• Learn with the Doc: Dr. Kelsey Phillips

    The Science Zone

Join our staff microbiologist, Dr. Kelsey Phillips for specialized lessons in the field of life science. In this "Learn with the Doc" series, we will be posting video lessons every Tuesday and Thursday through April 2 (We'll go longer if needed!).

These lessons will be partnered with 'take home bags' which will include most needed supplies. Lessons will be posted through this Facebook event page every Tuesday and Thursday starting Mar. 19 at 11:00 a.m

Videos will be posted at 11 am. Participants will share their results in the comments. Dr. Phillips will offer guidance and feedback to families as they complete scientific investigations at home.

Take home bags will be ready to pick up starting Monday (March 23rd) in the morning. Most necessary supplies for the five upcoming lessons will be in the bags (provided with generous funding from the Rotary Club of Casper).

There is no charge but we ask that you order your bag in advance. Give us a call when you are in the parking lot and we will bring a bag to you! ​

Previous Classes

  • This series is designed for upper elementary students, but can be adapted to any child’s ability level. Prior to beginning the experiment, watch the pre-lesson video. The lesson and video are accompanied by asynchronous, educator-led discussion.

    Frequent participation in the discussion will allow you to ask questions and check understanding of the content. During the series, students will become familiar with the scientific method within the life and physical sciences. Students will identify the scientific method as a way of knowing; understanding that science uses empirical methods that rely on logic, evidence and reasoning.

    This series will address NGSS and NCSD Standards including Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross Cutting Concepts. Lesson Plans are included with each lesson, and linked with each video.

    Click on the tabs above to navigate through each lesson.

  • In this activity, students will use a model to observe water in three states: solid (ice), liquid and gas (observed as steam). In a solid, molecules are packed tightly together, whereas in a gas the molecules are farther apart. In a liquid, the molecules are close enough to ‘stick together,’ but remain fluid.

  • Surface tension of water can be lowered by soaps and detergents. Today, you will observe the surface tension of water, and the effect of soap on the surface tension of water. We will complete the lesson by forming a prediction, and then using the scientific method to test that prediction.

  • In this lesson, you will observe simple diffusion. You will also use a naked egg as a model to help understand how water moves into and out of animal cells through the process of osmosis. Students will construct a hypothesis, conduct an experiment to test the hypothesis, collect data, and draw conclusions.

  • In this lesson, you will conduct a simple experiment which will help you understand the metabolic process responsible for seed germination. Metabolism is the sum of all of the chemical reactions which occur in a living organism. Germination is the process through which an organism grows from a seed (or a spore).

  • Photosynthesis the process through which plants, and other photosynthetic organisms, use solar energy, water (H2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) to produce molecules that are required for life.

Lesson Plans:
Learn with the Doc - Session 1: Water Matter(s)
Updated: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | pdf - 434.811 KB
Learn with the Doc - Session 2: Water Magic
Updated: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | pdf - 613.6 KB
Learn with the Doc - Session 3: Naked Eggs
Updated: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | pdf - 568.958 KB
Learn with the Doc - Session 4: Beans Beans
Updated: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | pdf - 880.208 KB
Learn with the Doc - Session 5: Photosynthetic Pigments
Updated: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | pdf - 613.878 KB