Biomimicry: From Adaptations to Inventions (Life Science)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Life Science (LS.1, LS.9)

What is the secret to success? Individual organisms on earth have their own unique adaptations allowing them to successfully live on earth. Each of these organisms has had to solve many of the same challenges facing humanity—finding food, creating shelter, harvesting energy, and transporting materials. Through advancements in science, engineers are unlocking those secrets and developing new products to enhance how we live. In this lesson, students will use their knowledge gained about plant adaptations to solve an engineering problem. Students will use the engineering design process to create, test, and analyze their own prototypes.


chesapeake challenge

Chesapeake Challenge (Science 6) 

Standards of Learning: 2010 Science (6.5, 6.7)

Imagine being stranded in the woods with a nearby stream as your only source of water. Would you drink the water? There are many hidden pollutants in our natural water sources that can have a negative impact on your health. Luckily, with the advancement in filtration methods, those pollutants can be removed to create safe drinking water. In this STEM challenge, students will build their own filter and then test its efficiency at removing pollutants from the water. Based upon their results, students will redesign to improve their filters. Connections will be made to the importance of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and the human impacts within its watershed.

Room Requirements: This lesson must be in a room with water access and lab tables.


climate detectives

Climate Detectives (Earth Science)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Earth Science  (ES.1, ES.2, ES.10, ES.11, ES.12)

Living organisms have a fascinating array of adaptations for climate and for variations in temperature and humidity, but what else can they tell us about earth's vital mysteries? Explore how living and fossil plants and animals provide important clues to climate trends, tectonic plate movements, and changing conditions in land, oceans, and atmosphere through our planet's long history.


investigating arthropods

Investigating Arthropods (Life Science)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Life Science (L.S1, LS.3)

Ignite the sense of wonder in your students by using living organisms from the phylum arthropoda to teach the scientific method. Using common arthropods from our region, your students will determine the niche preference of these organisms by designing experiments, observing behaviors, and interpreting the data that is collected. This hands-on experience will unleash the power of research and engage students in deeper learning.



neural pathways

Neural Pathways: Using Your Brain! (Life Science)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Life Science (LS.1, LS.3)

Brain science should not make you nervous! Get psyched up as your students use their heads to study the transmission of information from cells to systems through brain neurons to the nervous system. Students will test their own abilities at neuroscience stations and analyze how their brains process information.


runoff rodeo

Runoff Rodeo (Science 6, Earth Science)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Science 6 (6.1, 6.5, 6.9); 2010 Earth Science (ES.1, ES.2, ES.6, ES.8)

Stormwater runoff is the number one water quality problem in the nation and a major contributor of pollutants to the Chesapeake Bay. Excess runoff also causes flooding and soil erosion throughout Virginia. Through hands-on experiments, students will investigate the nature and man-made factors influencing runoff and the practices that can reduce runoff. They will explore the role of runoff in the water cycle, the importance of non-point sources in polluted runoff, and the ways that communities and individuals can help to minimize non-point source pollution. This lesson also introduces innovative techniques that are helping scientists understand and correct runoff problems.

Room Requirement: This lesson must be in a room with water access and a sink.


under pressure

Under Pressure (Science 6)

Standards of Learning: Science (6.6)

Students will investigate air and water pressure by constructing pneumatic and hydraulic models. Links will be made to Life Science as students explore the impact of pressure on living things. This lesson highlights the interdisciplinary nature of science.

Room Requirement: This lesson must be in a room with water access and a sink.