STEM and Junior STEAM Labs

focused field trip freeport

 STEM Labs

Add on to your group visit and focus your K-8th grade students on a STEM theme. Each engaging lab features activities, investigations and demonstrations that match your curriculum goals and reinforce science concepts.

Length: 45 minutes
Cost: $55 per class up to 30 students

To begin the reservation process, complete the Group Visit Request Form and someone will contact you.  For additional questions, contact us at groupvisit@discoverycentermuseum.org or phone 815-963-6769.

Looking for Early Childhood STEAM Labs for PreK/K students? Click here!

 

Space Engineering - New!

Grades: 2-6

Students will put their teamwork skills to the test as they try to support life on the moon by engineering an airtight greenhouse and playing our Survival on the Moon adventure game.

NGSS: PS3.B, ETS1.ABC
Illinois SEL Standards: 2.A.2ab, 24A.2b, 24A.3b

 

Microscope Adventures - New!

Grades: 3-8

Use real microscopes, prepare slides, and investigate the world of the very small. Examine cell structures and locate living organisms in unexpected places.

NGSS: ETS1.ABC, LS1.A, PS1.A, PS4.AB

 

Soil Sleuths & Microscopes - New!

Grades: 1-8

Use real microscopes to become a dirt detective. Solve a soil mystery by preparing your own slides and get your hands on some slimy worms. Join us as we learn about the science that gets food to your table.

NGSS: ETS1.ABC, LS1.A, PS1.A, PS4.AB

 

Slime & Chemistry 

Grades: K-8

Measure, pour, and mix real chemicals to produce reactions, investigate solids, liquids, and gasses, and concoct slime! 

NGSS: ETS1.ABC, PS1.AB, PS3.B

 

Roller Coaster Science 

Grades: 1-8

Students make use of engineering skills as they design and test their own roller coasters in this exploration of kinetic and potential energy.

NGSS: ETS1.ABC, PS2.AB, PS3.ABC
Illinois SEL standards: 2C.1b, 2C.2b, 2C.3B

 

Robot Rendezvous 

Grades: Pre-K-8

Design bots and compile code as your students put their problem-solving skills to the test with our robots. 

NGSS: 3-5 ETS1-1 ETS1-2, ETS1-3
Illinois SEL Standards: 2.A.2ab, 24A.2b, 24A.3b

 

 

 

Early Childhood STEAM Labs

Add on to your visit and focus your PreK/K students on a STEAM theme. Each engaging lab features hands-on activities, investigations and demonstrations that match your curriculum goals and reinforce science concepts.

Length: 30 minutes Cost: $50/class up to 20 students

To begin the reservation process, complete the Group Visit Request Form and someone will then contact you.  For additional questions, contact us at groupvisit@discoverycentermuseum.org or phone 815-972-2835.

 

Bugs

Grades: PreK-K
Build, sort, and play with bugs while we explore the tiny world of our smallest friends.
IELDS: 7.A.ECa, 8.A.ECa, 12.A.ECa, 12.B.ECb, 13.B.ECa
Common Core for Math: K.CC.4

 

Color & Light - New!

Grades: Pre-K - 1
Come see the world in a whole new light. Fool your eyes with wacky mirrors and shifting colors that may not always be what they appear to be. Students will play with light and shadow and will make their own butterfly design to take home to share their learning adventure with their family.
IELDS: 11.A.ECacf, 25.A.ECbd
NGSS: PS4.B
 

Shapes & Patterns

Grades: PreK-K
Students get a brain-workout with this assortment of patterns, puzzles, shapes and sorting designed to stimulate creative thinking. Young learners won't even realize they're doing math!
IELDS: 8.A.ECa, 8A.ECb+, 9.A.ECabd
NGSS: ETS1.ABC, PS1.A