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Miller, Paul The Science of Awesome Health & Fitness- Other,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Interactive comedy juggling show exploring science concepts such as spin, balance, and fall, while motivating audiences to set goals and learn awesome skills.
$501- $1000
Pelc, Cindy and Jim Balloon Crazy Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Option 1: What, Why, How, Where? What are balloons made of? Where do they come from? Science, environment, art all covered in this lively discussion of balloons types & inflators. Flying, silly, whistling balloons. Multiage Group: All children will leave with a balloon animal. A balloon house may be built and left in the library, dependent on space available. This program can be repeated each year as we then change the information portion of the program to how to build with balloons, magic with balloons, balloons to tell a story, etc. Option 2: Hands on Lecture. Students with parents to help, or students old enough to bend & twist a balloon by themselves without parent. Limit 25-30 students. Entertainer provides balloons.
Up to $100
1, Mad Science Under Pressure Science
Under Pressure teaches the basics of air pressure through demonstrations and activities of Bernoulli's Principle and Newton's Laws of Motion. Students will be challenged to stop and consider air, its effects on our surroundings and its significance to us and to life on Earth. The focus will then turn to air pressure beginning with a fun demonstration that illustrates the concept of unbalanced pressures.
$201- $350
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Electric Shock! Neuroscience for Everyone Health & Fitness- Other,
Nature- Other,
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
Straka, Mike The All-American Dinosaur Show. Science
Field Paleontologist Mike and Roberta Straka will take your audience on an amazing journey back in time. Combining fossils they have discovered, along with music, puppets, show & tell and a touch of magic, this couple will make dinosaurs come to life. Mike and Roberta will feature Mr. Nixon, a Triceratops skull they discovered in 1996. In addition, an Albertosaurus skull will highlight the features of a meat eating dinosaur. Finally, the audience will cheer for their favorite team in the, All American Dinosaur Game Show.
$201- $350
1, Mad Science Matter of Fact Science
Through a hands on approach, we introduce children to the structure of atoms and molecules. They will learn how atoms combine to create molecules, examine molecules and molecular bonding. They will learn and observe the difference between physical and chemical changes. As the final experiment in chemical changes, students will have the chance to create their own Mad Science Putty. This lesson provides children the opportunity to develop scientific skills through inquiry based instructional methods.
$201- $350
Cavanaugh, Deb Creepy Crawlers Music,
Nature- Animals,
Sing along, play percussion instruments and enjoy moving around as we use our imaginations to bring these songs about insects, crawdads and other creepy crawlers to life at your library. This program may also include looking at books and can be presented with or without supplemental educational materials.
$201- $350
1, Mad Science Detective Science Science
Students will have a chance to step into the role of a Mad Science Detective. They will explore various methods employed by forensic scientists to help solve crimes including: fingerprint analysis, examination of dental records and investigating written materials. An identification kit will be sent home with each student so they can record their own fingerprints and other vital information about themselves.
$201- $350
Reynolds, Jackie Science & Educational Magic Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Chemical engineer to clown? Yes, that's her career path... The true story as Jackie Reynolds (Bee Bee the Clown and/or Jackie the Magician) brings science to summer reading. Imagine the possibilities! She encourages kids to understand the magic of the world with a science explanation. This interactive magic show is also a great example for young people of an unconventional career path with lots of cool magic effects using real world objects.
$201- $350
Science, Wondergy CoolScience Life Skills- Food,
From fire to Liquid Nitrogen, explore the science of how we stay cool by evaporation. Hammer a nail into solid wood with a banana? Blow up a balloon... from the outside? Explore how matter changes from solid to liquid to gas with liquid nitrogen. At 320 degrees below zero, it's the coolest stuff around! TOPICS: Molecules, Thermal Motion, Heat Transfer, Evaporative Cooling, Air Pressure, Density, Physical Changes. CoolScience is often finished by making giant batches of ice cream with Liquid Nitrogen. Help us bring together fresh cream, milk, flavorings of your choice, and of course, liquid nitrogen to make the freshest homemade ice cream you've ever tasted!
$351- $500
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