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Description
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Zimmermann, Linda Mysterious Stone Sites History,
Science
There are mysterious stone chambers, walls, and perched boulders in the Northeast that may be ancient ceremonial sites with astronomical alignments. Were they built by Native Americans or pre-Columbian voyagers from Europe?
$201- $350
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Electric Shock! Neuroscience for Everyone Health & Fitness- Other,
Nature- Other,
Science
This course is taught with a lecture and lab component. During lecture, students learn about the organization of the nervous system, synaptic transmission, neurotransmitters, and ionic basis for action potentials. These are basic foundations for the science of neurophysiology, which we will be practicing using hands on methods. The lab component involves recording action potentials in real time from an insect, and analysis of the recording to interpret results. Robotic control of an insect using neural circuits and a cell phone usually interest the most hard core bored students! The goal of the class is to interest students in neural circuits and neuroscience! This program is suitable for the 2017 summer reading program.
$201- $350
Dolan, Mary Beth Let's Get Buggy! Nature- Animals,
Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Created for 2008 summer reading program!!! Learn fun bug facts while creating your own insect friends using polymer clay! A hands-on fun-shop- a great way to use your imagination to make a bug (or two) to take home. Participants will use polymer clay to create a bug, and we'll bake them and they can take them home. while the bugs bake, we will do fun bug-related activities.
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Rainforest Legends Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
From the banks of the Amazon River to the heart of the West African jungle, Rainforest Legends brings to life favorite folktales and songs about the animals and plants of these lands. Legends tell how the Amazon Birds grew feathers as brilliant as the colors of the rainbow, why three Invisible Hunters came to haunt the Nicaraguan rainforest, and how Jabuti the tortoise tricked the Amazon monster Kibungo into sparing the lives of three-toed frog, jaguar and monkey. For schools different Rainforest Legends performances are available for K-2 and 3-6th grade. Each performancevcomes with an extensive curriculum package, which includes both science-based and language-based activities. "Our storytelling assembly for the 5th and 6th graders was one of the best hours we have enjoyed in many years. Even our most reluctant listeners were involved. Thank you for exposing all of us to the pleasure and excitement of listening to stories." Rosemary Carr, 6th grade teacher, Warwick Elementary School, Warwick PA
$351- $500
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Dig - In Gardening Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Gardening,
Science
During the program, the presenter will help patrons plant their own square foot garden, using heirloom seeds. A 4x4 square area can be tilled on library grounds with permission prior to the program for a garden site, or an alternative will be to use a box demo garden to inspire patrons of all ages to be aware of where their food comes from and to eat local. I will also talk about heirloom seeds and seed saving, do it yourself vertical hydroponics, and environmental conservation. Some libraries are hosting a community seed swap after the program to increase plant diversity and availability of great food for all. I think this is an AWESOME idea! This program is suitable for the 2017 summer reading program.
$101- $200
Pelc, Cindy and Jim Take Flight! Life Skills- Other,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Learn how to fold your own world-class paper airplanes! We supply the preprinted paper. We explain what keeps airplanes in the air and the science of flight with visual aids. Demonstration of different types of flying objects such as airplanes and balloons. Target age is 7 to teen; younger children may participate with parental help and guidance.
Up to $100
Ceceri, Kathy 2018 Summer Program -- Musical Inventions -- Libraries Rock! Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Explore the physics of sound using homemade musical instruments and devices with Kathy Ceceri, author of the book Musical Inventions. Kids will get to try out a variety of unusual musical gadgets such as toolbox xylophones, circuit bent musical greeting cards, and DIY theremins. Then they'll design and make a project of their own to take home. Project options include: Ages 7 and up: Paper Poppers, Straw Oboes, and Balloon-top Drums Ages 10 and up: Paint Stirrer Bullroarers, Wooden Thumb Pianos, or Cardboard Record Players Teens (ages 12 and up): DIY Audio Speakers and Mics; Electronic Music Board with Makey Makey and Scratch (computers required) Kathy Ceceri is the author of over a dozen books of hands-on learning projects for kids. Her titles include Paper Inventions, Fabric Inventions, Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future, Video Games: Design and Code Your Own Adventure, and Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture.
$351- $500
Knight, Leonora K-2 Science Show Literature- Other,
Music,
Science
Take your patrons on a journey beneath the sea, to a farm, a zoo, a swamp, a garbage dump, a rainforest, from the dirt to the sky experiencing and comparing habits of animals, fish and critters. Children sing, dance and move like these animals in this delightful interactive concert. Choose 7 out of 11 books by Eric Carle, Doreen Cronin and more, making your science show unforgettable. Children will sing, dance and act as their favorite books come to life with Lee Knight's original and multi-cultural music. Costumes, props and puppets enhance creativity.
$201- $350
Ceceri, Kathy Amazing Robotics Projects Literature- Authors,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) projects with an arts-and-crafts twist, featuring projects from my books 'Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future' and 'Making Simple Robots.' Kids will learn about 'programmable bodies' and other concepts in cutting-edge robotics while designing and building their own working robots. Popular projects are suitable for ages 8 and up include Motorized ArtBots, Gravity-Powered Mini Robot Walkers, and bendable Robot Hands. Teen projects include Solar Wobblebots. Photos and more details at http://craftsforlearning.com.
$351- $500
Ceceri, Kathy Invent an Adaptive Game Controller Disability Awareness,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Teens will learn about hardware and software design for people with disabilities as they prototype and program adaptive game controllers using Makey Makey invention kits and Scratch programming. Kathy Ceceri is the author of more than a dozen books of hands-on STEAM projects, including 'Video Games: Design and Code Your Own Adventure' from Nomad Press. She also offers teen programs on sports and dance game controllers and has led the popular Makey Makey workshops at the Games in Education symposium for education professionals.
$351- $500
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