Student Activities

Studnets working on a Biology activity

While the primary focus of Purdue Science K-12 Outreach is teacher support, we also offer programs aimed at engaging students and parents in the excitement of science.

Focus on Science -- Focus on Science is a program for schools with hands-on science activities for students in grades K-8. This program can last up to five days and exposes students and teachers to standards-based classroom activities that combine engagement, cooperative learning, and real-world relevance. Focus on Science can also include evening parent-student activities and Teacher in-service programs.

Milton is Missing -- Milton is Missing is a standards-based forensics science activity where students investigate the disappearance of a summer camp mascot, Milton. Students work together to test an array of evidence to determine the most likely suspect. The teams participate in various processes like chromatography and blood typing. The Purdue Science Outreach Coordinators lead a final data analysis and explanation of processes. This activity is also popular as a parent-student science activity.

Unearthing a Mystery, a Paleontology Dig -- The Paleontology Dig is an inquiry-based activity in which students and teachers work together to unearth and assemble a skeleton. This activity addresses the skeletal system, communication, teamwork, and scientific facts about the natural world.

Student observes tornado in a bottle

Departmental Student Programs:

Biology

    • Summer Biology Experience
    • Focus Visits

Chemistry

    • Focus Visits
    • Summer Internships
    • Classroom Visits

Computer Science

Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

    • Focus Visits
    • Summer Internships
    • Classroom Visits

Mathematics

Physics

    • Focus Visits

Statistics

Additional student activities can be found at the Purdue P-12 Portal.