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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.