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Classroom or Group presentations

ESER staff members are available for presentations to groups and classrooms in southeastern Idaho. Presentations are adapted to grade-level and are free of charge. Presentations are limited to four per class per school year and are available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Lab Classes may be taught to only one class at a time.

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For questions or comments, please contact Gregg Losinski at gregg.losinski@inl.gov or 208-227-9020.

Plants and Animals of Southeastern Idaho

Birds of Southeastern Idaho - Learn what makes a bird a bird! A fun slide presentation with lots of pictures illustrating what makes a bird different from other animals. Learn basic bird characteristics and about specific birds living in southeastern Idaho's desert.

Reptiles of Southeastern Idaho - Students will enjoy discovering what reptiles are, what makes them different from birds and mammals, and how important they are in our environment. The presentation also includes general characteristics, adaptation, and reptile importance in the food chain.

Plant and Animal Desert Adaptations - The desert is a harsh environment. For plants and animals who live there, adapting is necessary for survival. Discover habits and coping techniques of the animals and plants of the desert in this one-hour slideshow presentation geared to grade level.

Lewis and Clark and Plants and Animals of the Sagebrush Steppe - Lewis and Clark were naturalists and wrote about the animals they encountered on their trek. Students will discover the native plants and animals Lewis and Clark studied and what we have learned about these native species since their expedition.

Insects of Southeastern Idaho - From butterflies to bugs, there are more insects on our planet than any other kind of creature. This presentation introduces the anatomy and life cycles of insects in general and highlights some of southeastern Idaho's more interesting creepy-crawlies.

Winter Adaptations of Southeastern Idaho Animals - When winter comes animals work in many ways to prepare for the cold weather just as we do. Learn about migration, hibernation and specific adaptations of local animals.

Life Cycles of Southeastern Idaho Animals - The life cycle of an organism refers to the sequence of developmental stages that it passes through on its way to adulthood. Learn about the amazing variety of life cycles within the animal world.

Optical Illusion and Camouflage - Are things always what they seem? Students will give their brains a workout in this presentation as they try to make sense of optical illusions. Volunteers from the audience participate in demonstrations that reveal how the brain can be tricked and how animals use optical illusion to protect themselves.

Going Batty - Learn about Idaho microbats in this presentation. Students will learn about echolocation, bat adaptations and the life cycle of these amazing animals.

Bats and Spiders: Oh My! - This is a fun Halloween presentation about the fascinating world of bats and spiders. Oh my!

Physical Science

Geology of the Snake River Plain - Southeastern Idaho is an area of diverse geologic features and a fascinating geological history. Students will learn of the region's past and be introduced to basic geological terms.

Basic Radiation and Environmental Surveillance - This introduction to radioactivity and radiation will cover the basics of radioactivity, sources of radioactivity and the basics of environmental surveillance. This presentation includes a slideshow and hands-on activities geared to grade level.

How Nuclear Reactors Work - During this one-hour presentation, students will learn how a nuclear reactor works and about the different kinds of reactors used in the United States. An overview of INL's nuclear reactor history will be included.

Comparison of Energy Sources - Students will learn to distinguish between renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy and to investigate a variety of renewable energy resources and compare the benefits and disadvantages of each.

Water Cycle - This is a hands-on unit which introduces the students to the continuous re-cycling of water that occurs all around us, all the time. The students will observe the changing state of water by the use of models, simulations, and experiments. (Lab Class)

Weather Basics - Students will have fun while learning some basics about weather and climate. Topics covered will include heat, temperature, convection, clouds, water cycle, winds, precipitation, air pressure, and climate.

All About Air - Students will have fun while learning some basics about air. Students will explore the properties of air and discover that air occupies space, has weight, and exerts pressure.

All About Light and Color - Light is everywhere in our world. We need it to see: it carries information from the world to our eyes and brains. The activities in this presentation are designed to give your students insight about the properties of light.

All About Water - This presentation helps students to learn about the physical and chemical properties of water, surface tension, osmosis, and how water can be broken down into hydrogen and oxygen. (Lab Class)

All About Sound - How does sound work? What turns the motions of molecules into the sounds of music, whistling tea kettles, and barking dogs? This presentation explores the phenomenal world of sound and vibration.

Magnetism and Electricity - Students learn about the two types of electricity: static electricity and electrical currents. They will also learn about magnetism, electricity's close cousin. Magnetic fields and electrical currents make waves of energy. These waves of energy are called electromagnetic radiation. (Lab Class)

Force and Motion - Motion makes the world go 'round. Motion is important to our lives and impacts so many things that we do. Motion is the changing of position or location. But motion requires a force to cause that change. Let's learn about force and motion and the effects of these physical laws in our world.

Basic Chemistry - Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it can undergo. This presentation includes physical and chemical changes in matter. (Lab Class)


Biodiversity and Threatened Species - Endangered species occur everywhere, and although the specific creatures change from place to place, the processes and biology contributing to endangered species are universal. Students will learn about a locally threatened species, as well as universal problems threatening biodiversity. (Lab Class)

Paper or Plastic - This presentation will lead students through an established format for environmental investigation, one that is used in many types of research. The process involves four basic tasks: 1) Brainstorm pros and cons, 2) Research as many of the pros and cons as possible, 3) Construct a balanced argument for and against either side, and 4) Present your findings and conclusions. By modeling this process, the students will learn how to evaluate other environmental questions and come up with their own opinions.

Animal Classification System and Scientific Names – Students are introduced to the concept of classification and its uses. They learn how to make a simple branching key and the methods used by scientists to classify and name organisms. (Lab Class)

Note: Classes are offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Lab Classes can only be taught to one class at a time. Request a presentation. For questions or comments, please contact Gregg Losinski, or 208-227-9020.

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The Language of Science - Science contains a language all its own that looks difficult. Actually, scientific vocabulary is a collection of roots, prefixes, and suffixes put together to describe events, body parts, or functions, etc. In this presentation, participants will learn the more common roots, prefixes and suffixes used in science and their meaning(s).

Careers in Environmental Science - Environmental science is the study of our surroundings, including how our actions alter our surroundings. There are many fields of study which make up the environmental sciences. This presentation focuses on various jobs in environmental science and presents some real-life ESER projects that involve these different disciplines.

Scientific Method - This presentation covers the reason scientists use the scientific method and the steps of the scientific method. Students then practice using the scientific by using a scientific experiment. (Lab Class)

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