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Take an in-depth look at the scientific method and practice applying it utilizing real life, hands-on, field research. The Scientific Method Combo program is a multiple-exposure program that combines a field trip and two in-class visits (“Inland Voyages”) which build upon each other to deepen students’ experiences and create opportunities for cross-cutting between concepts. Over the course of these experiences, students gain a more concrete understanding of the scientific process by actively participating in all steps of a scientific experiment.

 

During every pre-visit students are introduced to the scientific method. They learn about a habitat, observe live animals and artifacts from that habitat, form a question, create a hypothesis, and learn the skills needed to collect scientific data. Students venture out to collect data, which is analyzed during the post-field trip visit in the classroom; students review the data they collected to create a graph, interpret their findings, and present their conclusions to the class. 

 

There are three habitats in which classes conduct different research projects: 

Scientific Method Combination Pricing:

 

Each Scientific Method Combo program includes 3 experiences.  Contact info@sfbaymsi.org for pricing information.

 

Discovery Voyage on the San Francisco Bay 

In-class visit #1:  Bay Fish Inland Voyage --1 hour

(each presentation* – up to 30 students)

Field trip: Discovery Voyage -- 4 hours (up to 45 students)

In-class visit #2:  Analysis Inland Voyage – 1 hour

(each presentation* – up to 30 students)

 

Marsh and Beach Exploration of Pescadero Beach 

In-Class Visit #1:  Sandy Beach Inland Voyage  – 1 hour

(each presentation* – up to 30 students)

Field Trip:  Marsh and Beach Exploration at Pescadero State Beach – 2.5 hours (up to 60 students)

In-Class Visit #2:  Analysis Inland Voyage – 1 hour

(each presentation* – up to 30 students)

 

Tidepool Expedition at Pillar Point 

In-Class Visit #1:  Rocky Shore Inland Voyage -- 1 hour

(each presentation* – up to 30 students)

Field Trip: Tidepool:  Expedition at Pillar Point – 2.5 hours

(up to 60 students)

In-Class Visit #2:  1 hour

(each presentation* – up to 30 students)

 

*You can do more than one presentation per visit.

*Sliding scale available depending on need

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Scientific Method Combination 

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PROGRAM THEMES

4th and up 

There are three habitats in which classes conduct different research projects: 

Discovery Voyage
on the San Francisco Bay

The Discovery Voyage program focuses on the fish populations in San Francisco Bay. Students gain a sense of connection to this habitat and understand patterns of change that influence life in the bay.  

Marsh and Beach Exploration of Pescadero Beach 

The Marsh and Beach Scientific Method Combo program focuses on wrack line composition—what washes onto the coast? Through data-collection and analysis students not only better understand the scientific method, but also discuss human impact on this ecosystem.

Tidepool Expedition at Pillar Point 

The Tidepool Expedition Scientific Method Combo program allows students an opportunity to explore and survey the biodiversity in the tidepools. Students gain a better understanding of the habitat and its communities by studying the tidal zonation of species.

*Some programs are also offered as stand-alone experiences. For more information, visit the Educational Programs page.

Scientific Method Program Forms and Information 

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