Sustainable Cities Lab

Sustainable Cities Lab

Grades: 4+
Duration: 45 minutes

Available Times: 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

*Start and end times may be flexible. Please speak to the Group Reservations specialist when booking.

Concepts/Skills: City planning, sustainability, trade-offs, trial and error experimentation


Student engineers work in teams to design and test their own approach to creating a sustainable city.

Lab Guide

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Lab-Related Activities

Lessons marked with an orange gear icon address engineering within the Next Generation Science Standards.

Connecting with Climate

Grades 6-12

Explore how to problem-solve when approaching large-scale, multidimensional issues like climate change.

Lesson: 90 minutes

Responsible Reservoirs

Grades 5-8

Play a game that shows the complicated cause and effect relationship involved in major environmental decisions.  

Activity: 20+ minutes


60+ minutes

Students/teams will design a public service announcement about keeping pollution out of the waterways.

Sustainable Cities Lab

Exhibit Connections

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