Hands-on Scientists A
Students learn the scientific method and focus on hypothesis, observation vs. inference, data representation, and conclusion. Science experts—from botanists to chemists—work with students to conduct experiments from all areas of the science curriculum. LeAp's extensive experiment library includes topics such as the acidity of various liquids, optics and reflected light, tropisms, plant adaptation, starches and foods, and electrolysis of water. In all cases, connections and applications are made between the science lab and everyday life. This program is excellent preparation for the NYS Science Performance Test. For All Ages.
Young Scientists PK
Students in grades pre-K through 3rd grade receive an introduction to science, scientific procedures, and the scientific method. For example, students may make weather stations and read thermometers and barometers to make simple weather forecasts and study the changing seasons. Marshmallow molecules introduce students to the idea that all matter is composed of atoms, elements, and molecules. Animal observations and simple plant experiments teach students about life cycles, habitats, and environmental science. For Pre-Kindergarten and Early Childhood.
Building Science Lab Skills ES
Working with a scientist, students learn the scientific method and specific science skills, such as measurement or categorization, through easily replicated experiments. This program also introduces and reinforces the basic concepts covered in the NYS Science Performance Test. For Elementary-School.
Going Green: Global Ecology/Global Environments A
Students create and play games that focus on the ecology and environments of countries from around the world. Students research and analyze the countries' approach to ecological concerns. They then make and play ecology games, organize a “go green” campaign, or create a class ecology exhibit, demonstrating their greater understanding of the complex balance between cultural values, societal needs, economics, and environmental issues. For All Ages.
Lots to Landscapes/Environmental Science A
Working with an environmental scientist, students conduct an ecological study involving experiments on the soil, air, and plants found in a local park or empty lot. For All Ages.
Plant Diversity: Why Roses are Red ES, MS
Working with a scientist, students conduct experiments and answer questions such as: What is a plant? What does it need to grow? What are tropisms? How and why do genetics affect plant adaptation and evolution? For Elementary-School and Middle-School.
Water Ecology MS
Through experiments and activities in and out of the classroom, students discover their own power to impact the ecosystem both positively and negatively. Students take water samples to test for contamination, water density, salinity, etc; explore and photograph healthy and polluted water environments; and discuss issues such as the impact of human choices on the environment.
Geology/Plate Tectonics A
A professional geologist teaches basic plate tectonics through hands-on activities. The geologist shows students how to create topographical clay models to demonstrate the formation of geological features from faults to rifts. This
program teaches geography, social studies, mathematics, and science concepts. For All Ages.
Comets, Asteroids, and the Solar System ES
Students work with a scientist to study basic astronomy. Students create demonstrations, conduct experiments, build models of the solar system, and develop audio-visual productions to show their understanding of the subject.
Digging Up Dinos PK
Students in grades pre-K through 3 visit the Dinosaur Hall and related exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History to learn about fossils, dinosaurs, and the role of the paleontologist. At their school, a LeAp artist helps students create dinosaur dioramas, models, faux fossils, murals, and books. For Pre-Kindergarten and Early Childhood.
Rain or Shine: Create Your Own Weather Station ES
A professional scientist teaches students to design and build their own functioning weather stations in order to learn the basics of weather recording and forecasting. Students learn to build, collect, and record data from barometers, anemometers, rain gauges, radiometers, and/or hygrometers. For Elementary-School.
Squid to Whales/Marine Biology ES, MS
Students learn about marine biology from life in a glass of water to entire marine environments. This program focuses on life cycles, the characteristics of organisms, or the impact of humans on marine environments. For Elementary-School and Middle-School.
Hands-on Biology A
A biologist helps students explore all aspects of basic biology, including the microcosmic world of the cell and the study of major ecosystems. For All Ages.
Animal Diversity ES
Students study animal habitats and learn how animals survive and adapt to their environments. Working with a LeAp expert, students make dioramas, soft sculptures, and three-dimensional murals depicting animals and ecosystems. For Elementary-School.
Adopt a Bird ES
Each student selects a mammal, fish, bird, amphibian, or reptile for “adoption” and researches it using LeAp's research forms. After creating and painting stuffed paper models, students paint a simple mural of the animal’s habitat and attach their animals to the appropriate places within the environment. For a limited number of classes, the project can include an Audubon Bird Walk. For Elementary-School.
Healthy Body/Healthy Mind A
This program encourages students to lead active, healthy lives by teaching them about nutrition, health, exercise, and how the body works. Students also learn to prepare healthy foods and snacks. Dance movements, exercises, and sports help students build strength and improve flexibility. For All Ages.
Chemistry Experiments You Can Eat ES, MS
Students experiment with the basic principles of chemistry through cooking. For example, students explore how the body transforms carbohydrates into energy, or compare the process of photosynthesis to our digestion of starches. Students are also introduced to the pH scale by examining edible acids from citrus fruits and the way they are neutralized by edible bases. For Elementary-School and Middle-School.
Forensic Science ES, MS
This exciting program introduces students to a different “crime” scene each week. Students collect clues and work with a LeAp scientist to apply scientific tests and analyze the clues to determine who or what was responsible. “Crimes” are grade-level appropriate and do not promote violence. For Elementary-School and Middle-School.
Science of Sight ES, MS
A LeAp scientist works with students to conduct science experiments that demonstrate the properties of light waves, optics, the color spectrum, and lenses. Students learn about refraction and reflection by building kaleidoscopes or periscopes. For Elementary-School and Middle-School.
Science of Sound ES, MS
Students study the connection between physics and sound by building instruments and conducting experiments. A LeAp scientist helps students understand the relationship between wavelength and tone, frequency and pitch, and amplitude and volume. For Elementary-School and Middle-School.
Building Bridges: Structures and Science ES, MS
Students learn what causes a structure to either stand or collapse by building suspension, beam, and arch bridges. Through a series of engineering challenges, students learn basic physics, such as the importance of span length, load, and vibration. For Elementary-School and Middle-School.
Rube Goldberg: The Physics of Simple Machines A
Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and sculptor. Students view his cartoons, and then design and build their own Rube Goldberg contraptions using all five simple machines. This program introduces students to physics, problem solving, and technical logic. For All Ages.
Rocketry: Technology and Flight ES, MS
Students study the principles of flight, including gravity, thrust, lift, and drag, by making a series of airplanes and flying objects. They experiment with different wing prototypes to determine the optimal design before building and launching their own working rockets. For Elementary-School and Middle-School.
Industrial Design: Everyday Engineering A
Students investigate the world around them and learn the science and design behind making everyday objects functional, ergonomic, and aesthetically appealing. Students take apart small appliances and objects revealing the circuitry and mechanisms that make them work. Students then learn about basic electricity, ergonomics, and manufacturing processes as they redesign and create their own new and improved versions of everyday products. For All Ages.
The Physics of Mechanical Toys ES, MS
Students examine mechanical toys from various cultures and time periods, and then create their own small mechanical toys which incorporate the five simple machines, Newton’s three laws, and other principles of physics. Throughout the program, students conduct experiments that link the science curriculum with toy making. For Elementary-School and Middle-School.
Junior Edison: Creating Inventions to Solve Everyday Needs A
Working with a LeAp scientist, students research several famous and lesser-known inventors and their contributions to the world as we know it. Then, working in groups, students design and create working models of their own inventions. This program teaches basic physics and math. For All Ages.
Electricity and Art: Louis Comfort Tiffany A
Students study the history and designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany's handcrafted, stained glass lamps and create their own working Tiffany-style lamps. Students learn simple wiring, basic physics, and a variety of art skills, including making faux stained glass. This program may be combined with a visit to the Tiffany collection at the Queens Museum. For All Ages.
Calder the Engineer, Calder the Artist A
Students examine the mobiles and stabiles of Alexander Calder to learn about the laws of gravity and simple physics concepts including kinetic energy, action and reaction, momentum, and mass. Students then construct their own mobiles and stabiles, applying the laws of physics and the artistic style of Calder. For All Ages.
Mechanical Robots ES, MS
Students design and build their own working robots, powered by small motors. This robots program teaches the basic principles of electricity, the physics of simple machines, the relationship of gear ratios and torque, and the transfer of energy, while developing creative problem-solving skills. For Elementary-School and Middle-School.
Andy Goldsworthy, Designs from Nature A
Students learn how environmental sculptor Andy Goldsworthy fuses art and nature to raise environmental awareness. A LeAp artist helps students use natural materials to create ecosculptures in the style of Goldsworthy. For All Ages.