Junior Science Academy: Class Offerings

There are no available sessions left for 2015-2016. You may still submit a request that will be put on a waiting list.  Please still consider bringing your students to tour the museum.  Our exhibits have many correlations to the science standards. 

 

Fourth Grade Junior Science Academy Classes

 

TWO NEW CLASSES THIS YEAR!! 

Outdoor Explorations       

  • NEW 1 -1.5 hour program will be offered September through November 15, 2016 and April-May 2017
  • Students go outside on The Bonneville Shoreline Trail to make and record observations of plants, animals, soil, and rocks.
  • Clouds will be observed and identified.
  • Small amount of collecting done with specimens being brought back to the lab for closer observations under microscopes.  Field guides, magnifying lenses, and other field tools will also be available.
  • An indoor version will be offered if inclement weather is present.
  • Meets Science Standard III, Objective 1, 3; Science Standard V, Obective 2, 3.

 

Snail Observations

  • NEW One-hour program gives students a hands on experience designing their own experiments
  • Observe and record observations on live snails
  • Learn the anatomy of the snail.
  • Students offer different surfaces and different foods to snails, recording the snail's responses.

 

Geology

  • Observe and record physical characteristics of rocks.
  • Test minerals to determine their properties.
  • Identify minerals by their characteristics.
  • Student directed investigations of research specimens.
  • Meets Science Standard III, Objective 1

 


Biology

  • Observe and record adaptations in specimens of Utah's animals and plants.
  • Use Museum specimens, microscopes and other resources for student-centered investigations.
  • Use Mammal skulls to create a food web.
  • Meets Science Standard V, Objectives 1, 2, and 3

 


Anthropology 

  • Compare and contrast the Anasazi, Fremont and Paleo Indian cultures.
  • Examine, investigate and make inferences using ancient tools.
  • Use a mano and matate to grind corn into flour.
  • Construct a clay coil pot to take home.
  • Participate in a trading activity.
  • Meets Science Standard ILOs and Social Studies Standard I, Objectives 1 and 2, and Standard II, Objective 1

 

Paleontology

  • Observe and record physical characteristics of fossils.
  • Recognize differences between different types of fossils.
  • Use fossils to make inferences about Utah's past.
  • Meets Science Standard IV, Objectives 1 and 2

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Fifth Grade Junior Science Academy Classes

 

NEW THIS YEAR!!  One-hour Traits class  

For those schools who have time restrictions due to transportation schedules.

  • Students make observations of visible traits in Uinta Chipmunks and Pigeons
  • Learn the difference between artificial and natural selection.
  • Understand that traits are passed from generation to generation and are located in DNA.
  • Extract DNA to take home.
  • Meets Science Standard 5, Objectives 1 and 2

 

Standard Traits Class

  • Students will taste PTC and fill out a short personal inventory
  • Students make observations of visible traits in different animal and plant species.
  • Learn how a variety of traits may help species survive in specific environments.
  • Understand that traits are passed from generation to generation and are located in DNA.
  • Extract DNA to take home.
  • Meets Science Standard 5, Objectives 1 and 2

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