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Be Your Own Super Hero!
Grades 1-8

When we think of a super hero, we think of someone larger than life who is able to solve the toughest of problems AND be a BIG help to others!!!  Super Heroes have powers that the rest of us just don’t seem to possess...OR DO WE?!?

Come to this workshop to learn how to BE YOUR OWN Super Hero by activating your powers to become: happier, smarter, a better problem solver, and more successful in all that you do!!!   You will learn the science, yes science, of being your own Super Hero by learning more about how your lungs, heart, and brain can activate your power. Then you will take action in activities that help you get to know your own powers: Listen to your heartbeat, see how changing your breathing changes your heart rate rhythm, put your intuition to the test, try an engineering challenge, and make your own Super Hero Logo! (Classroom or Small Group)

   

Rebuilding the Beach: Engineering Pilings for New Costal Construction
Grades 5-8

After Hurricane Sandy rolled through the East Coast, many homes that were near coastal waters (oceans and bays) need to be raised to prevent damage in case of another flood.  Engineers and scientist are coming together to model a flood of a beach community.  To test this model they need a town made of paper buildings that are raised on pilings. Your job is to design the pilings! In this lab groups of students will construct two different types of paper pilings and test them in a compression machine call The Crusher!  Then based on the data make recommendations about the diameter, thickness, and length of the pilings to be used in the model. Measuring, weighing, and utilizing the engineer design process are all part of this quest!  (Classroom)

   

I Love Rocks!
Grades 1-3

Rocks are all around us and provide us with many different things from building materials to elements and minerals used in everyday products. Rocks take on all different shapes and colors.  Where do they come from?  How can we tell the three categories of rocks apart?  How do scientist understand the mineral content of rocks? What is the difference between erosion and weathering?  This program will provide your students with the opportunity to see, touch, and sort many different types of rocks and look at how different volcanoes produce different rocks.  (Classroom)

   

Chemical Change Detectives
Grades 1-2

When two different substances are put together and they make a new substance that is a chemical change. Simple changes indicate that a chemical change has taken place! Children are taught how to identify this change and them do some reacting of their own!! All products used are non-toxic! (Classroom) 

   

Camouflaging Critters
Grades Pre K-2

Camouflaging is an awfully big word but with a meaning that children relate to really well since it pertains to the familiar pastime of hide and seek. Children fist learn about what it means camouflage. Through the identification of animals that are camouflaged and then creating their own camouflaged Gecko, children develop a clear understanding concept. (Classroom) 

   

Dino Dig
Grades Pre K-2

Children play the part of a paleontologist as they find and assemble the bones of a wooden dinosaur model! This activity engages students in comparing human bones to dinosaur bones, sorting bones, and sequencing the size of the bones! A key is then used to identify the dinosaur that was built. This program also includes a cast of a dinosaur footprint, tooth and claw! (Classroom) 

   

Investigating Animal Adaptations
Grades 1-2

Demonstrations and hands-on activities allow students to investigate adaptations of polar bears that enable survival in extreme environmental conditions.  A hands-on experiment, group activity, and a critter design contest all help to review the material taught. (Classroom)

   

Apple Investigation
Grades Pre K-3

How do scientist do an investigation? This is an inquiry investigation where children gather data to learn more about apples! Data is collected, counted, sorted, and conclusions are made just like real scientists would do! (Classroom) 

   

The Water Cycle Starring Water as a Liquid, Solid, and Gas
Grades 1-3

Learn about the properties of solids, liquids and gases and apply these concepts to how water cycles through our atmosphere. This program also takes a look at how water changes between the three states and how this relates to our weather. (Classroom)

   

Ice Fishing Challenge
Grades K-2

Can you you catch an ice cube? Try your hand at this inquiry investigation and that also incorporates the engineering design process to find out!!! Students each work at “catching” an ice cube and at the same time learn about solids and liquids! (Classroom) 

   

Cats: Big and Small
Grades 1-3

This presentation focuses on the lives of tigers, loins, and cheetahs and the challenges these cats face. Three classroom activities make this presentation lively and engaging including a game of Cat Jeopardy and Find Your Land. (Classroom)

   

Talking Trash
Grades 1-4

Is our garbage destine for a landfill?  Is a landfill the best solution or can trash be good for something?  How much trash do you produce in a day?  Is litter more than just an eyesore?  This program is a great start to realizing the impact trash has on our environment and how technology is changing our view of waste. (Classroom)

   

Basic Oceanography
Grades 1-4

Learn about different types of coastlines. Compare and contrast three different types of coastlines and learn by acting out the structure of the sea floor.  Examine threats to our oceans. Three activity tables let you clean up an oil spill, examine shells, and trace water drainage info oceans. (Classroom)
   

Investigating the Pop of Popcorn!
Grades 3-5

Ever wonder what makes popcorn pop? Why doesn’t all the popcorn pop? What to see what one kernel looks like as it pops? This program has children applying a simple concept to a popular snack! (Classroom) 

   

Thirst Quenching
Grades 1-5

See how water moves through the ground and flows into reservoirs and wells via an aquifer model!  Learn the basics about hydrology, pollution prevention, and conservation. You will be shocked to learn about water consumption in our world- it takes a lot of water to do and make a lot of things!  Then see a short video clip of where our wastewater goes! (Classroom)

   

Tapping into Tap Water
Grades 4-8

How is water cleaned for drinking? View a video tour of a drinking water treatment facility from our PBS Rhode Island series. Although the water is clean when it leaves the facility, it can travel for miles in underground pipes to your home. How does that affect your water? Find out by testing your tap water! Is bottle water really better? A little web sleuthing can help you with the answer! (Classroom) 

   

Making Sense of Your Senses!
Grades 1-5

Test your senses in a variety of different ways! This program has students take part in many activities that help them use and explore their senses. See a short video clip from our PBS series of how a vet uses her senses to diagnose the health of her patients. (Classroom)

   

Spying on Spotted Salamanders
Grades 1-8

Learn what a vernal pool is and why it is such an important environment to the spotted salamander. Students will compare vernal pools to ponds learning among other things how the hydrology of the two environments is different plus possible threats to both areas.  If you wish your group to make clay salamanders, a fee for the clay is added on to the program cost. (Classroom)

   

What Floats Your Boat? 
Grades 2-4

This program is great at helping students acquire an understanding of the law of floatation otherwise known as Archimedes' principal. See a short video clip of how a 597 ton dinner cruise ship stays afloat. Demonstrations and then a classroom aluminum foil boat competition help to build an understanding of this concept. (Classroom)

   

The Weather: Featuring the Water Cycle and Air Pressure
Grades 2-4

This program features two aspects of our weather: the water cycle and air pressure. Students gain a true understanding of the science concepts that determine our weather. Students will learn how the water cycle operates on a molecular level and what air pressure is and how it influences the weather. (Classroom) 

   

Science Smorgasbord
Grades 2-8

A visual program with entertaining experiments on water, air, and electricity. The program starts with a lesson on drinking water taught using quiz games and a model. The concept of air pressure is then demonstrated using experiments. In the end, it is a shocking good time provide by the use of a Van de Graaff generator. This program has been a crowd pleaser at many libraries and Blue and Gold banquets! (Classroom or Group)

   

The Science of Summer Smorgasbord
Grades 1-6

This is a presentation style program that has great visuals that all relate to summer! The audience participates through answering questions, playing quiz games and helping with the demonstrations! In the end it is a shocking good time- literally with the help of a Van Der Gaaff Generator! (Classroom) 

   

Twirlers on Target
Grades 1-8

Engineering a twirler is fun and easy. Getting it to consistently land in on a target is fun but not easy! This is an engineering design process investigation that requires an indoor height such as a second floor overlook. (Classroom) 

   

Germs - Becoming Aware of the Invisible
Grades 1-8

Can you eat something that has fallen on the floor? How do diseases spread? So you think your hands or clean? The lab models how germs are spread. Students play detective and figure out the source of the germs. Then students are challenged to further improve on their hand washing practices! (Classroom) 

   

Super Ball Lab
Grades 3-8

Make a super ball from a kit and test it against the store bought version. How can you decide which ball is better? In the process learn about the use of molds and polymers in engineering every day products. Take this lab one step further if you have the time by making and testing a home-made super ball from grocery store ingredients. Additional fees apply ($1 per child). (Classroom) 

   

Go Green!
Grades 2-8

How can we do things in our daily lives to make less of an impact of the earth?  This program focus is on things that people can start doing today to impact the quality of the environment in a positive way. Reduce, reuse, and recycle are looked at in detail.  Learn how the simplest of choices can do a world of good by playing the Footprint Jeopardy Game.  (Classroom)

   

Widening the View of Watersheds
Grades 3-5

What is a  watershed? How do actions in a watershed affect water quality?  Two models are used to show what a watershed is and how water enters a watershed.  Learn how to define a watershed on a map like a scientist.  Students will perform a hands-on activity to model how different land use activities affects water quality. (Classroom)

   

Pond Health
Grades 4-8

How healthy is the pond in your area? Learn about underground connections that can affect the health of your pond. See a short video clip from our PBS Rhode Island series on these rarely thought about connections. Test real pond water to see how healthy it is! Then do a few calculations to help explain to your neighbors just what one little dog walk can do! (Classroom) 

   

Figuring out Fingerprints
Grades 3-8

Learn a bit about fingerprints and then try your hand at collecting a readable set of your own prints. Use fingerprint charts and magnifiers to identify the type of fingerprints you have. Lift prints like a detective and try to solve a mini mystery. (Classroom)

   

Detective Training 101
Grades 5-8

Poor Mr. Pickit hid his gift cards in a section of his market but he can not remember where. The only clues are his white fingerprints that are left on the display case. It’s your job to say analyze the white powders and find his missing cards! (Classroom) 

   

Engineering Enigmas
Grades 3-8

First students learn about how a team of electrical engineers works together to make chips for computers, TVs, and cameras. The classroom teacher has the choice of two different engineering projects for their class either (1) Improving the Table Skimmer or (2) Paper Tower Competition. Both projects give students hands-on experience in the Design Process. (Classroom)

   

Hydrophilic Hydrophobic Mysteries!
Grades 4-8

Solve three short mysteries and learn the terms hydrophilic and hydrophobic at the same time. Then start your own hydrophilic water marble investigation! Older children are given a choice of experiments and allowed to design their own procedures. Procedures are approved prior to them starting on their experiments! (Classroom) 

   

Be an Earth Detective 
Grades 3-8

Learn a skill used by scientists to map the earth's interior.  Students receive their own model of the earth, collect data, record data, and analyzed data to show the layering of the subsurface.  Great for those classes studying rocks or the environment. This activity also helps to build career awareness. (Classroom)
   

Making Electrifying Connections
Grades 4-8

Renewable or non-renewable energy sources are introduced.  Next students role-play policy makers to decide the best use of electricity because their town is facing the threat of rolling black-outs. The program ends with a Van de Graaf generator– a shocking good time. (Classroom)

   

Engineering Science Bug Putty
Grades 4-8

Students create their own formula for a home-made type of putty called Science Bug Putty.  Students decide upon the amounts and types of ingredients, mixing procedure and test their creations. All putties are reviewed by the class to determine what formula worked best. (Classroom)

   

Natural Selection Mystery
Grades 5-8

This program features the concept of natural selection. Play the role Harriet the hungry Dolphin and her geeky friend Sheldon the Shark to “see” how natural selection can affect a population. Next apply what you learned to solve a real world natural selection mystery that is occurring right now in the eastern Untied States. (Classroom) 

   

Protecting our Land and Water Resources 
Grades 4-8

Empty space and water are seen in our lives everyday. How often do we think about the importance to these two resources to our society? Issues such as land and water preservation, biodiversity, endangered animals, and urban sprawl will be explored through a multi-media presentation that involves the audience. (Classroom)

   

Energy! Energy! Energy!
Grades 4-8

Potential or kinetic?  Nuclear? Chemical? Mechanical? Electrical? Learn the different forms of energy and where they come from. Investigate the relationship between potential and kinetic energy in a hands-on experiment using ramps and balls. Then students divide into teams to play the Energy Challenge Game and try to identify the energy conversions. (Classroom)

   

Wind Turbine Engineering
Grades 5-8

Let’s start from the beginning- what is a turbine and how is it used? Then we will look at some of the latest underwater turbines that are being developed to generate clean electricity! This Science Bug exclusive was filmed at Alden Research Laboratories in Holden, MA! Next students design, build, and test their own wind turbine to see how much electricity they can generate! Then they will put continue with the engineering design process by re-designing the turbine to try to improve their own technology. (Classroom) 

   

Be an Environmental Scientist
Grades 6-8

Get a feel for what it is like to be an environmental scientist and learn some basic hydrologic principles. Students then received three different data sets and analyze to locate contamination.  Activities include determining groundwater flow direction, contaminate contouring, and mapping subsurface contamination.  This program helps to build career and environmental awareness. (Classroom)

   

Putting Paper Towels to the Test
Grades 5-8

Someone is always touting that their brand of paper towels is the best! This investigation puts paper towels to the test! You design the test, record the data, and rate each paper towel to figure out which one gives the most value for the price! (Classroom) 

   

Clean-Up an Oil Spill  
Grades 6-8

This is a two hour program that challenges students to design the clean-up of a hypothetical oil spill.  Students will first learn about equipment used during clean-up.  Then they select the equipment that they will use, calculate the amount of time required and the number of workers needed to complete the work, and plan the execution of the clean-up.  Students will work in teams and present their designs at the end of the session.  This program integrates math and science concepts. (Classroom)

   

Presentations for Career Days

Kim focuses this presentation on the challenges of studying science and how to overcome them, what to expect when majoring in science in college, and how not to let obstacles discourage you from pursuing your dream of being a scientist. Presentation time can be crafted to fit your time requirement and can include introductions to other careers in the sciences as well through use of video clips from our science series on PBS Rhode Island. (Classroom) 

   
 

Interactive Table Presentations

Need activities at your function?  We offer interactive activity tables on drinking water, electricity, predicting the weather, nature quizzes, finger printing, animal tract identification, green shopping, and Footprint Jeopardy.

We can also provide educational science workshops for Career Days based on programs we currently offer or on requested topics. (Classroom) 


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