DASEF’s Environmental Outpost Program Descriptions
Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation (DASEF) - School Field Trips

The Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation’s Environmental Outpost is ready to schedule your classes for exciting science programs! The Outpost is located at 585 Big Oak Road, Smyrna, Delaware 19977, just two minutes from Exit 114 on DE Route 1. Most of the programs are aligned with the Delaware State Science Standards, which makes them perfect for all students.

To schedule a visit or outreach at your school, call (302) 834-1978 or the DASEF Outpost at (302) 659-5003 or email Program Scheduler Lynne Bloom dasef.outpost@gmail.com. www.dasef.org Cost per student: $4.00. Teachers and chaperones: no charge. Due to weather and other conditions beyond our control, we may, in some instances, have to substitute other activities. Expect a price increase to $5.00 per student in the fall of 2017.

DASEF’s K- 8 Field Trip Offerings

For Kindergarten Classes:

“In the Sky at Night” - constellations in the Star Lab planetarium, moon study.

“Trees Are the Same and Different” - compare seed and leaf samples, assemble and draw a “tree” with one each of root, stem, bark, leaf, and seed samples.

“Forces that Push and Pull” – activities that explore pushing and pulling forces, including connecting movable gears, making a marble roller coaster, testing cars on ramps, and assembling a make and take climbing creature.

“Properties of Wood and Paper” – make models of plywood using paper and wood, test for strength, and compare; observe properties of types of paper with regard to light transmission, folding, tearing, and strength; compare hardness of wood through sanding; compare raw and processed wood for similarities and differences; decorate and fold a simple box.

“Sharpening Your Senses” – identify sounds from our mystery sound CD, use Boomwackers sound tubes to hear pitch and make tunes; pantomime smooth and rough, go on a texture hunt, identify and describe scents.

For First Grade Classes:

“Cool Constellations and 8 1/2 Planets” - constellations in the Star Lab planetarium, planet presentation.

“Weather Wonders and the Power of Nature” - continental wind patterns, fog demonstration, wind energy construction, solar energy, tour solar collectors and weather station.

“Between and Beyond Solids and Liquids” – sort, group, examine, investigate, and test solids and liquids by their properties; make “gluep”; make seltzer rockets to see the power of gases in action.

“Inside Plants and Animals” – compare skeletons of two kinds of animals with regard to structure and function; examine parts of a tree seedling; study of how seeds change as they grow; investigate variation in types of seeds of fruits and vegetables, and plant and take seeds back to the classroom; study life cycle changes of butterfly and ladybug; nature walk to study structure and adaptations of plants and trees.

For Second Grade Classes:

“Balance, Weight and Motion” - density cube sets, predict serial order and then weighwith equal arm balance; investigate balance by adjusting and testing therelationship between position of fulcrum, weight of objects, and position ofobjects; small group challenge: investigate motion and forces by building andtesting a marble roller coaster track.

“Insects: Growth, Structure, and Diversity” - four stages of monarch and ladybug development, similarities and differences of backyard bugs, build your own bug.

“Digging Into Soil” – nature walk to collect and examine soil samples; water retention and filtration properties of soils; hand lens observation of soil characteristics; set up compost containers to take back to classroom; painting with soil.

“Bridges: Spanning with Strength” – introduction to forces of tension and compression and how they function in bridge designs; small group problem-solving and construction challenge; presentation and testing of bridge designs; exploration with bridge building kits.

For Third Grade Classes:

Sun - Wind - Nature - Green Building“Sun, Wind, and Water: Nature’s Power Plant” - solar viewer, tour solar-powered building,study the power of water and wind, design a device to harness power

“Skeletons: Life on the Move” - study energy transfer by joints of a human skeleton, compare a robotic arm and small animal skeletons with the human body, test reaction time

"Rocks and Minerals: Hard Science” – review three rock types through a short film; Sort and compare mineral samples; fluorescent minerals in the dark; "Cookie Mining" - a hands-on simulation of economics of mining operations

For Fourth Grade Classes:

“Silent Travelers: Earth, Moon, and the Planets” -satellite photos of the lunar surface, earth,and the planets; star movement, lunar phases, solar system in the Star Lab planetarium; build a lunar rover

“Sculpting the Earth” - examine soil samples, model landscape on stream table to examine erosion and human effects on land and water, satellite images of earth land forms

“Attractive Science: Magnets” – review of magnetic properties; use magnets with iron filings, paper clips, and ball bearings to view magnetic fields, predict and test strength of attraction, magnetic permeability of materials, and induced magnetism; magnetize and demagnetize nails; explore the power of repelling magnets with a “magnetic canon”.

“Structures of Life: Designed to Succeed” – Prediction and investigation of fruit and vegetable seeds; magnified observation of seeds; compare and contrast sprouted seeds of various plants; nature walk to collect plants, observe and draw root systems; compare animal skeletons of different species with regard to movement and survival; compare body designs of various insect specimens.


Field Trips - Family ActivitiesFor Fifth Grade Classes:

“EnLIGHTened by the Sun”- reflecting withlight mazes, prisms & the spectrum, measuring UV light, solar viewer.

“Sound—Good Vibrations” - "Boom Whackers" sound tubes, sound transmission through various materials, guitar strings –adjusting volume and pitch.

“Motion and Design: Pinball and Roller Coasters” – review forces and motion with short film; examine energy and gravitational force on falling objects; two group challenges: given materials and requirements, design and build a marble roller coaster and a pinball machine.

“Wetlands: Studying and Ecosystem” –Study and discussion of wetlands ecosystem and food chains and how human activity affects them; nature walk to observe and contrast field, forest, and wetland environments; netting wetland organisms and collecting and testing water samples.

For Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Classes

“Energy and Its Effects: Producing Electricity” – Power Point slides of wind and water electricity generation in the past, present, and future; building tour and discussion of active and passive transfer of energy from solar to electric; and static and current electricity investigations.

“Investigating Force and Motion” – Record results of movement of rolling balls of varying materials; calculate and graph their speed; demonstration of the transfer of energy through simple machines; investigate simple machines as used in various tools; small group work to design a device that combines simple machines to accomplish a task.

“Investigating Near Earth Objects” – Lunar study in StarLab planetarium including lunar phases; comparison of earth and lunar geology; Power Point presentation of physical features of planets; DVD - simulated mission to the Moon.

“Ever Changing Earth Systems” – Global weather patterns in StarLab planetarium; small group investigation of weather prediction; Power Point slides of water and land forms with regard to erosion and deposition; small group investigation with sand/water tables.

“Earth’s Geological History” – Power Point slides of water and land forms with regard to formation through deposition and erosion; small group work - modeling land and water forms on sand/water tables; movie – Fossils; illustrated discussion of plate tectonics, volcanoes, and earthquakes; viewing fluorescent minerals and other mineral samples.

“Water Ecology and the Diversity of Life” - Small group investigation of pond water samples; search for pond life through a microscope; small group investigation of natural water filtration with soils; Power Point slides of energy transfer through wetlands food chains and wetlands as a water filtration system.