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Science on the Go


Museum educators introducing students to a Nature Museum snake

Science on the Go is a professional development program designed to help K-8 educators become more comfortable teaching science through NGSS-aligned lessons that are hands-on, inquiry-based, and incorporate cooperative learning. For more than 25 years, our experienced education staff has been working side-by-side with teachers in classrooms throughout Chicago. 

With Science on the Go, you'll invest in:

  • A professional development workshop to prepare for classroom implementation
  • 9 NGSS-aligned lessons that explore local Life Science content and include materials for all lessons
  • 3 lessons taught by a Museum Educator in your classroom
    • Models best practices in science education
    • Utilizes unique museum resources from our living and preserved collections
  • A focused field trip to the Nature Museum including a full bus reimbursement
2018/2019 Science on the Go Brochure

2018/2019 Science on the Go Registration

Registration for the 2018/2019 school year has ended.

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Have questions about the Science on the Go program? Please contact our program manager by clicking on the button below or calling 773-755-5100 x 5035. 

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2018/2019 Quarter 4 curriculum choices:

  • Children looking at turtle

    Animal Secrets, K-1

    What can humans learn by studying how living things survive? Explore the unique ways Midwestern plants and animals sense and thrive in the world around them.

    NGSS: K-LS1-1, 1-LS1-1

  • Children looking at plants

    Budding Sprouts, 1-2

    Discover how plants spread without being planted and nurtured by humans! Use hands-on modeling to explore plant parts, pollination, and seed dispersal.

    NGSS: 1-LS3-1, 2-LS2-1

  • Child in exhibit

    Water All Around Us, 2-3

    What lives in and around the water in Chicago? Through exploration of lakes, rivers, and wetlands students will investigate the living and non-living features that keep these ecosystems afloat!

    NGSS: 2-LS4-1, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4

  • Children looking at monarchs

    Insect Investigators, 3-4

    Did you know that insects represent over 80% of the species alive on Earth? Explore the body structures and their functions, behaviors, and life cycles of Chicago’s fascinating local insects.

    NGSS: 3-LS1-1, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1

  • Student looking at photos

    Chicago's Nature Network, 4-5

    What is Chicago's apex predator? Explore Chicago's food web and the connections between local living and non-living things.

    NGSS: 1-LS3-1, 2-LS2-1

  • Child looking at plants

    Midwest Ecosystems, 4-5

    What makes a wetland a wetland? Are certain animals only adapted to survive in a woodland? Can fire in a prairie be a good thing? Explore interactions within the three main ecosystems of the Midwest.

    NGSS: 3-LS2-1, 4-LS1-1

  • Child looking through magnifying glass

    Interrupted Ecosystems, 6-8

    What happens to ecosystems when 12 million people move in? Students will analyze and interpret data, construct arguments, and explore the dynamic ecosystems of Illinois to discover how organisms respond to human disruptions.

    NGSS: MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4

  • Student looking through microscope

    Systems and Cycles, 6-8

    Want to explore the Crosscutting Concept of Systems and System Models? This curriculum models a variety of systems and cycles including ecosystem interaction and the carbon cycle.

    NGSS: LS2.A, LS2.C

“Any time I am given the opportunity to observe another teacher is a gift. I am not often afforded the opportunity to watch my own class interact with other teachers.”

“I learned to trust my students more. They really do a lovely job with the inquiry when the supports are there (which they were)."

“Students really loved seeing the 'real' science the museum educator brought.”

“I have students with learning disabilities, and my Museum Educator demonstrated great lessons using books and hands on activities. I practiced the same lessons and started incorporating more hands on activities.”

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