 or earlier, please inquire)
NGSS Grade 5; available for grades 1-5
DCI: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics
Addresses Assessment: Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment
Mini-Class: Why is it Windy by the Sea?
NGSS Grade 5
DCI: Earth's Systems
Addresses Assessment: Develop a model using an example to describe the ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and/or atmosphere interact
In this single demo, students learn about convection currents while predicting how warm and cold water in a two chamber tank will interact and watch to see if their predictions come true.
Each demo is ~20 minutes. We require at least two class visits
- Watching the hot and cold water move in the tank
- That temperature of water and air is an important driver of weather patterns
Science Delivered has plenty of ideas and activities not listed here. It's nearly impossible to list them all! We have prepared "science crafts" for younger kids in addition to activities on earth science, physics and more for all ages. So please, if you would like a program on a custom topic or are interested in a visit but have a tight schedule with a specific curriculum, please get in touch! We'd love to work with you.