The Earth Science Discovery Lab is an optional activity to add onto field trips (grades 1-6). Small groups of students have hands-on exploration in the Museum’s science laboratory. Real fossils are embedded in bags of matrix; each student has his or her own station to investigate and explore. Students use this discovery activity to experience the wonder of exploration, while being introduced to the process of science. The focus is on:
- Investigation and experimentation
- Observation and classification
- Use of magnifying lenses and small sorting screens to search for fossils, group them according to attributes, and try to identify them.
- Reporting of what has been discovered to classmates
- Learning about the diversity of ancient animal and plant life
Days available: Tuesday through Friday by reservation only; 30 minute sessions for each group
Class size: One group may participate per session, with 15-20 students for the best experience.
Teachers and chaperones must assist. No spectators in the lab; viewing is available through the window; parents, siblings and babies should remain outside.
Fees: $2 per student (in addition to normal field trip fees). Teachers and chaperones are free while actively assisting.