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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!


    1st Grade: Mimic Me

    Mimic Me

    This three part program addresses NGSS PE 1-LS1-1 which describes how animal and plant parts can be mimicked by humans to solve problems!
    Part 1- Students use the story Papa's Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming to begin thinking about animal external parts.
    Part 2- A set of Google Slides helps students to explore different animal and plant external parts using stations. Students begin to think of how humans have mimicked animals and plants to solve problems.
    Part 3- Students use a PBS game to explore how animal parts are used for certain functions. Then, students mimic plant and animal structures to solve the problem of staying safe.


    1st Grade: Science Quest

    science quest

    First graders role-play as Detectives in this On-Demand, Life-Science program! Your students begin the journey by dressing themselves up in (suggested) gear, as they train to uncover spying methods-of a practical nature, during their examination of plant and animal investigations. Investigations provide opportunities for participants to eye-witness similarities and differences, make comparisons, analyze details, and offer real-world ­­connections to students. Notable highlights from the lesson are the footage-from Southern Maryland farms inserted to promote long-lasting, memorable encounters.


    2nd Grade: A Place Called Home

    Place called home

    Part 1 of our On-Demand program spotlights living diversity amongst plant, (insect) and animal habitats! Your second graders are tasked to observe, identify, label, count and collect data as they perform the duties outlined in this versatile, eye-catching program. Join us next year (SY2021-21) with your group for a field trip to continue with Part 2's live session at the Howard B.Owens Science Center!

    3rd Grade: Postcards of the Past : A Third Grade Fossil Adventure


    Students use a storyline that they are working with the preparators in the Museum Fossil Lab (MFL) to receive fossils from four different dig sites around the world! While they unpack the fossils, they learn about the environments of the past and present, modern counterparts, the type, and the relative age!

    This student paced program meets almost all evidence statements of NGSS PE 3-LS4-1!


    3rd & 4th Grade: The Great Fossil Find: Choose Your Own Adventure

    Great Fossil Find

    This modified version of The Great Fossil Find created by Steve Randak and Michael Kimmel uses Google Slides to create a choose your own adventure! Students become paleontologist and explore three different dig sites in Montana. Students analyze the fossils found at each dig site, then use Google Drawings to create a new fossil skeleton. This activity serves as an introduction for the Nature of Science, and well as 3-LS4-1 and 4-ESS1-1.


    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.


    6th-8th Grade: Mud Crabs

    mud crabs

    Scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are conducting research on Mud-Crabs and the Invasive parasite Loxothylacus that infects the population of crustaceans. Become a scientist for a day help scientist investigate and understand the environmental impact that this zombie like outbreak may cause in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay!
    This was designed for 6th, but could be adapted for 7th and 8th grade.


    6th-8th Grade: Sun Watch! Seasons

    sunwatch seasons

    This program is designed to provide students an opportunity to develop a model based upon observations of the sun and use the model and data collected to develop an understanding of why we have seasons.

    First, the students make observations to understand the astronomical definition of “Noon”. Then, the students observe the path of the Sun by counting the number of hours of daylight and recording the height of the Sun at Noon for the first day of each season. They use this data to develop a model of sunpaths to help them visualize the differences. Last, students are introduced to the idea of the angle of the sunlight hitting the earth. They use this new information along with their observations of the height of the Sun in the sky for each season to develop their own explanation for the reason.


    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. Part 1 and Part 2