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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.
 

Engineering Adventures earthquake unit training for afterschool October 16 and 17, 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by Oracle.
Looking for ways to prepare your afterschool youth for the 2015 Tech Challenge? Attend this three-hour hands-on workshop offered October 16 at The Tech and October 17 at the Gilroy Unified School District Office and learn to implement the Engineering Adventures earthquake unit with students in grades 4-5. Explore the engineering design process and learn about all seven Engineering Adventure units designed specifically for afterschool and freely available online. Space is limited, so we will limit to two attendees per organization. Please express interest by September 12; spots will be confirmed by September 30. Others will be placed on a wait list. No walk-ins. For the October 16 workshop, 9 a.m. to noon at The Tech, visit http://tinyurl.com/md33ff3. For the October 17 workshop, 9 a.m. to noon at the Gilroy District Office, visit: http://monterey.k12oms.org/eventdetail.php?id=88797

 

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 2014-2015

New labs for 2014-2015!

After School Lab Schedule

Labs available on the first and third Wednesdays, October 2014-May 2015.
Labs run 3:30-4:15 pm
$125 per lab.  A $50 non-refundable deposit is required per lab at the time of booking.  Fee-waived groups will be refunded the deposit at check-in.
Limited scholarship funding is available to waive lab fees for ASES and 21st Century-funded programs.  
To qualify for a lab scholarship, after school providers must lead their students is a lab-related pre-visit and post-visit activity, both of which will be provided by The Tech.

Labs must be reserved at least 3 weeks in advance. Book early as space is limited.  Call Group Reservations today at 1-408-294-8324, option 3.
 

Lab Offerings

Physics of Roller Coasters -Grades 2-8
Discover the science and engineering behind thrill rides! Students explore kinetic and potential energy, friction, and the engineering process by designing and prototyping their own roller coasters.

Green by Design - Grades 3-8
Harness the power of wind!  Students work as teams to design, construct, and redisgn the most energy efficient wind turbines.

Engineering for Earthquakes - Grades 4-8
Construct seismically sound structures to survive "The Big One."  Students work as teams to practice the structural design and engineering process as they learn about one of California's greatest natural threats: earthquakes.

Super Slime - Grades 1-8
Explore the ooey gooey properties of polymers.  Students play with polymers as they discover the science of making slime.  (Each student will take home their own lab-made slime)

Sunny Science - Grades 1-8
Experiment with the power of sunlight!  Color changing UV beads will be used to show the power of the sun and test products that are supposed to protect us from harmful UV rays. (Each student will take home their own UV bead creation)