Amusement Park Science

Grades 6-12 Concepts of force, motion, speed, velocity and energy loss are studied using working K’NEX® models of classic amusement park rides. Physical science has never been so much fun! TEKS Correlation Chart  

ICU: Cow Eye Dissection

Grades 5-12 Investigate the physiology of sight by dissecting a cow eyeball. Students deconstruct a cow eye, examine the individual components, and discover how each works together to collect and process images. TEKS Correlation Chart

DHDC Crime Lab: The Case of the Missing Mascot

Grades 5-12 HELP! Donnie, the DHDC Mascot, has been kidnapped! Students become crime fighters in this immersive lab experience. Once inside the DHDC Crime Lab, students must use forensic tools to identify the kidnapper and rescue Donnie – before it’s too late! Grades 5-8 conduct their investigation using fingerprint analysis to identify the dastardly kidnapper while… Read more about DHDC Crime Lab: The Case of the Missing Mascot

Investigating DNA

Grades 4-12 Isolate, extract and compare DNA samples in this highly engaging lab which introduces students to the basics of DNA analysis. Grades 4-8 extract and compare two plant-based DNA samples and discover their similarities and differences. Grades 9-12 extract and compare a plant-based DNA sample with students’ own DNA samples and identify the similarities between them.… Read more about Investigating DNA

Engineering 101: Machines at Work

Grades 4-12 In this inquiry-based introduction to machines and engineering, students build their own models using K’NEX® sets and discover how simple machines are combined to create the mechanical items we use in everyday life. Grades 4-5 construct working machines from blueprints, explore their properties and identify the basic machines used to construct them Grades 6-8 will… Read more about Engineering 101: Machines at Work

Alternative Energy

Grades 4-12 Students will explore alternative energy sources and evaluate their effectiveness by testing the amount of power generated by each source. Grades 4-6 explore wind as an energy source by evaluating the effectiveness of wind turbines and examining the relationship between turbine design and amount of power generated. Grades 7-9 evaluate hydrogen as an energy source… Read more about Alternative Energy

Illumination: Light and Optics

Grades 3-8 What is light? How does it travel? Does light have color? Using prisms, mirrors and spectroscopes, students will analyze the amazing properties of light. Grades 3-4 explore properties of light including white light, the light spectrum and how light affects vision and perception of color. Grades 5-8 analyze properties of light, compare refraction and reflection… Read more about Illumination: Light and Optics

Electricity & Circuits

Grades 3-8 Using special conductive dough, students will explore properties of electrical energy including basic circuitry, conductors and insulators. Grades 3-5 construct and evaluate different types of electrical circuits while examining how electricity flows through a conductor. Grades 6-8 experiment with circuitry and resistance and create their own working battery! TEKS Correlation Chart


Grades 2-5 Just as the name implies, Grossology examines the science at work behind the most impolite bodily biology. Where does poop come from? Why do we burp? Your students will never forget this hands-on, interactive tour of the digestive system! TEKS Correlation Chart

Fossil Hunters

Grades 1-5 Calling all paleontologists! Students dig for genuine fossils using the techniques practiced by professional paleontologists; determine whether or not their find is a true fossil; and then examine, identify and date their discoveries using the Fossil Hunters charts. TEKS Correlation Chart

What Makes Weather?

Grades K-5 Air pressure, cloud formation and the science of thunderstorms are investigated in this interactive lab.  Students will examine the atmospheric conditions that combine to create our ever-changing Panhandle weather and learn important thunderstorm safety rules. Grades K-2 are introduced to air pressure, cloud formation and the science of lightning as students discover how these… Read more about What Makes Weather?

The Mysteries of Matter

Grades K-5 From basic properties of matter to a study of polymers and non-Newtonian fluids, The Mysteries of Matter examines solids, liquids and gases DHDC style – entertaining, slightly messy and oh so fun! Grades K-2 examine properties of solids, liquids and gases and experiment with physical changes to matter. Grades 3-5 assess physical and chemical changes to matter… Read more about The Mysteries of Matter