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Technology Lab

Marine research doesn't always require a wetsuit - especially with the help of remote technology.

Join research expeditions and field work with some of FIU's most adventurous scientists. Explore different types of marine animal camera rigs, then create your own, showcasing how scientists have to think on their feet - or fins.

Reserve This Program

Offered virtually via Zoom* or in person at your site, lab experiences last 45 minutes. Each session accommodates up to 30 individuals. Experiences are primarily offered during core hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Requests for alternate days or times will be considered.
*Zoom is preferred, but you may share other desired platforms during the reservation process.

Note: Due to COVID-19 pandemic, in-person offerings are suspended until further notice. For updated information on how FIU is responding to the pandemic, please visit FIU’s coronavirus page.

Virtual

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  • Offered Monday–Friday*
  • Requires a strong internet connection
  • $200 for first lab; $145 for each additional lab of the same theme on the same day

In Person

All physical programs are currently on indefinite hold.

  • Primarily offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays*
  • Hosted at your site; requires a classroom, library or other quiet setting
  • $250 for first lab; $175 for each additional lab of the same theme on the same day

Within 48 hours after you submit your request, an Education Outreach team member will contact you to discuss your proposed itinerary. Once everything is reviewed and agreed upon, the invoice will be sent.

K-12 Florida Education Standards

The following standards are focused by suggested grade levels and aligned to Florida Department of Education benchmarks.

  • Kindergarten

    SC.K.L.14.3: Observe plants and animals, describe how they are alike and how they are different in the way they look and in the things they do.

    SC.K.L.14.1: Recognize the five senses and related body parts.

    SC.K.N.1.2: Make observations of the natural world and know that they are descriptors collected using the five senses.

  • 1st Grade

    SC.1.N.1.1: Raise questions about the natural world, investigate them in teams through free exploration, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations.

    SC.1.L.17.1: Through observation, recognize that all plants and animals, including humans, need the basic necessities of air, water, food, and space.

    SC.1.L.14.1: Make observations of living things and their environment using the five senses.

  • 2nd Grade

    SC.2.N.1.1: Raise questions about the natural world, investigate them in teams through free exploration and systematic observations, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations.

    SC.2.L.17.1: Compare and contrast the basic needs that all living things, including humans, have for survival.

    SC.2.L.17.2: Recognize and explain that living things are found all over Earth, but each is only able to live in habitats that meet its basic needs.

  • 3rd Grade

    SC.3.N.1.1: Raise questions about the natural world, investigate them individually and in teams through free exploration and systematic investigations, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations.

    SC.3.L.17.1: Describe how animals and plants respond to changing seasons.

    SC.3.L.15.1: Classify animals into major groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, arthropods, vertebrates and invertebrates, those having live births and those which lay eggs) according to their physical characteristics and behaviors.

  • 4th Grade

    SC.4.N.1.1: Raise questions about the natural world, use appropriate reference materials that support understanding to obtain information (identifying the source), conduct both individual and team investigations through free exploration and systematic investigations, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations.

    SC.4.L.17.4: Recognize ways plants and animals, including humans, can impact the environment.

    SC.4.N.1.8: Recognize that science involves creativity in designing experiments.

  • 5th Grade

    SC.5.N.1.2: Explain the difference between an experiment and other types of scientific investigation.

    SC.5.L.17.1: Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycles variations, animal behaviors and physical characteristics.

    SC.5.L.15.1: Describe how, when the environment changes, differences between individuals allow some plants and animals to survive and reproduce while others die or move to new locations. B. Individuals of the same kind often differ in their characteristics and sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.

  • 6th Grade

    SC.6.N.1.3: Explain the difference between an experiment and other types of scientific investigation, and explain the relative benefits and limitations of each.

    SC.6.N.2.2: Explain that scientific knowledge is durable because it is open to change as new evidence or interpretations are encountered.

    SC.6.L.15.1: Analyze and describe how and why organisms are classified according to shared characteristics with emphasis on the Linnaean system combined with the concept of Domains.

  • 7th Grade

    SC.7.N.1.5: Describe the methods used in the pursuit of a scientific explanation as seen in different fields of science such as biology, geology, and physics.

    SC.7.N.1.6: Explain that empirical evidence is the cumulative body of observations of a natural phenomenon on which scientific explanations are based.

    SC.7.L.17.3: Describe and investigate various limiting factors in the local ecosystem and their impact on native populations, including food, shelter, water, space, disease, parasitism, predation, and nesting sites.

  • 8th Grade

    SC.8.N.1.5: Design and conduct a study using repeated trials and replication.

    SC.8.N.1.6: Understand that scientific investigations involve the collection of relevant empirical evidence, the use of logical reasoning, and the application of imagination in devising hypotheses, predictions, explanations and models to make sense of the collected evidence.

    SC.8.N.4.2: Explain how political, social, and economic concerns can affect science, and vice versa.

Girl Scout Patch and Badge Alignments

Our program contains activities and benchmarks to help Scouts earn the following badges/patches.

  • Eco Learner (Daisy/Brownie)

  • Animal Habitats (Junior)