These lessons explore the natural world of animals, plants and even living things we can’t see, like bacteria! Your learners will engage more deeply with life sciences when you add real-world layers like hands-on building, engineering design challenges, or computer programming.
Storm Shield: What Living Things Need
Design and build a shelter to keep animals safe in severe weather.
Lesson: Five 45-minute sessions
Create a simple algorithm to model the life cycle of a butterfly. Then write this algorithm using conditionals and program it on a computer.
Lesson: 70 minutes
Caution! Wildlife Crossing
Build a structure (bridge, tunnel, etc.) to get an animal safely across a road.
Tech at Home Activity: 20+ minutes
Pollinator Pit Stop
Create a temporary habitat for a pollinator insect. Put the habitat outside and observe the results over a few days, then iterate on the design.
Educator Guide: 60 minutes (2 sessions, plus observation time)
Activity: 60 minutes; 3–4 days to observe
Teams gather information and scientific evidence to design a device that will help move endangered animals from one protected area to another.
Lesson: Eight to ten 50-minute sessions
Fruits, Veggies, & Plants
Save the Fruit
Create a device that will harvest fruit from a tree and examine points of failure for iteration.
Lesson: Five 60-minute sessions
Use this video and prompt to spark engagement: What's the smallest living thing you can think of?
Making with Microbes
Use fermented tea to grow your own unique piece of biomaterial and make something creative with it!
Lesson: Two 30 minute sessions, with 1-3 weeks between
Tech for Tomorrow Virtual Field Trip
This career-focused virtual field trip takes your students on a road trip through Silicon Valley to meet some of the region’s smartest and most innovative tech experts. Viewers get a sneak peek inside some real-life medical labs, workshops and makerspaces and hear advice about how they can follow their passions to work in tech, too!
Along the way, they’ll get to experience some of our favorite exhibits and make the connection between what we do here and the exciting work of tech engineers and entrepreneurs.
Video: 30 min
Pre and Post activities: 90 min