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 Registration
Quarter 4 runs April 23, 2019 through June 7, 2019. Registration deadline for Quarter 4 is March 14, 2019.
There are eight curriculum choices for grades K-8:
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have questions about the Science on the Go program? Ready to start the two-step registration process? Please contact our program manager by clicking on the button below or calling 773-755-5100 x 5035.