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  • Second 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.

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    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)

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    1st Grade: You Are My Sunshine

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    When little Patrick gets a bad case of sunburn he mistakenly wishes that the Earth didn’t even have a Sun. Join Patrick and his friends as they discover how our wonderful sun heats and lights the Earth, helps plants to grow, keeps solar system planets in orbit, provides power and even makes it possible for us to see the moon. Program activities will also interactively teach students how to prevent sunburn. (NGSS Standard 2.0 Earth/Space, D. Astronomy 2. Students will recognize that there is a relationship between the Sun and Earth. a. Identify ways that the sun affects the Earth including that the sun warms the Earth.) Program Length: 1:15 minutes

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    2nd-3rd Grade: Coding Unplugged- Can You Code a Sandcastle?

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    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) 

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

    Weathering

    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!

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    4th & 5th Grade: Lighting the Way to Discovering New Worlds: A Search for Exoplanets

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    Students will use their knowledge of light to understand how scientists discover new worlds in other solar systems, called exoplanets. Although this program aligns to a 4th grade PE, it can be used with 5th grade to reinforce skills before MISA.

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    5th Grade: Destination Mars

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    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.

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

    6th Grade: Destination Mars

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    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.

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    7th-8th Grades: Destination Moon

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    "Researchers are returning to the Moon to build a second research base for astronauts to live and work. To get there, they’ll launch and fly Blue Origin’s reusable launch vehicle, New Glenn, and explore the Moon’s surface using Blue Origin's lunar lander, Blue Moon." Join us on this virtual Challenger space mission: Destination Moon.

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    7th-8th Grades: STEM and the Human Predator, the Virus

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    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).