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The HOST labs are a great opportunity to bring your middle school students to CSU East Bay to engage in some fun science activities. CSUEB undergraduates serve as "science guides" helping your students to explore scientific concepts. During the visit, your students will rotate in small groups to each of the six lab stations to get a hands-on experience that introduces a foundational concept in science. Each lab activity has been specifically designed by one of the science faculty to provide a rigorous academic activity with an inquiry-based approach. Our goal is for students to leave the HOST labs with a deeper understanding of scientific concepts and a positive attitude about science.




Who is eligible?

  • Any middle school class (Grades 6-8) is invited to participate in the HOST labs.
  • A maximum of 35 students per visit

How do I enroll?

  • During the open enrollment period, you can access the link provided on this page to register for your top three choices. We will follow-up with you via email in the following days to confirm the date with you. If none of the dates you chose were available we will check if you'd like to choose a different available date or go on a waitlist.
  • All spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis.

When do I enroll?

  • All of the spaces for the 2016/2017 school year have been filled. If you would like to go on a waitlist, we will notify you of any cancelations and future registration periods.
  • Waitlist Link:

Schedule and Topics

QuarterField Trip DatesContent AreaTopics
Fall 2016 10/4, 10/11, 10/25, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29 Physics Forces, Electricity & Magnetism, Energy
Winter 2017 1/17, 1/24, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7 Earth Science Planetary Science, Rocks and Water & the Atmosphere
Spring 2017 4/11, 4/18, 5/2, 5/9, 5/23, 5/30 Biology Structure Function, Cells, and Global Climate Change

Field Trip information


When would this happen?

  • HOST Labs are always on Tuesdays from 9:30 – 11:50 am. You will need to sign-up via the Registration link (see above) for a specific date.

What would a visit look like?

  • You should plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to ensure you have time to stow away any materials and put on the provided lab coats and goggles.
  • Once students are ready, they will enter the lab in their small groups and head to one of the stations. Students will spend 20 minutes at each of the six stations.
  • After the last station has been completed, students will be asked to take a post-assessment that should take less than 15 minutes to complete. This will be similar to a pre-assessment tool that you will complete in class prior to the field trip. Note: While all students' responses will be collected, students that have opted to not participate in the research study will not be kept on file.

How will I get to CSUEB?

  • We are paying for a chartered school bus! We will order a bus and coordinate with you for pick-up and drop-off times. You will receive more specific information upon receiving your Field Trip Informaiton packet.

What are lunch options?

  • Students can bring their own lunches and eat at picnic tables around campus.
  • Students can buy their lunch on-campus. There is an assortment of fast food restaurants at the student union and around campus. (Vendor list)
  • For a real college experience, you can visit the dining hall. The current rate is $10.07 per person. There are a variety of hot entrée options, a sandwich station, pizza, and salad bar. If you would like to take your students to the dining hall, you will need to arrange for this with the HOST Lab Coordinator at least one week prior to your visit.

What else is there to do on campus?

  • Have your students ever visited a college campus before? This is a great opportunity for your students to explore college life.
    • Formal student-led campus tours can be arranged in the afternoon following your HOST Lab visit by contacting the HOST Lab coordinator. The earlier you notify the coordinator, the more likely the Welcome Center will be able to arrange for a tour guide.
    • Self-guided tour (PDF of self-guided tour)
    • Scavenger hunt/student interviews

Pre-trip Preparation


Complete teacher consent form and MOU for Transportation reimbursement

  • Since you have agreed to participate in this research project, you will need to complete the teacher consent form and MOU for transportation reimbursement have it ready to submit upon your arrival on campus.

Complete and collect student consent forms

  • The HOST lab is a new program, and we need to monitor its effectiveness and look for areas of improvement. Students will have the option of participating in a research study by allowing us to use their responses as part of the data we collect. Their parents will be required to sign a Parent Consent Form (also available in Spanish) either opting in or out of the research project. These will need to be completed and collected prior to the field trip. If any chaperones would like to stay in the lab and observe the activities, they will also need to sign a Chaperone Video Consent Form. We will collect these when you arrive on campus.

Give a pre-assessment for students

  • We will be sending you a pre-assessment that you will need to administer to your students prior to the field trip. It will be a short assessment that helps us to determine what prior knowledge they have before the visit. It should take approximately 15 minutes for students to complete. You will need to administer and collect the student responses prior to your visit. We will collect these when you arrive on campus. Note: While all students' responses will be collected, work from students that have opted to not participate in the research study will not be kept on file.

Prepare small groups

  • You should divide your students equally into 6 small groups. Students will be rotating through each of the stations in this small group.

Pre-teaching concepts

  • You are not required to pre-teach or prepare your students for the HOST lab activities. Each activity has been designed to introduce students to the concepts, explore what they already understand and build on their understanding.

Curriculum and Field Trip Planning Resources


Field Trip Planning Resources

  • To help plan your field trip, some templates of sample permission slips and chaperone expectations have been provided. You will need to edit them to meet your specific field trip requirements.
  • Campus map

Curriculum Resources

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