Outreach (Science4U)

The Outreach (Science4U) program provides hands-on programming in an exciting mix of traveling labs, demonstrations, assemblies and festivals delivered directly to your location! You choose the program, time and place that fits your needs.


Labs are hands-on interactive workshops designed to motivate groups to ask questions, solve problems and explore science concepts. Led by Science Central's trained staff, they are a great introduction or follow-up to a particular topic of study. 


Lab Level Time Group First Lab Consecutive Lab
Basic 30-45 Min. 1 to 32 $145 $95
Dissection - Shark or Squids 60 Min. 1 to 32 $200 $140
Dissection - Frog 60 Min. 1 to 32 $175 $125
Dissection - Inverts 60 Min. 1 to 32 $150 $110

Basic Labs


Bear's Shadow Play

Grades K-2

Students will use a model sun to explore the fleeting nature of shadows! By linking a story about Moonbear's Shadow by Frank Asch to their own investigations, students will learn how shadows are made and learn to predict shadow properties based on where the sun is located in the sky.

Science Standards: K.ESS.2 (with pre/post discussion), 1.ESS.1, SEPS.1, SEPS.2, SEPS.3, SEPS.6, SEPS.8



Grades K-2

Bubbles are not only captivating, colorful, and fun to make ... they also are excellent examples of scientific phenomena. Your students will have a chance to develop a variety of math and science skills, including chemistry while they experiment with, and discover, the world of Bubbleology.

Science Standards: K-1; 1st -1; 2nd - 1


Build It, Bridge It, Break It!

Grades 3-6

Students build the bridges before Science Central come into your class. Students will need to meet specific criteria and have limited resources (200 craft sticks and white glue). Once the bridges are completed, Science Central staff come into your class to explore how students engineered their bridges and to test the strength of their bridges.

Science Standards: 3-6 Nature of Science & Design Process, 3rd - 4, 4th - 4



Grades 4-8

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) is a molecule that stores genetic information and contains the blueprint for a particular organism. Students will learn about DNA and extract their own DNA to wear in a test tube necklace.

Science Standards: 4 - 3rd, 7 - 3rd, 8 - 3rd


Electricity in a Snap

Grades 4-7

Convert energy from one form to another as we make a light shine, a motor whirl and a speaker sing in series and in parallel. Great in conjunction with either the Electrical Extravaganza or Shocking Science Demonstration.

Science Standards: 4th -1; 6th - 1; 8th - 1,4


Experimenting - The Process

Grades 1-7

This engaging lab’s focus is on process skills. Students will formulate questions, identify variables, construct a project, test and repeat with an exciting hands-on activity that challenges your students. This lab makes a great introduction to the Science Fair.

Science Standards: PND*


Magnificent Machines

Grades 1 - 6

Students will be able to experiment and describe the performances of five different simple machines – a lever, an inclined plane, a pulley, a double pulley, and a wheel and axle – for moving a load.

Science Standards: 1st – P&N*; 2nd – P&N*, 1, 4; 3rd – P&N*, 4; 4th – P&N*, 4; 5th – P&N*, 1, 4; 6th – P&N*, 2, 4, Reading Standards 3, 4, 6


Moon Phases

Grades 2, 5

Ever wonder what a "Blue Moon" or "First Quarter Moon" means? Students will discover the answers and more as they become part of the solar system and learn about the Moon and its phases.

Science Standards: 2nd - 2; 5th - 5


Newton's Cars

Grades 1-7

Students test a slingshot-like device that throws a mass causing a car to move in the opposite direction. The Newton car provides an excellent tool for experiencing process skills and investigating Isaac Newton’s Second Law of Motion.

Science Standards: 1st - 1; 2nd - 1, 4; 3rd - 4; 4th - 4; 7th - 4


Plant Survivor

Grades K-2

Seeds, plants and gardens - what do they require to be healthy and grow? Become a “Plant Detective” and investigate how you can help plants be “Survivors!”

Science Standards: K - 1,3; 1st - 3; 2nd - 3


Rock Detective

Grades 3-6

To help solve a mystery, budding geologists will use geology tests and a dichotomous key to examine, identify and categorize rocks. Observation, classification, investigation, inference and communication are reinforced during this lab.

Science Standards: 3rd - 1, 2, 6; 4th - 1, 2, 3, 6; 5th - 1, 2; 6th - 1


Science of Sports

Grades 3–7

Students will have some understanding of center of gravity, depth perception, action/reaction, air capacity, electrolytes and evaporation and how these concepts relate to sports.

Science Standards: 3rd – P&N*; 4th – P&N*; 5th – P&N*; 6th – P&N*; 7th – P&N*, 2



Grades K-6

Is it a solid or a liquid? Students will love mixing up slime while investigating the properties of matter.

Science Standards: K - 1st, 1 - 1st, 2 - 1st, 3 - P&N, 4 - P&N, 5 - P&N, 6 - 1st, 7 - P&N, 8 - 1.


Sound Science

Grades K – 3

Students will Observe and describe how sound is produced by vibrations and investigate how the loudness and pitch of sound changes when the rate of vibrations changes.

Science Standards: K – P&N*; 1st – P&N*; 2nd – P&N*; 3rd – P&N*, 1


Young Forecasters

Grades K, 2

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a TV meteorologist? This lab lets students explore many things about weather. Temperature, moisture, clouds, wind, thunder, lightning and many more topics are covered. The lab culminates with the class creating a videotaped weather report that is then given to the teacher.

Science Standards: K - 2; 2nd - 2



Extended Labs



Dissection Labs


Dissecting Frogs

Grades 2-6

Sharks and frogs are vertebrates and present body systems similar to our own. Students work in groups to investigate, classify and dissect their vertebrate while discussing the similarities and differences between their specimen and humans.

Science Standards: 2nd - 3; 4th - 3; 5th - 3; 6th – 3


Dissecting Owl Pellets

Grades 2-8

What comes up is as interesting as what was swallowed! In this dissection lab we will discover what’s for dinner when you are eating with owls.

Science Standards: 2nd - 3; 4th - 3; 5th - 3; 6th – 3


Dissecting Sharks

Grades 1-8

Sharks and frogs are vertebrates and present body systems similar to our own. Students work in groups to investigate, classify and dissect their vertebrate while discussing the similarities and differences between their specimen and humans.

Science Standards: 1st - 3; 3rd - 4; 6th - 3


Dissecting Squid

Grades 1-6

Though these mollusks may seem as different from humans as can be with their color-changing skin, tentacles, and camoflaging ink, they share many of the same needs. Students in this lab explore how squid are adapted to their environments and compare their anatomy to ours!

Science Standards: 1.LS.1, 1.LS.2, 1.LS.3, 2.LS.1, 2.LS.2, 2.LS.3, 4.LS.2, 4.LS.3, 5.LS.1, 5.LS.3, 6.LS.3, SEPS.1, SEPS.2, SEPS.3