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!
Students will use an assortment of tools and materials to fulfill a specific design challenge. Students will examine how energy is transformed to generate electricity or explore real-world ways engineering can combat climate change. Activities based on grade level may include building a sailcar, and generating power with windmills.
Students will be presented with a design challenge where they must think like an engineer to solve it. Challenges based on grade level may include keva plank blueprints, catapults, bridges, towers, or balancing nails.
Students will explore the properties of electromagnetism and energy flow while building circuits that can power electric motors and generators.
Students will learn about electricity and how energy flows while building and experimenting with a variety of circuits from simple to complex. Activities based on grade level may include circuit boards, snap circuits, or paper circuits.
Students will learn the basics of robotics and programming while interacting with Edison Robots. Robotics programs can be tiered for any grade level.
Newton’s Laws of Motion
Students will learn about Newton’s Laws of Motion and use them to perform dazzling feats! Activities based on grade level may include the tablecloth trick, remove the platform, egg drop devices, balloon races, and many more.
Biome in a Box
Students will learn about the different environments and habitats in which animals live. They will build an environment including terrain, plants, and animals in a box to take home.
Students learn about molecules like Oxygen (O2) and chemical compounds like salt (NaCl) while building them out of candy and toothpicks.
Students will explore chemical reactions using common household ingredients. Things may get messy! Experiments based on grade level may include acid-base reactions, decomposition chemistry, pressure and gas, and chromatography.
Create Art with Science
Students will create a watercolor project using household items like salt, baking soda, and vinegar. Activities based on grade level and time may be free-form or use stencils. Watch the watercolor react with the items to create a unique piece of art. Students take home what they make.
Our Solar System
Students will learn the order and characteristics of the planets in our solar system as they design and create a model individually or in small groups. Activities will vary based on allotted time and grade level.
Create a Constellation
Students will choose a constellation and use skills like measurement, cutting, and design to recreate it on paper.