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Young Scientist Lab

found in: science; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8

Young Scientist Lab  offers free lessons and activities in science and scientific innovation for grade K-8 students.

Teacher Resources  include lesson plans, interactives, and Young Scientist Challenge (See note below) support materials. Lesson Plans  are grouped K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. For example, Light and Shadow  ( PDF, 6.8 MB, 8 pgs.) is a K-2 lesson in which students identify objects as reflective, transparent, or opaque and analyze how distance between an object and a light source affects the size of its shadow. Five Interactives  include 3M Wind Energy Virtual Lab that asks students to design, build, and test a wind turbine that will power at least 400 homes efficiently and cheaply. Students choose one of three sites and test and retest six blade variables. After testing, students can print their design results. A Teacher’s Guide  ( PDF, 1.4 MB, 22 pgs.) is available.

Student Activities  feature 10 Mind Boggling Experiments and Science at Work. In one activity, Salt Engineering,  ( PDF, 274 KB, 2 pgs.) students use salt crystals to discover how forces can be directed in mechanical systems. Students meet scientists and learn about their careers in Science at Work. One is Dr. Delony Langer-Anderson  who designs healthcare products that are more easy to use, comfortable, and durable.

Note: The 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge is a national science contest for students in Grades 5 – 8. For more information, see Young Scientist Challenge


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