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Easy Science Kits for Educators

Become a scientist for a day with Noble Research Institute’s Science Exploration Trunk Program

Easy Science Kits for Educators

Photo by Rob Mattson/Noble Research Institute

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Science Exploration Trunk Program offers a unique learning device that is available to any educator to use in their class-rooms, from sixth to 12th grade, as part of Noble Research Institute’s Science Exploration Trunk Program.

Lessons currently available for checkout include Carbon Cycle, Chemistry’s Rainbow, CSI in a Wheatfield, Forces in Motion, and Sugar in Grass.

The trunks are available to be checked out for one week with the exception of Forces in Motion, which is available for two weeks. Both delivery and return shipping are free to the school.

 

 

Christmas can come at any time of year for science teachers. No, it won’t be Santa delivering gifts in a reindeer-pulled sleigh. But there are boxes filled with goodies—everything you might need to turn the classroom into a laboratory and students into scientists for a day.

These boxes are available to any educator to use in their classrooms, from sixth to 12th grade, as part of Noble Research Institute’s Science Exploration Trunk Program. 

The program provides hands-on lessons focused on teaching science concepts using agricultural applications and it was born from the recognition that teachers are busy and faced with resource constraints. 

“Educators are tasked with teaching the next generation within the confines of limited budgets and time,” says Frank Hardin, Ph.D., Noble’s youth education manager. 

Inside the trunks are safety glasses and gloves for students as well as supplies for exploring concepts such as the carbon cycle and soil nutrients. Each lesson includes a teacher guide and a student guide. The lessons are aligned with Oklahoma standards.

About the Lessons

There are currently five lessons available for checkout, and plans are in motion to offer more.

Carbon Cycle: Explore the carbon cycle, a biogeochemical cycle through which carbon is exchanged among Earth’s environments. Students conduct laboratory activities that focus on the effect of carbon dioxide on aquatic systems. They explore scientific concepts such as pH, gas solubility of water and density of gas. (Note: Teachers will need to supply dry ice and carbonated water for this lesson.)

Chemistry’s Rainbow: Learn about pH and how it affects the world around us. Students use a universal indicator and concentrated solutions to create a rainbow. Before the solutions are discarded, students must figure out how to neutralize each one.

CSI in a Wheat Field: Learn about the importance of Earth’s most valuable resource, soil, and its chemical properties through a fun role-playing activity. Students become detectives in a crime scene investigation and use soil tests to analyze soil found on the shoes of three fictional suspects. In the end, students are able to determine which suspects were at the scene of the crime—and who might have committed it.

Forces in Motion: Review interactions between forces and matter in a fun and engaging way. Students use their knowledge of forces and their engineering skills to design, build and test straw rockets that meet specific objectives.

Sugar in Grass: Students interact with the process of photosynthesis by using refractometers to explore the variations in sugar content among plants. They compare the levels of sugar at different times of day in one plant as well as evaluate the levels of sugars in different types of plants to gain an understanding of this dynamic process.

How to Check Out a Trunk

The trunks are available to be checked out for one week with the exception of Forces in Motion, which is available for two weeks. Both delivery and return shipping are free to the school. 

To get started, go to www.noble.org/trunk-program. Once you submit a form, a member of Noble’s youth education team will contact you to confirm the week you will receive the trunk. 

For More Information

For more details and guidelines about the Science Exploration Trunk Program, visit www.noble.org/trunk-program. More resources for teachers can be found at www.noble.org/youth-education-outreach.

Financial support is provided by Devon Energy Corporation, Oklahoma FFA Foundation and Noble Research Institute. OKL Article End