Grades 6-8

Behind the Story
Behind the Story is a unique approach to the study of genetics. Using stories of students' early years, we will explore such topics as DNA, Mendelian genetics, and genetic modification. This hilarious and informative program will leave students with a fresh perspective of the tales of their youth!

Cool Chemistry & Hot Reactions 
Join the Nina mason Pulliam EcoLab team as we explore chemical reactions with fun, hands-on experiments. Participants will identify reactions that glow, change color, and emit or absorb heat energy. This program will use the scientific method to help students better understand the scientific principles of chemical and physical reactions.

Comparative Dissection Lab
Join the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab team as we examine and compare the anatomy of three different animals. Learn about adaptations, classification, and body systems of a snake, rat, and pigeon. Students will work in groups to investigate and dissect one of the above-mentioned animals. Discussion of similarities and differences will follow, as students will have the opportunity to view the work of their peers.

Forensic Life Science 
CSI Vegas, Miami, or New York; crimes are being solved everywhere. Distinguish between the fact and fiction of these shows. What does forensics really mean? This program will expose students to some different lab techniques that are helping solve many mysteries; from anthropologists looking for clues to the past, to entomologists studying insects in order to better understand decomposition of tissue. This program contains mature subject matter.

It’s Fossil Time! 
How do scientists know how long ago different animals lived? How can scientists determine that extinct animals were related? Join us as we explore living things that roamed the earth millions of years ago. We'll determine the relative age of fossils using the concept of layering. This program compliments the PBS/NOVA series, Origins, which is available on loan in VHS format.

Life-Saving Nature 
The idea that nature provides cures and remedies is not a new idea. For example, as early as 2000 B.C., ulcers were treated with mold. This program will explore the life-saving plants and animals scientists use to develop the medicines of today.

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