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Department of Education
Let us take over your virtual classroom with our Virtual Traveling Scientist Programs!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.