Riverside Public Utilities offers mobile science labs to students in the Riverside Unified School district, Alvord Unified school district, as well as private and charter schools in the city. Each class is tailored to the individual needs of each classroom and comes with hands on interaction of subject selected by teachers
Water Pollution (Grade 3)
What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? How did it get there and what is the impact of this human-caused problem?
In small groups, students will sort and classify bags of clean trash to determine what can be recycled, composted or taken to a landfill. After learning the chemical recipe for plastics, and how plastic pollution affects our very own Santa Ana watershed, students, will use a single water bottle to engage in three art projects! Finally, students will consider multiple approaches to develop their models for a plastic-pollution solution. Students are asked to bring an empty water bottle from home. (Please make sure all water bottles are clean and have a cap!)
Electricity Circuits (Grade 4)
How does electricity turn on a light or start a hair dryer? Where does it come from and why should it be conserved?
This class breaks electricity down to an Atom and helps students find the answers to those questions. Students will engage in science and engineering practices with circuits, motors, and generators while learning how electricity works and how it gets from power plants to their homes. This class also includes a free science loan kit to be left in your classroom for two weeks so students can deepen their science explorations.
Water Cycle (Grade 5)
If the drought has ended, why should I be conserving water? Since we live in a desert climate, where does my drinking water come from and how does it get to me?
Students will learn the basics of the water cycle, how an aquifer works and the attributes of this vital natural resource, when they construct a model water cycle while investigating and discovering the answers to these questions.
Wind Energy (Grade 6)
How is wind energy transferred to electric energy? What variables determine how much energy a wind turbine can produce? What is energy transfer and how can we maximize a turbine’s energy output?
Working in small groups, students will engage in the engineering design process to design, create and test the efficiency of wind blades while answering these questions for themselves.
Reserve Your Visit
Check our calendar below to find available dates to reserve your visit. You can also e-mail us to make an appointment and reserve a presentation (and mobile science lab) date at any time.