Onsite Programs - Science North

2020 - 2021 SCIENCE NORTH SCHOOL PROGRAM

Your class visit to Science North includes up to two hands-on school programs. 

Kindergarten

Move Like the Animals

In this active program, your students will love mimicking the behaviour of some of their favourite creatures. While interacting with live animals, students will learn about animal life cycles and how they move in their environments.

Shape Up!

Shapes are the building blocks of the world around us. This program offers students the chance to investigate and compare two-dimensional shapes using hands-on tools and technology. They will experiment with these shapes, while identifying and creating colourful patterns.

Beautiful Butterflies

Treat your students to a transformative experience with fun activities in the world of butterflies! From eggs to adults, students will observe butterflies’ life cycles, behaviours and interactions within their environment, all amidst the many tropical butterflies at Science North’s stunning F. Jean MacLeod Butterfly Gallery.

Sounds of the Human Body

Hiccups, burps, and farts, oh my! Students will discover why the human body makes certain sounds by exploring the organs that make them. Listening with a specialized medical instrument and manipulating preserved organs, students will discover math within the science.

Bee-Bots

Students will learn how honey bees communicate with the waggle dance while programming a robotic honey bee. Students will also learn about the honey bee life cycle and how they change over their life span.

Kindergarten to Grade 1

The Buzz on Bees

Students get to learn more about one of the insect world’s most fascinating members: the bee! Students will discuss the needs of living things, focusing on plants and bees, participate in fun activities about pollination, and learn about the different roles each bee has and how the whole colony works together. They will come away with a better understanding of how they impact bees and their environment.

Grade 1 to 3

Plants are Everything

When it comes to sustaining life on Earth, plants are everything! Your students are invited to explore the critical role plants play, with activities that examine plant characteristics, life cycles, feeding, growth and reproduction.

Winter Wildlife!

We have warm clothing and furnaces to keep us warm all winter long, but how do animals survive the harsh winter? Whether migrating or hibernating, students will learn about the different strategies and adaptations animals use to weather the winter.

Rhythms of the Human Body

From the funny to the strange, why does the human body make some of the sounds it does? Students will discover the reasons behind these sounds by exploring the organs that make them. They will use tools and manipulate preserved organs all while discovering the rhythms of the body.

Bugging Out

Let’s get up close and personal to all things creepy-crawly. Using live insects and interactive activities, students will delve into how different insects adapt to their environments. There will also be a focus on the human impact on natural environments and human use of animals in daily life.

Mix It Up!

In a series of hands-on activities, students will use scientific tools and methods to investigate the properties and interactions of various solids and liquids.

Seasons: Will it Rain or Will It Snow?

Energy and the properties of liquids and solids are explored through the changing seasons. Students will learn how the Earth’s tilt creates different seasons and explore the seasons through repeating patterns and numbers.

Grade 2 to 4

Pushing & Pulling

Find out how pulleys can give you superhuman strength. Using tools and technology, students will build and investigate different types of pulley systems and evaluate how pulleys affect the amount of force required to lift a load.

Grade 3 to 5

Amazing Machines

Join your students in hands-on activities that allow them to explore and create simple machines and related forces. Using the educational tool, RIGAMAJIG, and an assortment of other equipment, students will have the opportunity to challenge themselves, develop new skills, and problem-solve their own creations.

Climate Conundrums

Temperatures are rising across the planet. Through hands-on learning, students will be introduced to the conundrum that is climate change and will experience the consequences of habitat loss from rising temperatures. They will have the chance to explore solutions to reduce carbon emissions. 

Grade 4 to 6

Predators

In nature, there is nothing more thrilling than the hunt! Students will discover some of the adaptations that predators have developed to hunt and kill their prey through examining animal skulls and dissecting an owl pellet.

Human Organ Systems

In this program, students investigate the structure and function of the respiratory and circulatory systems. Using hands-on science tools, they will identify the interrelationships between these systems and investigate how physical activity changes them.

Making Sense of Senses 

How do animals use sight, sound and smell to survive in the wild? Through hands-on experiments and interacting with live animals, students will learn about how animals thrive in their habitats and communities using special sensory adaptations. Students will also learn how energy moves through food chains and food webs.

Ocean Ecosystems 

Oceans make up 70% of the Earth’s surface and their importance cannot be underestimated. Students will examine how humans are affecting ocean ecosystems by observing the relationships between fishing, economics, and species at risk.

Balance & Motion

Using the key concepts of force, balance, symmetry and motion, students will build a frame structure that includes a pulley in order to complete a challenge. 

Grade 5 to 6

Let’s Get Electric! 

In order to explore concepts of electrical energy and energy conservation, students will construct circuits using a variety of tools. 

Grade 6

Our Place in Space 

From the Sun to Neptune, immersive activities will let your students discover how Earth fits into the solar system and cosmos. They will experiment with tools and techniques scientists use to learn about all the planets (and dwarf planets) in our solar system.

Grade 7 to 8

HEATmosphere

Through hands-on activities and illustrative comparisons with other planets, students will explore the Earth’s climate system including inputs, outputs, and feedback loops involving heat and water.

Solve a Cellular Mystery 

A crime has occurred at Science North and we are looking for the best detectives to solve the case! Cellular evidence has been left behind at the crime scene. Students will take samples, create slides, and compare against pre-prepared slides to crack the case.

Devising Devices

In this inventive program, students will build and test their own devices that operate on hydraulics and/or pneumatics to lift loads. They will work with real tools to compare properties of fluids to investigate other forces and factors that affect their device's performance.

What is a Concussion?

What happens to a human brain when it is concussed? Students will manipulate a preserved brain to learn the effects of concussions. They will also try out concussion-simulation goggles and test helmet materials using an egg drop experiment.

Warm & Cold-Blooded Animals

What is the difference between a cold-blooded and a warm-blooded animal? How do conduction, convection and radiation affect animals and the way they thermoregulate? Students will experiment with different insulators and learn to use an infrared camera, while interacting with live animals in this hands-on program.

Additional Educational Experiences 

Grade 3 to 8 - Nature Exchange 

90 minutes

Students gain an appreciation for plants, insects, rocks and minerals, and their role in the ecosystem by trading items found and collected from their backyard or abroad. 

Note: Students must locate and acquire their items for trading before their visit to Science North.

Grade 4 to 12 - Rocks, Stones and Gems!

2 hours

Lapidary is the art of shaping, cutting and polishing stones and gems. Students learn about different lapidarist techniques. They will also find out why various rocks handle differently and why some are used for certain purposes.

Grade 6 to 12 - How to Create a Science Fair Project 

90 minutes

Want to create a science fair project that really wows the judges? Learn what steps are involved in completing a successful project, from choosing a great topic to designing and executing the experiment. Students will participate in several hands-on activities that illustrate the main steps of a scientific experiment and could be a jumping-off point for further investigation. 

 

SECONDARY SCHOOL EXPERIENCES 

SNC1D, SNC1P

It’s Electrifying! 

90 minutes

Let’s get electric as your students explore the different aspects of electricity: properties of static and current electricity, sources of electricity, and the practical use of electricity in our daily lives. Hands-on activities will give your students a better understanding of static electricity and electrical circuits.

Spaced Out

50 minutes

Through engaging hands-on activities, students will explore the Big Bang theory and its implications on the structure and evolution of the universe, along with the characteristics and properties of the celestial objects visible in the night sky. 

SNC1D, SNC1P, SBI3U, SBI3C, SVN3M

Welcome to the Wetlands

 150 minutes

The wetlands are home to some of the most fascinating creatures. Students will visit a wetland to learn about its importance to local and global biodiversity. Using scientific equipment (dip nets, microscopes, binoculars) to collect and observe wetland organisms, they will learn how to determine the quality of an aquatic ecosystem.

NOTE: Students must bring their own rubber boots. This program is only available through September until the second week of October and from the first week of May until the end of the school year.

Reptiles at Risk

 50 minutes

Turtles, lizards, and snakes, oh my! This exciting program offers students the chance to meet a variety of Ontario’s at-risk reptiles and learn about factors that threaten them and their habitats, along with ways to help protect them. 

SNC1D, SNC1P, SNC2D, SNC2P, SBI3U, SBI3C 

Fish Physiology and Evolution

 50 minutes

There are plenty of fish in the sea…and students will get a better understanding of them. Using real specimens, students examine the evolutionary history of fish by observing modern day samples. Students will gain an understanding of evolutionary processes using fish as visual and tangible examples. 

SNC2D, SNC2P

Chemical Reactions

 90 minutes

If your students love chemistry, this is the program for them! Students will have a hands-on opportunity to follow lab procedures while refining their skills. They will be able to take measurements while exploring exothermic, endothermic reactions, acids, bases and more!

Mirror, Mirror

 50 minutes

Time to reflect on mirrors and how they work. Students have the opportunity to investigate properties of light and geometric optics. In this program, students explore their powers of critical thinking through a series of inquiry-based challenges.

 

SNC2D, SNC2P, SVN3M

Climate Experiments

 50 minutes

What determines our climate and how it changes? Students investigate natural and human factors that influence our climate and climate change, including the greenhouse effect and heat transfer through air and water. 

SBI4U

Molecular Genetics

 90 minutes

What do your genetics determine about who you are? Students will learn the history of genetics, explore how genes code for proteins, and even evaluate their own genome by examining some common physical traits. They will also learn how to use a gel electrophoresis apparatus to separate molecules similar to what is used by genomicists studying DNA.

Neuroscience

 50 minutes

Are we getting on your nerves? Students will explore the nervous system by examining a preserved brain and evaluating their own nervous systems through a series of tests, including two-point discrimination, reaction time and reflexes. Students will also be able to see an experiment where the action potential of one individual will be used to control another person’s arm!

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