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Science Labs

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The Bell Museum offers classroom size lab spaces in the Dr. Roger E. Anderson Education Wing, with state-of-the-art equipment and activities, supporting many of the Minnesota state science standards.

Lab content spans Astronomy, Earth Science, Life Science, Nature of Science and Engineering, Arts, Physical Sciences, and Engineering Practice, with offerings for kindergarten through Grade 6.

Labs are approximately 45 minutes in length.

Grades K–1

A child reacts with amazement to a turtle someone is holdingCompare, Connect, Create

Students will apply the scientific method and use their observations about the living and non living things as they work together. They’ll use those comparing skills to connect the ‘classes of animals’ and then create their own diorama. Students will explore the concepts of vertebrates versus invertebrates and meet live animals from our Touch & See Lab.

Life Science     Earth and space science    Physical science

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Grades 2-3

Bees on a honeycombHoney Bees, Pollination &  Plants

Students will learn about the process of pollination by dissecting flowers and investigating the diverse range of pollinators that participate in the process. Students will explore the concepts of pollination by making and simulating bee & flower models.

Life Science

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Grades 2-3

Pathfinder on the surface of MarsMission to Mars: Motion and the Scientific Method

Using real data from NASA, students will learn how rovers navigate the terrain of Mars and what information they have collected so far. After making observations and collecting data about Martian soil and terrain, students will design and test a “rover” on our simulated Curiosity Rover pathway.

Earth and Space Science   Physical Science

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Grades 4-6

Glaciers and water in front of a snow-capped mountainClimate Change Solutions: Geo-engineering

Learn about climate change and explore ways to mitigate its negative effects. Students will experiment with loss of glacial ice from the increase in heat within our atmosphere in this lab. Students will use scientific tools to conduct and evaluate data from climate change experiments and work together to develop possible solutions.

Earth and Space Science   Physical Science  Life Science

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Grades 4-6

Jupiter's moon Europa's icy surfaceMission to Europa

Students will learn about astrobiology and NASA’s missions to explore Earth-like worlds by studying Europa, one of Jupiter’s 79 moons. They will use critical thinking skills and teamwork to engineer a lander on Europa’s surface.

Earth and Space Science    Physical Science

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