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Tomecek, Stephen The Science of Sports Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Scientist and award-winning author Steve The Dirtmeister Tomecek takes a slightly serious look at the science behind many of the sports that kids love to play. The program features over a dozen interactive demonstrations which are safe enough for kids to try themselves. We begin with a look at athletes and why reaction time and hand-eye coordination is so important. We then explore the roles played by inertia, leverage, angular momentum, friction and gravity in everything from bowling and basketball to soccer and baseball!
$351- $500
Gray, Daniel UFOs and unknown flying objects: an assessment of the unknown History,
Media- Other,
Science
Did you ever see a UFO? Did the United States Government ever investigate the “flying saucer” phenomenon? What about the rumors about Roswell, or a recovered UFO and alien bodies in 1947? What are the general types of UFOs? Are they all discs? Are there aliens? What do they look like? Can life exist on other planets? This presentation is an attempt to answer some of these questions and perhaps to inform young adults about this popular culture subject. Originally created as part of the Summer Reading Program in 2015, or “Spark and Reaction” at Capital Region libraries, this presentation is intended to inform and entertain teenagers ages 13-18. Teachers or librarians can encourage further critical thinking on the subject and direct young adults to research this highly controversial subject. This presentation can be offered during Halloween, or “scary” Halloween parties or fun activities.
$101- $200
Science, Wondergy SkateScience Health & Fitness- Sports,
Other,
Science
Ever wonder how a pro skater does those awesome tricks? Explore the science behind skating with a little help from a pro skater and Wondergy. See how to stay on the board, turn, jump (ollie), and perform tricks like a kickflip or a manual. Get ready for the sickest Wondergy show ever! Explore the physics of skateboarding, with professional skaters and big-scale jumps and tricks. Great for large audiences of all ages! Focus on safety along with skating skills. TOPICS: Center of mass, inertia, gravity, distribution of force Skateboarding workshops also available.
$1001- $3000
Cobb, Vicki The "We Dare You!" Video Project Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Program Series The purpose of this program is to get kids to create videos from Vicki Cobb's new book: We Dare You! Hundreds of Fun Science Bets, Challenges, and Experiments You Can Do at Home. The videos may be published on Vicki Cobb's website: www.wedareyouvideos.com It can be a single program, where the project is introduced. It can also include a second program where Vicki Cobb directs a video shoot.
$201- $350
Rogers, John ALL ABOUT BLUEBIRDS - and MORE Nature- Animals,
Nature- Other,
Science
Learn about New York State’s official bird, the Eastern Bluebird, from a recognized expert. This highly acclaimed program about nature is educational and enjoyable. Program content and length can be customized for children, adults, or families. The focus is on bluebirds, including the nesting cycle (building nests, egg laying, raising young etc.) and the proper use of bluebird boxes. But, there is more, too. Mr. Rogers opens young and older hearts and minds to bluebirds, other birds, butterflies, wildflowers, and nature appreciation. With visually beautiful photographs, bird sounds, and a sincere, enthusiastic presentation style, this PowerPoint program has been presented throughout NY State. The children's program is especially interactive and engaging, with children being encouraged to share their nature experiences. Examples of excellent books on bluebirds encourage further reading. As an option, a build-your-own bluebird box program (for all age groups) with all materials provided is also available. (see listing)
Up to $100
Ceceri, Kathy Paper Inventions STEAM Workshop for Makers and Artists Media- Other,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
STEAM educator Kathy Ceceri, author of the book 'Paper Inventions' from the publishers of MAKE magazine, will show kids how to create simple machines, structures and even electronic circuits using paper as a construction material! Choose from a variety of projects for this hands-on workshop, including Light-Up Paper Art and a paper geodesic dome big enough to crawl in, as well as traditional papermaking. Kathy is an expert on low-tech/no-tech ways to teach kids about electronics, robotics, and engineering. Her award-winning titles include 'Making Simple Robots' from Maker Media and 'Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future' and 'Video Games: Design and Code Your Own Adventure' from Nomad Press.
$201- $350
Bidwell, Beth Crows Rule! Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Crows! You either love them or you hate them! As one of the smartest animals on the planet, crows deserve our attention. A short PowerPoint presentation will introduce you to the fascinating and surprisingly awesome world of crows. Next, I will read my book about my non-releasable crow, Mojo. Then you'll meet him and if we're lucky, he'll even say Hello!
$101- $200
Gertsacov, Adam Acme Miniature Flea Circus Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
The Acme Miniature Flea Circus is an authentic Victorian style flea circus that features Midge and Madge, trained fleas, who perform Spectacular Circus Stunts As Seen Before (and on top of) The Crowned Heads of Europe. The show was deemed one of the top shows at the Minnesota Fringe, Montreal Fringe, Piccolo Spoleto, San Francisco Fringe, and many others. The Los Angeles Times said: -'Professor Gertsacov has the audience (and the performers) in the palm of his hand.' Many other quotes and a video, are available at http://www.trainedfleas.com.
$501- $1000
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
Sieling, Tom Take Tromp Through the Swamp! The world's most fun, lively, and participatory kids' songs - many are even a bit athletic! Music,
Nature- Animals,
Science
Tom performs humorous, VERY participatory (often even a bit athletic!) songs for kids, teachers, and families at schools and libraries. Fun is the guiding principle. He performed 82 library programs during the summer of 2016, and has delighted tens of thousands over the past twenty years. He accompanies himself on guitar, banjo and harmonica, and a drum machine helps keep things nice and upbeat. Tom travels with a great sound system for use as needed- it works well outside, too. He can usually be booked for $275 with no mileage fee ($250 each for within 60 miles of Ithaca or for 3 or more all booked together)- please see below for details. Dozens of area references are available upon request. 'Tom is a wonderfully engaging performer... sure to raise even the most reticent out of their seat! We 'howled at the moon, sang a wild thing tune', and wanted more!' - Nicole Carner, Library Director, Pember Library, Granville 'Tom is masterful both as a musician and in how he relates to his audience... his sense of humor and sheer fun shines throughout it all. He is a winner every time!' Mary Gleason, Children's Librarian, Irondequoit Library
$201- $350
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* Inclusion in this database does not indicate endorsement of any performer or program by the NYS Education Department, the Office of Cultural Education, the NYS Library or the participating library systems, nor does it eliminate the need for reference checks and appropriate standard screening procedures.

 

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