Science Resource Center

Volunteers are needed to learn and present the many demonstrations that the Science Resouce Center (SRC) has to offer.  All demo trainings (with the exception of the Galveston Bay Demo-see 4th grade) are held at the SRC, located at 11206 Telge Rd across from Arnold Middle School.  The Nature Trails Field Trip  trainings will be held at CY-Fair Nature Trails located behind Millsap Elementary School.  You must attend the training in order to participate in the demos.   You do not need to RSVP for the trainings, you can just show up, but please notify your grade-level coordinator once you have been trained, so that you can be included in the demo and scheduled to present to your child’s class.

*Click on the name of a grade level coordinator to send them an email* or contact SRC Chair here



grade level coordinator  –  tbd

Guinea Pig Demo

Hedgehog Demo

Guinea Pigs:   A story, Guinea Pigs Don’t Read Books, is read and discussed.  Live guinea pigs are shown. Hedgehog Demo:The Hat by Jan Brett is read and discussed and a live hedgehog is shown.

1st Grade

grade level coordinator – TBD

Eggs and Nests Demo

Small Mammals Demo

Eggs and Nests:  Students will examine a variety of nests and eggs to compare and contrast properties such as color, shape, size, and pattern. Small Mammals:A live chinchilla and a cage of hamsters are used to demonstrate mammal characteristics, behaviors, and their adaptations to the environment.  (Animals are not handled.)

2nd Grade

grade level coordinator –  tbd

Reptiles Demo

Body Coverings Demo

Reptiles:  A selection of live reptiles will be available for close examination by the students with a discussion of their various characteristics and interesting behaviors. Body Coverings:   A combination of live animals and teaching aids are used to describe the body coverings of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Insects Demo

Fossil Cakes

Insects:  The insect’s place in our ecosystem will be discussed.  A sample insect collection will be shown along with live African Hissing Cockroaches. Each year our 2nd graders get a “fossil cake” from the SRC to break open. These are small concrete “cakes” that have a plastic dinosaur in them. Our young archeologists will chisel them until they break open leaving a fossil imprint of the dinosaur inside. The SRC needs volunteers to help make these fossil cakes.

3rd Grade

grade level coordinator –  TBD

Snakes Demo

Amphibians Demo

 Snakes: Students view a combination of powerpoint slides and observe several live, non-venomous specimens to discover the snake’s unique adaptations. Amphibians:   A selection of live amphibians is available for close examination by the students.  Various characteristics and interesting behaviors of amphibians are discussed.

Nature Trails Field Trip =

3 rd Grade Nature Trails –Simple Machines – Every 3rd grader visits the nature trails to learn about simple machines and participate in environmental activities.

4th Grade

grade level coordinator – TBD

Aquatic Bird Skins Demo

Arthropods Demo

Aquatic Bird Study Skins:  Students study different aquatic bird skins to discover their adaptations for life in or near the water.  This fits nicely with the Galveston Bay demo presented at the fourth grade level. Arthropods:  Live and preserved specimens are used to compare and contrast characteristics of different classes of arthropods.

Galveston Bay Demo

 Through the Galveston Bay program, students will learn about how important our bay and waterways are to them and what measures can be taken to protect this life-giving estuary. This demo is through the PIE office and all trainings are held at the Berry Center.

5th Grade

grade level coordinator – TBD

Bird Skins Demo

Mammal Skulls Demo

 Bird Study Skins: .  Study skins will be used to illustrate the many unique characteristics and adaptations of this class of animals. Mammal Skulls:   The volunteer discusses traits such as eye placement and tooth arrangement to provide clues for the students to guess the identity of common skulls. They will then be given the correct answer with a discussion of similarities and differences and identifying characteristics.  Students need paper and pen or pencil.

Cy-Fair CSI Demo

Nature Trails Field Trip

 Cy Fair CSI: Students will use a variety of investigative techniques, including fingerprint and ink analysis, to solve the SRC’s mystery of a missing animal.  After the mystery is solved, the live animal will be shown to students. 5 th Grade Nature Trails – Every 5 th grader visits the nature trails to participate in a variety of environmental activities. 2-3 volunteers are needed to present at stations, 2 volunteers needed as chaperones


grade level coordinator ––  TBD

Opossums Demo


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