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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 45-60 minutes in length.

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Pollinators by Design​
Second Grade  ​

NGSS Standards Supported: ​NGSS 2-LS2-2
​ ​​How do animals pollinate plants? Students will participate in hands-on activities to discover the structures of animals and pollen that work together to facilitate pollination. Second grade students will also have the opportunity to design a model to mimic the structures of pollinators.​​​

D
rip Drop
Third Grade  ​
NGSS Standards Supported: NGSS 3-ESS2-1

Students will explore a virtual detective room to work together to find clues and uncover patterns to solve the mystery of water shortages in their community. Students will compare and describe diverse weather and climate data from different regions in California and explore personal choices to protect our local water resources.​​

Drip Drop
Fourth Grade  ​

Standards Supported: HSS 4.4.4 and HSS 4.4.7

Students will learn about the key role water plays in California’s history including the growth and expansion of towns and cities. Students will collaborate with one another as they engage in activities using maps and historical artifacts to move through the timeline of California's water resources and infrastructure.​

Drip Drop
Fifth Grade  ​

NGSS Standards Supported: NGSS 5-ESS2-1

Students will conduct experiments to determine how urban surfaces can affect their local water resources. Students will examine existing water management solutions such as aquifer recharge, run-off collection, and stormwater recycling, as well as determine choices that can be made to conserve and protect local water resources.


Scientists of the Sewers
Fifth Grade
Standards Supported: ​NGSS 5-ESS3-1 & 3-5-ETS1-1
Fatbergs, massive clogs in the sewers, are a menace to public health, the community and the local environment. Students will investigate to discover the causes of these colossal clogs. Then using criteria and constraints, students will work together to design a solution to prevent fatbergs from clogging the sewers, all while developing an understanding of Orange County's sanitation process and how they can help safeguard community and environmental health.​


Wonders of H2O
Middle School

Standards Supported: ​NGSS MS-ESS3-3 Health: 7–8.6.2.P, 7–8.1.10.P
Students will think critically about connections between human land uses and water quality through exploration of a fictional watershed. Students analyze water samples to identify sources of potential pollution and brainstorm strategies to monitor or minimize pollution.

Wonders of H2O
High School​

Standards Supported:​ NGSS HS-ETS1-3, HS-ESS3-1
Students will learn about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and its connections to our local water resources. Students will engage in projects to collect and analyze data and explore this real-world complex intersection of human and natural systems.​

Next Gen​​era​t​ion Water Leaders​​
Middle School/High School 

Standards Supported: NGSS MS-ESS2-4, MS-ESS3-4, HS-ESS3-3
​Do you know what it takes to get the water you depend on from its source to your tap? Through experimentation with a groundwater model, students will learn about Orange County's water sources and how our water is managed for sustainability. ​


Scientists of the Sewers
Middle School/High School 

Standards Supported: NG​SS MS-ESS3-3 or MS-LS2-4
​Students will learn about the fragile ecosystem of the microorganisms which play a critical role in Orange County's sanitation system. Students will collaborate and investigate a mock problem which will take them up stream from OC SAN as they test the sewer line to discover where the contaminant is originating. Students will then design a method to safeguard the system or create an argument explaining how changing factors can affect populations within an ecosystem.​


Rethink Resources
Multi Grade 

NGSS Standards Supported:  K-ESS3-3, 3-LS4-4, 5-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4, 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 five R's: Refuse, 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.​

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Project Zero Waste: Service-Learning Visit 1 and Visit 2
Multi Grade 

NGSS Standards Supported: K-ESS3-3, 3-LS4-4, 5-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4, 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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