Need materials to teach a unit on Rocks, Soils, Fossils or Solar System?

Then check out these toolboxes!

To see more detials on the contents, visit the Natural History Museum of Utah.


Lego Robotics Kits: Mindstorm EV3
20160929 100539SEDC has 4 Mindstorm EV3 Robotics Kits avalable for checkout. Each Core Set kit includes 541 elements that can be used to build robots to help students learn science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science. The Lego Mindstorms software, that is used with these kits, contains instructions on how to build four example robots:

  • GyroBoy – A robot that shows off the Gyro Sensor and balancing. Think Segway!
  • Sorter – This robot sorts colored blocks after a student scans several different colored blocks and puts them into the sorter.
  • Puppy – A robot dog that responds to different stimuli using a touch sensor and color sensor.
  • Robot Arm H25 – A programmable arm that can pickup and move close objects.

The required software, LME EV3 Software (4544), can be downloaded here
Additional information and support including Curriculum Ideas can be found here


Soils1Why is forest soil different from desert soil? What organisms are able to survive in the harsh alpine ecosystem? Learn about the processes that contribute to soil formation in Utah’s amazing landscape. See complete contents here.


fossilsCheck out some of the Museum’s latest fossil discoveries. See casts of Utah-finds like the Allosaurus, Ceratops, Falcarious, T-Rex, and more. Learn more here.


Rocks & Minerals
RocksExamine the differences between rocks and minerals and learn how each was formed. Discover how rocks and minerals are important in our everyday lives. Compare specimens in the different stages of the rock cycle. See complete contents here.


plantsPlant specimens from Utah’s diverse habitats are accompanied by curriculum, activities and resources for studying adaptation and classification. See examples of Utah plants from wetlands, forests, and deserts. Learn to sort and classify using seeds, plant specimens and important botanical resources. See complete contents list.


Digging Dinosaurs
dinoThis toolbox provides teachers with one-of-a-kind Museum casts of dinosaurs unearthed by Utah paleontologists. Learn more here.


Moon and Sun Phases
solarExplore the Moon and Sun Phases. This kit has all the equipment needed to allow students to create the Moon and Sun Phases.


Ethnobotany: People and Plants
botanyThis bin is a study of how people interact with plants in their environment. Lesson plans for this module are written to align with fourth grade science core, but can also be modified for other grade level science core and intended learning outcomes. Lessons are interdisciplinary and include classification, Utah biomes, Utah native plants and their use by native people and pioneers, and plant adaptations. Teachers can efficiently cover a number of other content areas in addition to science – math, language arts, social studies, fine arts – as the bins contain appealing materials and fun, hands-on activities 

See Lesson Plans here.


Field Tools
fieldtoolsThis toolbox includes gloves, trowels, soil sieve, soil corer, hip waders, pipettes, collection vials, water testing kit, collapsible kick net, butterfly and insect nets, quadrats for plant surveys, plant presses, Garmin eTrex Ventures with rechargeable batteries, Kestrel (monitors air, water, snow temperature, wind speed, humidity, etc.), monoculars, streak plates, Dino-Lite Digital Microscope, Brock Magiscopes with multiple powered eye pieces, hand lenses, backpacks (so your students can carry around all this amazing stuff!)



CIwaterWater is the foundation of life. Discover the importance of water, its unique properties, and water modeling. Use tools to collect specimens and data to better understand water in the environment and human use and impact on water. Use models to understand watersheds, meteoric, and groundwater systems, and predict impacts based on droughts, human use, and pollution. Create art and actionable items to work for change in our communities and schools. This CI-Water toolbox is an initiative of the NSF EPSCoR project that intends to:

  • Foster STEM learning through coordinated K-12 activities between Wyoming and Utah.
  • Foster collaborative research and strategic partnerships among institutions, junior faculty, students and industry professionals.
  • Engage the general public and increase cyber-literacy and regional water understanding.

Learn more here.



How do I get these? The kits can be reserved in advance and picked up at SEDC.

Please fill this out to reserve a toolbox.

If you need one now, call Chris at 435-586-2865 or email For schools in Millard, Kane, Garfield and Beaver, we may be able to deliver if one of our team is scheduled in your school.


 Check the current reservations below: