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LSLC On The Road


Can't come to the LSLC? We'll come to you! Our LSLC on the Road programs feature practicing scientists, LSLC staff, and loads of science activities. We bring all our supplies and turn your location into a fully functioning science lab. The LSLC On the Road programs being featured for 2016-2017 are Medicines and Me I, Medicines and Me II, Disease Detectives and Taste Blind.

  • LSLC On the Road programs are offered Monday-Friday to secondary schools located within 30 miles of LSLC
  • Programs run from 1.5 to 2 hours (depending on the program selected)
  • Cost for a class up to 30 students is $250 (additional same-day sessions are $150)
  • Cost for a class with more than 30 students is $325 (additional same-day sessions are $200)

Medicines and Me I: Drug Interactions (2 hours)

Students learn how scientists use lab tests in the development of an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine and they also learn about the safe and effective use of OTCs. The hands-on lab activities focus on OTC drug interactions with diet, dietary supplements, and other drugs.  Lab and math skills for this lesson include how to make a dilution and serial dilutions and calculating the concentration of a solution.

Core Concepts:

  • Determining the effective dose of over-the counter (OTC) medicine
  • Reading Drug Facts Labels
  • Potential Drug Interactions and adverse side effects
  • OTC Awareness Campaign

Medicines and Me II: Medicines can look like candy (2 hours)

Students compare the accuracy of using medicine dosing cups with common kitchen spoons and flatware to measure liquid medicine. This activity leads them to understand the need for proper measuring tools. It also helps them understand why drug companies make medicine in various forms.  Students learn how to measure solutions and compounds using a graduated cylinder and a bench top balance. They learn new terms such as inactive and active ingredients as they formulate a mock gummy pain reliever medicine.  Lastly, students develop a marketing campaign for safely advertising OTC medicines to adults and not children, because medicine can look like candy.

Core Concepts:classroom

  • Measuring liquid medicine with a dosing cup is different than using kitchen spoons/flatware
  • Medicine comes in different formulations (liquid, tablet, gel, gummy, etc.)
  • Medicines can look like candy
  • Safe advertising of OTCs medicines

Disease Detectives (1.5 hours)

Students explore a mini-case involving a young man who has meningitis.  They conduct simulated lab tests to determine what pathogen is causing his meningitis.  They use pre-writing research to write a letter encouraging parents to have their preteens or teens vaccinated with the meningitis vaccine.

Core Concepts:

  • Symptoms and laboratory tests can be used to diagnose diseases.
  • Meningitis is a serious infection that can lead to permanent brain damage or death.
  • A vaccine can prevent the most common forms of bacterial meningitis.

Taste Blind (1.5 hours)

Students explore the role of receptors, nerve cell pathways, and taste areas of the brain involved in tasting PTC, a bitter substance. They design and conduct an experiment to determine if there is a correlation between the ability to taste PTC and not liking broccoli. They explore PTC tasting inheritance patterns and evolution.

Core Concepts:

  • Receptors, nerve cell pathways, and taste areas of the brain are involved in sensing tastes.
  • People differ in their response to taste sensations.
  • A correlation is a relationship between two variables that tend to occur together.
  • Some characteristics associated with the nervous system and behavior can be inherited.


Sign up for our LSLC On the Road classes here. LSLC On the Road registrations are on a first-come first-served basis. Be sure to contact us and request, schedule, and secure your trip while dates are available. Please see our online calendar for current availabilities.

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