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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. 

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Professional Development Program Highlights

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
2019/2020 Science on the Go Brochure

2019/2020 Quarter 4 Curriculum Choices

Quarter 4 runs April 21-June 5, 2020.

  • Children looking at turtle

    Nature in the City, K

    Take a walk around the neighborhood—what plants and animals will you see? Use observations, discussions, and scientific drawings to explore ecosystems on the ground, in the trees, and near buildings.

    NGSS: K-ESS3-1, K-ESS2-2

  • Children looking at pond

    Habitat Seekers, Grades 1-2

    Explore the animals and habitats of the Midwest! Discover the different ways adult animals care for their young in wetland, prairie, and woodland habitats.

    NGSS: 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1

  • Child looking at seed

    Budding Sprouts, Grades 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-LS2-2

  • Child looking at specimen

    Freshwater Flashback, Grades 3-4

    What lives in—or used to live in—Chicago's Great Lakes environment? Students will examine evidence of the ways local freshwater ecosystems have changed over time.

    NGSS: 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-1, 4-ESS3-2

  • Child looking at pinned butterflies

    Insect Investigators, Grades 3-4

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

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

  • Children holding and looking at turtle shell

    Chicago's Nature Network, Grades 4-5

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

    NGSS: 4-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1

  • Student looking at turtle

    Climate Change in Chicago, Grades 6-8

    How are local species affected by climate change? Students will construct an explanation about the cause of a changing climate and its effect on biodiversity in the Chicagoland area.

    NGSS: MS-ESS3-4, MS-LS2-2

  • Student holding jar with specimen

    Interrupted Ecosystems, Grades 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

2019/2020 Science on the Go Registration

Submit this inquiry form to find out more about how to register for Science on the Go. Registration for Quarter 4 of the 2019/2020 school year is now open. If your school is interested in Science on the Go for the 2019/2020 school year, use the form below to get in touch with our program manager. Our program manager will then follow up with program information and registration forms.

Registration for Quarter 4 ends Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Science on the Go Inquiry Form

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

Teacher Feedback

“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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