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1, Mad Science Super Structures Science
Super Structures will give students insight into the world of architects and engineers! The students' first project will be to build card houses in which they will undoubtedly find all stable card houses have something in common - the triangle. Triangles and arches provide the greatest support in construction - facts that children will see for themselves when they experiment with these two shapes and use them to both strengthen and reinforce structures.
$201- $350
Cain, Ron Scientific Secrets of Magic Workshop Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Scientific Secrets of Magic reveals the scientific principles behind the tricks of magician Ron Cain’s trade. Children learn simple magic involving chemistry, physics, biology, psychology and math. The Syracuse University graduate and former teacher also offers other workshops that combine class instruction with hands-on activities: IT'S MAGIC! teaches kids to perform magic with ordinary objects like cards, coins and rope. Children learn simple tricks that involve chemistry, physics, biology, psychology and math. CLOWNING AROUND shows them how to have fun with juggling, yo-yos and balloon animals. THE WORLD OF HARRY POTTER gives Hogwarts fans a chance to take magical classes and play wizard games. ENCHANTED CREATURES focuses on the folklore and legends surrounding elves, fairies, leprechauns, trolls, dragons and unicorns. MONSTEROLOGY sheds light on the seven monster families and invites students to use their imagination to create creepy creatures. A GATHERING OF GHOSTS introduces students to classic ghost stories and beliefs. THE WILD, WILD WEST lets children pretend to be cowboys (and girls) and learn about Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull.
$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
Alexander, Neil Wired For Sound: an overview of Electronic Music Music,
I will give a 2 hour presentation on the history, tools & techniques of modern electronic music production, including a hands on demonstration of Analog Synthesis, sampling, looping etc.
$101- $200
Nature- Environment,
Experience a dazzling world of scientific wonder! Glittering, Museum-quality exhibit - Rocks & Minerals, Gemstones. Interactive multimedia. Show focus on the importance of Minerals in our everyday lives. Students act as miners during panning, gemstone mining or excavation activities. Take home real specimens - rubies, emeralds, amethyst…) Geode opening, Excavations, Amber discovery activity options too! We offer Dinosaurs Rock® and Oceans Rock® too.
$351- $500
Gertsacov, Adam Exploring With Henry Hudson History,
Performing Arts- Theater,
In this exhaustively researched show by actor, director, and performer Adam G. Gertsacov, Henry Hudson comes to life in a thrilling re-telling of his adventures on the high seas. Full information at The show imagines Hudson having just returned from his fateful third voyage and giving a presentation to “investors” (the audience) about his fourth voyage to continue his quest for the Northwest Passage to China. Through the course of the show, audience members will have the opportunity to “join” his crew, learn a sea shanty, learn how to navigate using state of the art sixteenth century instruments, and hear his thrilling tale of landing in the New World and visiting this strange new island named Manna-Hatta. At the end of the performance, audience members are encouraged to ask Henry any questions they like about his rich and varied life as a sea captain, explorer, navigator, and Elizabethan gentleman. Hudson lived during the age of Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, Galileo, El Greco, and Queen Elizabeth. This 40 minute educational performance is suitable for all ages, and is available for extensive touring during the Henry Hudson Quadricentennial (Summer 2009).
$501- $1000
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
1, Mad Science Earthworks Science
Great topic for the 2013 Summer Reading Program - Dig into Reading. Children find out that the earth beneath their feet is more than meets the eye in this introductory program on earth science. They discover what the Earth is composed of and how various forces combine to create rocks and minerals. Kids will uncover the forces that create earthquakes, the natural faults in the Earth's crust and even how mountains are formed. They will see minerals fluoresce before their eyes and create their own sedimentary stacker to take home.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John 'One World, Many Instruments' Concert Show & Tell for Children, Families Multicultural- Other,
Created of wood, bone, skin, metals, and earth, it is an amazing thing to behold the many ways people around this globe have used nature’s materials to bring forth music! The Bromkas have a long history of first-hand explorations and experimentations with world music in its many forms. Their extensive travels have lead them to play a variety of truly exotic instruments, from a great many different countries and cultures. Audiences love their hurdy gurdy, hammered dulcimer, the wide variety of bagpipes, mandolins, cittern, and Celtic harps. This musical journey travels to the far reaches of Asia, to include the magical Chinese Harp called “guzheng” and “erhu” fiddle, Turkish oud & baglama, Mideastern zither “kanun,”and a raft of percussion and other rare instruments! Hear stories for each of their instruments and musical selections, be it travels in Europe and Asia, gifts from mysterious strangers, or the instruments built in the Bromkas' own studios. This multicultural musical journey is a fascinating, fun learning experience for folks of all ages.
$351- $500
Brown, Wayne & Karen The Ocean Adventure Nature- Marine Life,
Visual Arts- Other
Professional underwater photographers, California marine biologist, Wayne Brown, and his SCUBA instructor wife, Karen, bring their exciting real-life expeditions to your patrons with fast-paced and entertaining multimedia presentations using unique props, biological specimens, breathtaking photography, storytelling techniques, audience participation and life-sized, inflatable animals. Programs include: • The Australia Great White Shark Expedition • The Belize Whale Shark Expedition • A Visit to Nemo's Home -- The Australia Great Barrier Reef • Funny and Freaky Fish in the Caribbean Sea • Diving with Dolphins and Humpback Whales • Playing with Living Mermaids -- Florida Manatees • Slimy Seaweed & Funny and Freaky Fish in the California Kelp Forest • Funny and Freaky Animals in the Belize Rainforests and Coral Reefs • Weird & Creepy Sea Creatures that Go Bump in the Night in the Caribbean Sea
$501- $1000
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