Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center of Mobile,AL

Classroom Activities

 

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES (FOR SCHOOL GROUPS)

 

Classroom Activities range 30 to 90 minutes in length and can be arranged for an additional cost of $2 to $10 per student depending on the activity chosen. Most classroom activities are designed to accommodate up to 35 children per class. Below is a sample of some of the varying activities we offer. Please see the Field Trip Guide (download here) for a complete listing of our activities and their descriptions.

 

 

Little Discoveries

(Pre-K through 1st grade)

 

Purple Science: Discover how many exciting experiments you can do with the color purple. The lesson begins with Harold and the Purple Crayon and is followed by innovative and creative chemistry experiments.

 

Weather Exploration: Discover the water cycle to understand why and how it rains. Eric Carle’s Little Cloud will serve as the inspiration for a demo that explains how clouds work. Students will also make a cloud collage of their very own.

 

Colorful Chemistry: Discover color to find out what is primary and secondary about our box of crayons. Students will observe exciting demos that present chemical reactions at their most colorful.

 

Sink or Float: Discover the science of buoyancy in this exciting watery lesson. Students will predict, test and reveal whether an object will sink or float.

 

 

Class Blasts

(Middle to High School)

 

More Math Now!: How far can your school make it in this new exciting math gauntlet? Join us, as we put your school’s measuring skills, algebra abilities, and teamwork to the test. This engineering escapade is an interactive, competitive building experience revolved around problem solving and simple equations. By connecting different bridges, your team must make it to the highest level you can before the time runs out. Can you withstand the gauntlet and have your name etched in the halls of the Exploreum forever?

 

Grasshopper Dissection: Does science bug your kids out? Students will get up close and personal with a grasshopper, as they examine how this unique creature’s functions support survival, growth behavior and reproduction. Students will also investigate all parts of these insects from the outside in, and record their findings on a data sheet

 

Principles of Flight: Aeronautics is the focus of this Exploreum Workshop presented by Airbus. Your students will learn all about analyzing the motion of an object, and experimental design, based on evidence from the key principles of flight. They will then identify external forces in a system and apply Newton’s Laws of Motion, by using models created by the students. Then they witness how rotational inertia will affect their flying prototypes.

 

Heightened Hydraulics: See Newton’s Laws of motion in action! In this workshop, students will explore the innovative method of converting the flow of water into power! They will begin by exploring all the factors of potential and kinetic energy. Finally, students will be tasked to create and organize their own Cartesian Plots, while testing Fluid Dynamics.

 

 

Exploreum U

(Middle School to Collegiate Programs)

 

3, 2, 1…Launch! Gear up with Pneumatics: In this lesson we will use the force of pneumatics to power our catapults! To begin with students will start by investigating the motion of an object, through constructing a catapult arm that will launch a sphere of their choice. Then they will analyze graphically and mathematically the distance traveled, speed, velocity and acceleration the selected sphere that was launched through the air!

 

Heart Dissection: For this in depth dissection, students will use a real heart as a model, to evaluate the functions of the organ in the cardiovascular and respiratory system. They will investigate the valves and chambers to reveal each areas function. Then journey through the electrical waves of the heart with a real electrocardiogram.

 

Forensics 101: Take an exploration through the investigative world of forensics! Students will utilize a series of equipment to explain the best ways to collect and preserve evidence. Then study fiber analysis, finger printing and the importance of properly identifying and cataloguing skeletal remains.

 

Anatomation: Anatomical Entertainment: In this workshop we take a close look at animation and how animators use human anatomy to portray realistic movement. Students will develop a deeper understanding as to how the muscles and the joints work together to help us lift, push, and even walk. Then, students will have the opportunity to make their own animations come to life!