MOSAC Academies

Take a deep dive into science! MOSAC has created unique, full-day academies that let you and your students experience our inquiry-based learning environment on a whole new level. From energy to animals, you’ll spend the whole day on one learning theme through exhibits, labs, engineering challenges and more!

To book an Academy or field trip, call us at 916 674-5000, ext. 104, or fill out our School Program Inquiry Form.

Programs

Energy

Airforce (Coming January 2022)

Can we really capture the wind to turn on the lights? Design, build, and test a wind turbine that successfully generates electricity.

  • Price: $825/class
  • Grades: 3-5
  • Capacity: 35 students
  • Length: 4-5 hours
  • Location: All areas of the science center

Can we really capture the wind to turn on the lights? Students will experiment with the different forms that energy can take — heat, light, electricity, sound — through a variety of fun and engaging lab experiments before they head out to the Powering Change and Destination Space exhibit galleries to see how these concepts are applied. Their academy experience leads to an engineering challenge (what is engineering, and who are engineers?) to design, build, and test a wind turbine that successfully generates electricity.

Students will …

  • Learn about the concept of energy and the different types of energy
  • Understand how energy can be transferred from one place to another
  • Demonstrate how energy can be converted from one form to another
  • Learn about the impact fossil fuels have on climate change
  • Learn about the engineering design process and use it to develop a device that uses renewable energy to solve a real-world challenge
Bright Ideas — Solar Innovations (Coming March 2022)

Design, build, and test a device that runs on solar energy power in order to help astronauts live on Mars.

  • Price: $825/class
  • Grades: 6–8
  • Capacity: 35 students
  • Length: 4–5 hours
  • Location: All areas of the science center

Take your students to Mars in an out-of-this-world exploration of energy generation and use. This full-day adventure builds students’ understanding of energy concepts, including renewable energy, while strengthening their skills in experimentation, design, and engineering. They’ll take basic concepts of energy and see how they are applied through interactive exhibits in the Destination Space and Powering Change galleries, and bring it altogether with an exciting engineering challenge: Design, build, and test a device that runs on solar energy power in order to help astronauts live on Mars.

Students will …

  • Learn about kinetic versus potential energy
  • Demonstrate energy transfer and electricity generation principles
  • Construct solutions, apply data, test, and revise designs and construction
  • Develop and test solutions to real world problems
  • Explore opportunities in Solar Energy: How do we harness it and convert it to other uses? Which aspects of solar design and technology are key to effective electricity generation?

Life Science

Ecosystem Investigations (Coming November 15, 2021)

What do we need to live on Mars? Students will explore the concepts of ecosystems with engaging lab activities.

  • Price: $825/class
  • Grades: 3–5
  • Capacity: 35 students
  • Length: 4–5 hours
  • Location: All areas of the science center

What do we need to live on Mars? It all starts with understanding how ecosystems provide balance for living things, including the food we would need in outer space. Students will explore the concepts of ecosystems with engaging lab activities, then interact with related exhibits in the Destination Space and Nature Detectives galleries. They’ll bring all this new knowledge together through an exciting design challenge: taking on the role of engineers to test out a balanced ecosystem on Mars.

Students will …

  • Learn about ecosystems and how organisms are connected in food chains and food webs
  • Be introduced to trophic levels in an energy pyramid, and understand how the sun is the main source of energy in an ecosystem
  • Observe the effects of human actions on the environment, and the impact forest fires and invasive species have on an ecosystem
  • Use their senses and tools to investigate an ecosystem
  • Apply their knowledge about ecosystems to engineer a biodome on Mars
Animal Explorations (Coming March 2022)

Bees are amazing engineers! Children will explore the best strategy for storing honey like a bee.

  • Price: $825/class
  • Grades: K–2
  • Capacity: 35 students
  • Length: 4–5 hours
  • Location: All areas of the science center

Bees are amazing engineers! And like other animals and plants, they adapt to their surroundings so they can get the air, food, and safe places they need to thrive. From these simple concepts, students will learn and play through engaging activities in the MOSAC labs and exhibit galleries. The high point of their learning journey: build the best way they can to store honey like a bee.

Students will …

  • Learn about the basic needs of all living things
  • Explore the different ways living things obtain their food
  • Identify structural and behavioral adaptations in plants and animals that help them survive
  • Identify technology inspired by nature
  • Learn about bees and the structure of a hive, and understand the need to save bees
  • Build models of a hive to prove the efficiency of its designs
River Connections (Coming March 2022)

Design, build, and test a system to help local fish swimming upstream successfully navigate a river’s aqueducts and water intake systems.

  • Price: $825/class
  • Grades: 6–8
  • Capacity: 35 students
  • Length: 4–5 hours
  • Location: All areas of the science center

California’s rivers run deep, and kids’ curiosity of our river ecosystems even deeper. Lab-based activities set the foundation to learn about ecosystems and endangered species, such as our local salmon. This will be followed by interactive exploration with exhibits in the Water Challenge and Powering Change galleries. It all comes together with an engineering challenge that has students design, build, and test a system to help local fish swimming upstream successfully navigate a river’s aqueducts and water intake systems.

Students will …

  • Learn about the biotic and abiotic components of a healthy river ecosystem
  • Learn about the life cycle of the Chinook salmon during their winter run in the Sacramento River
  • Investigate factors that led to the decline in the salmon population
  • Understand the impact of human activity on these river ecosystems, and link it to climate change research
  • Realize the interdependencies between biotic and abiotic components in an ecosystem
  • Use statistical data to prove their research