WOW on Wheels Program Options
Shells – 2 years old-Kindergarten
This lesson starts with a reading circle introducing shells and the animals that used to be inside them. Each child then gets a collection of shells and a hand lens. They spend some time inspecting the shells, sorting them, exploring them, etc. Then each child can pick their favorites and make a “fossil” using air-dry clay that they can take home once dry the next day.
NGSS: K-ESS3.A; CCSS: K.MD.B.3; Science Content Standards: KIE4.d
Requirements: a room with a sink
Bee-bots – 4 years old-Grade 1
We start this lesson with a reading circle introducing the different jobs that robots perform in our society. Students then get an introduction to basic programming by creating their own sequential program using arrows and floor mats with different physical activities pictured. Finally pairs of students are given the Bee-Bot children’s robot and learn the basics of programming it to move along a racetrack.
NGSS: K-2-ETS1-3; Science Content Standards: KIE4, 1IE4
Bubble Wonder – 4 years old-Grade 4
Become a bubble scientist and discover the unique physical properties of bubbles. What’s inside a soap bubble? Are bubbles always the same shape? Can you shake hands with a friend through a bubble wall? Investigate the answers to these questions and more at a variety of interactive learning stations. Students and tables will get wet! Straws are used as bubble blowers at some stations.
NGSS: K-2-ETS1-1, 2-PS1-1; Science Content Standards: KPS1.a, KIE4.b,e; 1IE4; 2IE4; 3PS2.b,c, 3IE5; 4IE6.d,f
Requirements: a room with a sink for clean-up; tables (NO DESKS!) with chairs removed; for multiple classes, one room where classes come to us
Made in the Shade – Grades K-2
Put your little engineers to work designing and building a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on an area. Through the building activity, students will learn that surfaces in sunlight are warmer than those surfaces in the shade. Students work in pairs to build a structure and they have the option to keep the structures at the teacher’s discretion.
NGSS: K-PS3-2, K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2
Requirements: an indoor location and outdoor location for testing temperature differences
Slimy Science – Grades K-3
This lesson starts with a brief introduction to chemical reactions and three states of matter. After putting on their safety goggles, students work in pairs to see Chemistry in action! They measure and mix ingredients and discover substances with strange and surprising properties: polymers called slime and gluep. After performing a variety of tests to compare these two polymers, students have the option to take their gluep home.
NGSS: K-2-ETS1-1, 2PS1-2; Science Content Standards: KPS1.a; 1PS1.a,b; 2IE4.b,c; 3PS1.e,g
Requirements: for multiple classes, PREFER one room where classes come to us
Magical Magnets – Grades K-3
Students work in pairs to discover the magical world of magnets. First we test a variety of items to determine what materials are magnetic and what are not magnetic. Next we learn that magnets can be used to make some objects move without being touched, due to a magnet’s special invisible power called the magnetic field. Finally, we experiment with magnetic poles by racing cars without touching them.
NGSS: K-2-ETS1-1, 3-PS2-3; Science Content Standards: KPS1.a; KIE4.d; 2PS1.f
Scientific Measurement – Grades 2-6
Students will practice measuring volume, mass, and temperature like a real scientist. Each common household material that gets measured will be mixed together for a chemical reaction – elephant toothpaste! It is called elephant toothpaste because a lot of foam is created and when it squeezes out of the flask it looks like toothpaste.
NGSS: K-2-ETS1-1, 5-PS1.A; CCSS: 2.MD.A.1, 3.MD.A.2, 4.MD.A.1, 5.MD.A.1
Requirements: a room with a sink, access to an electrical outlet, and space for 4 measurement stations; for multiple classes, one room where classes come to us
Seed Dispersal – Grades 2-6
Put your students’ STEM skills to work while learning about seed dispersal. Students will design and test a wind dispersed seed structure that will carry a single seed the farthest distance possible.
NGSS: 2-LS2-2, 3-5-ETS1-1; Science Content Standards: 3LS3.a; 4LS2.b,3.c; 5IE6; 6IE7
Balloon Rockets – Grades 3-5
Students will deepen their understanding of speed and energy through the creation and exploration of balloon rockets. Groups of students will be given a kit of materials to create a device that moves a balloon 5 meters along a string. Once built, students will also explore how the number of breaths and different string types effect the movement of the balloon.
NGSS: 3-PS2-2, 4-PS3-1, 3-5-ETS1-1
Requirements: a large space for pairs of students to space 2 chairs 5 meters apart (i.e. empty classroom or multipurpose room)
I.D.E.A. (Invention, Design, and Exploration Adventure) – Grades 3-6
Test your students’ STEM skills in this student-directed lesson! Students utilize the scientific method to solve a design problem. By trial and error they will understand how simple machines and forces in motion such as inclined planes, gravity, friction, and acceleration affect their plans and will discover what they can do to make improvements.
NGSS: 3-5-ETS1-1; Science Content Standards: 3IE5.d,e; 4IE6.d, 5IE6; 6IE7
Soda Bottle Rocketry – Grades 3-6
Using plastic bottles, water, and compressed air, students learn about aerodynamics as they design, test, modify, and launch rockets to high altitudes. 90 minute lesson to allow for launch time. Maximum of 3 sessions per day.
NGSS: 5-PS2-1, 3-5-ETS1-1; Science Content Standards: 3IE5; 4IE6; 5IE6; 6IE7
Requirements: a sink, an indoor location and a 50 ft. x 100 ft. outdoor location.
Converting Electricity – Grade 4
Following a brief introduction to current electricity and generators, students will work in pairs using hand-held generators to experience first-hand how electricity can be converted to heat, light, and motion. They will connect the generators to a light bulb, a motor, and to another generator to explore energy conversion.
NGSS: 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4; Science Content Standard 4PS1.g
Mineral Mania – Grades 4-5
Students begin to understand the properties of rock-forming minerals in this hands-on lesson. Students will work in groups to identify 8 minerals. They will use the scratch method to determine hardness, identify streak color using a streak plate, and describe color and luster. This lesson is most effective when students have already been introduced to minerals and Mohs hardness scale. Great for the culmination of a Minerals unit.
NGSS: 5PS1-3; Science Content Standards 4ES4.b
Earthquake Engineering – Grades 4-5
Students will design and build an earthquake resistant building using craft sticks and low-temperature glue guns. Great for the culmination of an Earthquake unit.
NGSS: 4-ESS3-2, 3-5-ETS1-1
Requirements: access to electrical outlets to plug in glue guns; for multiple classes, one room where classes come to us
Calgy Worms – Grades 5-6
This lesson begins with a brief discussion of chemistry and chemical versus physical changes. Students will then make a calcium chloride solution, squirt in a little sodium alginate solution, and pull up beautiful gels. Making these terrific worm-like gel strands is a great introduction to chemical changes. They will also make different colored worms following a brief discussion and testing of acids and bases.
NGSS: 5-PS1-4, MS-PS1-2; Science Content Standard 5PS1.a
Requirements: a room with a sink; for multiple classes, one room where classes come to us
What’s the Matter? – Grades 5-6
This lesson begins with a brief introduction to matter and the different states of matter. During the experiment, students will observe and describe “unknown” liquids (water and butyl stearate) individually and then when poured together. Students will discover that the state of matter depends on its temperature.
NGSS: 5-PS1-3, MS-PS1-4
Requirements: a room with a sink and access to an electrical outlet; for multiple classes we PREFER one room where classes can come to us