Mystery at The Hotel Philadelphia

by  Liberty Science Center

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Conduct an investigation, collect, and analyze evidence to identify a pathogen, and solve a deadly mystery outbreak based on a real-world disease outbreak.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $350.00

This program includes a mailed project materials kit, please allow time for standard mail delivery.


1 Hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Health/Physical Education, Language Arts/English, Mathematics, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, STEM, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please contact Mary McDonald at 201-253-1214 or vcbookings@lsc.org for any cancellations or rescheduling.

About This Provider

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Liberty Science Center

Jersey City, NJ
United States

Liberty Science Center's mission is to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and excite learners of all ages about the power, promise, and pure fun of science and technology.

LSC is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. The age-appropriate, curriculum-linked STEM programs in our portfolio are designed for each grade level from preschool through post-college, including pupils with special needs. All of our programs are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)—known in New Jersey as NJSLS (Science)—to help identify those that best meet your curriculum goals.

Mary McDonald

Program Details


1. Sort all the materials on two separate tables:
2. Arrange students so they are in small groups of four.
3. Open the kit and on a table (not a table where students are seated, place the files for each
team. These files will contain all the documentation for the investigator.
4. On a second table, place all the materials for testing. You may want to place paper towels on
this table.
5. Hold on to the Role Cards and Envelopes labeled "NOTE". The LSC facilitator will tell you
when to give them out.
6. Connect to the videoconference and await further instructions from the Liberty Science
Center's "CDC" liaison (LSC facilitator).


Students will
- Work as a team to investigate an outbreak
- Perform a several tests to determine the cause of illness
- Analyze documents for any evidence to help their investigation
- Report their investigation findings at the end of the connection

Standards Alignment

National Standards

LS1A 9-12 -- Structure and function
LS1B 6-8 -- Growth and development of organisms

State Standards

Alignment to NJSLS - Science
MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

HS-LS1-3 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.

Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts
WHST.9-12.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

WHST.6-8.9 Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics
6.SP.A.2 Understand that a set of data collected to answer a statistical question has a distribution that can be described by its center, spread, and overall shape.

6.SP.B.4 Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context.