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Hands-On After School Science Labs

The Tech Museum of Innovation enhances students' after-school experience by allowing them to explore science and technology topics in an interactive, hands-on setting.

Students can explore over 100 hands-on exhibits, engage in our gallery programs and Hands-on Science Workshop, wonder at our educational IMAX films, and/or get an in-depth, instructor-led lab experience.

Our After-School Labs utilize Design Challenge Learning, an exciting, hands-on approach that enables students to engage in an open-ended design process that results in an original, team-driven solution.

All of our after-school learning programs align with California Content Standards.

 

After-School Labs can be booked Monday through Friday from October to June.
Choose from 4 different 45-minute design challenge labs.
Labs hold up to 32 students. Only $125 per lab.
Labs will start at 3:30 p.m.
Educational IMAX film showing at 4:00 p.m. Only $5/person.
Call Group Sales to book your After-School lab or educational IMAX film at (408) 294-8324.

Fees for After-School museum entrance may be waived for ASES and 21st Century-funded  programs.

For more information on making reservations and preparing for your visit, please visit Plan Your Visit.

For more information on free and subsidized transportation opportunities, please visit Transportation Support

 

After-School Labs for 2013-2014

Opposites Attract

In this lab, students will get a chance to discover the properties of magnetism through investigation and experimentation. Students will learn the basic relationship between electric current and magnetism, and then use that knowledge to build a functional electromagnet!

California Content Standards: Grade 3: 1b-d Grade 4: 1b-g Grade 5: 1c Grade 8: 3a: Grades 9-12: 5f-g, 5j.

Catch the Buzz

In this lab, students learn basic principles of electricity, including conductors, insulators, circuits and switches. Students will get a chance to apply their knowledge by constructing electronic circuits of varying complexity!

California Content Standards: Grade 3: 1b-d Grade 4: 1a, 1g Grade 5: 1c Grade 6: 3a Grade 7: 6a Grade 8: 3a: Grades 9-12: 4a, 5c.

Eye Spy

In this lab, students learn about the energy of light. We start with the basic properties of waves, and define exactly what light is. Then we explore the behavior of light as it collides with various materials. In addition, we explore light, color, and vision with several investigative experiments!

California Content Standards: Grade 3: 1a-e, 2a-d Grade 4: 1g Grade 6: 3a, 3d, 4b Grade 7: 6a-g Grade 8: 4d Grades 9-12: 4a, 4d, 4e.

Boom!

In this lab, students learn about the energy of sound waves. We start with the basic properties of waves and define exactly what sound is. Then we explore the behavior of sound as it collides with various materials, and learn how to describe the qualities of a sound scientifically. Finally, students will create their own unique sound devices!

California Content Standards: Grade 3: 1b-e Grade 4: 1a, 1g Grade 6: 3a Grade 7: 5g Grade 8: 3d, 3e: Grades 9-12: 4a, 4d