Field Experiences immerse classrooms of students and their teachers in learning science through inquiry as they conduct investigations and engage in scientific discourse. Participants dialogue with Van Andel Research Institute scientists and watch them in action at the Institute’s demonstration lab.
Students learn about the tools of science by conducting an investigation using plants and animals.
Students will use their senses and scientific tools to observe plants and animals to determine an answer to the question, “Are organisms more alike or more different?”
Students will investigate the physical adaptations of a variety of organisms to answer the question, “How do an organism’s structural traits help it survive in its environment?”
Students will investigate the behaviors of a variety of organisms to answer the question, “How do an organism’s behavioral traits help it survive in its environment?”
Students learn about the use of model organisms in cancer research and their connection to understanding human health.
Students investigate how organisms are alike and different by observing plants and animals.
Students will observe plants and animals to determine how similar or different organisms are when compared to each other. Your students will learn to hold some of our education animals, create slides to view under the microscope and extract DNA from strawberries and their cheek cells.
Students investigate the effects of various substances on the heart rate of a model organism, daphnia.
This experience includes hands on investigation using daphnia and microscopes to quantify and determine a baseline heart rate that is then used to assess the effect of substances like alcohol and caffeine.
Students investigate how variables affect the rate of photosynthesis using algae beads.
Students will observe the rate of photosynthesis under different light conditions in a structured investigation.
Middle school students will work together to design solutions to:
During this process, students will learn how oil spills occur and the current methods that are employed to remedy these disasters. They will use creative and critical thinking skills as they work together to solve this very real problem.