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  • On Demand 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.

    on Demand
    On Demand Sessions and Resources are available for teachers to use without registering with HBOSC.  
    Simply make a copy of the resources for your Google Classroom.
    All of the resource materials for program 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 
    Visit the HBOSC Google Site to get more information about a specific program, lead teacher to contact about the program and office hours that are available to chat with staff. 


    K-12 Activities (HBOSC Google Site)

    K-12: Virtual Planetarium: Skies Above Prince George’s County

    Skies PGC

    Join Planetarium Patty on a weekly tour of objects visible in the night sky above Prince George’s County! Oftentimes mini-lessons are woven into the sessions, from sundials to star magnitudes! Episodes will be published on the H.B. Owens website.

    K-5: Special Place: Animals Up Close

    Special Place

    Join Ms. Fulton in Special Place to learn about the animals of HBOSC during each episode of “Animals Up Close”.  When entering the virtual space students can click on animals to view videos about animals housed at the Science Center,  learning about their habits, special behaviors and adaptations.  For episodes on animals that have not been published,  a simple google form can be accessed by clicking on the animal’s picture giving students an opportunity to submit questions about the animal that may be answered during an upcoming episode. Episodes will be published on the H.B. Owens website.



    Elementary Programs (HBOSC Google Site)

    PreK: Shape Up

    Shape Up On Demand

    Would you like to find shapes in the sky? Review the properties of shapes with Freddy the Frog, and learn how to find common shapes in the stars of the night sky. These shapes are the first step to making constellations - pictures in the sky!


    1st Grade: Follow the Sun

    Follow the Sun

    Have your students observe the sun safely with Planetarium Patty! Their observations will help them to identify the changing position of the Sun at various times during the day. We will count the hours of daylight for the first day of each season to see how it changes throughout the year. Students can even “jump” through the seasons with a fun kinesthetic activity that is easily done at home!

    1st Grade: Brighten Your Corner


    Part 1 - Brighten Your Corner affords visiting groups to lighten up a little, as we venture into Part 1 of our program! First grade students investigate light from a broad spectrum, which extends to a narrowed focus on its path of beams. In this lesson participating groups can expect simple tests designed to mirror light responses, while also allowing student opportunities to predict resulting outcomes of the phenomena. Matching and sorting engagements are included amongst the supportive-interactive components within this program..


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    Part 2 - Did you know when things move they create a vibration? How’s that different from what sounds do? In Part 2 of Brighten Your Corner’s activities, we bring front and center the topic of SOUND!! What’s more fun than making a little creative noise?.... Perhaps creating the noise maker! During our lesson young visitors are exposed to the phenomena of how their ears work and gain exposure to identifying the relationship between vibrations and sound. Our lesson engagements provide learners opportunities to answer questions from planned investigations, identify objects used to promote the topic, provide feedback to support cause and effect tests, and collect data from activities to aid in their conclusion. Expect many things,... but not silence!


    4th Grade: Scratch: An Introduction to Coding


    How do computer codes transfer information using patterns? Students will find out how while coding using Scratch, a free online program. Students will learn binary basics and dive into Scratch block coding. This program uses Google Slides and YouTube tutorials to guide students into coding basics and applying their skills to learn how to code.


    5th Grade: Follow the Stars

    Follow the stars

    Join Planetarium Patty at the virtual planetarium to observe and collect data about the stars. Determine which patterns of stars are visible at different times of the year/night due to the revolution/rotation of the Earth.

    Starlight FarBright

    How bright are the stars? Compare bright stars in the sky, how bright they appear to look to you (apparent magnitude). Then collect data on their distances to determine how bright they REALLY are (absolute magnitude). Supports PE 5-ESS1-1. 


    Middle School  Programs (HBOSC Google Site)

    6th Grade: Got Kombucha!? The Bacteria You Eat


    Learn how safety in food storage and cooking is related to controlling the growth of unhealthy microbes in food. During this session students will have the opportunity to review evidence of chemical reactions through a demonstration of fermenting pineapple, share and discuss examples of foods they eat that are made by microbes and discuss the benefits of adding healthy microbes to food.


    High School Programs (HBOSC Google Site)

    This is How I Live

    This is how I live

    Students will explore the impacts of urbanization on our environment. Historical evolution of lifestyles and types of homes will be explored. Students will also explore tiny house and off-grid living concepts.