Middle School Programs at Genovesi Environmental Study Center


Wonderful World of Water (Grades 6)

New York City’s urban ecosystem includes many different kinds of aquatic habitats, such as freshwater ponds, brackish wetlands, and marine coastline, each of which supports unique organisms. Young scientists will explore many of these aquatic habitats here at GESC. Students will view microorganisms using microscopes, learn about NYC’s drinking water supply, and learn how they can conserve water. (SEASONAL CLASS – not available during December, January, February, and March)


Energy in the Ecosystem (Grade 6)

What are consumers? What are decomposers? How is the transfer of energy crucial to support biodiversity of living things? Through an owl pellet dissection students will investigate the key relationships in an ecosystem. Through a series of activities and observations learners will study how different organisms have different energy needs to live.

 

Zoom into Microbiology (Grades 6-8)

Observe the hidden world of microorganisms. Learners will investigate the micro-world by learning to prepare slides and observe protozoa and algae. Uncover the secret lives of these tiny creatures and how they support plant life. Using microscopes to view organisms harvested at GESC, learners will discover how to harvest their own, utilize inquiry-based process skills and tools such as microscopes and slide preparation, explore the unseen kingdoms of life and focus on cell chemistry and homeostasis.

 

Inquiry with Isopods (Grades 6-8)

Join us at GESC for an authentic experience as your students practice using the scientific method. Learners will observe and work with live pillbugs, test variables, design an experiment, and test their hypothesis. We promise - no pillbugs will be harmed in this class!

 

Hydroponics (Grades 6-8)

GESC offers partnership opportunities for middle schools in our state-of-the-art Hydroponics, Aquaculture, and Aquaponics Learning Lab. In small groups, learners will propagate seeds, continually monitor water chemistry, collect data on plant growth, and finally harvest and enjoy their bounty. Not only will learners be fully immersed in the scientific aspect of hydroponics, they will have the opportunity to connect hydroponics to the real-world. As part of this program, students will develop a research question, and set-up their system to complete their investigation. This six-week partnership program is recommended for highly motivated middle school classes.

Wildlife Forensics (Grade 8)

Engage in the story of how DNA analysis is helping protect endangered wildlife. In this DNA gel electrophoresis lab experience, learners will develop a greater understanding of the scientific protocols and technical skills necessary to conduct this research.

 

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