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Free STEM programs for students grades K-12

 

August 4, 2021
Students at the Bradbury during an onsite field trip

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For the 2021-2022 school year, the Bradbury Science Museum provides a choice of three themed experiences that are offered as either an interactive virtual field trip, a visit to your classroom, or a trip to the museum.

 

Step 1: Choose your theme

     A. Engineering:  What is an engineer and what do they do?  Students are introduced the field of      engineering and are given a hands-on challenge to solve with the given materials.  Engineering projects include penny bridges (grades K-2nd), card towers (2nd-6th), catapults (4th-8th), paper airplanes (4th-8th), and earthquake-proof straw structures (4th-8th).

     B. Manhattan Project:  How did spies infiltrate the Manhattan Project and communicate during WWII?  Students are immersed into a past world of analog radio, Morse Code, encrypted messages, and espionage as they investigate a cast of characters at Project Y.  Students work together to solve an underground spy plot occurring at Los Alamos.  Recommended for 7th – 12th grade.  See the flyer and a short video of this theme. 

    C. Building Immunity:  What happens when a virus invades a cell?  Students take on the roles of virus, cell, and immune system to understand the mechanics of a virus as it infects a cell.  Recommended for 7th – 12th grade.

 

Step 2: Choose your experience

    A. Interactive virtual field trip: After you choose one of the above themes, we will mail materials to your classroom for distribution to your students.  We first live-stream with your students, introducing the topic and their project.  Students then work on their projects over a week or so before we reconnect for follow-up and Q&A.  We generally need about an hour for the first live-stream, and 30-60 min for the closing live-stream.  The advantage of virtual delivery is that (1) there is much more flexibility in scheduling, (2) we can accommodate more students (including multiple classrooms at once), and (3) students have more time to work on their projects or dig deeper into a particular topic.  Students keep the materials for their projects except those of the Manhattan Project theme, which will need to be returned with the provided pre-paid postage.

   B. We visit your classroom (Science on Wheels): We can visit your school and bring along materials for the chosen theme.  Our educators introduce the topic and lead the students through the hands-on activity while we are there.  We generally need a 90-minute time slot for each group and require that we meet with at least two groups/classes (two 90-minute time slots) at your school during that day.  Some of the themes are abbreviated compared to the those delivered through the interactive virtual field trip option.  We are limited to a Tuesday-Thursday schedule for these visits and have a cap of 2 total trips per school.

   C. You visit us (Museum Explorations): At this time the Bradbury Science Museum is open, albeit with limited hours and reduced capacity.  We are currently unable to offer field trips with our themed educational programs, but we anticipate that we may return to normal operations in the near future.  Until then, you are welcome to bring students to the museum as a self-guided visit. 

  The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA - a nonprofit organization) offers ‘bus scholarships’ to help pay for bus costs at your school.  Applications for these scholarships are not yet available, but we anticipate them in the fall.  We will post the link here once available.

 

Step 3: Schedule your Bradbury program

   Please email us at bsm-edu@lanl.gov. Include your school, grade level, desired theme, type of experience, and preferred date range that you would like. 

   One of our educators will get back to you to discuss openings in our schedule.  Thank you!