Long Island Science Center
11 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone: (631) 208-8000 - E-mail: Office@lisciencecenter.org

 

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IN THE MIND'S EYE   Light, Color & Optics
4th - 9th Science Center Visit:
(2 1/4 hrs) $10 per student
Max: 25 students
 Visit Your Site: (1 1/2hrs)   $245 first presentation
$220 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students
Learn how your eye perceives light.  Experiment with how light can be reflected, refracted and filtered through lenses, prisms and spectrometers. (Older children will use optics lab benches to perform experiment.) Program can be tailored to younger grades as needed. Make an optics craft to take home.

RAINFOREST TREASURES            Supported by  
Pre- K - 6th

Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hours)
$8 per student
Max: 50 Students

Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Take a journey through a tropical rainforest to discover this unique ecosystem and its effect on the world. Students will learn about the layers, animals, plants and products using a variety of unusual and rare hands-on materials. A slide show of researchers in the field and actual photos of the Amazon and Australian rainforests emphasize the importance of this resource. The experience can culminate in a visit with our ball python and Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches when possible.
MEASURING BONES
1st- 5th Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs)
$8 per student
Max: 50 Students

Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Students examine and compare a variety of real animal bones. Using caliper, they will measure each bone and create a bar chart to take home.  Together they reassemble a human skeleton model.  Each student makes a necklace made of "sinew" and real animal bone to take home.

 

 

BATS
Pre-K - 4th Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs)
$8 per student
Max: 50 Students

Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Are Bats blind? Can they hear? Enter the world of this unique nocturnal mammal.  This hands-on program includes a slide presentation along with discussion of echolocation and the bat's special function in our eco-system.  The Science Center's very own "Echolocation Machine" demonstrates how bats locate their food.  Students make a "bat" to take home.  Wall or screen needed to show slides.
LEAVES AND SEEDS
Pre-K - 4th Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs)
$8 per student
Max: 50 Students

Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

What's so special about plants? Through hands-on exploration using lima beans students learn about plant and seed structure. Topics discussed include, seed dispersal, germination, and photosynthesis. Students take home a Chia sponge to nurture and record observations as it grows.

 

THOSE NASTY GERMS       Supported by Drs. Freed, Kleinberg, Nussbaum, Festa, Kronberg & Assoc.
Pre-K - 3rd Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs)
$8 per student
Max: 50 Students

Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Germs, Germs everywhere! Why do they make us sick? Learn how easily germs are spread. Follow the path of germs in your classroom using Glogerm and black lights. Fight the spread of germs by learning proper hand washing techniques and check you hands under our "Germ Detector." A unique experience!

 

YOUR SENSES                           Supported by OCLI Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island
Pre-K - 3rd Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs)
$8 per student
Max: 50 Students

Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Students will touch, taste, listen, see and smell their way to discovering how all 5 senses are used to interpret the world around them. They learn how the senses are part of an interrelated system, taste salt, sugar, and lemon water, also make perfune/cologne (to take home) using mint, orange and vanilla extracts.

INSECTS
Pre-K - 5th Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs)
$8 per student
Max: 50 Students

Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Students examine the world of insects, including life cycles, form and function with models, specimens and living creatures. Each child receives a live cricket and builds a habitat to nurture and observe his/her cricket. (Notify us upon registration if you prefer a class set of crickets or one for each student.)
YOUR GENETIC TRAITS
2nd - 6th Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs)
$8 per student
Max: 50 Students

Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Jump into genetics with a fascinating examination of common traits.  Working in groups, students take data, make comparisons, and discover how individuals are unique and similar at the same time.  Experiments with tongue rolling, taste testing, and many other genetic traits are explored. 

 

PLATE YOUR FOOD - Nutrition                Supported by Whitson Culinary Group
2nd- 6th

Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs)
$8 per student
Max: 50 Students

Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Did you ever wonder what is healthy to eat and why?  Calories, fat and serving size are compared using beverages, cereal, and various other foods as examples.  Students examine models of fat and muscle then perform an experiment comparing different types of potato chips.  Real human bones are used to the show the students the difference between healthy bone structure and bones with osteoporosis.  Older students make and test bone models.

 

FORENSIC ARCHAEOLOGY
4th & UP Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs)
$8 per student
Max: 50 Students

Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

How much do your bones reveal about you? Classmates team up as Forensic Specialists in this innovative and challenging program.  Using real human bones as props, teams are briefed about their mysterious discovery and challenged to examine the bones for clues.  Specific facts about bones are presented and then the teams hypothesize about the person's age, gender and possible demise.