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


Arm Model Lab

Grades 4-6

The human body is an engineering marvel! In this lab we will go out on a limb and make a model of the arm to explore how the complex interaction of muscle and bone is engineered.

Science Standards: 4-2nd, 5-4th, 6-4th



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


The Case of the Confused Chemist

Grades 3-6

Help our confused chemist figure out which water goes in which tank. The water all looks the same, but some has salt and some does not. Students will learn about density and solve the case of the confused chemist all at the same time.

Science Standards: 3 - 6 Nature of Science, Process Skills, 3rd - 2, 4, 4th - 2, 6th - 3


Digestion Apron

Grades K-5

Students will investigate the inside story of digestion through exploration of a 7 foot tall doll and then piece together the path of digestion on a take home apron. Students will be introduced to the organs involved in the digestive system, understand how the parts work together to digest food and find out why they need to eat a balanced diet.

Science Standards: K- PN*, 1, 3; 1st PN*; 2nd - PN*; 3rd - PN*; 4th - PN*; 5th - PN*



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*


GPS Scavenger Hunt (Outreach Only)

Grades 5-8

Students will learn how a GPS unit determines position and be able to mark the position of frogs then find the frogs hidden by another team. This lab must be done outside.

Science Standards: 5th PND*; 6th - PND*, 2; 7 - PND*; 8 - PND*, 2,4



Grades K-2

During this interactive hands-on lab, students will investigate properties of matter and then be challenged to pull recyclable materials from a “mini garbage dump” without using their hands.

Science Standards: K-1; 1st - 1,2, 4; 2nd – 1


It’s a Mystery

Grades K - 8

Use the powers of observation, inference and prediction to determine what mysterious object is in the paper bag!

Science Standards: K – P&N*, 1; 1st – P&N*, 1; 2nd – P&N*; 3rd – P&N*; 4th – P&N*; 5th – P&N*; 6th – P&N*; 7th – P&N*; 8th – P&N*


Just Add Water

Grades 5 - 8

Students experiment with making a vehicle run with only water and learn the relationship of H2O by splitting the molecule apart in the process of electrolysis.

Science Standards: 5th – P&N*, 1; 6th – P&N*, 1, 4; 7th – P&N*, 4; 8th – P&N*, 1


Light Spectrum

Grades 3-8

What makes colors appear the way they do? In this lab, students explore and observe the Visible Light Spectrum to see where one color ends and another begins. This is a great introduction to Spectrophotometry!

Science Standards: 3 - 1st, 4 - 1st, 6 - 1st, 8th - RS.3, 7 - 1st


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


Measure Up!

Grades 5 - 8 

Students find the mass and volume of an unknown sample and then calculate its density to determine its identity. Students will also explore conservation of mass during chemical change and temperature change.

Science Standards: 5th – P&N*, 1; 6th-8th – P&N*, 1, Reading Standards 3, 4, 7.


Meteorite Identification

Grades 4-7

In this out of the world lab, students will be able to identify a meteorite using established ID techniques. See Teacher Workshops (page 9) to find out how you can get meteorites in the classroom.

Science Standards: 4th - 2; 5th - 2; 6th - 2


Mineral Detective

Grade 2

Oh No! We dropped a box of sorted minerals on the floor and we need your students’ help figuring out what each mineral is and getting it back to the correct bin. We will teach your students about mineral classification and then they will help us classify minerals based on Mohs Hardness Scale and other mineral tests.

Science Standards: 2nd - 2


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


Nano Science Lab

Grades 5-8

The science of small comes to life in this lab as groups team up and observe how tiny particles display different properties than their larger counterparts.
Math Standards: 5th – 5.NBT.1, 5.NF.5; 8th – 8.EE.3.

Science Standards: 6th – P&N*, 1; 7th – 1; 8th – 1, 4

Health Standards: 8th – 8.2.6


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


Secret Lives of Cells

Grades 6-8

Students gain understanding of the differences between plants and animals by constructing a model of a plant and animal cell to compare the similarities and difference.

Science Standards: 7 - 3rd


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


Swap Shop

Grades K-12

This is one of our most popular labs. Trading is a fun way to practice the skills of observation, measurement, math, classification, communication and making decisions. Students may bring one rock, shell, fossil or mineral to “swap” for trading points. Trading points are then used to “purchase” items from our Swap Shop collections for students to take home.

Science Standards: K - 1; 1st - 1; 3rd - 2, Nature of Science, Process Skills


Teeth as Tools

Grades 2 – 3

Students will match the best type of tooth for different food types by experimenting with the crunching and munching abilities of different tools. We will identify parts of the human body as tools, such as hands for grasping and teeth for cutting and chewing.

Science Standards: 2 - 4th


Terms of Germs

Grades 1-3

Great glowing germs Batman! Be a germ crushing superhero as students find out how easily germs can spread and the importance of hand-washing. We will apply “germ powder” that is detected only under a black light. Only super hand washing will eliminate the threat!

Science Standards: 1 - 3rd, 2 - 4th


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

All Basic Labs, excluding StarLab, can be extended to a 45-minute lab if you would like to explore these topics more in-depth.



Dissection Labs


Dissecting Earthworms

Grades 4-8

This underground invertebrate has many secrets to reveal. Explore the external and internal anatomy, understand the structure and function of external and internal organs and uncover the digestive, circulatory, reproductive and nervous system of this amazing creature.

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


Dissecting Frogs

Grades 2-5

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 Grasshoppers

Grades 2-8

Insects are interesting with an external skeleton and a unique way of transporting oxygen throughout the body.

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