“Science In Bloom” is an extremely unique program brings together the VCA, the Buffalo Museum of Science, and Medaille College in a partnership. The program is based upon Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning which focuses on the cognitive level which includes knowledge, comprehension, and critical thinking. The program seeks to foster a life-long interest in science by exposing students to scientific practices throughout their elementary school years in a fun, hands on, project based way. The program allows students to develop a contextual understanding of science using a continuum of learning experiences that engage students in scientific inquiry. For program participants in grades K-4, the Buffalo Museum of Science provides an immersion and sensory learning environment where participants will be able to explore everyday science and practice their science skills such as observing their environment, hypothesizing why things happen, testing their logical thinking skills, journaling their experiences, and reflecting on observations. The Middle School (grades 5-8) component of the program takes place at Medaille College and exposes students to the content topics of Biology, General Chemistry, Botany, and Molecular Biology. Students spend one year in each activity, with 2 eight week sessions throughout the school year. The program provides an opportunity to develop skills of analysis, inquiry, and design through active laboratory work and exposes youth to college life.