General Lab Information

Discovery Activities

Discovery-based, hands-on learning experiences at the Science Learning Center

Science Learning Center

A visit to Brookhaven’s Science Learning Center will excite and engage students. Young scientists can enjoy discovery-based, hands-on learning experiences centered on a variety of scientific principles.

Session Information

  • Flexible instruction whether students are in the classroom or at home.
  • Interactive, instructor-led session facilitated with students using materials from school or home. Can also be demonstration-based if students do not have access to materials.
  • Teachers will receive a detailed Teacher Notes guide upon booking.
  • Secure link to videoconferencing platform will be provided.
  • Sessions are 30 minutes, Tu-Fr, 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:45 p.m. Plan for additional time to get settled in the virtual classroom.
  • Two classes per session


  • Seeing the Light

    Explore the various properties of light.

  • Sounds Around

    Learn how sound is produced and travels through different forms of matter.

  • Animal Tracking

    Utilize observational skills to identify the characteristics of an unnamed animal as each species has its own track.

  • Engineering with Gravity

    Design and build a  structure that demonstrates gravitational pull.

  • Magnets

    Learn the properties of magnets and determine which materials are magnetic. 

  • Observing Nano in Nature

    Learn about nanotechnology in nature through scientific observation.

  • Collisions

    Use marbles to simulate particle collisions to learn about energy transfer.

  • Potential & Kinetic Energy

    Collect and analyze data from a vehicle traveling down a ramp to understand potential and kinetic energy.

  • Spectroscopy

    Identify chemical elements through spectrums produced by diffraction. 

  • Static Electricity

    Transfer electrons from the Van de Graaff generator to make objects repel each other.