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Virtual Learning at The Tech
While your learners can’t attend The Tech Interactive in person, our virtual programs will still engage them in activities that promote collaboration, creativity and perseverance. Whether they build with us in a science lab or take a virtual field trip through the exciting world of tech, your innovators will be inspired to be the problem-solvers of the future.
We’ve converted our two most popular science labs — Physics of Roller Coasters and Down the Drain — into virtual labs. Even better, we created a brand new Tech Challenge-inspired experience that requires only paper and some tape!
Facilitated by our brilliant, entertaining, and endlessly patient lab instructors, these NGSS-aligned activities blend the best of synchronous and asynchronous learning, giving you the flexibility you need. The best part — we’ll take the lead, so you can sit back, observe, and have a complete thought!
Virtual labs include:
- Prerecorded introduction that frames the challenge.
- One 90-minute live session, split into two halves, one for each half of your class.
- Teacher and student worksheets, including engineering journal, pre-lab content activity, post-lab activities, and sharing tools.
- Challenges designed around materials found at home.
All labs are just $125 per class, unless your school is Title I, in which case the lab is free (a $50 deposit will be refunded on the day of your lab). We will never turn learners away for lack of resources; please get in touch if this fee is a hurdle. One class is 34 students maximum.
How to register
Please fill out the form below. Due to our new virtual format, we are asking each individual teacher to request a lab only for their own class of 34 students or fewer. Please ask your colleagues to fill out their own request form. Thank you!
Down the Drain
There’s a lot of trash in the Bay’s watershed, from San Jose to the Pacific Ocean. By designing and constructing different types of storm drain grates, students discover how water systems function and how to use science and engineering to protect Earth’s natural resources. Students will:
- Describe a watershed.
- Explain why keeping trash out of the watershed is important.
- Complete a design challenge to create a storm drain to combat pollution from a specific source
Physics of Roller Coasters
They love to ride them, now they’ll love to build them! Students explore potential and kinetic energy and apply what they learn to build their own roller coasters made of materials they have at hand. Students will:
- Demonstrate that gravity is a naturally occurring force that pulls objects toward the center of the Earth.
- Describe and demonstrate the difference between potential and kinetic energy.
- Complete a given design challenge with constraints.
Paper Engineering: A Tech Challenge Lab
Engineers often have to work within constraints like budget, time or materials. In this fun lab, inspired by the 2021 Tech Challenge, learners will immerse themselves in the Innovation Design Process by creating an object out of a single material -- paper! Students will:
- Brainstorm ideas using collaborative prompts
- Use their creativity to build a prototype out of paper using at least three different 3D techniques
- Test their creation, see if it works, and think about possible iterations
Our 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.
Coming in November: Our second virtual field trip focusing on our Tech for Global Good program, featuring four entrepreneurs who use data analysis to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges!