Full Option Science System - FOSS
Hands-on Science Workshops at The Museum of Flight!
You have the kits, now you can discover the science behind the kits with Museum of Flight FOSS Teacher Workshops!
FOSS (Full Option Science System) kits have fast become the mainstay of science teaching in many classrooms, but teachers often want additional training or have questions about some of the concepts and ideas presented in the kits.
To address this growing need, The Museum of Flight is proud to now offer teacher workshops on selected FOSS kits, using hands-on activities to demonstrate key concepts and ideas. We’re also offering additional workshops that cover Washington State EALRs not addressed by the FOSS kits.
The workshops are open to all and all workshops offer clock hours. In addition, if you’d like to schedule a workshop for your specific team, we can hold these workshops at your location or at the Museum.
Atmospheric Science and Weather (Museum of Flight) (Grades 3 – 5) Weather is all around us, but what drives it is often mysterious. Participants in this workshop study the physical properties of water and air on the Earth; the forms of water on Earth and in the atmosphere; effects of water cycles through land, oceans and atmosphere; and how to observe and measure weather patterns and changes.
Balance and Motion (FOSS) (Grades 1 – 2) – Motion is all around us, but not everything moves in the same way. This workshop teaches participants how to introduce simple concepts of motion to young students, including the concepts of balance, counterweight and stability; straight and rotational motion; and how to make an unstable system reach equilibrium.
Flight and Rocketry (DSM) (Grades 5 – 6) – This workshop explores the fundamentals of flight by assembling and then experimenting with a variety of flying machines. Also investigated are: air resistance; wind speed and angle; how different wing shapes create lift; and how control surfaces direct the flight of an aircraft.
Force and Motion (FOSS) (Grades 6 - 8) – The world is filled with motion, both natural and man-made. Participants in this workshop learn how motion is a change of position; that distance is a magnitude of this change; and that speed is the rate of change. Acceleration, force, effects of gravity and momentum are also investigated in this workshop.
Levers and Pulleys (FOSS) (Grades 5 – 6) – Our world is filled with examples of machines that are used to do work; accomplishing things we otherwise would not be able to. In this workshop, participants learn the fundamental concepts of simple machines; the concept of force and how force does work; and the components that make up simple lever and pulley systems.
Models and Designs (FOSS) (Grades 5 – 6) – The scientific model is one of the most basic ideas in the study of science. This workshop studies the scientific model, as well as demonstrating the design and construction of simple conceptual and physical models. Participants also learn how to look for relationships including how to organize and analyze data.
Physics of Sound (FOSS) (Grades 3 - 4) – Sound surrounds us at all times, though we don’t often think about its properties. Participants in this workshop learn how to discriminate between sounds generated by dropped objects; how sounds can be made in different pitches; how they travel through a variety of materials; and how sounds go from source to receiver.
Variables (FOSS) (Grades 5 – 6) – One of the most important scientific concepts is the ability to see relationships between objects and events. Relationships always involve interactions, dependencies, and cause and effect. This workshop investigates relationships through controlled experimentation, as participants fling, float, fly and flip a variety of objects to study their behavior.