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Science - Sixth Grade 6.1

AeroZone
http://www.vasc.org/aerozone.html 

AeroZone is a hands-on laboratory experience where students prepare for a cross-country flight that will take them on a tour of various NASA research centers. Students research weather condition using the Center's weather station, gather information for visits along the way, and work with a global positioning system and amateur radio system. They even design aircraft and conduct wind tunnel research, testing various aero shapes in a real wind tunnel. There is also an interactive segment on working in microgravity aboard the International Space Station. Students will conduct experiments, receive information on careers in space or take a virtual trip to the International Space Station to study spatial orientation and the Station's Modules.

  • Location: Virginia Air & Space Center
  • SOLs Covered: Computer/Technology SOL: C/T5.2, C/T5.3, C/T5.4, C/T8.2, C/T8.3, C/T8.4, Science SOL: 6.1, LS.1, ES.1 ES.3, ES.13, PS.1, PH.1, PH.2, PH.3, PH.4, PH.5, Mathematics SOL: 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 8.4, COM.2.3, COM.4, HISTORY 6.10
  • Time Required: 1 or 2 hours
  • Dates: 
  • Costs: To schedule your class for a program please call (757) 727-0900, ext. 780 or e-mail rboyd@vasc.org.

Amphibians and Reptiles
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teacherenviro.htm

Frogs and toads, lizards and snakes—compare their similarities and differences in a study of two major vertebrate classes: amphibians and reptiles. Investigate live specimens to identify structural and functional characteristics. Discover amazing adaptations for survival through locomotion, feeding and reproduction. (Grades 6-12)

  • Location: the Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science 6.1 LS.14 ES.2 ES.4 ES.8 ES.10 BIO.8
  • Time Required: 1 ½ hours
  • Dates: 
  • Costs: Fee (includes self guided visit): Contract Schools-Free, Non-contract schools-$6.50 per student ($150 minimum) For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator at 757-595-9135 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

Animals Adapt
http://www.virginiazoo.org/education.php?Content=4-6

From the wetlands to the forest to the desert, no two animals occupy the same niche. How is this possible? Adaptations! Through meeting live animals from insects to mammals, students can discover how an animal's adaptations may change throughout their life cycle and how each animal's unique adaptations help them to survive in the wild. (Grades 4-6)

  • Location: Virginia Zoo
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 4.1, 4.5, 4.8, 5.1, 6.1 English: 4.1, 4.2 Math: 4.11
  • Time Required: 45-60 mins
  • Dates: Monday-Friday
  • Costs: Cost of Program on Zoo Grounds: Zoo admission fee plus $2.50 per participant (80 children maximum). Each additional program $2.50 per person ($75.00 minimum). Cost of Program at your Facility: Travel fee (based on roundtrip mileage from the Zoo) plus $2.50 per participant (80 children maximum). Each additional program $2.50 per person ($75.00 minimum).
  • Registration: You must pre-register for education programs through the Education Department. Please fill out a registration form and mail or fax it to us. You may also register online here. You must receive a confirmation letter from us before you are guaranteed a program. Please call us at 757-624-9937 ext. 299 if you have any questions or if you do not receive a confirmation letter.

Beaver Tails
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_beaver.html 

There is something intriguing about beavers. It is easy for us to see them in terms of human activity: engineers, architects, and homemakers. Beavers, like humans, don't just live in their environment, they change it, thereby affecting all of their neighbors. Beaver activity has shaped some park environments. This activity explores their effect. (Grades K-10)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.1, K.2, K.6.17, 3.1, 2.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.10, 4.1, 4.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.8, 6.9, 6.11, LS.1, LS.4, LS.7, LS.8, LS.9, LS.11, LS.12, BIO.1, BIO.9 .1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 1.7, 2.1, 2.5, 2. English K.13, 1.3, 2.11, 3.7. 3.9.4.7, 4.8, 5.7, 6.1, 6.3, 6.7, 6.8, 7.1, 7.8, 7.9, 8.1, 8.5, 9.4, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9
  • Time Required: Time Required at the Park: 1 to 2 hours, daylight hours. Small quiet groups may glimpse a beaver in evening or early morning (special arrangements may be necessary). 
  • Dates: Time of Year: Any time is suitable, but in fall there will be more fresh sings, since beavers are most active then.
  • Cost:

Birds and Mammals
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teacherenviro.htm
 

From hawks to hummingbirds, and bats to beavers—compare and contrast the characteristics of two major vertebrate classes: birds and mammals. Examine live animals, mounted specimens, and museum artifacts to discover their uniquely specialized adaptations for feeding, reproduction and locomotion. (Grades 6-12)

  • Location: the Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 6.1 LS.5 LS.9 BIO.1 BIO.5 
  • Time Required: 1 ½ hours
  • Dates: 
  • Costs: Fee (includes self guided visit): Contract Schools-Free
    Non-contract schools-$6.50 per student ($150 minimum) For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator at 757-595-9135 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Cave Ecology
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teachersafaris.htm
 

Descend into the fascinating world of twilight zones and troglobites while exploring wild caves in western Virginia. Learn how caves form and grow by examining soda straws, popcorn and other dripstone formations. Search for bats, salamanders and other cave animals and discover their unusual adaptations for survival in this unique ecosystem.

  • Location: Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 6.1 6.9 LS.7 LS.9 LS.11 LS.12 ES.1 ES.2 ES.8 ES.9 BIO.1 BIO.5 BIO.9
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Chesapeake Bay Ecology
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teachersafaris.htm
 

Seining in shallow off-shore water and dip-netting in a salt marsh are just two of the day's many activities as students learn first-hand about the biology and ecology of the Bay. One of the last natural shorelines in our region provides the stage for collection and classification of a rich diversity of plants and animals. Assessment of increasing human impact and the need for wetland preservation are areas of special emphasis.

  • Location: Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 6.1 6.2 6.9 6.11 LS.7 LS.9 LS.10 LS.11 BIO.1 BIO.5 BIO.9
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Charge It
http://www.vasc.org/museum2u.html
 

This introduction to the magic of electricity is sure to make your students' hair stand on end as they learn about the wonderful world of atoms and electrons! Students will discover the dangers and the power of electricity while observing and participating in experiments with our Van de Graaff generator and Jacob's Ladder. (Grades 3-9)

  • Location: Virginia Air & Space Center - Outreach
  • SOLs Covered: Sciences: 3.1, 3.3, 3.11, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, LS.1, PS.1, PS.2, PS.3, PS.6, PS.11, ES.2, ES.12, ES.13, BIO.1, CH.2, CH.6, PH.1, PH.3, PH.4, PH.6, PH.8, PH.12, PH.13, Health SOL: 3.19, 3.23, 5.21, 8.15, 8.18
  • Time Required: 
  • Dates: 
  • Costs: Call (757) 727-0900, ext. 780 for more information on educational programs or to book an outreach.

Feathered Feeders
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_feathered.html

A truly "bird brained" lesson, this activity requires students to think like hungry birds, who must find food at the park. (Grades K-9)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks
  • SOLs Covered: Science K.1, K.4, K.8, 1.1, 1.5, 1.7, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.5 , 5.1 , 6.1, 6.2, 6.8, 6.9 , LS.1, LS.4, LS.5, LS.9
  • Time Required: Time Required at the Park: 45 minutes, daylight hours, preferably low tide. 
  • Dates: Time of Year: All seasons.
  • Cost:

Field Mineralogy
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teachersafaris.htm
 

Make your earth science curriculum come to life with an all day field excursion to two different sites in Piedmont Virginia. Students will search for specimens such as mica, garnet, magnetite, pyrite and others. Samples will be identified with diagnostic tests, then used to interpret the ancient environments that formed them and correlated to commercial applications in our daily lives.

  • Location: Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science 6.1 6.2 PS.1 PS.2 ES.1 ES.2 ES.5 ES.6
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Fossil Studies
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teacherenviro.htm
 

Travel back in time to discover prehistoric life as found in Virginia millions of years ago. Examine live specimens and fossil remains and traces of cnidarians, brachiopods, molluscs, echinoderms, arthropods and other marine groups to reconstruct the ancient environment of Tidewater. Discover the importance of fossils and also the problems that paleontologists encounter. Grades 6-12.

  • Location: The Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science 6.1 LS.14 ES.2 ES.4 ES.8 ES.10 BIO.8
  • Time Required: 1 ½ hours
  • Dates: 
  • Costs: Fee (includes self guided visit):
    Contract Schools-Free, Non-contract schools-$6.50 per student ($150 minimum) For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator at 757-595-9135 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Going... Going...
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_going.html

In this activity, students demonstrate the forces of weathering and erosion and play a game that introduces them to the filtering action of shoreline or wetland plants. (Grades 2-9)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks 
  • SOLs Covered: Science 2.1, 2.6,2.7,3.1,3.6,3.7,4.1, 4.8.5.1, 5.7, 6.1, 6.2, LS.1, LS.12, ES.1, ES.2, ES.8, ES.10
  • Time Required: At the Park: Allow 20-30 min. for the game, and up to an hour to take the walk. 
  • Dates: Any time of year.
  • Cost:

Glass Through the Ages
http://www.chrysler.org/programs/
gallery_content.htm

This tour opens a window into the sparkling world of glass found in the Museum's world-renowned collection. (Grades 3 - 12)

  • Location: Chrysler Museum
  • SOLs Covered: English: 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1,7.1, Science: 3.3, 5.4, 6.7, PS.2, History: 3.1, 4.3 4.4, 4.7, 5.3,5.6,5.9, 6.2, 6.5, 6.1, 9.7, 9.1, 11.17
  • Time Required:
  • Dates:
  • Costs: $2.00 per student. Please call (757) 333-6269 or contact rsanchez@chrysler.org for information and reservations or use our on-line form to request a reservation.

Habitat Hunt
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_habitat.html
 

One of the fascinating things about coastal environments is the variety of habitats which can exist relatively close together. Extreme environmental changes such as periodic inundation, temperature fluctuation and varying salinity all make demands on flora and fauna which require some unique and highly specialized adaptations. In this activity, students explore three or more habitats. (Grades 6-12)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks
  • SOLs Covered: Science 6.1, 6.2, 6.7, 6.9, LS.1, LS.4, LS.5, LS.7, LS.10, LS.11, LS. 12 BIO.1, BIO 9
  • Time Required: Time Required at the Park: 2 to 4 hours, access to tidal areas might be limited by the tide. Ask park staff in advance which phase is best. 
  • Dates: Time of Year: Any but observations will vary with the seasons.
  • Cost:

Human Accelerator
http://education.jlab.org/beamsactivity/6thgrade/
humanaccelerator/index.html
 

Jefferson Lab's accelerator only works if all of its thousands of components work together. In this experiment, students work together to move 'electrons' down their 'accelerator'.

  • Location: Jefferson Lab
  • SOLs Covered: Math: 6.1, 6.4, Science: 6.1, 6.2, LS.1, PS.1
  • Time Required: 
  • Dates: 
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Kitchen Chemistry
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades6-12.html
 

Watch out Chef Boyardee, we are taking over the kitchen!
Learn why compounds form mixtures and help define chemical reactions. Find out about different chemical reactions and then see them in action! Watch as we demonstrate the fundamental principles of chemistry using compounds found in almost every kitchen. (Grades 6-8)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 6.5, PS.2, PS.4, PS.5
  • Time Required: 1 hour. Goes well with the IMAX film SolarMax.
  • Dates: Available as an outreach program to your school
  • Costs:

Low on Gravity on the ISS
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades6-12.html 

Travel to the International Space Station to see how we live and work in space. Learn how Newton's Laws are involved in how space vehicles get into space and stay in orbit, and how astronauts work in space with less gravity and friction. See what happens to marshmallows and balloons in a vacuum. Find out why astronauts have to be in top physical condition and how they stay fit in space.

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science SOL: 6.1, 6.7, 6.8, LS.1, LS.3, LS,4, BIO.1, BIO.5
  • Time Required: 30 mins. Goes well with the program Space Colony: To Mars and the IMAX film Space Station.
  • Dates: Available as an outreach program to your school
  • Costs:

Lifetide
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teacherspace.htm
 

Utilizing a "spaceship earth" theme, Lifetide will take you on a journey to discover the numerous interconnections between life on Earth and outer space.

  • Location: Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science 6.1, 6.2, 6.9, 6.10, 6.11, LS.1, LS.4, LS.6, LS.7, LS.11, LS.12, PS.1, PS.5, ES.1, ES.2, ES.3, ES.4, ES.7, ES.11, ES.12, ES.14, BIO.1, BIO.9
  • Time Required: 
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Magnetic Universe
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades6-12.html 

How does the sun affect life here on Earth and the other planets in our solar system? Explore the basic principles of the universe through electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms. See how they relate to each other and to the fourth state of matter, plasma! Observe the gases that make up this solar system through the use of color spectroscopes. Learn how the Sun and other celestial bodies affect our weather. (Grades 6-12)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science SOL: 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, PS.1, PS.6, PS.9, PS.11, PH.5, PH.6, PH.8
  • Time Required: 1 hour. Goes well with the IMAX film SolarMax.
  • Dates: Available as an outreach program to your school
  • Costs:

Magnets and Electromagnets
http://education.jlab.org/beamsactivity/6thgrade/
magnetsandelectromagnets/index.html
 

Scientists use electromagnets to steer Jefferson Lab's electron beam around the accelerator. In this experiment, students learn what affects the strength of an electromagnet.

  • Location: The Jefferson Lab
  • SOLs Covered: Math: 6.2, 6.18, Science: 6.1, 6.2, 6., LS.1, PS.1, PS.11
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Managing Our Environment 
http://www.virginiazoo.org/education.php?Content=4-6 

Our environment is a delicate balance of plants, animals and people all dependant upon the others for survival. Local, state and federal governments have roles in managing our natural resources, but we must be responsible too. While touring our new African exhibit, your class will discover how governments are trying to protect the last great wilderness and how their decisions affect the local people and animals. They will also learn what organizations like the zoo are doing to help and to also protect our own local wildlife. 

  • Location: Virginia Zoo
  • SOLs Covered: Mathematics: 4.11, 4.19, 5.11, 5.17, 6.10, 6.17 Science: 4.1, 4.5, 4.8, 6.1, 6.11, 6.2 English: 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 6.2
  • Time Required: 45-60S mins.
  • Dates: 
  • Costs: *This class is limited to 30 students at a time.

May the Force Be with You
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades6-12.html 

Accelerate a mass with a force. Newton did it, and so can you! Force, motion, and energy--find out how energy is used and transformed, but never created or destroyed. Study the sources and applications of energy and learn how to make things move while you do work. Design, build and operate a roller coaster to demonstrate your understanding of energy, friction, inertia, acceleration, and gravity. (Grades 6-12)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 6.1, 6.3, 6.4, 6.10, PS.2, PS.5, PS.6, PS.10, PH.5, PH.6, PH.8
  • Time Required: 1 hour. Combine this program with the IMAX film THRILL RIDE: The Science of Fun, and the traveling exhibit CIRCUS! Science Under the Big Top! (1/31/04 - 5/2/04).
  • Dates: Available as an outreach program to your school
  • Costs:

Microscopes
http://education.jlab.org/beamsactivity/6thgrade/
microscopes/index.html
 

In this experiment, students use microscopes to examine items they have brought in from home.

  • Location: The Jefferson Lab
  • SOLs Covered: Science 6.1, 
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  • Dates: 
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Minerals
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teacherenviro.htm
 

Study the earth's natural history in a "hands-on" introduction to geology that examines nature's building blocks...minerals! Identify and classify common minerals including diamonds and gold through basic analytical tests for hardness, specific gravity, cleavage and color. Become a lab geologist and make decisions about the identity of unknown specimens, while also discovering the importance of minerals in everyday life. (Grades 6-12)

  • Location: the Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science 6.1 ES.2 ES.5 ES.6
  • Time Required: 1 ½ hours
  • Dates: 
  • Costs: Fee (includes self guided visit):
    Contract Schools-Free
    Non-contract schools-$6.50 per student ($150 minimum) For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator at 757-595-9135 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Oobleck
http://education.jlab.org/beamsactivity/6thgrade/
oobleck/index.html

What state of matter is this!?!? In this experiment, students observe and experiment with a strange substance in an attempt to classify it.

  • Location: The Jefferson Lab
  • SOLs Covered: English: 6.1, 6.7, Science: 6.1, 6.6, 6.7, LS.1, PS.1
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Pond Life
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teacherenviro.htm
 

Investigate the ecology of life in a pond. With dip nets, plankton nets, bottom dredges and other specialized apparatus, collect predaceous diving beetles, giant waterbugs, water scorpions and other pond life in their natural habitat. Using a video microscope and sorting trays, identify and classify collected specimens to discover specialized interactions within the pond community. (Grades 6-12)

  • Location: the Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science 6.1 6.9 LS.1 LS.6 LS.7 BIO.1 BIO.5
  • Time Required: 1 ½ hours
  • Dates: 
  • Costs: Fee (includes self guided visit):
    Contract Schools-Free, Non-contract schools-$6.50 per student ($150 minimum) For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator at 757-595-9135 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Produce, Consume & Decompose
http://www.virginiazoo.org/education.php?Content=4-6
 

Are you responsible for the missing link? Plants and animals interact in an amazing way to form food webs, but one missing link in a food chain is enough for the whole web to come crashing down! Children will meet live animals and start to discover the role producers, consumers and decomposers play in this intricate web of life. (Grades 4-6)

  • Location: Virginia Zoo 
  • SOLs Covered: Science 4.1, 4.4, 4.5, 5.1, 6.1, 6.9 English 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 6.2
  • Time Required: 45-60 mins
  • Dates: Monday-Friday 
  • Costs: Cost of Program on Zoo Grounds: Zoo admission fee plus $2.50 per participant (80 children maximum). Each additional program $2.50 per person ($75.00 minimum). Cost of Program at your Facility: Travel fee (based on roundtrip mileage from the Zoo) plus $2.50 per participant (80 children maximum). Each additional program $2.50 per person ($75.00 minimum). Registration: You must pre-register for education programs through the Education Department. Please fill out a registration form and mail or fax it to us. You may also register online here. You must receive a confirmation letter from us before you are guaranteed a program. Please call us at 757-624-9937 ext. 299 if you have any questions or if you do not receive a confirmation letter.

Researching the Bay
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_res-bay.html

This activity teaches students some of the skills needed for researching Chesapeake Bay information. Included are suggestions for students to make the research process less taxing, resource lists for students and teachers, and ideas for teachers to increase student success. (Grades 4-12)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 4.1, 4.5, 4.8. 6.1, 6.2, LS.1, LS.12 English: 4.4, 4.5, 4.7, 4.8, 4.9, 5.7, 5.8, 6.1, 6.2, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 7.8, 7.10, 8.1, 8.4, 8.5, 9.4, 9.6, 9.7, 9.8, 10.1, 10.2, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 12.6, 12.7, 12.8 12.9, 12.10, 12.13 C/t 5.4
  • Time Required: 2-4 class periods.
  • Dates:
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Sand-Shakes & Mud-Pies
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_mud-pies.html 

Students collect sediment samples from different wet habitats, measure and compare sediment composition from these sites in order to find relationships between sediment size and various environmental factors. Elementary students separate and observe layers; older students make calculations based on their data. (Grades 4-12)
· Location: BayLink - State Parks

  • SOLs Covered: Science: 4.1, 4.8, 5.1, 5.7, 6.1, 6.2, 6.6, ES.1, ES.2, ES.8, ES.9, Math: 4.11, 4.12, 4.13, 5.3, 5.11, 5.17, 5.20, 6.7, 6.9, 6.10, 6.18,7.21, 7.23, 7.25, 8.18
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The Shape of Things
http://education.jlab.org/beamsactivity/6thgrade/
shapeofthings/index.html
 

How can scientists study something they can't see? In this experiment, students use indirect observations to predict the shape of a hidden object. Scientists at Jefferson Lab study atoms in a similar fashion.

  • Location: Jefferson Lab
  • SOLs Covered: English: 6.1, Math 6.14, 6.16, Science: 6.1, 6.2, LS.1, PS1
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Solve the Mystery of Exotic Aquatics
http://www.vmsm.com/teachers.html 

Solve a real-life mystery: What is the "foreign" animal they collected with native species? How did it get to the Chesapeake Bay? Program incorporates experiments, mapping exercises, and microscope work to help your students learn about the relationship between human activities and ecosystem dynamics. (Grades 4-12)

  • Location: Virginia Science Marine Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 4.1, 4.5, 4.8, 5.1, 5.5, 5.6, 6.1, 6.8, 6.9, 6.11, LS.4, LS.7, LS.9, LS.11, LS.12, BIO.1, BIO.7, BIO.8, BIO.9
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Space Colony to Mars
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades6-12.html 

Take a trip into the future as we colonize Mars. What obstacles do we have to be overcome? Students work in teams to solve where to get energy, food, oxygen, and water, and then create a hands-on model of their colony. They will also develop communications systems, build vehicles, and even invent new sports to be played in microgravity. Try this program with the demonstration Space Freeze III and the IMAX film Space Station. (Grades 6-12)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science SOL: 6.1, 6.8, LS.4, LS.10, LS.12, ES.7, ES.12
  • Time Required: 1 hour. Goes well with the demonstration Space Freeze III and the IMAX films Space Station and Destiny in Space.
  • Dates: Available as an outreach program to your school
  • Costs:

Space Freeze III: A Cryogenics Demonstration
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades6-12.html 

Plunge into the extreme cold of outer space and discover it affects living things, inanimate objects, and potential building materials. Learn about superconductor ceramics that can only operate in temperatures at or below -321degrees Fahrenheit, and how the super cold of outer space affects life on the International Space Station (ISS). See what happens when flowers, bouncing balls, plastic, metal, and more encounter a space freeze as we simulate the unique environment of outer space. (Grades 6-12)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 6.1, 6.4, PS.2, PS.7
  • Time Required: 30 mins.
  • Dates: (available 1/31/04 - 5/2/04)
  • Costs:

Telling Tides
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_tides.html 

Students will learn to read a tide chart, determine the times of the high and low tides for a particular day for a standard reference point, as well as the tidal height relative to mean low water. Using this information, they will learn how to correct for differences in tidal times and heights for any other location on the same day. (Grades 6-12)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks
  • SOLs Covered: Science 6.1,6.2, 6.10, ES.2, ES.4, ES.11, PS.1, PS.10 MATH 7.21, 7.23, 8.18
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Vertebrate Biology
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teachersafaris.htm

Bring you biology class "to life" with a comparative overview of the vertebrates. Using live animals and museum specimens, your students will enjoy a "hands-on" learning experience as they compare and contrast the structures and adaptations of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

  • Location: Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science 6.1 LS.5 BIO.5 BIO.7
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Where Has All The Top Soil Gone?
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_top-soil.html
 

Students study sediment load of local water sources, devise and conduct experiments to test the effect of Best Management Practices on erosion control, review geological time line, research geological history of the Chesapeake Bay, identify fossils of the Chesapeake Bay. (Grades 6-9)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks 
  • SOLs Covered: Science 6.1, 6.2, 6.6, 6.11 , ES.1, ES.2, ES.9
  • Time Required: At the Park: 1/2 to 1 hour, any time of day. 
  • Dates: Any time of the year.
  • Cost:

Where the Water Falls
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_water-fall.html
 

Students will investigate interrelationships between flowing water and topography within a watershed. (Grades 4-9)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks 
  • SOLs Covered: Science 4.1, 4.8, 5.1, 5.7, 6.1, 6.2, 6.11, ES.1, ES.2, ES.3, ES.8, ES.9
  • Time Required:
  • Dates: any time of the year
  • Cost:

Who's With Me in My Watershed?
http://www.vims.edu/adv/ed/bt/bt99lessons2.html 

Students find and label major cities and rivers on a Chesapeake Bay watershed map. They define "watershed", draw the borders around one of Virginia's rivers, and discuss how inhabitants affect their watershed and each other.

  • Location: Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 4.8, 5.7, 6.1, ES.3 Social Science: 4.1, 4.2
  • Time Required: 
  • Dates: 
  • Costs:

Whose Clues?
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_clues.html 

This activity focuses on actual clues left behind by various animal suspects. From this evidence, students make inferences about both the perpetrators and the circumstances under which the clues were left. (Grades K – 10)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks
  • SOLs Covered: Science K.1, 1.1, 1.5, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.10, 4.1, 4.5, 5.1, 5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.9, LS.1, LS.4, LS.10
  • Time Required: Time Required at the Park: 1 hour, daylight hours. 
  • Dates: Time of Year: All seasons.
  • Cost:

WORLD WAR II The Home Front
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_macmem6.html 

Primary source documents, artifacts, and photographs located in one of the MacArthur Memorial’s classrooms spark discussion of what is was like to live in Norfolk during World War II. Time frame: 1941 and 1945. (Grades 4-9)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks
  • SOLs Covered: Science 4.1, 4.8, 5.1, 5.7, 6.1, 6.2, 6.6, ES.1, ES.2, ES.8, ES.9, Math 4.11, 4.12, 4.13, 5.3, 5.11, 5.17, 5.20, 6.7, 6.9, 6.10, 6.18,7.21, 7.23, 7.25, 8.18
  • Time Required: 2 hours
  • Dates:
  • Cost: Field Trips to the MacArthur Memorial can be taken without charge.

Worlds in Motion
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teacherspace.htm
 

From the incredible speeds of subatomic particles to the slow-motion flow of material within cells, the universe is buzzing with motion. This lively program explores the movements of atoms, living cells, planets, stars, galaxies, and the expanding universe. (Grades 5-8)

  • Location: Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science 6.1, 6.2, 6.5, 6.10, PS.3, PS.10, ES.1, ES.2, ES.4, ES.14, BIO.1, BIO.5, PH.5, PH.12
  • Time Required: 45 minutes
  • Dates: 
  • Costs: Fee (includes self guided visit): Contract Schools-Free, Non-contract schools-$6.50 per student ($150 minimum) For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator at 757-595-9135 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

WSKY
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teacherspace.htm
 

This program features a variety of interesting objects in the night sky including stars, planets, galaxies and black holes, in a lively format. Grades 5-12

  • Location: Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: 6.1, 6.2, 6.10, 6.11, LS.1, ES.4
  • Time Required: 45 minutes
  • Dates: 
  • Costs: Fee (includes self guided visit): Contract Schools-Free, Non-contract schools-$6.50 per student ($150 minimum) For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator at 757-595-9135 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

ZAP: Electrons on the Move
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades6-12.html 

This demonstration is guaranteed to get your students charged up! Find out how it all starts with the atom. Put electricity to use and learn how electrons moving from atom to atom do work. Get a static charge with our Van de Graaff generator, and watch electric current arc through the air on Jacob's Ladder. Watch Tesla's coil light up a bulb with no wires attached. Observe high-voltage static charges and see dynamic current flow through series and parallel circuits.

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, PS.1, PS.3, PS.6, PS.11, PH.1, PH.6, PH.12, PH.13
  • Time Required: 30 mins. Dates: (available 1/31/04 - 5/2/04)
  • Costs: Available as an outreach program to your school.

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