General Lab Information



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Using marbles, students perform an experiment that models sub-atomic particle collisions in the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). Students will make observations for analysis to learn about how energy is transferred in different types of collisions.

Vocabulary: Conservation of energy, collisions, energy transfer

Session Information: This activity is available in-person or virtually.

In-Person Session Information Virtual Session Information
  • Session times are Tuesday - Friday, 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 2 p.m.
  • Activities are pre-selected based on grade level
  • Up to two classes per session, maximum 30 students/class
  • Session times are Tuesday - Friday, 10 - 10:30 a.m., 11:15 - 11:45 a.m., and 12:30 - 1 p.m.
  • Select one activity
  • Up to two classes per session
  • Teachers will receive detailed Teacher Notes guide upon booking
  • Secure link to videoconferencing platform will be provided

All in-person activities are interactive, hands-on student experiences guided by our instructors. All virtual activities are interactive, instructor-led experiences that are either facilitated with students using materials from school/home or demonstration-based if students do not have access to materials.

New York State Standards

New York State Science Learning Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Crosscutting Concepts

Science and Engineering Practices

PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

PS3.C: Relationship Between Energy and Forces


Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Prediction

Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation

Developing and Using Models

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Next Generation Mathematics Standards

Measurement and Data

Next Generation English Language Arts Standards

Speaking and Listening


Comprehension and Collaboration

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

New York State Standards for the Arts



Visual Arts 1.1

Visual Arts 10.1

Visual Arts 11.2

Program Audience

4th Grade