The Tech Science Labs
Give your students a deeper learning experience as they explore different science topics in our interactive, 90-minute hands-on labs. Our lab instructors provide an engaging science experience with Design Challenge Learning, captivating your students through an open-ended design process. Students work together to find creative solutions to real-world science and engineering challenges, while reinforcing science concepts and developing 21st century skills and habits of mind of Silicon Valley innovators. All labs meet state and national standards.
Visit our galleries along with your lab and see Lab and Gallery Connections to create a strategic path through the museum for your students. All labs and galleries are inspired by the innovative science & technology of Silicon Valley, and designed to spark fascination for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).
"The labs are fabulous! Super hands on with knowledgeable instructors!"
—4th grade teacher, Bowers Elementary School
Science Labs for 2014-2015
We currently offer 7 different lab topics. Short descriptions of each lab are below, along with Lesson Plans, Pre-Visit Vocabulary, and Post-Visit Activities that expand on topics covered in the lab.
If you are a Title 1 school and have been granted a fee-waived lab, you must implement the pre-visit vocabulary and/or the post-visit activity in your classroom.
The pre-visit vocabulary available for download includes the vocabulary terms relevant to the lab as well as a set of graphic organizers and games to help your class learn and review the vocabulary. We will also be adding lab journals with writing prompts and additional post-visit activities, so please check back soon.
State and National Standards Connections
Below you will find charts that show all state and national standards connections to the labs by grade level. All of our labs support Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Language Arts, and California Science Content Standards.
Second Grade Standards Connections
Third Grade Standards Connections
Fourth Grade Standards Connections
Fifth Grade Standards Connections
Middle School Standards Connections (Grades 6-8)
High School Standards Connections (Grades 9-12)
Galactic Forces of Magnetism
Galactic Forces of Magnetism Lesson Plan
Galactic Forces of Magnetism Post-Visit Activity: Make Your Own Compass
Physics of Roller Coasters
Grades 2-8 (Adaptable for high school students)
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.
Chemicals of Innovation
Investigate chemical properties and bring the periodic table to life by experimenting with chemical reactions and exploring real-life applications and innovations featuring the elements of life.
Engineering for Earthquakes
Grades 5-8 (Adaptable for High School Students)
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.
DNA and Genetics
Students will investigate the wonders of DNA and genetics by examining their own cheek cells, spooling DNA from animal cells, and discovering some of their hidden genetic traits. This lab was created in partnership with the Stanford Genetics Department.
DNA and Genetics Pre-Visit Vocabulary
DNA and Genetics Lab Lesson Plan
DNA and Genetics Post-Visit Activity: Who Has the Gene? (Teacher sheet)
DNA and Genetics Post-Visit Activity: Who Has the Gene? (Student worksheet)
Green by Design
Harness the power of wind and sun! Students work as teams to investigate the power of solar cells and create solar-powered cities. They then build their own wind turbines.
Green by Design Pre-Visit Vocabulary
Green by Design Lab Lesson Plan
Green by Design Post-Visit Activity: Which Direction Wind Vane
Green by Design Post-Visit Activity: Solar Cooker
Simplicity of Electricity
Explore properties of static and current electricity with everyday objects. Students investigate conductors and insulators as they tinker with electricity through the creation of circuits.