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Virtual Traveling Scientist Programs

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Let us take over your virtual classroom with our​ Virtual Traveling Scientist Programs​​!

 Programs are 30-60 minutes in length.

View the current program fees​.

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Me In My World
Kindergarten  (Nov-Jun)

NGSS Standards Supported: K-ESS3-1​

With the help of live animals from exciting ecosystems, students explore and identify different plant and animal characteristics that help them to survive in various habitats around the world.​​​​

Copy Cats: Wild Engineering
First Grade  (Oct-Jun)

NGSS Standards Supported: 1-LS1-1​

Can animals inspire invention? Copy Cats: Wild Engineering encourages students to explore how scientists are inspired by the natural world's ability to solve problems. During the virtual visit, students will observe various animals' unique structures and design their own invention based off of these structures.

Pollinators By Design
Second Grade​  (Oct-Jun)   ​ ​

NGSS Standards Supported: 2-LS2-2

​​How do animals pollinate plants? Students will discover the structures of animals and pollen that work together to facilitate pollination. Students will design a tool to mimic the structures of pollinators.​​

Similar But Different
Third Grade  (Oct-Jun)
 

NGSS Standards Supported: 3-LS4-2

​Did you ever wonder why some animals of the same species can look so different? In this program, students will observe variations of live animals to discuss how differences can affect the animal's chance of survival, reproducing, or finding mates.​​

Sensory Superpowers
Fourth Grade  (Oct-Jun)
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NGSS Standards Supported: 4-LS1-2

​How do senses help us survive? Sensory Superpowers investigates what structures animals have that help them interpret stimuli and how they use that information to help them survive. ​​

Drip Drop
Fifth Grade  ​​(Oct-Jun)

NGSS Standards Supported: 5-ESS2-1

Can we create solutions to improve percolation? Drip Drop allows students to explore the problems surrounding water as it travels through porous and non-porous surfaces in urban settings and encourages them to create solutions to decrease runoff and increase percolation. ​​

Where's My Water?
Middle School/High School  (Dec-Jun) 

Standards Supported: EP & C Principle II Concept B, MS-ESS2-4, MS-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-4

Do you know what it takes to get the water you depend on from its source to your tap? Students will learn about Orange County's water sources, as well as local priorities related to water usage. ​​​​

Scientists of the Sewers
Middle School/High School  (Oct-Jun) 

Standards Supported: EP & C Principle II Concept B

From 1854 London, England to now, students discover the historical beginnings and the modern innovation of the sanitation system. Through engaging and hands-on activities, students will uncover mysteries, ideate solutions and discover the innovative processes of the Orange County Sanitation District that keep Orange County healthy.​

Wildlife Corridors
Middle School/High School 
(Oct-Jun)

Standards Supported: EP & C V, Engineering

Our state reptile is an endangered species. A big contributor to the issue is traffic passing through their native environments. In this program, students will review data and generate solutions to address the problem the desert tortoise is facing.​​

Toxic Exposure
Middle School/High School  (Oct-Jun) ​

Standards Supported: Critical thinking​

In this exercise in critical thinking, students will analyze media surrounding a deadly chemical compound (dihydrogen monoxide) which is one of the most prevalent chemicals we interact with daily. Will students see through the watered-down data and hyped up headlines? ​​​

Animals in Ecosystems Part 1
Middle School/High School​  (Oct-Jun)
 

Standards Supported: Asking questions and defining problems, analyzing and interpreting data, structure and function, patterns, cause and effect
An animal's appearance and other adaptations can give us clues into the environments the animal inhabits naturally. Students will observe and ask questions to help inform the students on how to design an environment to meet the needs of the animals they will interact with.

Animals ​in Ecosystems Pa​rt 2
Middle School/​Hig​​​h Sc​​​​ho​ol​  (Oct-Jun) ​
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Standards Supported: Asking questions and defining problems, analyzing and interpreting data, structure and function, pattern​​s, cause and effect​​
An environment's characteristics can give us clues as to the traits of animals that naturally inhabit that environment. Students will observe and ask questions to help inform the students on how to design an animal which would survive well within the given environment.

Rethink Resources
Multi Grade  (Oct-Feb 24) 

NGSS Standards Supported: K-ESS3-3, 5-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4, HS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-4

Is all of our trash really waste? Rethink Resources uses trash to explore the connection between humans and the natural world. Through hands-on activities that focus on the six R's: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Rot, Repurpose, and Recycle, students will develop a deeper understanding of the importance of natural resources and how we can conserve them by producing less waste.​

Project Zero Waste: Service-Learning Visit 1 and Visit 2
Multi Grade  (Oct- Feb 24)
 

NGSS Standards Supported: K-ESS3-3, 5-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4, HS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-4

Over 68 billion pounds of trash are produced in California each year! Students learn the ins and outs of local waste management and practice the behaviors needed to help California achieve its goal of a 75% reduction in waste by 2025. Orange County is​​ a leader in the state for waste reduction and our students are key players in OC's sustainable future. ​​​


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