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Ceceri, Kathy Video Game Design: Games for Good with Author Kathy Ceceri Literature- Authors,
Media- Other,
Science
What makes video games so much fun? Learn the tricks game developers use to keep players interested and excited through difficult challenges. Participants will work as a team to design their own game -- one that might make the real world a better place. They'll also explore some of the free online resources they can use to use to program their own games (and learn some basics coding concepts in the process). 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.
$351- $500
Hoffman, Bernadette Wildlife Education by Bernie Nature- Animals,
Science
Live animal presentation with three species of your choice. Information is given on the life of each animal including interesting tidbits. Live Animals: Canada Lynx, European Polecat, African Hedgehog, South American Chinchilla, Ring-necked Dove and Yellow-naped Amazon Parrot(talks). Interactive Educational Games - Who's That Tail? Wild Faces, Track Match. More Animal Science and fun facts using three or more animal artifacts including skulls, furs, hides, claws, antlers, horns, eggs or feathers and focusing on a program theme of your choice. Program Themes: Adirondack Animals, Animal Stories, Animals Around the Globe, Antlers & Horns, Aquatic Animals, Burrowing Animals-The Diggers, Claws & Paws, Eggs & Feathers, Endangered & Threatened Species, Gone to the Dogs, Horns of Plenty, Night Animals, North American Species, Marsupials & Down Under, Odd & Unusual, Out of Africa, Predator & Prey, Reptiles, Rodents & Lagomorphs, and Wiley Weasels. Questions & Answer Session Touch & Explore is where you get to feel & examine the animal artifacts up close and touch the presented live animals under supervision. I can tailor my program to fit your audience and/or timing needs. Please visit my website for photos & information.
$201- $350
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
Fathi, Saul Silas Lecture Series History,
Literature- Other,
Science
I offer 5 lecture topics: Average 2 hours 1. The war in Iraq & prospects for war with Iran 2. The history of Islam and the Middle-East 3. Jewish life in Arab Countries 4. Current (International) Affairs 5. Cosmology: The Big Bang, Black holes and UFO's Much information, data and photos are found on my website: www.saulsilasfathi.com
$201- $350
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
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Microbes: Are they totally wicked? Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Food,
Science
This class has a lecture and a lab component. We are surrounded by, infiltrated, and even share our genes with microbes. Are they friend, or foe? Are you on a quest to annihilate your best allies? Patrons will be introduced to the world of beneficial microbes and how they protect us and promote our health. Patrons will learn about different classes of microbes, their morphology, and learn how to culture petri-film, and test pH of various experimental mediums. Would compliment nicely with a reading of Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions, or Rodney Deitert's The Human Super-Organism. Suitable for 2017 summer reading programs.
$101- $200
Zupp, Brad The Feats of Memory Show (A) Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Science
Students learn how to triple their ability to remember during one 45-minute assembly (even if they hate studying). Teaching the science of remembering using the performing arts. In this unique assembly, students learn HOW to remember! - Improve test scores, spelling, vocabulary, foreign languages and more. - Increase creative thinking and the ability to visualize as students use the three keys to unlocking their amazing memory abilities. - Boost test-taking confidence and classroom participation when students remember answers easier. - Students understand the science of how the mind forgets and the importance of homework, review and studying - Each performance can be customized for specific grade(s) and with examples of specific areas that need to be addressed as directed by faculty or parents. Available for grades 3 and higher. - This arts in education performance uses theatre, comedy and circus arts to demonstrate keys points and keep the students entertained as they learn - Amazing "feats of memory" impress the students as they see dozens of their names remembered instantly and a random 40-digit number that they provide is memorized in less than 60 seconds, right before their eyes More details, testimonials and a preview video at: www.FeatsOfMemory.com
$501- $1000
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
Siy, Alexandra Author Visit: GET STEAM! Literature- Creative Writing,
Media- Photography,
Science
GET STEAM! explores the links between STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) while presenting the process by which I create children's books--including research, photography, and writing. Using images from my books, BUG SHOTS, MOSQUITO BITE, and SNEEZE!, I introduce students to hidden worlds magnified and photographed by an electron microscope. In depth observation of a variety of specimens is accomplished with a 5X jeweler's loupe provided to each workshop participant. Students explore how they can use observation to to inspire their own creative-nonfiction writing.
$351- $500
Reynolds, Jackie Science & Educational Magic Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Science
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
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