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Science in Motion Project

The Science in Motion project is designed to support state-of-the-art instruction for secondary science students in our area. How is this possible? The project purchases and then loans science data-collecting equipment, otherwise unavailable or financially out-of-reach, to area schools.

The loan process works on three levels.

  • We can bring the equipment and a self-contained, fully-prepared lesson into the school district classroom and teach the lesson for the teacher who requests it.
  • We will bring the equipment and team teach the lesson with the classroom teacher to help them become more comfortable with the instrumentation and its use with students.
  • Or, if the teacher is comfortable with the use of the equipment, we will deliver it to the school as requested and return to pick it up when the teacher has finished using it and move it on to another location.

No matter which loan process you choose, the ultimate outcome is an enhanced science curricula as students get hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment.

To request equipment and labs, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

The Science in Motion Project seeks to support the improvement of secondary science education by:

  • Providing access to adequate instructional resources.
  • Providing access to effective professional development opportunities for science teachers.
  • Providing support for the development of good secondary science curricula.

Teacher support

This program will offer the type of professional development activity most needed by teachers of science. That is professional development in a particular subject area that is ongoing and allows one to work with other teachers from the same subject area within the sciences. Both summer and academic year professional development sessions will be offered specific to the stated needs of the teachers of our region.

Here's what some teachers had to say about their experience with Science in Motion:

  • "Science in Motion has materials that allowed me to offer learning experiences for my students that I couldn't afford any other way."
  • "Science in Motion enables our students to stretch their minds and demonstrate a greater understanding of science."
  • "The students love the labs. SIM activities increase their enjoyment and their learning."
  • "One of my personal goals is to allow students to have experiences that they wouldn't have otherwise and may never again. Science in Motion allows me to give kids those experiences."
  • "The time frame in which you can get things is pretty reasonable. Any time I want anything, it's usually available or on its way to me from another school."
  • "It's really exciting to me when (my students) go to college and they come back and say 'We did this in my college class and I already knew how to do it.' These are some skills that they can take with them and I wouldn't be able to do this on my own."

Clarion University Support and funding

The Science in Motion Project is operated through the Science Education program under the supervision of Dr. Karen Spuck. The Department of Biology and Geosciences and the Department of Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics are involved and lending support to the project. Spuck also is the mobile educator for the project and serves full-time to work with area schools and teachers to assist them in all ways possible.

Funding for the Science in Motion at Clarion University project is provided on a year-to-year basis by the Pennsylvania General Assembly through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Nine such projects are funded each year across the Commonwealth, Clarion University is the sole PASSHE institution involved at this time. We are supported by: Clarion University and Science in Motion conducted by Juniata College in central Pennsylvania.

For more information contact Karen Spuck at 814 393 2408 or mobile educator Bridget Kennedy at 814 393 2348.

Available resources

You may use any lab activity with any of the equipment we have. The focus of the Science in Motion Project at Clarion University at this time is on secondary biology and chemistry, as well as, some physics. A great deal of the equipment/instrumentation used in teaching and student research is common across these areas so we chose to focus on them. The list of available equipment and materials, and the corresponding available classroom lessons, is growing on a daily basis. Many of the lessons we are making available focus on the use of laptop computer based probe systems as used in many research laboratories.


Available equipment

Equipment is available for labs.

Available Labs (*NGSS Aligned)

Science In Motion
Equipment & Labs Lists

Equipment For All Disciplines

Lab Activities:
You may use any lab activity with any of the equipment we have.

We have copies of the PASCO teacher manual available for you to check out if you wish to do so.


Biology Labs and Activities:

To view a lab, click on the lab name.

Anatomy and Physiology:

Regulation of Body Heat*
Muscle Strength*
Measuring Respiratory Volume*
Sherlock Bones:* Identification of Skeletal Remains

Embryology and Developmental Stages: Sea Urchin Embryology
Environment and Ecology:

Acid Rain
Effect of Drugs on Daphnia
Predator-Prey Relationship (Daphnia and Hydra)
Leaf Pack-Macroinvertebrate Study
Water Quality Testing
Enviroscape Watershed Point/Nonpoint Source Pollution
Insulating Properties of Water and Soil
Determining Soil Quality
Invertebrate Biodiversity

Genetics and Heredity:

ABO and Rh Blood Typing
Analysis of Precut Lambda DNA

Building a DNA Model with K'nex
DNA Fingerprinting: A Crime Scene Investigation
DNA Extraction and Spooling
Genes in a Bottle
Chromosome Spread of Cancer Cells
Sequencing the Human Microbiome*
Viral Diagnostics (PCR / Electrophoresis)*
Shark Attack (Electrophoresis)*
Food Safety Lab (PCR / Electrophoresis)*
Forensics Lab (Electrophoresis)*
Chlorophyll Lab (Fluorescence)*
Intro to Fluorescence Lab*
Central Dogma Lab --> DNA, RNA, Protein (Fluorescence)*
Exploring DNA Structure (Fluorescence)*
Principles of DNA Sequencing
Ready to Load DNA Sequencing
Why do people look different?(Edvotek)
Map of the B-globin gene (Advanced) *
Gene Expression in Yeast


Analysis of Fish Protein


Bacterial Transformation
Observing Bacteria in Yogurt

Bacterial Gram Stain

Cell Biology:

Observing Plasmolysis in Elodea
Spectral Curve of Leaf Pigments
Absorption Spectrum of Leaves
Plant Pigments and Photosynthesis
Membrane Permeability
Diffusion Lab (AP Biology)
Osmosis Lab
Plant Respiration and Photosynthesis
Using Algae Beads as a Model for Photosynthesis
Respiration of Germinating Seeds (AP Biology)
Water Kit Osmosis Lesson *


Energy Content of Food
Respiration and Energy
Enzyme Action
Enzyme Activity
Buffers in Biological Systems
Organisms and pH
Characteristics of Water *
Water and pH *

Chemistry Labs

Physical Properties:

Accuracy and Precision
Crystallization Lab
Determination of Melting Point
Microdensity of Plastics
Moisture Content of Popcorn-Statistical Analysis
Glow Big or Glow Home (Fluorescence) *

Nuclear Chemistry: Depth Gauging
Half Life of Barium
Introduction to Radiation
The Theory of pH: Determination of the Ionization Constant of a Weak Acid
Determination of the KA of a Weak Acid
pH of Households Substances
pH Titration Curve
Analysis of Drain Cleaners
Determination of Acetic Acid in Vinegar
pH Titration of Oxalic Acid
Chromatography: Chromatography of Magic Markers
Candy Chromatography
Gas Chromatography:
Phase Changes: Heat of Fusion
Evaporative Cooling
Project: Design an Insulator
Determine the Vapor Pressure of a Compound
Gas Laws: Boyle's Law: Pressure-Volume Relationship in Gases
Charles' Law: Volume-Temperature Relationship in Gases
Determine R, the Gas Constant
Dalton's Law of Partial Pressure
Raoult's Law
Rates of Reaction: Reaction Rates
Measuring the Speed of a Reaction
Chemical Equilibrium
Reactions of Energy: Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions
Heats of Reaction and Solution
Hess' Law
The Mole: Determine the Molecular Mass of a Compound
Molar Mass Determination-Freezing Point Depression
Molal Freezing Point Depression Constant (k1)
Acids, Bases, & Salts: Titration Curves (requires biurette)
Determine pKa by Half Titration

Physics Labs

Motion and Forces:





Light Analysis with Wireless Spectrometer Basic Optics



Van de Graaff Generator
Kill-A-Watt Activity*

earth & Space/ Environmental

  Greenhouse Gases w/ Ecozone


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Class Information


Workshop Registration

Biology & Environmental Science Workshop: Friday, April 8, 2022
Chemistry & Physics Workshop: Friday, April 22, 2022

Workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; lunch will be provided and substitute costs will be reimbursed.


More information will be shared via email after registration is complete.
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Last Updated 5/10/22