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Lab Classes for Grades 3-8

Discovery Place's hands-on labs are dedicated to the exploration of matter, energy and living things. Classes in our state-of-the art labs are facilitated by experts and allow inquiry-based learning. All curriculum aligns with National Science Standards and North Carolina Essential Standards. Classes are offered Monday - Friday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.

Target Grades:
Grades 3 - 8 (see individual Class description for Grade specifics)
Price:
$12.00 per student (includes Museum admission), plus any applicable sales and use taxes
Capacity:
25 participants
Duration:
50 minutes

Classes

Advanced Robotics

Make the connection between a robot's brain and its body. Get a brief introduction to writing programs for LEGO Mindstorms robots with easy-to-use drag and drop NXT programming software. Program your …

Animal Behavior & Adaptation

Observe, experiment and discover some of the fascinating behaviors and adaptations of animals and how various factors affect them. Students explore a variety of living things and participate in guide…

Beginner's Zoology - NEW for 2016-17

Gain an introduction to differentiating taxonomic groups. What characteristics led scientists to classify each group? Live animal encounters will enhance the learning experience.…

Concepts of Chemistry

Mix molecules that react in the blink of an eye, investigate rate-altering chemical manipulation and watch as it all goes out with a bang. Develop lab safety skills and proper equipment handling techn…

Cycles of Nature (offered 2015-16 school year only)

Investigate and evaluate living systems designed for growth, the cycles through which energy and matter flow and the role of plants on Earth through a variety of inquiry-based activities.…

Discovering Photosynthesis - NEW for 2016-17

Investigate the process of photosynthesis and evaluate living systems. Examine the role of producers, consumers and decomposers.…

DNA Detectives

Explore genotypes, phenotypes, alleles and traits. A variety of guided-inquiry experiments and investigations builds a better understanding of genes and heredity.…

Earth, Moon and the Great Beyond

Join the rotation revolution powerful enough to alter your world. Learn why the moon appears to change shape each night, why the sun rises and sets and much more.…

Ecosystem Explorations

Put on your safari hat and travel with us as we navigate the many biomes on planet Earth. Participate in guided inquiry activities and discover characteristics of each biome. Get up close and personal…

Force and Motion

Feel and see the forces around us. Experiment with Newton's Laws of Motion through a variety of hands-on activities.…

Hot and Cold - NEW for 2016-17

Use your bare hands to cause color changes and see what you look like through an infrared camera. Make fascinating, hands-on discoveries about conduction, convection and radiation.…

Inside Out - Dissection

Gain a better understanding of the anatomy of the human body and the interdependency of body systems through the completion of a dissection. Note: Additional material cost of $8 per participant. Ca

Life Under the Lens

Learn about the exciting world that lies under the lens. Students will learn to use handheld, dissecting and stereo microscopes to discover the difference between plant and animal cells and observe th…

Move It or Lose It

Explore the structure and functions of the skeletal and muscular systems of the human body through a variety of guided-inquiry activities and the examination of real human specimens.…

Oh My Circuits

Conduct hair-raising experiments with the Van de Graaff generator. Learn the difference between static and current electricity, build a circuit, investigate magnetism and make an electromagnet.…

Rocks and Fossils

Uncover the differences between rocks, minerals and the rock cycle. Test different mineral properties, uncover how they are formed and take a look at Museum fossils.…

Simple Machines

Increase your working knowledge of some mechanical marvels through fun hands-on activities using gears, levers, inclined planes, wheel and axel, pulleys, and screws. Discover ways to increase your eff…

The Human Body

Delve into the intricate human body and discover the many systems that keep your body working. Experience engaging hands-on activities and see real human specimens.…

What's the Forecast?

Develop a sunny outlook by applying real-world applications of science concepts and procedures and experience weather events firsthand. A variety of experiments and investigations build a better under…

What's the Matter?

Don't let the phase fool you, it is all matter. Perform experiments exploring density and molecular motion and experience sublime changes firsthand as you investigate the phases of matter.…

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