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2020-2021 STEP Georgia Program Offerings

Student Programs

Kindergarten (Silver Bluff Audubon Center Only)

Program Theme: Audubon Jr. Explorers

Lab Study: Earth Materials Investigation
Field Study: Life Cycles Detectives
Eco-Hike: Animal Detectives Hike

A hands-on, classroom activity will focus on making predictions, observing, and sorting with every day materials.  An eco-hike will involve an exploration of the natural world while looking for clues left behind by mother nature.  Another outdoor experience will take them on a scavenger hunt to find “life cycle clues” to an animal they are tracking!

GA Science Standards of Excellence: SKE2.b, SKE2.c, SKP1.a, SKP1.c

PROGRAM THEME: “GOOD-NATURED” DISCOVERIES

Lab Study: Critter Taxidermy
Field Study: Nature Observers 
Eco-Hike: Scavenger Hunt

Students will go on a hike to observe the wonders of nature and the world around them. While on the hike, students will collect items to be used in their Field Study lesson where they will use scientific tools to observe, measure, and sort their collected items. In the Lab Study, students will discover how their items are used by critters and people in their daily lives.

GA Science Standards of Excellence: SCE2.C, SCP1.A, SCP1.B, SCP1.C, SCL1.A, SCL1.B, SCL2.A, SCL2.C

1st Grade (Silver Bluff Audubon Center Only)

Program Theme: Green-Dirt

Lab Study: Our Leafy Friends
Field Study: Exploration: Soil Pit
Eco-Hike: Adventures with Stickman

Students will learn just how important soil is to plant life in this soil and plant combination program! Students will use science process skills and tools to discover different earth materials that make up what we call dirt, and plant seeds to begin an experiment back at school.  A study of plant parts, a seed dissection, and a trip through a soil tunnel will help students understand the relationships between soil and plants.  They will go on an adventure with Stickman and make some great observations of the world around them!

GA Science Standards of Excellence:  S1L1a, S1L1b, S1L1c

Program Theme: Green Things

Lab Study: Our Leafy Friends
Field Study: Adopt-a Tree
Eco-Hike: Adventures with Stickman

Students will dive head first into all that is green and blooming!  Through observation, investigation, and experimentation, students will gain a better understanding of the structures, functions, and life cycles of plants.   Students will “adopt” of their very own tree, using technology and measurement tools to make observations!  Students will classify plant parts and crawl through a soil tunnel to see what may be growing/living underground.  They will go on an adventure with Stickman and make some great observations of the world around them!

GA Science Standards of Excellence:  S1L1a, S1L1b, Math:  MGSE1.MD.1, MGSE1.MD.2,  MGSE1.G.1

2nd Grade (Silver Bluff Audubon Center Only)

Program Theme: Life Cycling

Lab Study: Plant Power!
Field Study: Life Cycle Detectives
Eco-Hike: Bingo Scavenger Hunt

Students will learn the amazing engineering behind seed dispersal and pollination!  They will plant their own seeds to take back to school as an ongoing science experiment.  Students will discover how living things miraculously cycle through life, beginning with a scavenger hunt, and then collaborate with a hands-on classifying and sequencing activity to determine the life cycle of a mystery organism.  A life cycle hike will enhance understanding and appreciation for the uniqueness of each organism’s life journey! 

GA Science Standards of Excellence: S2L1a, S2L1b, S2L1c

3rd Grade (Silver Bluff Audubon Center or SRS)

Program Theme: Earth Beneath Our Feet

Lab Study: CSI: Soil
Field Study: Archaeology Dig
Exploration: Soil Pit

There is so much going on just below our feet!  Investigations of soil types and properties will be used to help students solve a mystery of a missing bike. . Students will participate in an Archaeology Adventure with Jessica Phillips, an Archaeologist from SRS. Finally, students will go on an eco-hike to identify soil types in the Silver Bluff Audubon Center and Sanctuary forest.

GA Standards of Excellence:  S3E1b, S3E1c

Program Theme: Feathered Friends

Lab Study: Feathered Taxidermy
Field Study: Bird Beak Buffet (Game)
Eco-Hike: Evidence of Birds Hike

Students will enter the fantastic world of our feathered friends found right here in their own backyards!  Through careful observations of taxidermy birds, students will infer behavior, diet and habitat based on their body structures.  Next, students will use models to investigate how different bird beaks help them survive. This wildlife adventure will conclude with students going where the birds go; becoming animal detectives hunting for birds and the clues they leave in the forest.

GA Science Standards of Excellence: S3L1a, S3L1b, S3L1c

PROGRAM THEME: ENGINEERING INSECTS

Lab Study: Ninja Skills Unlimited
Field Study: Build-A-Bug
Eco-Hike: Insect Hunt

Students will investigate the ninja skills of insects and discover how to compare them to their own abilities. They will learn about the anatomy of an insect and special adaptations of certain insects. Students will then go on a scavenger hunt to gather materials to engineer their own anatomically correct insect. During the eco-hike, students will have their own exploration time with nets, collection containers, and guide books!

GA Science Standards of Excellence: S3L1.b, S3L1.c

4th Grade (SRS or Silver Bluff Audubon Center)

Program Theme: Water World (2 classes per day)

Lab Study: Pondering Life
Field Study: Water Cycle (Game)
Eco-Hike: Weather Station

Students will investigate the water cycle and the role it plays on earth.  Students will be immersed in the movement of water through simulation activities.  Students will determine water quality through macro-invertebrate collection at a pond on site. Finally, students will take a short hike and visit our weather station.

GA Standards of Excellence:  S4E3a, S4E3b, S4La, S4L1b

PROGRAM THEME: ECO-VENTURE

An ECOSYSTEM Expedition

Join us on an extended eco-hike adventure! Students will participate in standards-based STEAM environmental activities including observations of biotic and abiotic factors of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Students will discover the diverse roles that organisms play in the different ecosystems as well as the flow of energy that exists in each. Participants should wear long pants and closed-toe walking shoes.

GA Standards of Excellence: S4L1.a, S4L1.b, S4L1.c, S4L1.d

5th Grade (SRS or Silver Bluff Audubon Center)

Program Theme: Dazzling Diversity

Lab Study: Critter Taxidermy
Field Study: Animal Detectives
Eco-Hike: BINGO Scavenger Hunt

Students will immerse themselves in the diversity of organisms that live in their own backyard!  Close-up investigations of native taxidermy and live animals will allow for observation and inference of just how each critter is adapted to its individual habitat.  Students will become detectives, using good observations and inferencing, to figure out the species of animal they are tracking.  An eco-hike in the forest will provide dazzling examples of diversity. 

GA Standards of Excellence:  S5L1a

6th Grade (SRS or Silver Bluff Audubon Center)

Program Theme: Water, Water Everywhere (2 classes per day)

Lab Study: We All Live Downstream
Field Study: Pondering Life

Students will investigate the wonderful world of water through macro-invertebrate collection of a local pond. In addition, watershed modeling and problem-solving will enhance student understanding of the land-water-human connection. 

GA Standards of Excellence:  S6E3a, S6E3b, S6E6b

7th-8th Grade (SRS or Silver Bluff Audubon Center)

Program Theme: It’s a Tough World!

Lab Study: Critter Taxidermy
Field Study: Territorial Dispute (Game)
Eco-Hike: Forest Assessment Hike

Through a game of survival, students will begin to answer real-life questions about how different species are able to adapt to a natural disaster.  Interaction with taxidermy animals, using a dichotomous key, students will investigate adaptations that allow for survival of the individual and the stability of the species.  Finally, students will collect data as they hike to determine aspects of 2 different forests and how the differences can mean life or death for a species.

GA Standards of Excellence:  S7L1a, S7L4c, S7L4d

9th-12th Grade (SRS or Silver Bluff Audubon Center)

Program Theme: Wet World (2 classes per day)

Lab Study: We All Live Downstream (Advanced)
Field Study: Pondering Life (Advanced)

On our blue planet, humans play a vital role in the protection and preservation of our watery resources.  Students will learn more about these effects through experimenting with human behaviors that influences the location, quality and quantity of water within a watershed. Biological analysis will reveal the quality of a local pond.

GA Standards of Excellence:  SEV1a, SEV1c, SEV1d, SEV1e

PROGRAM THEME: “MOTUS” OPERANDI

Lab Study: Migrating with Motus
Field Study: Mission Migration (Game)
Eco-Hike: Evidence of Birds Hike

Students will explore the exciting, real-world science using the interactive tracking of the MOTUS wildlife system. They will play a migration game that simulates real dangers that birds must face along their journey, and go on a hike with binoculars and guide books to explore the local birds of the area.

GA Standards of Excellence: SES6.a, SEV1.d, SB5.a, SB5.e, Science and Engineering Practices

PROGRAM THEME: ENGINEERING INSECTS (2 classes per day)

Lab Study: Ninja Skills Unlimited
Field: Build-A-Bug (STEM Challenge)
*Possible Extension: Entomology Eco-Hike

Students will travel to different stations and learn about some of insects’ extreme ninja skills! They will use scientific tools to make observations and calculations that will help them to compare their own skills to that of an insect! Their engineering skills will come to the forefront during a STEM challenge designed to meet a critical need in this ever-changing world!

*STEM & Science and Engineering Practices

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