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IN THE MINDS EYE- Optics

4th -9th

Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $9 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr) $250 first presentation
$220 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Students learn how our eyes perceive light. Experiments show how light can be reflected, refracted and filtered through lenses, prisms and spectrometers. Students make a thaumatrope to take home.

 

 

PHYSICS OF TOYS

Pre- K -5th

Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $9 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr) $250 first presentation
$220 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Experience physics in action through hands-on activities and demonstrations using familiar and old fashioned toys. Students experiment with the forces of gravity and inertia by observing and manipulating materials, forming and testing their own hypothesis. A concrete understanding of conservation of energy along with kinetic and potential energy is achieved when students make their own toy to take home.

 

ELECTRICITY & MAGNETSSupported by JDS Electric Corp.

3rd - 6th

Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $9 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr) $250 first presentation
$220 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Electricity comes alive in demonstrations using a Van de Graaff generator and Tesla Coil. Students discover the basics of electricity and magnetism through hands-on experiments. Concepts are reinforced as they make an electrical circuit project or a static box to take home.

 

FLIGHT

3rd - 6th

Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $9 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr) $250 first presentation
$220 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Why do airplanes fly? Concepts discussed include: gravity, lift, air pressure and other scientific principles. Students participate in demonstrations and hand-on activities that end with the assembly and testing of their own Balsa airplane.

 

FLOATING

1st - 5th

Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $9 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr) $250 first presentation
$220 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Why do ships float? Density and buoyancy come alive with demonstrations and hands-on activities using a water tank. Students experiment with different solids and liquids for a concrete understanding of density. Cartesian diver supplies are provided for take home project.(Children/teachers should have empty water bottles for home Cartesian divers.)

 

FORCE AND FRICTION

3rd - 6th

Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $9 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr) $250 first presentation
$220 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Students will gain an enduring understanding of the concepts of force, motion, and friction through a series of hands-on, highly engaging activities. They will participate in hypothesis formulation, data collecting and problem solving while utilizing concepts of push/pull, momentum, conservation and transference of energy. Each child will create a spinner to take home that illustrates these ideas.*Two (2) Adult volunteers are needed to help in classroom.

 

GRAVITY AND BALANCE

4th & Up

Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $9 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr) $250 first presentation
$220 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Center of Gravity and Center of Balance are tested using hands-on activities with ramps, feathers, and each other. Learn about Newton's and Galileo's theories. Defy gravity by balancing 9 nails on one. Students construct their own balancing toy to take home.

 

SIMPLE MACHINES: Duplo in Action

Pre- K - 2nd

Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $9 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr) $250 first presentation
$220 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Using age appropriate kits, students will build various simple machines. Participants make a tambourine using the machines built withLego-Dacta kits.Two (2) adult volunteers are needed to help in classroom.

 

SIMPLE MACHINES: Lego Engineering

3rd - 6th

Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $9 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr) $250 first presentation
$220 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Levers, pulleys and simple machines come to life when students build them. Working through a series of models using LEGO Dacta Technics Kits, students engage in manipulating materials, interpreting data, observing and predicting.

 

ROCKETRY

4th & Up

Only available at your location

Visit Your Site: (3 1/2 hrs)
$900 Max: 25 students
(assemble & launch)

Students build their own solid fuel powered rocket. Learn the physics of rocketry as well as rocket safety. The rockets are launched at your school field with the Long Island Science Center rocket launchers. Each participant will measure the height of their rocket as it soars using an altimeter. All materials included. An unforgettable experience.(Offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer.)

 

CATAPULTS

3rd - 6th

Science Center Visit:
(1 3/4 hrs) $15 per student
Max: 25 students

Visit Your Site: (1 1/4 hrs)
$500 Single Presentation *
Max: 25 students

The power of the lever is explored with the creation of this medieval machine. Learn how simple machines contributed to modern machinery. Launch marshmallows, sponges and ping pong balls while measuring distance and direction. Participants build a fully operational catapult to take home. A challenging and entertaining experience.

 

BRIDGE BUILDING

4th & Up

Science Center Visit:
$750 — 2 Part Presentation
Part 1 (2 hrs) Part 2 (2 hrs)
Max: 25 students

Visit Your Site:
$750 — 2 Part Presentation
Part 1 (2 hrs) Part 2 (1 1/2 hrs)
Max: 25 students

As architectural engineers, participants design and build their very own bridge. The object is to build a structurally sound bridge that will hold as much weight as possible and withstand the tremors of an earthquake. Learn about different types of bridges such as Truss, Beam and Suspension as well as the effects of the forces of nature on their structure. Compression, tension, gravity and other forces are also discussed. This two day engineering challenge culminates with testing their design using Science Olympiad Structure Testers and the Long Island Science Center Earthquake Machine.

 

CRAFT STICK BRIDGES

3rd - 6th

Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $9 per student
Max: 25 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr) $250 first presentation
$220 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Using craft sticks and glue participants explore the World of Bridge Building. During this engineering challenge each child will design and build his/her very own bridge to take home. Students may use low temperature glue guns.

 

GEODESIC GUMDROP DOMES

K - 3rd

Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $9 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr) $275 first presentation
$235 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Learn about one of architecture’s most intriguing structures-the Geodesic Dome, a sphere-like structure composed of a complex network of triangles. The geodesic dome’s strength is due to the fact that triangles are very stable shapes. Test the strength of this triangular structure by building your very own dome using toothpicks and gumdrops.

 

HOVER CRAFTS

3rd - 6th

Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $10 per student
Max: 25 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr) $300 first presentation
$265 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Be an engineer and make a vehicle that glides! Students examine the effects of friction on moving vehicles and explore alternative types of energy and locomotion. They build their own hovercraft to test! Students use low temperature glue guns.

 

STRAW ROCKETS

2nd - 6th

Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hrs) $10 per student
Max:50 students

Visit Your Site: (1hr) $300 first presentation
$265 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

Design and build a “house friendly” rocket. Learn the basic physics of rocketry, including understanding how rockets launch and the natural forces acting against them. The program concludes with a rocket launch (inside) where students test their own rocket design using air pressure. Aerodynamics, trajectory, altitude, distance, thrust and Newton’s Laws of Motion are introduced.**A large room is required.

 

ACTION CONTRAPTION: Rube Goldberg

4th and Up

Science Center Visit:
(1 3/4 hrs) $9 per student
Max:50 students

Visit Your Site: (1 1/2hrs)$300 first presentation
$265 each for additional on same day
Max: 26 Students

Students work in pairs to brainstorm and design a machine or “contraption”. Imagination and experimentation come alive as participants build their very own “contraption” that will make an easy task very complicated. A challenging hands-on experience. This program is based on Rube Goldberg, the famous cartoonist, and his quirky view of complicated machines. All materials included. Students may use low temperature glue guns. Appropriate for gifted programs.

 

BALLOON POWERED VEHICLE

4th - 7th
Engineering
Challenge

Science Center Visit:
1 hrs $9 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: 1 hr- $275 first presentation
$235 each for additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

During this challenging and creative program, participants build their very own vehicle powered by a balloon motor. Using the concept of Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion participants design, hypothesize, build and test their vehicle. The object is to build a vehicle that rolls both straight and far.

 

ALL ABOUT AIR 

Pre K - 6th

Science Center Visit:
(1 1/2 hours) $9 per student
Max: 50 students

Visit Your Site: (1 hr) $250 first presentation
$220 each additional on same day
Max: 25 Students

 Students investigate the properties of air using balls, balloons, bags, and even a hair dryer! Participants will learn that air takes up space, has weight, and exerts pressure. Includes a discussion of Bernoulli’s Principle and Pascal’s law and many amazing flying objects!