Educational Programs

V-Lab High School Program and Experiments

Programs_V-Lab High School Experiments

The Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) topic(s) that are supported by the experiments are shown in parentheses at the end of each description. The available dates are shown in blue at the end of each description.

High School (9th – 12th grade)

HS-01. A World of Measurements – HS: This experiment serves as an introduction to, or reinforcement of concepts relating to measurements. Through a series of investigations, students will become more familiar with different tools that are used by scientists, as well as everyday household items that are designed specifically for measuring. (MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4)
September 23 – September 27, 2019

HS-02S. Production of a Gas: Students will learn about the gases that erupt from volcanoes, and the volcanologists who study them. They will produce carbon dioxide and examine the chemistry and stoichiometry behind the reaction. (HS-PS1-7, HS-ESS3-1)
December 2 – December 6, 2019

HS-03S. Thermochemistry – Exothermic and Endothermic Chemical Reactions*: Students will learn how simple chemical reactions that cause temperature change can be used for practical applications. They will see how engineers and scientists have converted thermodynamic principles into commercial products. Students will investigate the specific reactions that lead to these temperature changes and then create their own solution to developing a thermo-neutral reaction. (HS-PS1-4, HS-PS3-1)
Jan 20 – Jan 24, 2020

HS-04S. Acid Base I: Chemistry’s Colorful Clue: Students will learn about pH and acid-base reactions. They will investigate pH changes and learn about various techniques used to analyze pH. (HS-PS1-6, HS-ESS3-6)
October 21 – October 25, 2020

HS-05S. Acid-Base II: Buffers*: Students will expand on their knowledge of pH and apply this to understanding how acid rain and greenhouse gasses affect the Earth’s water supply. They will learn how botanists and marine chemists study the pH changes in soil and water sources and why pH is so important in our ecosystem. (HS-PS1-6, HS-ESS3-6)
February 18 – February 21, 2020

HS-06S. Precipitates – From Clean Water to the Statue of Liberty*: In this experiment, students will learn about the difference between precipitation due to solubility constraints and precipitation due to a chemical reaction. They will explore various precipitation reactions and learn about their applications in water purification systems. Finally, they will also learn about why the Statue of Liberty has turned different colors! (HS-PS1-2, HS-PS1-6, HS-PS2-6)
December 16 – December 20, 2019

HS-07S. Glow it Up: The Chemistry of Luminol: The chemistry of luminol will be explored. Students will make up solutions of various concentrations and investigate the chemistry of the reaction to generate light without heat. Industrial applications (glow sticks and forensics) of this experiment will also be discussed. (HS-PS1-2, HS-PS1-5)
November 11 – November 15, 2019

HS-08S. Algal Blooms – Farming, Ecology, and Water Purification Methods: This experiment highlights the importance of water purification systems and the industrial purification process. The chemistry involved in flocculation and removal of dissolved nutrients is discussed. The ecological impact of algal blooms is also discussed and how this ultimately relates back to water purification and prevention of pollution. Students will perform chemical reactions to understand the purification processes. (HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS4-6, HS-PS1-6, HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-4)
April 27 – May 1, 2020

HS-09S. Accelerating Growth in Plants: Students will examine the gemination and growth of plants and test whether a genetic mutation resulting in dwarfism is due to specific genetic mutation resulting in a deficiency of a plant growth hormone (gibberellic acid (GA)). Students will plant and tend the growth of both Standard and Rosette (with mutation for dwarfism) forms of Brassica Rapa. Following germination and initial growth of the plants, students will apply a solution of GA to the leaves and evaluate any effect on the growth and development of both dwarf and standard plants. (MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-4, MS-LS3-1)
March 23 – March 27, 2020