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IN THE MINDS EYE- Optics

 4th -9th

Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $8 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Students learn how our eyes perceive light. Experiments show how light can be reflected, refracted and filtered through lenses, prisms and spectrometers. Students make a thaumatrope to take home. *7th through 9th grade students perform experiments with optic lab benches. *2 hour program/additional $2.00 per student.

PHYSICS OF TOYS
 Pre- K -5th Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $8 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Experience physics in action through hands-on activities and demonstrations using familiar and old fashioned toys.  Students experiment with the forces of gravity and inertia by observing and manipulating materials, forming and testing their own hypothesis.  A concrete understanding of conservation of energy along with kinetic and potential energy is achieved when students make their own toy to take home.

 

 ELECTRICITY & MAGNETS                                             Supported by JDS Electric Corp.
 3rd - 6th  Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $8 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Electricity comes alive in demonstrations using a Van de Graaff generator and Tesla Coil.  Students discover the basics of electricity and magnetism through hands-on experiments.  Concepts are reinforced as they make an electrical circuit project or a static box to take home.

 

 FLIGHT
 3rd - 6th  Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $8 per student
Max: 50 students
 Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students
Why do airplanes fly?  Concepts discussed include: gravity, lift, air pressure and other scientific principles.  Students participate in demonstrations and hand-on activities that end with the assembly and testing of their own Balsa airplane.

 

 FLOATING
 1st - 6th  Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $8 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Why do ships float?  Density and buoyancy come alive with demonstrations and hands-on activities using a water tank.  Students experiment with different solids and liquids for a concrete understanding of density.  Cartesian diver supplies are provided for take home project.  (Children/teachers should have empty water bottles for home Cartesian divers.)

 

 FORCE AND FRICTION
 1st - 4th  Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $8 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Students will gain an enduring understanding of the concepts of force, motion, and friction through a series of hands-on, highly engaging activities. They will participate in hypothesis formulation, data collecting and problem solving while utilizing concepts of push/pull, momentum, conservation and transference of energy. Each child will create a spinner to take home that illustrates these ideas. *Two (2) Adult volunteers are needed to help in classroom.
 GRAVITY AND BALANCE
 2nd - 6th  Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $8 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Center of Gravity and Center of Balance are tested using hands-on activities with ramps, feathers, and each other.  Learn about Newton's and Galileo's theories.  Defy gravity by balancing 9 nails on one.  Students construct their own balancing toy to take home.

 

 PHENOMENAL PHYSICS
 5th - 6th  Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $8 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr)   $235 first presentation
$200 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Hands-on experiments revealing Newton's 3 Laws of Motion.  Centripetal force and "moving topics" discussed.  In a lab setting students test these laws using ramps, cars, and marble runs.  Analytical thinking and deductive reasoning engage participants in formulating and testing hypotheses.  Discussion of Amusement Park Physics included. 

 

 

 

Long Island Science Center
11 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone: (631) 208-8000 - E-mail: Office@lisciencecenter.org