Explore the CityLab Curricula


These are the modules that are currently available at CityLab. Complete curriculum guides are available in PDF form for some of these modules. Please fill out the curriculum guide request form to request a copy.

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Here are some of our modules in action…

Students simulate DNA during a pre-lab activity at CityLab Students view their results of a DNA fingerprint.

Since 1992, more than 100,000 students have participated in hands-on, discovery oriented investigations at CityLab and aboard the CityLab MobileLab. CityLab offers six activities for students to participate in. Each investigation is defined in a mystery context and consists of a pre-lab activity, laboratory investigation and post-lab activity. The inquiry- based curricula was developed to provide students with a reason to apply the technology. Therefore, the laboratory techniques become problem solving tools rather than an end in themselves.

The CityLab core activities are aligned with many of the National Science Education Standards and the Massachusetts Science/Technology Frameworks.

A typical day at CityLab requires the students to arrive at 9:00 a.m. and depart at 1:00 p.m. The times will vary depending on the module and travel time. Students must bring their own lunch as services are not available.