Add a Workshop to Your Field Trip!
Hands-on STEM workshops are a great way to increase the educational impact of your field trip to the Lancaster Science Factory. Each program is instructed by one of our professional STEM Educators and can be customized based on grade-level and class size. Your students will love engaging topics like engineering, chemistry, robotics, and more!
The Science Factory now has 20 interactive math exhibits that can also be added to your field trip. Topics include measurement, money, volume, fractions, and many more! Your chaperones will help guide them through each hands-on activity that will help them understand mathematical concepts and build their confidence in the classroom.
Students will use an assortment of tools and materials to actively engage in the engineering design process. They will be prompted to construct a sailcar or windmill to fulfill a specific design challenge.
2D - 3D Thinking
Students are given a 2D blueprint and must use spatial reasoning to construct a 3D model from it using Keva planks. Activities are tiered based on grade level.
Students will be presented with multiple designs and building problems where they must think like an engineer to solve them. Challenges may include catapults, bridges, towers, and balancing nails. Ideal for grades 3rd - 8th.
Students will examine how energy is transformed to generate electricity or explore real-world ways engineering can combat climate change. Activities includes generating power with windmills, modeling green infrastructure, and generating renewable energy to produce hydrogen.
Students learn about molecules like Oxygen (O2) and chemical compounds like salt (NaCl) while building them out of candy toothpicks.
Students will explore chemical reactions using common, household ingredients. Things may get messy! Possible experiments include acid-base reactions, decomposition chemistry, pressure and gas, and chromatography.
Students will learn about Newton's Laws of Motion and use them to perform dazzling feats! Activities will vary based on grade level and can include the tablecloth trick, remove the platform, egg drop devices, balloon races, and many more.
The Circuit Lab
Students learn about electricity and how energy flows while building and experimenting with a variety of circuits from simple to complex. Materials may include circuit boards, snap circuits, or paper circuits.
Intro to Robotics
Students will learn the basics of robotics and programming while interacting with Edison or LEGO Mindstorm robots. Robotics programs can be tiered for any grade level and longer intensives are available by request.
We know that getting students excited about math can sometimes be challening. The Lancaster Science Factory has 20 hands-on math exhibits that help students feel more confident about math topics. Subjects include fractions, place value, volume, shapes, measurement, and more.
Click here for more information about bringing our math exhibits to your location!