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Science Explorers (Lower Elementary)
Don't forget your luggage! Travel around the world of wonder with a marvelous Science Suitcase. Science Explorers open the Science Suitcase each day to reveal a new exciting destination and secret surprises of science inquiry. Interactive demonstrations, fun hands-on activities and exciting experiments for young explorers. From butterflies to volcanoes let's explore the world!

Get to Know Your Guts (Upper Elementary and Middle School)
Discover how the organs and parts of the body work together to keep us alive, well, and active. Hold a heart, test the texture of inflating lungs, poke around inside a stomach, and dissect bones using real mammalian specimens. Explore how lungs expand, blood flows, food digests, and skeletons protect through hands-on activities and science investigations.

Crime in Apartment 2A (Middle and High School)
The window is broken and there are messages on the cell phone lying next to the bodies of a young woman and her dog. Your assignment during the week of class is-after collecting specimens and observations from the crime scene-to use forensic sciences and your analytical skills to discover what happened. Specimens will be tested using such techniques as blood typing, DNA analysis, fabric identification, voice and fingerprints.

The Molecular Biology of Cancer (Upper Middle School and High School)
Using 3-D models, computer graphics, and databases, explore what scientists have discovered about the link between cigarette smoke and cancer. Test DNA samples for cancer genes and look for mutations in the DNA sequence. Take on the important role of cell cycle gatekeeper, cell membrane, mitochondrion, or DNA repair team as the class dramatizes the intricate internal workings of the cell.

Human Physiology (Upper Middle School and High School)
The relationship of structure and function of the main systems of the human body is studied. The cooperation between systems is emphasized to understand how the body obtains and uses energy, how it distributes materials around the body, and how it responds appropriately to external changes. The concept of homeostasis is developed. Activities include hands-on exposure to real specimens and laboratory experiments.

The Biology of Food (Upper Middle School and High School)
Evaluating a healthy diet begins with an understanding of the biochemistry of the cell. The structure of the major macromolecules and the role each play in the functioning of the cell is outlined. Different food groups provide for the various needs of the cell as it grows and functions. The roles of other nutrients such as vitamins and minerals are explored. A variety of lab activites and model building are used to provide hands-on laboratory experiences to develop these concepts.

The Biology of Diabetes (Upper Middle School and High School)
Students develop an understanding of diabetes starting from the molecular level with hemoglobin and insulin. How a cell provides energy for its growth and functioning and how it obtains the key components it needs for this process, is investigated. The connection is made between when this process is out of balance and the of symptoms of diabetes that result. A variety of equipment, techniques, assays, and models are used to provide hands-on laboratory experience as these concepts are explored.

Critical Skills for Success in Science (Upper Middle School and High School)
Gain practical experience with laboratory equipment while performing experimental techniques common in chemistry and biology labs. Prepare chemical solutions, determine densities, perform electrophoresis and chromatography, isolate DNA, detect antigens and antibodies. Math skills routinely used in science including measurement unit conversions and scientific notation will be practiced.

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