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EDUCATION PLANNING GUIDE APRIL - JUNE 2021


NUMBERS TELL OUR STORY 750,000+ total annual visitors 280,000+ students 90,000 “at risk” students 2,050 teachers in professional development programs 52,000+ hours of volunteer service by 588 volunteers 14,000+ family memberships 89 - foot domed screen in Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium 400 seat capacity of the all-digital LSC Giant Dome Theater 832 summer campers at LSC Science Camp 2 queens of our naked mole rat colony—a rarity for this species 3,300+ Live Science presentations annually 5,539 overnight campers at our Camp Ins 9,700 students experienced Live From Surgery procedures 110 species of animals in our collections 7,000,000+ followers on the Beyond Rubik’s Cube exhibition social media channels

2 million volts of electricity produced by our Tesla Coils Statistics current as of March 1, 2020.


Welcome to the Liberty Science Center STEM Education Planning Guide

APRIL JUNE 2021

Liberty Science is more committed than ever to our mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. We stand ready to continue to serve our community and show ourselves as real partners during these historic times. We understand the instructional shifts teachers will need to make in response to the range of remote and hybrid instruction that will take place over this school year. We know that families will play an increasingly larger role in supporting learning and assisting teaching. We are working diligently to identify and employ strategies that will enable us to be both flexible and responsive to schools’ evolving needs and families’ emerging needs. Liberty Science Center has been at the forefront of advancing STEM education throughout the tri-state area for more than 20 years. We are an established leader in informal STEM education, serving over 280,000 Pre-K - 12 students and teachers each year and partnering with over 2,500 schools over the past three years. We have been pioneers in delivering virtual programming for more than a decade with our Live from Surgery programs and electronic field trips. We have world-class resources, such as our Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, and top-notch educators who can deliver across a broad range of science content areas. As the demand for rich and engaging content and support grows, Liberty Science Center remains well-equipped and better prepared than most to provide high-quality, thought-provoking, and interactive STEM experiences. We are here to meet your needs and redefine expectations around our programming. For the 2020-2021 school year, we are broadening the scope of our offerings to prioritize live, virtual, multi-dimensional programming that leverages the expertise, enthusiasm, creativity, and passion of our educators and the Center’s technology, infrastructure, and influence. We are continuing to model and advance best practices in STEM education that promote having students learn science by doing science collaboratively. We are equipping teachers with tools and techniques that will enable them to provide their students with more meaningful opportunities for sense-making through questions and discourse, in person and remotely. To redefine expectations around STEM programming, we are promoting immersive content that maximizes learning time with increased connections to mathematics and language arts concepts and increased opportunities for collaboration and problemsolving. We are more intentional in aligning our programming to standards to support educators in their efforts to mitigate learning loss and to accelerate progress towards mastery of grade and content-specific standards. We look forward to partnering with you to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and excite learners of all ages about the power, promise, and pure fun of science and technology!

Ivory Williams Vice President, STEM Education LSC’s Green Programs are made possible by generous support from Amazon. Liberty Science Center acknowledges the generous support of Josh Weston and Jennifer Chalsty. LSC is also grateful to the following donors for their support. LEAD SUPPORTERS:

ADDITIONAL SUPPORTERS:

DAVID R. CLARE AND MARGARET C. CLARE FOUNDATION


LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER’S INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS LAUREATE ($100,000 and up)

EXPLORER ($25,000 - $34,999) Concrete Architectural Associates

ADP Amazon Bank of America BD Bristol-Myers Squibb Celularity Exxon Mobil Corporation EY Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Horizon Foundation for New Jersey Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies JPMorgan Chase & Co. The Prudential Foundation PSEG Foundation Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) State of New Jersey State of New Jersey Department of Education U.S. Department of Education Verizon Wells Fargo

Atlantic Health System Bank of China BNP Paribas Investors Foundation F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc. New Jersey Space Grant Consortium Pfizer Inc The Williams Foundation

LUMINARY ($50,000 - $99,999) BASF Corporation Google Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) National Science Foundation (NSF) NJM Insurance Group United Victoria Foundation

PIONEER ($35,000 - $49,999) Bloomberg Philanthropies David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation Goldman, Sachs & Co. Investors Bank

INNOVATOR ($15,000 - $24,999) Cognizant Day Pitney LLP Hackensack Meridian Health PNC Foundation Regeneron Verisk Analytics

INVENTOR ($10,000 - $14,999) AIG American Express Company ASTC BNY Mellon E.J. Grassmann Trust Equitable Langan Merck & Co., Inc. MetLife Morgan Stanley Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Picatinny Arsenal PNC Bank Prudential Financial, Inc. RWJBarnabas Health S&P Global UBS Wiley

LODESTAR ($1,000 - $9,999) Anonymous Autism Speaks China Construction America The Coca-Cola Company Cogen Technologies Linden Venture Colgate-Palmolive Company

Day Pitney LLP DTCC Exhibits Development Group The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation HLW Architecture, LLC IDEKO on behalf of Twitter, Inc. Infineum USA L.P. The Johnson Company The Kean Foundation Kimmel Properties LLC KPMG LLP The Liberty Group McCarter & English, LLP Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE) Foundation NEC Laboratories New Jersey Institute of Technology NJCU Northeastern Chemical Association Optimus Partners, LLC Margen Penick Charitable Trust PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP Potomac-Hudson Environmental, Inc. Provident Bank SILVERMAN Skanska USA Building, Inc. Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. Willis Towers Watson


LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER’S LUMINARY SOCIETY Liberty Science Center is grateful to the following individuals for their generous support. To help us keep world-class science learning accessible to all, visit lsc.org/luminary or call 201.253.1327.

PRINCIPAL BENEFACTOR’S CIRCLE ($100,000 and above) David Barry Jennifer A. Chalsty Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation Frank J. Guarini Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Stephen R. Howe, Jr. ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON 1962 Charitable trust Bruce and Rhonda Levy Jeffrey M. Mandler John and Laura Overdeck Gregory Tusar Judy and Josh Weston Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Williams Norman A. Worthington III and Susan Marie Keating

BENEFACTOR’S CIRCLE ($50,000-$99,999) Brian Carlin Susanne D. Ellis Richard Hodosh and Helga Fisch Chirag and Priti Patel John and Suzanne Willian

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE ($25,000-$49,999) Alma DeMetropolis Dr. Janet L. Denlinger Bob and Kathy Hugin

CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE ($10,000-$24,999) Susan and Ira Akselrad Darren W. Cohen Michele Holcomb Kannan Family The Honorable Thomas H. Kean Gerry Ohrstrom Carolyn and Bob Slaski Finn and Kim Wentworth Linda A. Willett

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE ($5,000-$9,999) Bronstein Family Russell and Stephanie Deyo Louis V. Henston David and Noreen O’Brien

Minal Patel and Asra Warsi David Rosenberg and Laura Popp-Rosenberg Richard D. Schibell, Esq. Peggy and Gary Shilling Anthony Skiadas and Celeste Campos

SPONSOR’S CIRCLE ($2,500-$4,999) John E. Abele Bertram Amadi Dennis and Denise Bone George Karnoutsos and Raquel Lewan Dr. Amit Rakhit and Mr. Brad Senatore Carlos and Eileen Rodriguez Sharon Stamm and Jerome Zeldis Tom and Anne Stanton Laura Stern and David Bauhs David Welsh

PATRON’S CIRCLE ($1,000-$2,499) Michael Benz, MD Ann and Stan Borowiec Brandman Family Bridgewood Fieldwater Foundation George Church Kevin Crego/Crego Group Miami Paul Goody Brian and Donna Gragnolati Miriam Hernandez-Kakol Barbara and Robert Koster Hamlin Hill Science Robert and Mary Litterman Dr. Jessica Marinoff and Mr. Jim Charatan W. Nevins McCann Jeffrey S. Morrison Dr. George Naseef and Dr. Jill Rathyen Richard and Kayla Pechter Popat Family Rickert Family Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey Rossini Family Arthur and Joanne Weinbach Robert Wiesen, Clifton Budd & DeMaria, LLP Lynette Wilson Anonymous (3) List current as of February 23, 2021


TABLE OF CONTENTS OVERVIEW Field Trips 8 Planetarium Programs 10 Science On a Sphere Programs 13 Live From Surgery 14 Laboratory Workshops 16 MakerLab Workshops 18 Tech & Design Studio Workshops 18 Stage Shows 20 After-School Programs 21 Professional Development 22

STUDENT PROGRAMS BY GRADE GRADES PRE-K - 2

GRADES 6 - 8

Life Science 25 Physical Science 25 Earth and Space Science 26 Engineering, Technology, and Application 27

Life Science 35 Physical Science 36 Earth and Space Science 39 Engineering, Technology, and Application 40

GRADES 3 - 5

GRADES 9 - 12

Life Science 29 Physical Science 29 Earth and Space Science 31 Engineering, Technology, and Application 32

Life Science 43 Earth and Space Science 44 Engineering, Technology, and Application 45

TEACHER PROGRAMS Professional Development 48


All of LSC’s education programs are aligned with NJSLS - Science (NGSS). Look for specific standards alignment below each program offering in this guide.


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FIELD TRIPS AT LSC Liberty Science Center is a prime destination for learners of all ages and abilities. When you’re ready, we’re ready to safely welcome schools and groups to explore our exhibition halls, live animal collection of 110 species, giant aquariums, and so much more! Be sure to take in an amazing show at the nation’s biggest planetarium—the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium. We would love to help you plan your next LSC adventure.

ONLINE Can’t bring your group to LSC? Most programs can now be transmitted into your classroom using distance learning technology on platforms such as FieldTripZoom or Google Meet. No permission slips required! TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: • Internet connection; wired connection recommended • Computer or other device(s) with the following: webcam, microphone, speakers, display • We’ll send you a link via email once your booking date has been confirmed.

All Field Trips must be booked in advance. Call 201.253.1214.

COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS AT LSC We have made big changes... • We’ve created fun and safe new experiences • We’ve increased daily disinfecting and sanitizing protocols • We’re checking temperatures • We’ve improved air quality in the building • We’re limiting capacity

and we need your help to keep everyone safe • Wear a face mask • Keep a safe distance • Stay home if you’re sick • Keep your hands clean • Consume food and drink outside or in our limited seating area only

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PLANETARIUM PROGRAMS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE Our Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium is the biggest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere and fifth largest in the world, and is uniquely designed to display Earth and Space Systems phenomena in a way that’s just not possible in the classroom. View astronomical objects and celestial phenomena from the surface of Earth and then travel into space to truly understand these difficult concepts by flying up to, around, and through the objects. We can also speed up time in our presentations, allowing you to make an entire year of space systems observations during one program—seasons, moon phases, seasonal constellations, and more. Our 27-meter (89-foot) dome, coupled with an all-dome video and astronomical object database, provides an immersive environment in which to explore the Earth and Space Systems Performance Expectations of the NJSLS - Science (NGSS).

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HOW IT WORKS ONLINE

Using the same advanced software as in our planetarium, we bring astronomy and aerospace content to the classroom and your students’ home screens. All of these programs are presented ‘live’ by an LSC Planetarium Educator and allow for lots of time for students to ask questions to the presenter.

Check your grade-level band section for planetarium programs that are aligned with your grade-specific NJSLS - Science (NGSS) requirements.

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SCIENCE ON A SPHERE PROGRAMS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE The visually stunning Weston Family Lab for Earth and Space Exploration allows students to explore Earth and its systems using authentic data on the only publicly available NOAA Science On a Sphere in New Jersey. The six-foot spherical visualization globe is capable of showing hundreds of high-resolution global images and animations of the Earth, sun, moon, and planets, bringing Earth and space science vividly to life. Our Science On a Sphere programs are presented live by LSC’s educators, allowing for lots of interaction between the students, the presenters, and the visually stunning, data-rich content. See earthquakes, hurricane tracks, sea surface temperatures, plate tectonics, weather patterns, and more!

HOW IT WORKS ONLINE NEW! Through a remote connection from LSC, we bring our home planet and other objects in our solar system to life in vivid high-quality resolution with satellite views, animations, and real-time data sets. All of these programs are presented ‘live’ by an LSC Planetarium Educator and allow lots of time for students to ask questions to the presenter.

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LIVE FROM SURGERY NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE Live From Surgery brings the world of healthcare to the next generation of surgeons and biotechnology experts. Experience the dynamics of surgery, problem-solving, and teamwork in a real operating room. Connect to hospitals through videoconferencing to interact with the medical team during a surgical procedure, and observe some of the same tools that the medical team is using. We partner with the most prestigious hospitals across the region for this unforgettable experience.

MEET THE SURGEON Our Live From Surgery program also features Meet the Surgeon sessions. Speak to the professionals face to face as you explore actual cases, understand each medical problem, examine the course of action, and review the outcomes. These sessions create an intimate environment where surgeons can focus their attention on the students while narrating and showing a video of the surgical procedures.

NEW! LIVE FROM SURGERY PLUS Our Live From Surgery Plus program takes the experience to the next level by enhancing your surgical session with a 45-60-minute laboratory workshop that brings medical science to life. Choose to add a session on real-life lab skills, healthcare career exploration, or another focus. Contact us to discuss the options. All programs must be booked in advance. Call 201.253.1214 or email groups@lsc.org.

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LABORATORY WORKSHOPS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE Our Laboratory Workshops reinforce learning through highly-interactive explorations that promote scientific thinking and reasoning and often spark a lifelong interest in STEM. Programs are available for grades Pre-K - 12, and can accommodate up to 30 students. Programs range in length from 30 minutes to 75 minutes depending on the grade band and subject matter. These engaging and inspiring labs can take place online, at Liberty Science Center, or at your school.

Add some science flair to your school science fair or special event! Our staff can lead an interactive session that complements your theme. To book any program, please call 201.253.1214. All programs must be booked in advance.

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TECH SKILLS ARE IN DEMAND According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer-based occupations are projected to increase by 12.5% from 2014 to 2024, an uptick expected to result in nearly half a million new jobs—far more than any other STEM category. The occupation projected to add the second-largest number of new jobs from 2014 to 2024 is engineering, with 65,000 new jobs. Liberty Science Center’s programs introduce exciting technology skills that help you meet curriculum goals and reinforce new concepts with invaluable, real-world experiences. Join us for a single session or a series. Programs are aligned to the NJSLS - Science (NGSS), ISTE standards, and NJSLS - Math.

MAKERLAB WORKSHOPS In these lab-based programs at Liberty Science Center, we celebrate and encourage the creative, curious, and inventive spirit that all students have. The maker culture is at the heart of this lab with a 1:1 student-to-3D-printer ratio, so every student works with a designated printer in our programs.

TECH & DESIGN STUDIO WORKSHOPS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE Learn the latest technology skills in workshops for grades 2 - 12. These programs apply computational thinking and design thinking to identify solutions or create dynamic projects.

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STAGE SHOWS The new version of our popular assemblies!

NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE Kick start the school year with a science spectacular! Let us present our highly entertaining and science-rich assemblies online, at Liberty Science Center, or at your school. These programs are appropriate for grades K - 8. Each show is up to 60 minutes of science and fun, and can accommodate up to 500 participants.

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AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE LSC brings science learning to you! Take part in interactive, science-based programs online or at your location. These 45-60 minute programs provide project-based learning experiences and develop critical thinking, collaboration, innovation, and problem-solving skills over an extended period of time. Choose one or multiple sessions and select a range of topics, or build on the same topic over several weeks. Contact an LSC representative for assistance planning a unique and unforgettable after-school science program for your school: 201.253.1214.

GRADES: 1 - 12 LENGTH: SINGLE WEEK OR MULTI-WEEK SERIES SOME POPULAR TOPICS INCLUDE: FORENSIC SCIENCE Crack a case using the same techniques real forensic scientists use, such as checking for fingerprints, comparing fibers, DNA analysis, the science of ballistics, and more.

GROWING INTO SCIENCE Learn about a multitude of STEM career opportunities and see how science fits into your future! We provide opportunities for exciting science learning using experiential models with real-life applications.

TINKERCAD SERIES Get hands-on experience with the 3D design software Tinkercad. We’ll use math while exploring the foundations of engineering, design, and architecture, such as scale and proportion.

DIGITAL ART STUDIO SERIES Animation is a series of images, each slightly different from the last, shown in sequence. Artists and animators are the ones that can take a vision and bring it to life. In this series, students are introduced to the core principles of animation, using Piskel Software tools, and apply their new skills in animation to solve a series of design errors and improve a product.

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TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE Liberty Science Center partners with schools and districts to offer highly interactive professional development programs that will build teachers’ capacity around planning and implementing engaging and effective standards-based science instruction. Our programs can be delivered online and in person.

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GRADES PRE-K - 2 According to the National Research Council, young learners begin school with a rich knowledge of the natural world, the ability to reason, an understanding of the principles of cause and effect, foundations for modeling, the ability to consider ideas and beliefs, and an eagerness to participate in learning. LSC’s programs for early learners promote making observations, asking questions, and constructing explanations as they directly relate to NJSLS - Science (NGSS). Our programs also support New Jersey’s Approaches to Learning standards, which promote the building of core skills known as EPPIC: engagement, planning and problem solving, initiative and creativity.


LIFE SCIENCE NEW! Beneficial Behaviors 45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

As baby animals enter the world, mommy and daddy animals need to show them the ropes! Experience a live animal encounter, examine media resources, and follow Zoey the Zoologist as she explores the beneficial behaviors parent animals exhibit to help their babies survive. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 1-LS1-2 Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.

NEW! Flower Power 30-45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

As the seasons change, flowers begin to bloom again. But how do they get the water they need to grow? Explore how plants use specialized parts to take in water and send it throughout their structure. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 1-LS1-1 Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. Approaches to Learning Displaying Curiosity, Persistence, Following Multi-Step Plans

NEW! Maple Seed Models 30-45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Create your own maple seed model out of paper, and explore how the maple seed has a special way of getting the space it needs to grow and survive. Alignment to NJSLS - Science K-LS1-1 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. Approaches to Learning Displaying Curiosity, Persistence, Making & Following Multi-Step Plans

Pollinators: Honey Bees 30-45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Have you thanked a bee today? Pollinators provide an essential service

to the ecosystem. At least a third of the world’s agricultural crops depend on pollination provided by insects and other animals. Honey bees produce and store honey, but they also help to make other favorite foods. Design a pollination device that works just as hard as a busy bee. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 2-LS2-2 Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants K-2-ETS1-2 Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts SL.2.5 Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

NEW! Secret to Survival 45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Animals and plants have internal and external parts that help them grow, survive, and meet their needs. Learn how humans can mimic these special adaptations to help inspire solutions to everyday problems. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 1-LS1-1 Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.1.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).

PHYSICAL SCIENCE Flow Motion 30-45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

From puddles to clouds and rain to snow, water is changing its form around us all the time. Help us conduct different experiments to see evaporation, condensation, and precipitation right before our eyes. Alignment to NJSLS - Science K-PS3-1 Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface. Approaches to Learning Displaying Curiosity, Communication of New Ideas

Fundamental Physics 45-60 Minutes • Stage Show Online | At LSC | At Your School

Two siblings love showing each other what they’ve learned about in science class. Join this dynamic duo as they work together to take concepts such as forces, motion, and pushes and pulls to a whole new level! Alignment to NJSLS - Science K-PS2-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object. K-PS2-2 Analyze data to determine if a design solution works as intended to change the speed or direction of an object with a push or a pull. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts SL.K.3 Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. K.MD.A.1 Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.

Light It Up! 30-45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Plan and conduct investigations using flashlights and lightboxes to make sense of what it means for objects to be transparent, opaque, translucent, or reflective. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 1-PS4-3 Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.1.8 With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. SL.1.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. Approaches to Learning Displaying Curiosity, Collaboration, Communication of New Ideas

Watch for this symbol marking LSC’s Green Programs, which are made possible by generous support from Amazon.

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NEW! Matter in Motion 45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Matter can be solid, liquid, or gas. But matter can also change! Observe phenomena involving some of the ways matter can change. Work collaboratively to construct evidencebased arguments on whether or not changes to matter can be reversed. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 2-PS1-4 Construct an argument with evidence that some changes caused by heating or cooling can be reversed and some cannot. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.2.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section. Approaches to Learning Displaying Curiosity, Collaboration, Communication of New Ideas

NEW! Super Strong Shapes 30-45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Which shapes are not only strong but… super strong? In a hands-on program that blends science and architecture, build and test your favorite three-dimensional shapes and explore how an object’s shape relates to its properties and uses. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 2-PS1-2 Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.2.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.4 Model with mathematics. MP.5 Use appropriate tools strategically. Approaches to Learning Persistence, Collaboration, Problem-Solving, Following Multi-Step Plans

What’s the Matter? 30-45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

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happens when matter is cooled using liquid nitrogen. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 2-PS1-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.2.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section. W.2.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. Approaches to Learning Displaying Curiosity, Collaboration, Communication of New Ideas

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE NEW! Leo the Landform Llama 45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Join Leo the Landform Llama on a treasure-hunting adventure! Journey across different landforms, observing the characteristics of each. Along the way, use these characteristics to differentiate the various forms of high and low land and answer questions to collect clues and find hidden treasure. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 2-ESS2-2 Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area. Approaches to Learning Demonstrating Engagement, Use Skills in Reading & Math for a Wider Variety of Purposes

NEW! Voyage through the Sky 45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Learn how to find the Big Dipper and the North Star in the evening sky. Hear stories about the stars. Take a tour of our nearest neighbor in space—the moon—then visit Saturn. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 1-ESS1-1 Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.1.8 With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes 30-45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Our planet is constantly being shaped by events that can happen very slowly over time, or quite suddenly. Using a model to represent land, simulate how earthquakes, volcanoes, and erosion can change the shape of the land around us. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 2-ESS1-1 Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.2.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. SL.2.2 Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. Connection to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.4 Model with mathematics. Approaches to Learning Displaying Curiosity, Collaboration, Communication of New Ideas

Fast Change, Slow Change 30-45 Minutes Science On a Sphere Program Online | At LSC

Explore how Earth has changed over time using Science On a Sphere. Observe continents shift, separate, and collide. See what the planet looked like in the days of the dinosaurs. Examine ways in which the forces of wind, water, and ice have changed our planet gradually or suddenly. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 2-ESS1-1 Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly. 2 ESS2-3 Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.2.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. SL.2.2 Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. Connection to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.4 Model with mathematics.


One World, One Sky

Sun, Moon, and Stars

30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program At LSC

30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Join Big Bird and Elmo as they explore shapes in the sky and even go on a trip to the moon!

Join a tour of the sky for our youngest astronomers! Explore the sun, moon, and stars and discover their patterns, including sunrise and sunset locations, moon phases, and how constellation visibility varies with Earth’s position from season to season.

Alignment to NJSLS - Science 1-ESS1-1 Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.1.8 With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

Rain, Rain, Go Away! 30-45 Minutes Science On a Sphere Program Online | At LSC

Explore causes of our weather using Science On a Sphere. See how Earth’s weather changes from place to place and season to season. Alignment to NJSLS - Science K-ESS2-1 Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time. 2 ESS2-3 Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid. Connection to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.4 Model with mathematics.

Alignment to NJSLS - Science 1-ESS1-1 Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted. 1-ESS1-2 Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year. 1-PS4-2. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that objects can be seen only when illuminated. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.1.8 With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY, AND APPLICATION OF SCIENCE Nothing but Net! 30-45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Shoot baskets like a pro! Engineer a catapult designed to push and pull your way toward this goal. Then analyze, compare, and test a friend’s design. There is always more than one possible solution to a problem! Alignment to NJSLS - Science K-2-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.2.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.4 Model with mathematics. MP.5 Use appropriate tools strategically. Approaches to Learning Persistence, Evaluating and Modifying Plans, Problem-Solving

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GRADES 3-5 According to the National Research Council, students in grades 3 - 5 engage in a wide variety of scientific practices, including: posing questions, making predictions, designing and conducting investigations, representing and interpreting data, designing models, and making arguments that support conclusions. They can now engage in more complicated forms of measuring and graphical representations. LSC’s programs for grades 3 - 5 introduce simple models that help explain observable scientific phenomena as they directly relate to the NJSLS - Science (NGSS).


LIFE SCIENCE NEW! Disease Transmission 45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

We are influenced every day by the microbes around us, especially viruses. Take on the role of epidemiologists and use online simulations to investigate the transmission of viruses. Make predictions and manipulate variables to speed or slow the rate of infection. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-LS2-1 Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive. 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. 4-LS1-2 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 ways. 5-PS1-1 Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts RI.3.3 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect. SL.4.5 Add audio recordings and visual displays to presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes. W.4.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. RI.5.9 Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably. W.5.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. (5-PS2-1) Connections to NJSLS - Math MP.4 Model with mathematics.

NEW! Ecosystem Survival 45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Step into the shoes of a field biologist to study the Hudson River watershed. Gain a deeper understanding of the interconnected living and nonliving factors that make up an ecosystem. Construct a food web to model how energy from the sun moves through the ecosystem. Alignment to NJSLS - Science

3-LS4-4 Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change. 5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. 5-PS3-1 Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts RI.5.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently. (5-LS2-1)

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Career Exploration Panel 45-60 Minutes • Live From Surgery Online | At LSC

Find out about the wide range of healthcare and medical support careers at our Virtual Career Day. Get inspired as you hear personal stories and ask questions of our esteemed panel. (Most appropriate for grade 5.) Standard for 21st Century Life and Career Skills 9.2.5.CAP.1 Evaluate personal likes and dislikes and identify careers that might be suited to personal likes. 9.2.5.CAP.3 Identify qualifications needed to pursue traditional and non-traditional careers and occupations.

NEW! Organizing Fossils 45-60 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Observe fossils up close. Determine their makeup, draw conclusions about them, and organize them by the geologic time periods when different species lived. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-LS4-1 Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago. 4-ESS1-1 Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts RI.3.3 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect. W.3.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. W.4.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different

aspects of a topic. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Owl Pellet Dissection 45-60 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Explore the diet of our favorite raptors by dissecting the undigested remains of their prey. Dissect an owl pellet and identify what the owl consumed. Investigate animal adaptations and begin to make sense of food webs. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-LS4-3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some struggle to survive, and some cannot survive at all. 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts RI.3.3 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect. W.3.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. W.3.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. SL.3.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace. W.4.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE NEW! All About Mars 30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Mars shines in our evening sky until July of 2021. Discover how to find the red planet in the current night sky. Travel to Mars in the wake of the Perseverance rover that landed on Mars in February 2021, and explore Mars as NASA sees it. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-PS2-2 Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. 4-ESS1-1 Identify evidence from patterns in rock

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formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. 5-PS1-3 Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.3.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic. W.4.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic. (4-ESS1-1) Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Black Holes 30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Explore the nature of black holes, which are among the most mysterious objects in the universe. How do we know they exist? Where do they come from? What would it be like to get close to a black hole? Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-PS2-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. 4-PS3-1 Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object. 5-PS1-1 Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.3.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic. W.4.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Chemistry of Candy 45-60 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Investigate chemistry with sweet delights to explore chemical and physical changes, then separate materials based on their properties. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 5-PS1-3 Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.5.7 Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

NEW! Coding Virtual Rovers 45 Minutes • Tech & Design Studio Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Want to see your code come to life? Create a code to navigate a virtual 30

rover through a maze using a userfriendly, web-based computer science coding program. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to try to make your code as efficient as it is effective. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-PS2-2 Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science & Design Thinking: 8.1.5.DA.5 Propose cause and effect relationships, predict outcomes, or communicate ideas using data.

NEW! Force and Motion 45-60 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Discover how a force acts on everyday objects around you. Using household materials to explore the fundamental principles of forces and motion. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-PS2-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. 4-PS3-2 Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.4.8 Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize in formation, and provide a list of sources.

Grow Green 45-60 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop At LSC | At Your School

Why is it so much hotter in a city than in the country in the summertime? Can we use plants to cool down? Learn about the urban heat island effect as you complete an engineering design challenge to create your very own model green roof! Alignment to NJSLS - Science 4-PS3-4 Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.4.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

It’s Slimy Time 45-60 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Investigate chemical and physical

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changes by making your own slime. Get messy and have fun exploring its properties, then use what you learn to engineer and create your ultimate slime. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 5-PS1-4 Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances. 3-5-ETS1-1 Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost. Connections to NJSLS - Math MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

NEW! Let’s Physics It Out! 30-45 Minutes • Stage Show Online | At LSC | At Your School

What can bowling balls, Slinky toys, and a pendulum teach us about energy, density, motion, and more? Witness the laws of physics in action in this exciting live show. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-PS2-2 Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. 4-PS3-2: Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electrical currents. 4-PS4-1: Develop a model of waves to describe patterns in terms of amplitude and wavelength and that waves can cause objects to move. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.4 Model with mathematics.

NEW! Pluto and the

Deep Solar System

30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Explore the objects at the farthest reaches of our solar system: Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and the dwarf planets. How were they discovered? What do we know about them? And why was Pluto reclassified from a planet to a dwarf planet? Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-PS2-2 Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. 4-PS4-2 Develop a model to describe that light reflecting from objects and entering the eye allows objects to be seen. 5-PS1-3 Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties. 5-ESS1-1 Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from Earth.


Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.3.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.4 Model with mathematics. MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

3-5 ETS1 Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.5 Use appropriate tools strategically.

NEW! Projectile Motion

Wonders of the Night Sky

45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online

Learn what it takes for astrophysicists to determine landing sites of Mars Rovers. Collect and interpret data using a Phet Simulator to determine patterns of projectile motion. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-PS2-2 Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.3.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

Science Circus 45-60 Minutes • Stage Show Online | At LSC | At Your School

It’s our most popular show! Explore the positives and negatives of static electricity, the immense pressure of air, the states of matter, and the subzero temperatures of liquid nitrogen. See more than a dozen thrilling experiments bring the concepts of energy and matter to life! Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-PS2-2 Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. 3-PS2-3 Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other. 5-PS1-1 Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts SL.3.3 Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.

NEW! Simple Machines: Catapult 45-60 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Discover how simple machines are used to make work easier. Learn the various types of simple machines and combine several of them to build a catapult. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-PS2-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.

RI.5.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Use the current night sky to explore Earth and Space Science concepts. Topics relate to objects visible in the sky on your visit date and include seasonal constellations and planets, exciting deep-sky objects, and breaking astronomical news. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-PS2-2 Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. 4-PS4-2 Develop a model to describe that light reflecting from objects and entering the eye allows objects to be seen. 5-ESS1-1 Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from Earth. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.3.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic. W.5.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.4 Model with mathematics.

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE Are We There Yet? 30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Explore observations of the sun, planets, and stars to discover that objects in the universe are located at large distances from Earth and exhibit predictable cyclic patterns. See how large objects can appear very small when they are located far from Earth. Discover that the sun is a star that appears larger and brighter than other stars because it is close. Alignment to NJSLS - Science Earth’s Place in the Universe 5-ESS1-1 Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from Earth. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts

Cycles of the Seasons 30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Observe the repeating pattern of the seasons and learn how Earth’s tilt and its orbit around the sun combine to change the length of day and night over the course of the year. See how Earth’s motion around the sun changes the stars visible from season to season. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 5-ESS1-2 Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics: MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

NEW! From Rain to Roots 45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Go beyond the water cycle, and dive into the role plants play in moving water through an ecosystem. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 5-ESS2-1 Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Introduction to Spheres 30-45 Minutes Science On a Sphere Program Online | At LSC

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hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere, and how these spheres interact with one another. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 4-ESS2-2 Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features. 5-ESS2-1 Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts RI.5.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

NEW! Natural Disasters 45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Discover the mechanisms of volcanoes and earthquakes and explore the ways scientists use models to prepare for future catastrophic events. Create your own tectonic plate model and investigate ways to minimize damage. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 4-ESS3-2 Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans. 5-ESS2-1Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

NEW! Planet Hopping! 45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Find out how to tell the planets from the stars in the evening sky, and explore how planets move against the starry background. Then, leap off Earth and travel to each planet, seeing the planets as seen by NASA’s robot explorers. End the show with a ride on a Mars roller coaster. The entire journey is presented live from the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 5-ESS1-1 Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from the Earth. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

The Solar System 30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

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moons in the solar system, using the latest data from NASA. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-PS2-2 Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. 4-ESS2-1 Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation. 5-ESS1-1 Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from Earth.

Weather vs. Climate 30-45 Minutes Science On a Sphere Program Online | At LSC

Watch Earth data sets come alive on Science On a Sphere. Explore climate changes over time and how the shortterm changes of weather are different from the long-term changes of climate. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-ESS2-1 Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season. 3-ESS2-2 Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.3.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY, AND APPLICATION OF SCIENCE Intro to 3D Design with Tinkercad 45-60 Minutes • MakerLab Workshop Online | At LSC

Learn the basics of 3D design in this course. Each student will need a computer and must download open-source software (Tinkercad). A document with directions on how to download Tinkercad will be provided. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-5-ETS1-1 Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics 3-5.OA Operations and Algebraic Thinking (3-5ETS1-1), (3-5-ETS1-2)

Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.2.5.ITH.2 Evaluate how well a new tool has met its intended purpose and identify any shortcomings it might have. 8.1.5.CS.2 Model how computer software and hardware work together as a system to accomplish tasks. 8.2.5.ED.3 Follow step-by-step directions to assemble a product or solve a problem, using appropriate tools to accomplish the task.

Digital Art Studio 45-60 Minutes Tech & Design Studio Workshop Online | At LSC

Now available in Spanish. Explore color theory, lighting, and animation to create digital art or animation. We’ll use an intuitive online S.T.E.A.M. toolset that’s limited only by your imagination. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-5-ETS1-2 Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. Connections to NJSLS – Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.5 Use appropriate tools strategically. Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.2.5.ED.5 Describe how specifications and limitations impact the engineering design process. 8.2.5.ED.3 Follow step-by-step directions to assemble a product or solve a problem, using appropriate tools to accomplish the task.

Intro to Game Design 45-60 Minutes Tech & Design Studio Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Design custom characters, animations, and behaviors for video games. We’ll use the platform Scratch, which sets a foundation for computational thinking—an essential skill in today’s tech-driven world. Alignment to NJSLS - Science 3-5-ETS1-3 Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved. Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.2.5.ED.3 Follow step-by-step directions to assemble a product or solve a problem, using appropriate tools to accomplish the task. 8.2.5.NT.3 Redesign an existing product for a different purpose in a collaborative team. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.4 Model with mathematics. MP.5 Use appropriate tools strategically.


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GRADES 6-8 According to the National Research Council, students from grades 6 - 8 transition to more abstract and detailed models and explanations of scientific phenomena. They learn to ask questions based on phenomena, determine relationships within models, and use mathematical representations and graphical displays of data to support scientific reasoning. LSC’s programs for grades 6 - 8 have students working more closely with authentic data sets to create models of the scientific phenomena being observed.


LIFE SCIENCE NEW! Biodiversity 45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC

Become a naturalist and go into the field virtually to observe the behavior of a unique species discovered by our scientists. Construct an explanation based on evidence, experimentation, and simulations that describe how variations of traits increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-LS4-4 Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics 6.RP.A.1 Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities.

BRAAINS! You and the Zombie 45-60 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Join the Zombie Response Team as research scientists to help determine how a mutated strain of the zombie virus is altering zombie behavior. Gain a better understanding of how the brain works as you identify and construct scientific explanations for observed differences in behavior and capabilities of zombies and humans. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts. WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. WHST.6-8.9 Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics 6.SP.B.4 Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context.

Cow Eye Dissection 45-60 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Follow light on its journey through the eye. Observe (online) or perform (at LSC and at your school) cow eye dissections and gain a deeper understanding of the structure and function of the human eye. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-LS1-8 Gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage as memories. MS-LS4-2 Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes. SL.8.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

NEW! Disease Transmission 45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

We are influenced every day by the microbes around us, especially viruses. Take on the role of epidemiologists and use online simulations to investigate the growth and transmission of viruses. Make predictions and manipulate variables to determine what factors speed or slow the rate of infection. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts WHST.6-8.9 Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.1.8.DA.5 Test, analyze, and refine computational models.

NEW! Game of Life: Battling Beetles 45 Minutes Tech & Design Studio Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

You have been hired by a famous naturalist who has observed the behavior of the amazing O. glucosi beetle species. Use a gaming platform to code a biodiversity game that simulates the beetle’s unique behavior. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-LS4-4 Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts RST.6-8.9 Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic. Connections to NJSLS - Math 7.RP.A.2 Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities. Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.1.8.DA.5 Test, analyze, and refine computational models.

Live From Kidney Transplant 2.5 hours • Live From Surgery Online | At LSC

Witness the gift of life shared between two people as the surgical team removes a donor kidney, prepares it for transplantation, takes it to an adjacent operating room, and sews it into a recipient. Experience a profound sense of wonder and elation when the donated kidney is attached to the patient’s blood supply and becomes pink. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-LS1-3 Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells. MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts WHST.6-8.1 Write arguments focused on discipline -specific content. WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

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NEW! Live From Surgery Plus:

Bacteria Detective

60 Minutes Live From Surgery Program Online | At LSC

They’re microscopic, mighty, and play a key role in life all over our planet. Learn to distinguish groups of bacteria using digital materials to simulate gram staining techniques and identify specimens.

Live From Robotic Surgery 2.5 hours • Live From Surgery Online | At LSC

Learn about the engineering and design of high-end medical equipment, like the Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, and its application in partially removing a tumor from a kidney or related urological procedure. See a live surgery and speak to the surgical team as they perform a surgical procedure. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-LS1-3 Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells. MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts WHST.6-8.1 Write arguments focused on disciplinespecific content. WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

NEW! Live From Surgery Plus:

Career Exploration Panel 45 Minutes Live From Surgery Program Online | At LSC

Find out about the wide range of opportunities by joining us on our Virtual Career Day. Meet a variety of professionals in the healthcare and medical support fields. Get inspired as you hear personal stories and ask questions of our esteemed panel. Standard for 21st Century Life and Career Skills 9.2.8.CAP.9 Analyze how a variety of activities related to career preparation (e.g., volunteering, apprenticeships, structured learning experiences, dual enrollment, job search, scholarships) impacts post-secondary options.

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Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-LS1-1 Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

NEW! Live From Surgery Plus: Antibiotic Resistance 60 Minutes Live From Surgery Program Online | At LSC

Investigate a fictional case study of a very real problem regarding an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant, food-borne infection. Observe the power of PCR and gel electrophoresis. Collect and analyze data to determine the spread. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-LS4-4 Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts WHST.6-8.9 Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Meet the Surgeon: Heart Transplant 2.5 hours Live From Surgery: Meet the Surgeon Online | At LSC

Join Margarita T. Camacho, MD, as she discusses one of her prerecorded heart transplant surgeries. Learn about risk factors for heart disease, mechanical hearts and assistive devices, and new cardiac transplant technologies and procedures. Gain a better understanding of the organ donation process and analyze data from past research on mechanical devices. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-LS1-3 Use arguments supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells. MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based

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on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts WHST.6-8.1 Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content. WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Meet the Surgeon: Pediatric Orthopedics 2.5 hours Live From Surgery: Meet the Surgeon Online | At LSC

Join Dr. Samara Friedman as she discusses one of her prerecorded surgeries which include the treatment of bone fractures, surgery of the knee, or pinning of the arm. Hear Dr. Friedman speak about her career path and other kinds of careers in medicine. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-LS1-3 Use arguments supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells. MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts WHST.6-8.1 Write arguments focused on discipline -specific content. WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE NEW! Acids and Bases 45-60 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Experience the power of hydrogen! Explore the important chemistry concept of acids and bases by using everyday household products. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-PS1-2 Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 6.RP.A.3 Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve realworld and mathematical problems.


NEW! Chemistry Matters 45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online

From alchemy to chemistry, what are elements and how do they interact to create new substances? Observe what happens when substances are combined and gather evidence to distinguish between mixtures and reactions. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-PS1-2 Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. MS-PS1-5 Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

NEW! Coding Virtual Rovers

Computer Science & Design Thinking: 8.1.8.AP.2 Create clearly named variables that represent different data types and perform operations on their values.

Forensic Science: Gotham Detective with Digital Kit 60 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC

Conduct an investigation and analyze evidence to build a case against one of the city’s notorious criminal masterminds before it’s too late. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-PS1-3 Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

45 Minutes Tech & Design Studio Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

NEW! Let’s Physics It Out!

Create a code to navigate a virtual rover through a maze using a user-friendly, web-based computer science coding program. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to try to make your code as efficient as it is effective.

What can bowling balls, Slinky toys, and a pendulum teach us about energy, density, motion, and more? Witness the laws of physics in action in this exciting live show.

Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. NJSLS - Computer Science & Design Thinking: 8.1.5.DA.5 Propose cause and effect relationships, predict outcomes, or communicate ideas using data.

30-45 Minutes • Stage Show Online | At LSC | At Your School

Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-PS2-2: Plan an investigation to provide evidence that a change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object. MS-PS4-2: Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

NEW! Moving Molecules 45-60 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Investigate how thermal motion influences particle motion. Experiment with hot and cold substances to determine how molecule movement changes depending on the temperature. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-PS1-4 Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed. Alignment to NJSLS - Mathematics 6.NS.C.5 Understand that positive and negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having opposite directions or values (e.g., temperature above/below zero, elevation above/ below sea level, credits/debits, positive/negative electric charge); use positive and negative numbers to represent quantities in real-world contexts, explaining the meaning of 0 in each situation.

NEW! Mystery at the

Hotel Philadelphia

60-75 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC

Conduct an investigation, collect and analyze evidence to identify a pathogen, and solve a deadly mystery based on a real-world disease outbreak. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-PS1-3 Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.


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NEW! Projectile Motion 45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online

Learn what it takes for astrophysicists to determine landing sites of Mars Rovers. Collect and interpret data using a Phet Simulator to determine patterns of projectile motion. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. Alignment to NJSLS - English Language Arts W.3.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories. Mathematics 6.RP.A.1 Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities.

Science Circus 45-60 Minutes • Stage Show Online | At LSC | At Your School

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE NEW! All About Mars 30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Mars shines in our evening sky until July of 2021. Discover how to find the red planet in the current night sky. Travel to Mars in the wake of the Perseverance rover that landed on Mars in February 2021, and explore Mars as NASA sees it. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ESS1-3 Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system. MS-PS2-4 Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts WHST.6-8.1 Write arguments focused on disciplinespecific content. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

NEW! Asteroid Impact!

It’s our most popular show! Explore the positives and negatives of static electricity, the immense pressure of air, the states of matter, and the subzero temperatures of liquid nitrogen. See more than a dozen thrilling experiments bring the concepts of energy and matter to life!

30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-PS1-4 Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics 6.NS.C.5 Understand that positive and negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having opposite directions or values (e.g., temperature above/below zero, elevation above/ below sea level, credits/debits, positive/negative electric charge); use positive and negative numbers to represent quantities in real-world contexts, explaining the meaning of 0 in each situation.

Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ESS1-3 Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system. MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects. MS-ESS1-4 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billionyear-old history. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 6.RP.A.1 Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities.

Investigate past asteroid impacts on Earth, from the extinction of the dinosaurs to a 2013 explosion over Russia, and look at what NASA is doing to track, study, and potentially divert other near-Earth asteroids.

Black Holes 30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Explore the nature of black holes,

which are among the most mysterious objects in the universe. How do we know they exist? Where do they come from? What would it be like to get close to a black hole? Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ESS1-2 Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.

Cycles of the Seasons 30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Observe the repeating pattern of the seasons and learn how Earth’s tilt and its orbit around the sun combine to change the length of day and night over the course of the year. See how Earth’s motion around the sun changes the stars visible from season to season. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ESS1-1 Develop and use a model of the Earth-sunmoon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.

Phases and Eclipses 30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Observe the changes in the moon’s phases as a month goes by and develop a conceptual model of their cyclic patterns, as well as of eclipses of the sun and moon. Explore these astronomical phenomena as seen from both Earth and outer space. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ESS1-1 Develop and use a model of the Earth-sunmoon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.

NEW! Planet Hopping! 45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Find out how to tell the planets from the stars in the evening sky, and explore how planets move against the starry background. Then, leap off Earth and travel to each planet, seeing the planets as seen by NASA’s robot explorers. End the show with a ride on a Mars roller coaster. The entire journey is presented live from the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ESS1-3 Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.

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NEW! Pluto and the Deep

Solar System

30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Explore the objects at the farthest reaches of our solar system: Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and the dwarf planets. How were they discovered? What do we know about them? And why was Pluto reclassified from a planet to a dwarf planet? Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ESS1-3 Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system. MS-PS2-4 Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts WHST.6-8.1 Write arguments focused on disciplinespecific content. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

The Solar System 30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY, AND APPLICATION TO SCIENCE Intro to 3D Design with Tinkercad 45-60 Minutes • MakerLab Workshop Online | At LSC

Engage in the digital creation of 3D models and learn how to create intricate pieces designed for 3D printing using Autodesk Tinkercad. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ETS1-4 Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved. Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.2.8.ED.1 Evaluate the function, value, and aesthetics of a technological product or system, from the perspective of the user and the producer. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts SL.8.5 Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Tour all of the planets and many of the moons in the solar system using the latest data from NASA. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ESS1-3 Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Wonders of the Night Sky

Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ESS1-3 Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 6.RP.A.1 Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities.

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Arduino Circuits 45-60 Minutes Tech & Design Studio Workshop Online | At LSC

Learn about circuitry and how to code for Arduino. This microcontroller is great for beginners but flexible enough to provide additional challenges for more knowledgeable students. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ETS1-4 Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved. Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.2.8.ED.1 Evaluate the function, value, and aesthetics of a technological product or system, from the perspective of the user and the producer. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Connections to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.18.CS.4 Systematically apply troubleshooting strategies to identify and resolve hardware and software problems in computing systems. 8.1.8.AP.2 Create clearly named variables that represent different data types and perform operations on their values.

NEW! Digital Animation Series

30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Use the current night sky to explore Earth and Space Science concepts. Topics relate to objects visible in the sky on the date of your program and include seasonal constellations and planets, exciting deep-sky objects, and breaking astronomical news.

design can be achieved. Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.2.8.ED.1 Evaluate the function, value, and aesthetics of a technological product or system, from the perspective of the user and the producer. 8.1.8.ED.3 Develop a proposal for a solution to a real-world problem that includes a model (e.g., physical prototype, graphical/technical sketch). Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics: MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Three 45-Minute Sessions Tech & Design Studio Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

3D Design with Tinkercad 60-75 Minutes • MakerLab Workshop At LSC

Engage in the digital creation of 3D models and learn how to create intricate pieces designed for 3D printing using Autodesk Tinkercad. Then, using our Monoprice Mini Select printers, print a personal design that’s yours to keep. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ETS1-4 Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal

Animation is a series of images, each slightly different from the last, shown in sequence. Artists and animators can take a vision and bring it to life. In this series, learn the core principles of animation, use Piskel Software tools, and apply your new animation skills to solve a series of design errors and improve a product. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science 8.2.8.ED.3 Develop a proposal for a solution to a


real-world problem that includes a model (e.g., physical prototype, graphical/technical sketch).

Digital Art Studio 45-60 Minutes Tech & Design Studio Workshop Online | At LSC

Now available in Spanish. Explore color theory, lighting, and animation to create digital art or animation. We’ll use an intuitive online S.T.E.A.M. toolset that’s limited only by your imagination. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success. Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.2.8.ED.1 Evaluate the function, value, and aesthetics of a technological product or system, from the perspective of the user and the producer. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Intro to Game Design 45-60 Minutes Tech & Design Studio Workshop Online | At LSC

and behaviors for video games. Use the platform Construct 3, which sets a foundation for computational thinking—an essential skill in today’s tech-driven world. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.2.8.ED.1 Evaluate the function, value, and aesthetics of a technological product or system, from the perspective of the user and the producer. 8.2.8.ED.4 Investigate a malfunctioning system, identify its impact, and explain the step-by-step process used to troubleshoot, evaluate, and test options to repair the product in a collaborative team. 8.2.8.EC.1 Explain ethical issues that may arise from the use of new technologies. 8.2.8.EC.2 Examine the effects of ethical and unethical practices in product design and development. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 7.EE.3 Solve multi-step real-life and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), using tools strategically. Apply properties of operations to calculate with numbers in any form; convert between forms as appropriate; and assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies.

Mars Terraforming 60-75 Minutes • MakerLab Workshop At LSC

Can humans overcome Mars’ harsh environment and live there one day? Design a habitat for life on Mars based on a topographic map that resembles a real Martian location, then 3D print a model of your Martian home. Alignment to NJSLS - Science MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts SL.8.5 Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest. Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.2.8.ED.1 Evaluate the function, value, and aesthetics of a technological product or system, from the perspective of the user and the producer. 8.2.8.ED.2 Identify the steps in the design process that could be used to solve a problem.

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GRADES 9 - 12 While gaining proficiency with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science, students at the high school level are expected to explore major global issues at the interface of science, technology, society, and the environment; to engage in analytical and strategic thinking that prior training and increased maturity make possible. As in prior levels, these capabilities can be thought of in three stages: defining the problem, developing possible solutions, and improving designs. LSC’s programs for high school students allow them to successfully explore these stages.


LIFE SCIENCE NEW! Disease Transmission 45 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

We are influenced every day by the microbes around us, especially viruses. Take on the role of epidemiologists and use online simulations to investigate the growth and transmission of viruses. Make predictions and manipulate variables to determine what factors speed or slow the rate of infection. Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS-LS2-1 Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.4 Model with mathematics. HSN.Q.A.1 Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multi-step problems; choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays. Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.1.12.DA.6 Create and refine computational models to better represent the relationships among different elements of data collected from a phenomenon or process.

Forensic Science: Gotham Detective 60-75 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC

Conduct an investigation and analyze evidence to build a case against one of the city’s notorious criminal masterminds before it’s too late. Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS-LS1-3 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts WHST.9-12.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Live From Kidney Transplant 2.5 hours • Live From Surgery Online | At LSC

Witness the gift of life shared between two people as a surgical team

removes a donor kidney, prepares it for transplantation, takes it to an adjacent operating room, and sews it into a recipient. Experience a profound sense of wonder and elation when the donated kidney is attached to the patient’s blood supply and becomes pink. Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS-LS1-3 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.

Live From Robotic Surgery 2.5 hours • Live From Surgery Online | At LSC

Learn about the engineering and design of high-end medical equipment, such as the Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, and its application in partially removing a tumor from a kidney or related urological procedure. See a live surgery and speak to the surgical team members as they perform a surgical procedure.

healthcare and medical support career opportunities by joining us on our Virtual Career Day. Meet a variety of professionals in the healthcare field. Get inspired as you hear personal stories and ask questions of our esteemed panel. Standard for 21st Century Life and Career Skills 9.2.12.CAP.2 Develop college and career readiness skills by participating in opportunities such as structured learning experiences, apprenticeships, and dual enrollment programs. 9.2.12.CAP.3 Investigate how continuing education contributes to one’s career and personal growth.

Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS-LS1-3 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.

Meet the Surgeon: Heart Transplant

NEW! Live From Surgery Plus:

Join Margarita T. Camacho, MD, as she discusses one of her prerecorded heart transplant surgeries. Learn about risk factors for heart disease, mechanical hearts and assistive devices, and new cardiac transplant technologies and procedures. Gain a better understanding of the organ donation process and analyze data from past research on mechanical devices.

Bacteria Detective

60 Minutes • Live From Surgery Online | At LSC

They’re microscopic, mighty, and play a key role in life all over our planet. Learn to distinguish groups of bacteria using digital materials to simulate gram-staining techniques and identify specimens. Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS.LS1-2 Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms. Alignment to NJSLS - English Language Arts SL.11-12.5 Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

NEW! Live From Surgery Plus:

Career Exploration Panel

45 Minutes • Live From Surgery Online | At LSC

Find out about the wide range of

2.5 hours • Live From Surgery: Meet the Surgeon Online | At LSC

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Meet the Surgeon: Pediatric Orthopedics 2.5 hours • Live From Surgery: Meet the Surgeon Online | At LSC

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Mystery at the Hotel Philadelphia 60-75 Minutes • Laboratory Workshop Online | At LSC

Conduct an investigation, collect and analyze evidence to identify a pathogen, and solve a deadly mystery based on a real-world disease outbreak. Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS-LS1-3 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts WHST.9-12.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

production of elements in stars.

The Solar System

Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS-ESS1-1 Develop a model based on evidence to illustrate the life span of the sun and the role of nuclear fusion in the sun’s core to release energy that eventually reaches Earth in the form of radiation. HS-ESS1-2 Construct an explanation of the Big Bang theory based on astronomical evidence of light spectra, motion of distant galaxies, and composition of matter in the universe. HS-ESS1-3 Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over their life cycle, produce elements. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts SL.11-12.4 Present information, findings and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically. The content, organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. HSN-Q.A.2 Define appropriate quantities for the purpose of descriptive modeling./

30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Black Holes

Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS-ESS1-1 Develop a model based on evidence to illustrate the life span of the sun and the role of nuclear fusion in the sun’s core to release energy that eventually reaches Earth in the form of radiation. HS-ESS1-3 Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over their life cycle, produce elements. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts SL.11-12.4 Present information, findings and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically. The content, organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. HSN-Q.A.2 Define appropriate quantities for the purpose of descriptive modeling.

30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

NEW! Structure of the Universe

Explore the nature of black holes, which are among the most mysterious objects in the universe. How do we know they exist? Where do they come from? What would it be like to get close to a black hole? Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS-ESS1-3 Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over their life cycle, produce elements. Connections to NJSLS – Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Mars Terraforming 60-75 Minutes • MakerLab Workshop At LSC

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE All About Stars 30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Tour all of the planets and many of the moons in the solar system using the latest data from NASA.

Can humans overcome Mars’ harsh environment and live there one day? Design a habitat for life on Mars based on a topographic map that resembles a real Martian location, then 3D print a model of your Martian home. Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS-ESS3-2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.2.12.ITH.2 Propose an innovation to meet future demands supported by an analysis of the potential costs, benefits, trade-offs, and risks related to the use of the innovation.

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Explore the origin of the universe and its grand scale, and experience a virtual trip to the end of the known cosmos. Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS-ESS1-2 Construct an explanation of the Big Bang theory based on astronomical evidence of light spectra, motion of distant galaxies, and composition of matter in the universe. HS-ESS1-3 Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over their life cycle, produce elements. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts WHST.9-12.2 Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes. SL.11-12.4 Present information, findings and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically. The content, organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. HSN-Q.A.2 Define appropriate quantities for the purpose of descriptive modeling.

Violent Planet 30-45 Minutes Science On a Sphere Program Online | At LSC

Explore the often-violent forces that have shaped our planet, from currently active volcanoes and earthquakes to Earth’s distant past, using Science On a Sphere.


Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS-ESS2-1 Develop a model to illustrate how Earth’s internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts SL.11-12.5 Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. HSN-Q.A.2 Define appropriate quantities for the purpose of descriptive modeling.

Wonders of the Night Sky 30-45 Minutes • Planetarium Program Online | At LSC

Use the current night sky to explore Earth and Space Science concepts. Topics relate to objects visible in the sky on the date of your program and include seasonal constellations and planets, exciting deep-sky objects, and breaking astronomical news. Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS-ESS1-1 Develop a model based on evidence to illustrate the life span of the sun and the role of nuclear fusion in the sun’s core to release energy that eventually reaches Earth in the form of

radiation. HS-ESS1-3 Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over their life cycle, produce elements. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts SL.11-12.4 Present information, findings and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically. The content, organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. HSN-Q.A.2 Define appropriate quantities for the purpose of descriptive modeling.

ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY, AND APPLICATION OF SCIENCE Arduino Circuits 45-60 Minutes Tech & Design Studio Workshop Online | At LSC

Learn about circuitry and how to code for Arduino. This microcontroller is great for beginners but flexible

enough to provide additional challenges for more knowledgeable students. Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts RST.11-12.9 Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible. Connections to NJSLS – Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.1.12.AP.4 Design and iteratively develop computational artifacts for practical intent, personal expression, or to address a societal issue.

NEW! Digital Animation Series Three 45-Minute Sessions Tech & Design Studio Workshop Online | At LSC | At Your School

Animation is a series of images, each slightly different from the last, shown in sequence. Artists and animators can take a vision and bring it to life. In 45


this series, learn the core principles of animation, use Piskel Software tools, and apply your new animation skills to solve a series of design errors and improve a product.

Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.4 Model with mathematics. Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.2.12.NT.2 Redesign an existing product to improve form or function.

Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS-ETS1-2 Design a solution to a complex realworld problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.4 Model with mathematics. (HS-ETS1-1), (HSETS1-2), (HS-ETS1-3), (HS-ETS1-4) Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.2.12.ED.5 Evaluate the effectiveness of a product or system based on factors that are related to its requirements, specifications, and constraints (e.g., safety, reliability, economic considerations, quality control, environmental concerns, manufacturability, maintenance and repair, ergonomics).

Intro to Game Design

Intro to 3D Design with Tinkercad 45-60 Minutes • MakerLab Workshop Online | At LSC

Engage in the digital creation of 3D models and learn how to create intricate pieces designed for 3D printing using Autodesk Tinkercad. Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS-ETS1-2 Design a solution to a complex realworld problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics MP.4 Model with mathematics. (HS-ETS1-1), (HSETS1-2), (HS-ETS1-3), (HS-ETS1-4) Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.2.12.NT.2 Redesign an existing product to improve form or function.

3D Design with Tinkercad 60-75 Minutes • MakerLab Workshop At LSC

Engage in online digital creation of 3D models and learn how to create intricate pieces designed for 3D printing using Autodesk Tinkercad. Then use our Monoprice Mini Select printers to print a personal design that’s yours to keep. Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS-ETS1-2 Design a solution to a complex realworld problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.

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45-60 Minutes Tech & Design Studio Workshop At LSC

Design custom characters, animations, and behaviors for video games. Use the platform Construct 3, which sets a foundation for computational thinking—an essential skill in today’s tech-driven world. Alignment to NJSLS - Science HS-ETS1-4 Use a computer simulation to model the impact of proposed solutions to a complex real-world problem with numerous criteria and constraints on interactions within and between systems relevant to the problem. Connections to NJSLS – Mathematics MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.4 Model with mathematics. Alignment to NJSLS - Computer Science and Design Thinking 8.2.12.AP.2 Create generalized computational solutions using collections instead of repeatedly using simple variables.


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TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS Teachers are facing many new challenges this year. They’re adjusting to new online or hybrid learning environments at the same time that they continue to implement required standards. With an increased emphasis on evidence-based learning, exploration of science phenomena, and scientific discourse, educators need professional development experiences that reflect these tenets of learning. Liberty Science Center partners with schools and districts to offer highly interactive professional development programs that will build teachers’ capacity around planning and implementing engaging and effective standards-based science instruction. Our programs can be delivered in person and online. Teachers can also experience job-embedded professional development when they observe and learn from LSC STEM educators as they deliver programming in real time, with real students. To learn more, contact Mary McDonald at mmcdonald@lsc.org or 201.253.1214. Last year, 2,050 science teachers participated in LSC’s Professional Development programs. All programs are 60-90 minutes. BACK to table of contents

All Teacher Professional Development courses are now available online.


DEEP DIVE INTO THE NGSS WORKSHOPS These workshops offer comprehensive training for K 12 teachers in unpacking the Next Generation Science Standards, also known as the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science and New York State Science Learning Standards. Participants experience and reflect upon the standards-based shifts for classroom instruction.

NGSS Overview: Teaching Science in Three Dimensions This workshop introduces the Next Generation Science Standards, highlighting key shifts in content and practices that the new standards bring to classrooms. Educators will become familiar with teaching through the three dimensions of NGSS: Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts. Participate in hands-on activities that illustrate how the standards support inquiry. Discuss and revise activities to effectively support the standards and meet performance expectations.

Phenomena-Based Classrooms Explore NGSS (NJSLS-S) phenomena, which are designed to motivate students to figure out why something happens in order to build three-dimensional understanding. We will explore phenomena rooted in compelling real-world situations, including hands-on investigations and local exploration.

Asking Questions and Planning Investigations This workshop focuses on two Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions and Planning and Carrying Out Investigations. Engage in different questioning protocols and participate in investigations that highlight the synergy of these two practices. Reflect on the inquiry-based science investigations in order to modify existing science lessons.

Analyzing and Interpreting Data Investigate ideas through the science practice of Analyzing and Interpreting Data as well as the Crosscutting Concept of Patterns. Engage in hands-on activities and carry out investigations that highlight the importance of qualitative and quantitative data in science learning. Reflect on these investigations to plan modifications of current science lessons.

Evidence-Based Explanations and Argumentation Focus on two high-leverage Science Practices: Constructing Explanations and Engaging in Argument from Evidence. Conduct investigations that require collecting data and other evidence that will form the foundation for constructing explanations and engaging in evidence-based science argumentation. Based on this learning, modify existing science lessons to be better aligned to the NGSS (NJSLS-S).

Integrating the NGSS with Common Core ELA and Math Standards Explore learning synergies between the NGSS (NJSJS-S), the Common Core ELA (NJSLS-ELA), and Common Core Math Standards (NJSLS-Math) for Grades K - 8. Engage in student-centered investigations which illustrate Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking; Engaging in Argument from Evidence; and Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information. Gain mastery in modifying existing science lessons to emphasize connections between these disciplines. L SC .O RG | 20 1. 2 53.1 214 | GRO UP S @L S C .ORG

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INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING WORKSHOPS These workshops have a particular emphasis on educators participating in inquiry-based lessons and activities. Teachers will experience the effectiveness of inquiry as the basis of student learning while learning strategies that will increase inquiry activities in their classrooms. OpenSciEd Science Curriculum Overview Participants will explore the educational rationale and learning strategies that are the foundation of the OpenSciEd science curriculum for Grades 6 - 8. OpenSciEd is designed with NGSS three-dimensional learning as its foundation and student sense-making as its primary focus. Educators will participate in sample phenomena, discussing the importance of both teacher and student roles, and gain a good understanding of the overall learning process in OpenSciEd.

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Inquiry-Based Learning in STEM and Humanities Deepen your understanding of how inquiry-based learning looks in STEM and humanities classrooms. Participants will experience sample inquiry lessons that connect across disciplines and learn to facilitate student sense-making. Investigating Climate Change & Human Impact on Ecosystems Engage in Critical Science and Engineering Practices (e.g., Developing and Using models, Asking Questions) while building content knowledge to support teaching climate change and human impact on ecosystems. Explore and discuss how to effectively structure inquiry while using science practices to build an understanding of the disciplinary core ideas.


TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING WORKSHOPS These workshops will engage educators in lessons that encourage learners to build their problem-solving skills in the domains of technology and engineering. Teachers will learn effective strategies for increasing their students’ technological literacy and engaging more deeply in the NGSS (NJSLS-S) Engineering Practices. Best Practices: Teaching with Zoom As educators adapt to the online learning environment, this workshop engages them in the effective use of the Zoom platform. Using a sample STEM lesson, we’ll discuss Zoom functionality and remote learning and teaching strategies. Computational Thinking for STEM Educators Explore the major competencies in computational thinking (i.e., pattern recognition, decomposition, abstraction, and algorithms), experience hands-on STEM activities that support those domains, and purposefully incorporate computational thinking into existing lessons.

Engineering is Elementary Overview This research-based elementary engineering curriculum has proven engaging and effective in involving Grades K - 5 students in STEM units that focus on the Engineering Practices. During this workshop, you will explore a sample curriculum unit and be exposed to many other topics that will engage both teachers and students in pursuing proficiency in the NGSS-based Engineering Practices. Design Thinking for STEM Educators Learn how to unite science investigations, engineering, and design thinking as you explore how to develop students’ creativity, communication, and problemsolving skills. Engage in design challenges and discuss how to leverage design thinking to support national standards and 21st-century skills.

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GENERAL INFORMATION Contact Us 201.253.1214 or groups@LSC.org Weekdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Weekends 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

VISIT THE SCIENCE CENTER Transportation and Directions Easily accessible by bus, car, light rail, and ferry. See LSC.org/visit.

Parking Convenient, on-site parking is available. Cars are $7, buses $10.

Health and Safety We care about your safety and comfort. We have an experienced safety and security staff, a building-wide Code Adam protocol for lost children, and a basic first-aid room. We also offer free admission for school nurses. LSC is ADA compliant, and located just one mile from a top-ranked hospital. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made big changes and we need your help to keep everyone safe. Be sure to review our safety measures and rules before you visit: lsc.org/covid19.

Accessibility Liberty Science Center is accessible to all guests. You may request wheelchairs at the Welcome Desk. Assistive listening devices for hearing-impaired guests are available for the theaters and several other public areas.

VISIT LSC ONLINE LSC in the House We created this virtual space where home scientists can conduct experiments, explore the world of LSC’s animals, find amazing movies to watch, experience planetarium shows, and much more—without ever leaving the living room. Find out more at lsc.org/ education/lsc-in-the-house.

Home School Days Monthly LSC Home School Days are for any home learners seeking an engaging, inquiry-based adventure! Each month’s Home School Day is inspired by a different scientist. Learners are grouped by age: Adventurers (ages 4-6), Investigators (ages 7-9), and Specialists (ages 10-12). Find out more at lsc.org/ education/families/home-school. Sign Up for Our Free Educator Newsletter Receive an e-newsletter of program updates, professional development news, and special event previews. Email groups@lsc.org to join.

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