Plenty of learning underway in the K-8 programs.

Fourth Grade

Free Programs

Incredible Journey

Time: 45 minutes 
Through the use of an engaging game from the Project Wet curriculum, we will challenge students to answer questions like “Where will the water you drink today, be tomorrow?”  In their quest to understand the water cycle. Watch students have fun learning science as they pretend to be water molecules moving from place to place. 

  • Topics Covered: Water Cycle 
  • Science/Social Science Standards: 4.S.1, 4.E.2 
  • Live Animals: No 
  • Cost: Free
Our Natural Homes

Time: 45 minutes 
“Our Natural Homes” is a WEC program that covers biomes and regions. The program will focus on the role of rainfall in different environments and covers the special adaptations animals and plants use to cope with excess or lack of water. Students enjoy working as a team to create their own biome. 

  • Topics Covered: Biomes and Environment, Water Environment, Effects of Water Pollution 
  • Science/Social Science Standards: 4.S.1, 4.L.5 
  • Live Animals: Yes 
  • Cost: Free
Stream Ecology

Time: 45 minutes 
Learn what macro-invertebrates are, their roles in the environment, and how they are indictors of water quality.  Using qualitative methods, students will complete a mock investigation to learn how physical characteristics of the environment affect an organism’s behavior. 

  • Topics Covered: Math, Steam Ecology, Animal Response, Macro-invertebrates, Water Quality 
  • Science/Social Science Standards: 4.S.1, 4.L.5 
  • Live Animals: No 
  • Cost: Free
Weather Works II

Time: 45 minutes 
Students build on their previous weather knowledge and learn new concepts and terminology while focusing on severe weather, review safety precautions and the water cycle.  Enjoy using maps and symbols to create your very own weather report. 

  • Topics Covered: Seasonal Weather, Severe Weather and Safety Precautions, Water Cycle 
  • Science/Social Science Standards: 4.S.1, 4.E.2 
  • Live Animals: Yes 
  • Cost: Free
Bug Tracks II

Time: 45 minutes 
Hands-on math! Teams of students will estimate and then measure the length of a curve. They will utilize a base ten paddle to visualize that curve in a linear fashion and then calculate the actual length! 

  • Topics Covered: Fractions, Measurement, Data 
  • Math Standards: 4.NSF.1, 4.NSF.2, 4.NSF.7, 4MDA.1 
  • Live Animals: No 
  • Cost: Free

Fee Programs

Color Me with Light

Time: 45 minutes 
Through a number of experiments, students will explore various aspects of light including reflection, refraction and absorption as well as transparent, translucent and opaque objects. We will also do a chromatography experiment with leaves to find hidden colors in nature. 

  • Topics Covered: Colors, Light, Refraction/Reflection 
  • Science/Social Science Standards:4.S.1, 4.P.4 
  • Live Animals: No 
  • Cost: $1/Student
All Around the World

Time: 45 minutes 
So, who are the vertebrates and invertebrates? How can I tell a reptile from an amphibian? This program allows the students to work their way through some classification with real animals and artifacts from the center. 

  • Topics Covered: Classify Animals 
  • Science/Social Science Standards: 4.S.1, 4.L.5 
  • Live Animals: Yes 
  • Cost: $1/Student
Sound of Music

Time: 45 minutes 
Students investigate vibration to discover how different variables affect the pitch and volume of sound. Each student will get a musical instrument and the whole class works together to produce a drumming session. Can we make music, not noise? 

  • Topics Covered: Vibration, sound, pitch, volume, musical instruments 
  • Science/Social Science Standards: 4.S.1, 4.P.4 
  • Live Animals: Yes 
  • Cost: $1/Student