(Grades 6-8 or introduction to evolution for 9-12) Through examination of museum specimens, classroom discussion, and scientific reasoning, students will explore the evolutionary concepts of variation, inheritance, natural selection and artificial selection, that explain the biodiversity of... Read more about Exploring Evolution
(Grades 6-12) Is our climate changing? How do we know? Using fossils, rocks and scientific data, students will investigate climate in two dramatically different periods of Earth’s history and compare it to today’s changing climate.
(Grades 6-12) How has New England changed over the past 500 million years? By studying rocks, fossils, and living animals that provide the clues to ancient oceans, volcanoes, and ice ages, students will leave this lab with a better understanding of what New England looked like, who lived here, and how scientists know about these ancient environments.
(6-8 or 9-12) Recommended for students 6th–8th grade or as an introduction to human evolution for grades 9-12.
How did environmental changes drive the evolution of our species? Students will act as evolutionary biologists as they analyze and interpret fossil evidence from bones and skulls of our ancient human relatives. By comparing anatomical structures, they will uncover and construct an argument about differences between extinct hominins and ourselves and the role of environment in shaping evolution.
(Grades K-12) On the Day of the Dead, November 2nd, Mexicans celebrate death as a part of life. Visit an ofrenda, or altar, to explore the elements of this festival through hands-on artifacts, and then make a craft to take home – select either calacas (skull masks) or cempasúchils (paper flowers) at registration. Available in Spanish.