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As a leading life science company, we are passionate about inspiring the next generation of scientists. With this in mind we have created Curiosity Labs™, a program that engages students with hands on inquiry, applies scientific concepts to “real world” settings and connects classrooms to professionals in various scientific fields. We provide all materials and equipment necessary for our trained employee volunteers to facilitate full science lessons collaboratively developed with life science employees and education experts.

Explore the site to learn more about Curiosity Labs™, get to know a few of our scientists and learn how to become a Partner School.


The Curiosity Labs™ program is centered on the idea of a “menu” of lessons. Teachers will have the opportunity to choose a lesson topic; ensuring lessons correspond with current classroom content. All lessons are developed with leading science standards in mind and encourage students to use their own curiosity and the scientific method to answer questions as opposed to step-by-step directions. We offer both traveling and hosted lessons at no cost, but schools are responsible for transportation to and from hosted lessons at our premises.

Hosted Lessons

  • Hosted at an approved company site
  • A Curiosity Lab lesson is led by trained employees and includes a tour of the facility
  • Discussion on career connections and answering the "Why is this important?" question
  • Details vary by site and teacher preference, but visits are typically
    2-3 hours and can accommodate
    up to 60 students

Traveling Lessons

  • Trained employees travel to the school with all the materials and equipment needed for the lesson
  • Each lesson is designed to last one class period, but we typically facilitate several consecutive lessons to fill one teacher’s classes for the day
  • Most experiments will be replicable for continued learning at home or in school after the employees leave
  • Discussion on career connections and answering the "Why is this important?" question

Meet our Scientists

  • Caroline
    Technical Specialist
    St. Louis, MO, USA

    Caroline enjoys being able to share her passion for science education and an unlikely path to her current career work with in the exciting field of genetic engineering.

  • James
    Communications Champion
    Glasgow, Scotland, UK

    James uses his background in microbiology and experience with young adults coaching American football to inspire the next generation of scientists. He enjoys leading Curiosity Labs and seeing the look on students’ faces when they create a chemiluminescent reaction for the first time or engineer a successful water filtration unit.

  • Sherita
    Operations Integration Scientist for Custom and New Product Support
    St. Louis, MO, USA

    Sherita is passionate about connecting students to scientists, because this connection was something she felt was lacking in her own early education. She loves the endless nature of discovery in her career and that as a scientist she never stops learning.

  • Christopher
    Scientist, Production Sr in Quality Control
    Milwaukee, WI, USA

    Christopher volunteers with Curiosity Labs to make science more relatable and accessible to help students realize they can be a scientist if they want to be. He enjoys investigating science to not only explain why things are the way they are, but also to lay the groundwork for the way things could be.

  • Marian
    Head Global Operational Development Services, BioReliance, PSS
    Rockville, MD, USA

    Marian has always wanted to understand how things work, especially in nature and medicine. “From my first ‘experiment’ at 5 when tadpoles I kept in an aquarium became frogs, I was hooked.” She loves to share her passion for science and discovery with students by working with them directly in Curiosity Labs.

  • Palaniraja
    Senior Scientist / Lab Operations Bangalore, India

    Palaniraja volunteers with Curiosity Labs because he loves creating interest in science and sparking curiosity in young minds. Science intrigues him because “there is always something new and interesting to discover and the journey to get there can be really exciting”.

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Information for Teachers

Curiosity Lab lessons are designed to supplement your classroom curriculum. We find that students are able to receive the most value from our lessons when they have at least baseline knowledge of the topic. Our lessons were written to an audience of students age 11-14, but can be adjusted with your input to best fit your students’ needs. We will work with teachers prior to entering the classroom to ensure our volunteers are able to maximize their time with students.

Become a Partner


We partner with schools that have a desire to enrich their curriculum by connecting their classrooms to community professionals. To be eligible to participate in the Curiosity Labs™ program, schools must become certified as a “Partner School.” The three step partnership process is explained below.

Verify Location

At this time, we are only able to partner with schools near our sites. In select circumstances, we are able to partner with rural schools not located near our sites. Feel free to email us with any questions regarding your location.

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Bedford, MA
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Bellevue, WA
Burlington, MA
Carlsbad, CA
Cleveland, OH
Danvers, MA
Jaffrey, NH
Lenexa, KS
Laramie, WY
Madison, WI
Miamisburg, OH
Milwaukee, WI
Rocklin, CA
Rockville, MD
Round Rock, TX
Sheboygan Falls, WI
St. Louis, MO
Temecula, CA
The Woodlands, TX

Review Lessons

Review the list of available lessons to verify the program and ensure its lessons are appropriate for your school/classroom.

Fill out the Partner Request Form

Please use this form to apply to become a Curiosity Labs™ Partner School. If you have any questions, please email us.

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Curiosity Labs™ Lesson Library

Currently Offered



This lesson aims to answer the following essential questions:

   • What is chemiluminescence and how does it happen?
   • What are some of the different forms of energy?
   • How is energy absorbed or released in a chemical reaction?
   • What is the structure of an atom, and what are the names of the three
     main particles?

Topics Covered

Energy, Energy Transfer, Chemical Reactions, Structure and Properties of Matter, Scientific Instruments and Measurements


This activity introduces students to the role of electrons in a chemical reaction and addresses energy transformation and the difference in energy between reactants and products. The investigation shows students how chemical reactions can emit light and allows them to investigate the effect of temperature on the reaction. Chemiluminescence has many practical applications, including glow sticks and forensic analysis.



The DNA lesson aims to answer the following essential questions:

   • What is DNA and where is it found?
   • What is the structure and function of DNA?
   • How does DNA store and transmit genetic information?

Topics Covered

DNA, RNA, Transcription, Translation, Proteins, Nucleotides


DNA science is used every day in our world, and research to cure diseases like arthritis and cancer depend on it. Everyone has heard of it, and everyone has it, but what is it? In this activity students will learn about the structure and function of DNA.

Flavors & Fragrances


This lesson aims to answer the following essential questions:

   • How do products become scented?
   • How do we taste and smell?
   • What is flavor?
   • How does the structure of aroma compounds influence their function?
   • What purposes do flavors and fragrances serve?

Topics Covered

Structure and its Relation to Function, Chemical Structure, Scents, Tastes, Flavors, Fragrance Science


In this lesson, students learn that humans can recognize more than 10 thousand scents. Students practice recognizing scents by smelling different chemicals on scent sticks. They then learn how their body recognizes and interprets scents. It is emphasized that the structure of the aroma compound is what causes the unique flavor or fragrance of the chemical based on how it interacts with human sensory receptors. They then use their initial research on the different scents to design a unique fragrance for a particular purpose. Students present their fragrance to the class, including the name of their fragrance, how they created it, what product it would be used in, who their audience is and how much the product would cost.

Water Filtration


This lesson aims to answer the following essential questions:

   • How much of the water on Earth is potable?
   • How can you use engineering to clean dirty water?
   • How do different components of the water filter work?
   • What is different about what a scientist does and what an engineer does?

Topics Covered

Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning and Resilience, Human Impacts on Earth Systems, Defining and Delimiting Engineering Design Problems, Developing Possible Solutions, Optimizing the Design Solution


In this activity, students learn that of all of the water on Earth, only a very small percentage is potable, or safe for drinking. Students use this information as motivation to design a water filter using the engineering design process. After creating a prototype of their design, students test their filter by pouring dirty water through it. The process of filtration is tied to the physical properties of matter, and students learn how water filtration is used in the industry by scientists and individuals. Finally, students test their clean water by recording visual observations and testing the chlorine content of the water.


Curiosity Labs™ at Home

      Check out our Curiosity Labs™ at Home site for more lessons that can be completed with materials typically found around the house.