MySci Investigation Station
The Investigation Station is a roving vehicle of innovative, hands-on exhibits and specimens that makes learning fun as kids climb and crawl through and explore three zones in the 37-foot custom-built trailer.
The trailer is divided into three zones:
- Zone 1 is the Missouri woodland area, anchored by a floor-to-ceiling sculpted tree and mural. Students can explore flora and fauna of a typical woodland scene by matching the corresponding magnet animals to their habitat. Also in Zone 1 is a mural of what’s underground in Missouri complete with attachable animals. Younger students can interact with a vast assortment of naturalistic puppets, learning about physical and behavioral characteristics of animals.
- Zone 2 is the laboratory room in which students can study live and preserved plant, rock and animal specimens. This room includes projected microscopes, computer programs and DVD presentations, as well as several display cases filled with engaging materials. Students can sit on crafted tree stumps at wooden tables for their investigations.
- Zone 3 is a replica of a Missouri limestone cave. Students can crawl through and examine the stalactites, stalagmites, animals, insects and rocks that make up a limestone cave. The students also look through a spelunker’s backpack to further understand cave exploration and ecological protection of this precious resource.
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“Our kids here at PAT/BECC [Parents as Teachers/Brentwood Early Childhood Center] absolutely loved the Investigation Station! The students and staff are still talking about it! What an amazing way to share science with children! We appreciate the time and knowledge you shared with our little ones. They loved exploring the cave, using the puppets and playing with the magnets. The specimens were also very enthralling to them (and me too!).”
Annette Cook, Brentwood PAT