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Class Trips: Sackler Educational Lab

Part of Programs for School Group

Teacher and students measuring hominid skulls in the Sackler lab for school groups

Registration is now open! Enrich your field trip with the Sackler Educational Laboratory hands-on lab experiences designed for middle- and high- school students in life science topics such as: evolution, skeletal anatomy, cladistics, DNA structure and function, and gel electrophoresis. 6th-8th grade labs (Lab A and Lab B) consist of a 45-minute lab activity and a 30-minute tour in the Hall of Human Origins. 6th-8th grade labs are designed to support the NYC Scope and Sequence for Science. High school labs (Lab C, Lab D, Lab E, Lab F, Lab G) are designed to support the Living Environment Regents Standards.

We can accommodate a maximum of 30 students per group, and offer labs at one time-slot per day; 10:30am. The cost is $250 per group. Please book your field trip at least 3 weeks in advance, call Central Reservations to book a lab: 212-769-5200.

Please review the lab rules below:


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CLASS
GRADE LEVEL
DATES & TIMES

Class:
Lab A: Fossil Skull Evidence for Change Through Time

This 45-minute inquiry-based lab activity is coupled with a 15-minute guided tour in the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins. Students collect evidence of physical traits on fossil skulls used to classify species, determine evolutionary relationships between living ape and extinct hominid species, and build an evolutionary tree to illustrate their findings.

Cost: $250.00 per group

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Grade Level:
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Dates & Times:
Through June 5, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (M-F)

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Through June 5, 2020

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (M-F)

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Lab B: DNA Extraction from Strawberries

In this 45-minute hands-on lab activity, students get an introduction to the molecule that is the basis for all life on Earth by extracting DNA from strawberries. Students extract and examine DNA, build a model of it, and discuss molecular similarities and differences between species. This activity is coupled with a 15-minute genetics-focused tour in the Anne and Bernard in Spitzer Hall of Human Origins.

Cost: $250.00 per group

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Grade Level:
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Dates & Times:
Through June 5, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (M-F)

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Through June 5, 2020

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (M-F)

Class:
Lab C: Primate Diversity and Evolution

Primates, our closest living relatives, are a highly diverse and geographically widespread group of mammals. In this advanced 90-minute activity, students collect evidence from human and primate skeletal specimens to determine how skeletal form reflects evolutionary history. Students will also compare DNA sequences to clarify the evolutionary relationships between humans and other living primates.

Cost: $250.00 per lab

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Grade Level:
Grade 8

Dates & Times:
Through June 5, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (M-F)

Grade 8

Through June 5, 2020

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (M-F)

CLASS
GRADE LEVEL
DATES & TIMES

Class:
Lab C: Primate Diversity and Evolution

Primates, our closest living relatives, are a highly diverse and geographically widespread group of mammals. In this advanced 90-minute activity, students collect evidence from human and primate skeletal specimens to determine how skeletal form reflects evolutionary history. Students will also compare DNA sequences to clarify the evolutionary relationships between humans and other living primates.

Cost: $250.00 per lab

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Grade Level:
Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Dates & Times:
Through June 5, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (M-F)

Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Through June 5, 2020

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (M-F)

Class:
Lab D: Human Evolution and Archaeology

In this 90-minute lab activity, students examine hominin skull anatomy, stone tool technologies, and modified animal remains found at hominin sites to understand how the diets of our ancestors have changed from millions of years ago to today. Students place key fossil relatives on a map and timeline, and simulate how scientists gather independent lines of evidence to unlock mysteries of the past.

Cost: $250.00 per lab

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Grade Level:
Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Dates & Times:
Through June 5, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (M-F)

Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Through June 5, 2020

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (M-F)

Class:
Lab E: Human Genetics and Adaptation

In this 120-minute advanced molecular biology and genetics lab, students will explore how humans have adapted to different environments throughout the world. Students will focus on the genetic basis and geographic distributions of dietary adaptations, disease susceptibility, and skin color variation. This lab includes three hands-on components using microscopes, enzyme activity experiments, and gel electrophoresis.

Cost: $250.00 per lab

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Grade Level:
Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Dates & Times:
Through June 5, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (M-F)

Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Through June 5, 2020

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (M-F)

Class:
Lab F: Forensic Anthropology

In this 90-minute advanced lab activity, students will learn and use forensic anthropology techniques to interpet the age, sex, and stature of an individual skeleton. Students will determine the identity of the individual using a cast of a human skeleton, gel electrophoresis images, and a missing persons database.

Cost: $250.00 per lab

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Grade Level:
Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Dates & Times:
Through June 5, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (M-F)

Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Through June 5, 2020

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (M-F)

Class:
Lab G: Your Brain in Action: How Neurons Work

In this 90-minute advanced lab activity, students will explore how our neurons respond to stimuli from the environment, and from within our bodies. Students will learn about the electrical and chemical components of the action potential and synaptic plasticity. Activities include: studying neurons under the microscope, examining real human brain specimens, and performing electrophysiology experiments to investigate neuronal communication firsthand.

Cost: $250.00 per lab

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Grade Level:
Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Dates & Times:
Through June 5, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (M-F)

Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Through June 5, 2020

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (M-F)

The Museum greatly acknowledges The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc. for its support to establish The Sackler Brain Bench, part of the Museum's Sackler Educational Laboratory, in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, offering ongoing programs and resources for adults, teachers, and students to illuminate the extraordinary working of the human brain.

Student classes in the Sackler Educational Laboratory, offered through the Museum’s Gottesman Center for Science Teaching & Learning, are made possible by a generous grant from The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc. and The Hall of Human Origins’ lead benefactors Anne and Bernard Spitzer.

Select Sackler Educational Labs are offered free of charge to school groups through the Con Edison STEM Days Out program.