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Science on Stage included a personalized script that the students created with the help of Ms. Melissa Ellington, and very cool experiments by Mr. Robert Ellington that included inclined planes, levers, wheel and axles, the periodic table, carbon dioxide, pouring gases and fire!
Now watch Mr. Robert at work!
This Science on Stage Fall 2014 class will explore color through chemistry and properties of light waves through physics. Students will make a chemical indicator that identifies substances by color changes. Students will also learn about the physical properties of light waves through patterns of movement. These concepts will be examined through demonstrations and experiments during class. Students’ scientific learning will be incorporated in an original script devised by the instructor. This class will also address basic theatre terminology and acting skills. Each student will create an original character that s/he will play in a theatrical performance inspired by the chemistry of color and physics of light. Students will design and build their own costumes and props outside of class time. These design and building projects will align with several of the DIY.org challenges for those students who are interested. The last class session will feature a dress rehearsal and performance of the short play.
Dates: Tuesday mornings from 10 – 11 am on September 9, September 23, October 7, October 21, and November 4.
Maximum class size: 10 students
Fee: $5 per student for demonstration supplies. Students will provide their own costume and prop materials. The emphasis will be on creativity with arts and crafts supplies the students already have at home and repurposing items to make innovative designs rather than spending money to purchase expensive supplies.
What: Science on Stage: Superheroes
Each child will invent an original superhero character. Students will write a brief character biography and send by email to the instructor prior to the first week of class. (Guidelines will be sent to parents in advance.) The instructor will incorporate the students’ original characters in creating a script in which the Science Superheroes solve problems using the periodic table and simple machines. A science education consultant with decades of experience as a physical science and chemistry teacher will provide guidance.
Before the first class, the instructor will email the completed script to parents so that students can become familiar with the material. During the four class sessions, students will learn about the science topics explored in the script and rehearse the play. Outside of class time, students will create their superhero costumes and one (or more, if desired) prop(s) to be used in the performance. These design and building projects will align with several of the DIY.org challenges for those students who are interested. The last class session will feature a dress rehearsal and performance of the play.
Participants: 10 maximum
Cost: $5 per child for science demonstration materials. (Any funds not used to purchase items for the demo experience will be refunded.) Students will provide their own costume and prop materials. The emphasis will be on creativity with arts and crafts supplies the students already have at home and repurposing items to make innovative designs rather than spending money to purchase expensive supplies.
When: By mid-June kids send superhero character ideas to Melissa. By late June, Melissa emails scripts to parents so kids can get familiar with their roles and start learning lines.
Event: STEAM of Magic Show and Workshop
Date: April 26, 2013
Time: 9am – 12pm
School of the Mind Members: $30, Non School of the Mind Students: $32
Limited to 10 Students only.
John Tudor of Tudor Magic will be presenting a 30 minute Magic Show followed by a 2 1/2 hour Magic Workshop. The Workshop will show students the STEAM of Magic, including tricks about perception/visual illusion, action/reaction, science tricks, math based card tricks, etc. All special materials are provided.
School of the Minds has been invited to participate in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) School Support Program (3SP) of South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science.
“STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) School Support Program (3SP)is a pilot effort to develop support strategies for schools that have interest in seeking STEM certification from S2TEM Centers SC and SCCMS. This partnership is designed to test the effectiveness of planning tools and support models for STEM focused schools. For the 2012-13 School Year, S2TEM Centers SC and SCCMS will consider only those schools that are invited to participate and that meet specific eligibility requirements.”