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Science in Motion (SIM)

Science in Motion (SIM)

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Taking hands-on laboratory experiences to middle and high schools throughout northeastern Pennsylvania 

SIM Van photoScience in Motion provides middle and high school students with access to advanced science experiments, equipment, and instruction for enhanced STEM learning – all at no cost to the school. Mobile educators visit schools with all supplies needed for a variety of science experiments.

SIM also offers professional development for teachers through workshops and interaction with other secondary teachers and university faculty.


SIM in Action

AP Biology students from Central Columbia High School performed the DNA Fingerprinting lab on February 25, 2021. This forensic lab compares simulated DNA samples using gel electrophoresis. The students used a sample from the “victim” (digested with two restriction enzymes) and a sample from each “suspect” to determine the culprit. Wilkes University Science in Motion (SIM) provided all the needed materials and equipment.

Please contact us at scienceinmotion@wilkes.edu for more information on how we can bring this lab to your school.

SIM in Action

Background

Founded in 1987 at Juniata College, 10 colleges and universities currently serve over 200 school districts in Pennsylvania. Wilkes University joined the consortium in 2002 to serve northeastern Pennsylvania. This statewide resource-sharing program is funded by the Pennsylvania legislature and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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Host Institutions

  • Bloomsburg University
  • Clarion University
  • Drexel University
  • Elizabethtown College
  • Gettysburg College
  • Juniata College
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Ursinus College
  • Westminster College
  • Wilkes University

Counties Served

  • Berks
  • Bradford
  • Carbon
  • Lackawanna
  • Luzerne
  • Monroe
  • Northampton
  • Pike
  • Schuylkill
  • Susquehanna
  • Wayne
  • Wyoming

Schools Wilkes Serves

Wilkes University Science in Motion serves middle and high schools of school districts within a 60 mile radius of the Wilkes campus. During the 2019-2020 school year, 23 regional school districts used the Wilkes SIM resource.

Blue Ridge
Central Columbia
Crestwood
Dallas
Danville Area
Diocese of Scranton
Dunmore
Forest City Regional
Hamburg Area
Hanover Area
Hazleton
Lake-Lehman
Lakeland
Mid Valley
Northwest Area
Old Forge
Pittston Area
Pocono Mountain
Riverside
Towanda Area
Tri-Valley
Tunkhannock Area
Wallenpaupack Area
Wayne Highlands
Weatherly Area
Western Wayne
Wilkes-Barre Area
Wyoming Area
Wyoming Valley West

How SIM Works

Secondary teachers contact the Wilkes SIM mobile educator to schedule a visit. Our mobile educator will bring prepared laboratory kits and equipment right to the school, providing access to equipment not typically available in secondary schools. Mobile educators train teachers on the use of labs and equipment and, if requested, they can team-teach or lead classes through the activity.

Why Use SIM?

With the need for STEM-based education increasing rapidly, Science in Motion provides students with hands-on experience without straining budgets. SIM helps students advance their educations and compete for positions in a workforce where knowledge and use of current technology is imperative.

Labs & Equipment Offered

SIM offers a variety of labs, equipment, models and more to help engage students. Get more information on what SIM offers, or submit a visit request via our online form.

Chemistry

Your students will become detectives as they use forensic evidence to solve a mystery. They’ll take science poolside as they analyze the SPF of sunscreen. These are just two of the ways Science in Motion brings real-world chemistry applications into your classroom. Check out the full list of available chemistry labs to see what else students can do.

Biology

Your students will become detectives as they use forensic evidence to solve a mystery. They’ll take science poolside as they analyze the SPF of sunscreen. These are just two of the ways Science in Motion brings real-world chemistry applications into your classroom. Check out the full list of available chemistry labs to see what else students can do.

Physics

Using the Vernier software, student will learn topics such as air resistance, impulse and momentum, and Newtons law.

Middle School

Find labs in biology, chemistry and physics tailored for middle school students.

Equipment

Science in Motion labs often use equipment not typically found in middle and high school science departments. We can bring the equipment to you at no cost to your district.


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