Anchialine Pools and Plankton to Plastic Pollution (4th through 12th grade)

This option pairs two kits that go well together!! Anchialine pools are brackish water pools found on the coast of Hawaii. This kit allows students to model the interaction between seawater and fresh water and how the marine life depends on the right balance between the two. Plankton to Plastic Pollution explores the origins of plastic and allows students to model where it ends up.

Bees, Please! (4th through 12th grade)

Bees are one of the most important pollinators of our food crops. In the Bees Please! STEM Kit, students will build a flower model to gain a better understanding of pollination. Students will study their bees (each kit has a different species) and then exchange data and information with others in the class to explore bee biodiversity and behavior. Data in this kit comes from an on-going citizen science project that started as a CSU research project.

Get Energized! (4th through 12th grade)

Learn what it takes to develop a new, more efficient battery and solar panel. Students will test different materials and use their own data to help them construct a working rechargeable battery and solar cell using skills and techniques straight out of a CSU research laboratory.

Pico Pong (4th through 12th grade)

Explore the interaction between the virtual and physical worlds with this unique kit. You will learn how to code a simple game (Pong) in the Scratch programming environment and then use a Pico sensor board to collect a variety of sensor data: light, pressure, flex, sound, and position. You will then use these data to control the game paddles. All on a Raspberry Pi mini computer!

Get Critical! (6th through 12th grade)

How does information get from one place to another so quickly? In this research experience, we will conduct experiments with optical fibers to learn about reflection, refraction, critical angles, and diffraction. Students even get a chance to send text messages between groups!

Going Viral (6th through 12th grade)

Now more than ever is the time to learn about what viruses are and how the human immune system fights against them. In the Going Viral STEM Kit, students will explore epidemiological modeling with and without vaccinations and herd immunity.

Really Ancient Fossils (6th through 12th grade)

Learn how paleontologists uncover past events that led to the fossilization of a community of sea creatures millions of years ago. Students will excavate a model rock formation, make a map, record their observations in a science notebook, and compare their observations to reference materials.

Secrets of the Hibernators (6th through 12th grade)

Marmots, ground squirrels, and bears are fascinating animals who hold answers to many of the problems that humans face. One serious problem is obesity. Shedding extra weight is very difficult for many of us, but is a normal part of their annual cycle. Another human problem that they have apparently solved is avoiding bone loss during long periods of inactivity during hibernation. This kit features hands-on experiments on metabolism.

Updated! Soils of Fire (6th through 12th grade)

Explore how carbon moves through the environment as you analyze three soil samples from different areas of the 2020 Cameron Peak Fire. Students develop real lab skills to determine which of the samples was intensely burned, moderately burned, or unburned.

Vital Ice (6th through 12th grade)

Looking for ways to get real scientific data into the hands of your students? Our Vital Ice STEM Kit has model ice cores that let your students explore real data collected at Denali National Park. The kits also cover permafrost in a unique new way.

High-Tech Rocks! (8th through 12th grade)

Learn the science behind the technology in your mobile devices! Students become solid-state chemists as they manipulate natural materials to produce useful physical properties.

New!! Colors of Life (9th through 12th grade)

Assemble a 3D printed digital spectrometer and use it to study physical, chemical, and biological concepts. Learn how light can be used to detect changes in pH, measure the melanin that is found in our skin, learn how a pulse-oximeter works, and image the cellular processes that are controlled by the mitochondria in living yeast.