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  • First Semester Live Sessions

    The Howard B Owens Science Center Staff is dedicated to providing distance learning experiences that align with the Next Generation Science Standards and enrich and support the Prince George's County curriculum.


    For a Live Session  you must register using the registration link.  
    All of the resource materials for programs this year will be housed within the HBOSC Google Site for easy transition to Google classroom for the teacher and student. To learn more about the HBOSC Google Site, please watch the introductory video 
    Programs are listed here and and in more detail on HBOSC Google Site for the Semester. Visit the HBOSC Google Site to get more information about a specific program, lead instructor and office hours to answer your questions. Some programs are available for immediate registration and others will be available in the coming weeks.

    Elementary K-5 Programs (HBOSC Google Site)

    Magic Tree House

    1st-2nd Grade: Magic Tree House: Space Mission (Registration has closed for this program due to high demand)

    Have you ever wondered about the sky? What questions do you have? Join Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie on a search to answer some questions about space! Join Planetarium Patty for live explorations related to Jack and Annie’s discoveries.(Meets PE 2-ESS1-1 and 2-ESS2-3)

    This program is offered in two parts: each part will include half of the recorded program and two live-interactive segments.

    Part One (1 hour): Students explore how many stars can be seen in the night sky. They use space probe images from Mars as evidence that events occur slowly and quickly there, similar to on Earth from events like erosion (slowly) and storms (quickly) and that Mars once held liquid water.

    Part Two (1 hour): Students learn what it is like to be an astronaut! After a narrow escape from a black hole, students return “home” with Jack and Annie to discover why Earth is such a special place.


    2nd-3rd Grade: Coding Unplugged- Can You Code a Sandcastle? (Coming Soon)

    code sandcastle

    During this one hour introductory program students explore computational thinking through the engaging story of “How to Code A Sandcastle” by Josh Funk.* Throughout the story students engage in “unplugged interactive activities” that allow them to help Pearl solve a big problem with coding and practice simple coding vocabulary.
    *Permission was obtained from the author to use the book, images and text in this program. (PE 3-5-ETS1-1) 


    3rd & 4th Grade: Weathering Sights & Blights!


    Third grade students zero in on preparing their coastal community before the next weather event. Group activities center around the investigation of problems, include constraint measures to reduce weather impacts-which in turn help students’ reason pros and cons of their solutions. So lock on your thinking caps and throw away the key, because there will be problems!


    5th Grade: Destination Mars

    Destination Mars Logo

    Students analyze data from rovers or small robots on the two moons of Mars – Deimos and Phobos – to decide which moon is better for a base. Something goes wrong with one of the rovers/robots collecting data and students work together to fix the issue.


    Middle School 6th-8th Grade Programs (HBOSC Google Site)

    6th Grade: Destination Mars

    Destination Mars Logo

    Students analyze data from rovers or small robots on the two moons of Mars – Deimos and Phobos – to decide which moon is better for a base. Something goes wrong with one of the rovers/robots collecting data and students work together to fix the issue.


    6th Grade: Oh My! Virtual Orchids

    Orchids smithsonian

    Through a partnership between the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, the North American Orchid Conservation Center, Longwood Gardens, and the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Fairchild) in Miami, Students are involved in a real scientific experiment reviewing data around growing native orchids The students are partners in discovery with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) scientists aiming to improve biology and propagation conservation efforts. Students will continue to learn about native orchids in their natural habitat and how they affect and respond to the natural environments that they thrive in. This program will focus on virtual, self-paced activities that the students can complete.


    7th-8th Grades: STEM and the Human Predator, the Virus (Coming Soon)


    During this virtual field trip, students will explore symbolic representations of how viruses infect and human immune systems fight back or preempt infections, review plotting data on independent and dependent variables, manipulate a quantitative model to show how changes in behavior and public health can beat a virus and discuss how public health responses to infectious diseases must integrate STEM (medical research and mathematical modeling) with social studies: human behavior (psychology and culture) and government (laws, policy, economy, and sponsorship of research).

    High School 9th-12th Grade Programs (HBOSC Google Site)

    HBOSC-NASA AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN) High School ROVER Water Quality Monitoring Program

    AREN Rover program

    In collaboration with the NASA AREN Project, PGCPS High School students are invited to submit a Class Student Mission Scientists Proposal requesting to use one of NASA AREN’s Water Quality Data Collection Remotely Operated Vehicles for Education and Research (ROVER) and HBOSC AREN Tech Specialists to conduct a remote local Water Quality Data Collection mission. 

    Participating in the program student scientists will learn how to use the Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) visualization tool to ma and graph water quality ROVER data, will learn how to create transect ROVER navigation data sampling collection paths and will engage in Mission Planning, selecting ROVER payload sensors and probes for the class mission as well as class representatives to assist with the interactive live streamed field mission.

    Student mission scientists will uses CODAP Data Visualization tool to map and graph their collected water quality mission data and will submit a a class mission report on the current conditions of their mission site which will be posted on the HBOSC Google Site and shared with Prince George's County River Keepers.