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More Than Rocket Science

Based on Designing Effective Science Instruction, by Anne Tweed, this 1-day “hands-on” program offers a choice of two base alternatives teamed with a range of options. Choose between Life on the Small Side and Life on Mars, in which students study fossils and micro-organisms from Earth to speculate about the possibilities of life on Mars.

  • Life on the Small Side, the ways in which rotifers, tardigrades and ostracods (microscopic organisms) adapted to living in a watery environment.
  • Life on Mars, in which students study fossils and micro-organisms from Earth to speculate about the possibilities of life on Mars.
  • Team with one of 9 options (see MORE INFORMATION).

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2 lessons of one hour each, up to four classes per day; second hour chosen from 9 options.

Available only to disadvantaged urban and rural schools.

Years 5 and 6.

Teamed Options Include

  • Balloon Car Racers: Building balloon powered rocket cars for a hands-on feel for Newton’s Third Law of Motion.
  • Floating And Sinking: Exploring connections between mass and volume to understand buoyancy and density.
  • Microscopes: It’s all in the details: using magnifying glasses and digital microscopes to examine sands, Velcro and a variety of seeds.
  • The Search For Life On Mars: Studying fossils and microscopic organisms from Earth.
  • Mystery Science: deducing what is on the hidden side of “Mystery Cubes” and inside “Mystery Tubes” and explaining their thinking.
  • Newton’s Hot Wheels: Using Hot Wheels cars to investigate forces, speed and friction; creating simple graphs to display results.
  • Protecting Astronauts From UV Radiation: Designing experiments to test materials’ ability to protect against UV.
  • States Of Matter: Discovering of the nature of gases, the connection between temperature and the movement of particles and an investigation of the spaces between particles.
  • Why Is The Sky Blue? Using lasers and torches to investigate reflection and scattering of light.