Classroom Outreach

Want to get your students excited about science – for free? Have a MagLab expert visit your classroom!

Our extensive classroom outreach programs reach more than 4,000 students each year. Teachers can choose from diverse outreach topics that will give students a hands-on experience with science.

If you're interested in an outreach activity conducted here at the lab in conjunction with a tour, please see our Field Trips and Tours page.

Science nights for individual schools are offered based on staff and scientists availability. School-wide science events or requests for MagLab outreach at community events must be requested 8 weeks in advance. Please sign up for the Maglab Educator's Club to keep informed of Maglab events open to the public. For more information, contact Carlos Villa at (850) 644-7191 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Details

  • We offer a series of specially designed, hands-on lessons
  • Each session features inquiry-based activities
  • Outreach is done for individual classes, one at a time, up to six classes per day (maximum 30 students per class)
  • School-wide assembly presentations are not available
  • Visits are tailored to your specific needs
  • Each lesson usually lasts 45 minutes to an hour
  • We provide downloadable pre/post materials in PDF format that can improve students' understanding of the concepts
  • All activities are correlated to Florida's Sunshine State Standards
  • Outreach is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only
  • Outreach must be scheduled 15-90 days before the requested date
  • If your requested date is not available and we are unable to offer you another day, we also offer the materials for these activities to be checked out for use in your classroom. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information
  • The list of standards covered by each outreach can be found on the last page of the pre/post materials

Lesson Options

Choose from one of the lessons below, or call us to customize a program to meet your specific needs. Please be prepared to stay with your class at all times during the outreach. Our educators are not responsible for the class, and therefore the regular room teacher must be present. In cases of a substitute, call ahead to the Center so that proper arrangements can be made.

Build an Electromagnet

4-5 6-8 9-12

By combining items commonly found in and around your house, you can create an electromagnet. In this activity students are given the items and the basic directions for creating an electromagnet that is strong enough to pick up paper clips. They are then encouraged to modify their magnets and note the effects that each change brings to the strength of the magnet.

 pdfDownload Pre/Post Materials

Electric Motors

6-8 9-12

Science often presents some interesting principles, and this outreach is the investigation of one of them. It builds on the principles covered in Build an Electromagnet, challenging students to create a small electric motor in order to understand the basics of most electric motors.

pdfDownload Pre/Post Materials

Electricity, Static & Currents

4-5 6-8 9-12

The motion of charged particles creates magnetic fields, but the actual motion of these particles is just as important as the fields they create. This activity shows students what electricity is and how it travels. Students will create series circuits and parallel circuits using light bulbs as test units. Then they will observe a Van de Graaff generator creating electric sparks that can be used to transfer charges.

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Magnet Exploration

K-3

After a short introduction detailing the composition and principles of magnets, students are encouraged to experiment with magnets of different compositions, shapes and sizes. This exploration allows them to make discoveries about magnets through hands-on activities that highlight the principles of magnetism.

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Magnetism in Chemistry

6-8 9-12

Students will apply an electric charge to create a current in both a wire and an ionized solution. This shows principles of electricity, magnetism and chemistry as the students observe motion and chemical changes right before their eyes.

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Molecule Madness

6-8 9-12

This is an opportunity to explore the smallest world around us by allowing the students to discover atoms. Using special magnetic models as stand-ins for the real things, students will weigh their "newly discovered atoms". Then they will assign symbols, names, and properties to their atoms and combine them to create their own periodic table.

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Nature of Science: Application of Knowledge

6-8 9-12

Part of being scientist is knowing how to test a question or evaluate a scientific principle. In this activity, students will be given a sample that they will have to recreate with common materials using their scientific knowledge of physical science.

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Nature of Science: Observations and Inferences

4-5 6-8

Science is not the memorizations of facts. Science is a way of thinking, and scientific knowledge is subject to change as new information is learned. Scientists collect evidence through use observations. This evidence can challenge or support notions of how the world around us works. This activity will use evidence as a basis to distinguish between an observation and an inference.

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Nature of Science: What Is a Scientist

K-3

This outreach: introduces students to the subject of science; explains what scientists and engineers do; and encourages students to think about the way they view science. Then students use their observational skills to explore magnets of different shapes and sizes, and make some amazing discoveries.

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Rainbows and Light

K-5

This is a chance to study the basic principles of the visible spectrum. Students will discuss white light, refraction and the spectrum of light. They will use prisms to break up white light and see the spectrum it creates while testing variables and conducting experiments.
* Requires dark room and use of overhead projector.

pdfDownload Pre/Post Materials

Spectrum Analysis

6-8 9-12

During our visit we will discuss optics, refraction, and the colors of visible light, then the students will use spectrum (diffraction grating) glasses to observe the different spectra. Using a spectral analysis chart, they will be asked to analyze their data.
* Requires dark room and use of overhead projector.

pdfDownload Pre/Post Materials

Superconductivity

9-12

Students drive a discussion on principles and properties of magnets, then construct their own electromagnets and test them. After discussing the variables that affect the strength of their magnets, they will see how temperature is the ultimate variable when dealing with electromagnets. The lesson concludes with an explanation and demonstration of the Meissner Effect.

pdfDownload Pre/Post Materials

To request an outreach, please complete our online Outreach Request Form. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (850) 645-0034.

Thank you for your interest in Mag Lab outreach. The Classroom Outreach program is fully booked. We will begin accepting new applications again in August 2017.

 

Attention any non-MagLab employee interested in volunteering: all CIRL outreach must be conducted by a CIRL staff member or by an MagLab employee who has been supervised by Carlos Villa and completed all lab safety training. If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last modified on 6 September 2017