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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Rakvica, Pattie Jewlery Design/Bead Making Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Students will be able to express their creativity in jewelry design. Students will be able to create and design various jewelry items. This class can compliment science studies of rock and minerals. Student will be interested to learn how we are surrounded by rock, minerals and gems in our everyday lives. Bead making is a hands on experience for girls and boys. Designing beads and creating an exciting piece of art (key chains and necklaces).
$351- $500
1, Mad Science ~Mad Science Camps~ Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Mad Science Camps run for 5 days, 3 hours per day. Most topics are for children entering grades 1 - 5. Topics include Robotics, NASA, Nature, Secret Agent Lab, Crazy Chemistry, Mad Machines & Crazy Contraptions and Archeology. Check the Mad Science website for more detailed descriptions:www.midhudson.madscience.org
$101- $200
Powers, Eric Google Earth Expeditions Nature- Environment,
Nature- Other,
Science
Where does your food come from? Clothing? Students will tabulate all the things they use in a day to run their life, and then we will see what impact their choices have on the whole planet! I will teach them how to create a flying journey as we explore where all their daily things come from. Bring a USB storage device to save it and take it home to share with family and friends. Grades 5-12.
$201- $350
Straka, Mike Dinosaur Dig -Constructing a Dinosaur Dig Site. Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Get Ready – we’re going to construct and build a real dinosaur dig! Field Paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka will construct a dinosaur dig site right in your library. Imagine the excitement as your summer reading patrons get a chance to dig for REAL dinosaur bones. Next, we will identify the bones and finally, they will place the fossils on a Triceratops cut out. They will actually build a Triceratops with the bones that they discover. It’s been over 10 ten years since we offered this hands-on presentation. In addition, before each dig, Mike will present a 30-minute interactive fossil talk to get our Jr. Paleontologists ready to go on their dig. During the talk, Mike will cover how and where we find fossils. He will show some of our amazing discoveries from the time of the dinosaurs to the time of the ice age. As a special bonus, after the dig each patron can spend time looking at our expanded fossil museum. Rare and unusual fossils that we have discovered will be on display. Fossils will come to life in this fun-filled adventure.
$351- $500
1, Mad Science Harnessing Heat Science
Students will be introduced to the concepts of heat and heat transfer. They will be treated to six interactive demonstrations and four entertaining and educational hands-on activities. The class will learn and observe the basic properties of heat by play-acting the role of atoms, as well as, observing the effects and behavior of warm air and water. The children will witness a tea bag rocket-launch, a gravity defying candle-lighting and even take part in a sense-confusing temperature test.
$201- $350
Beltrani, Susan CSI: Who Done It? Science
From Sherlock Holmes to the OJ Simpson trial, people have been plagued by the question, "Who done it?" Explore the science of crime scene investigation techniques: Fingerprints, chromatography & shoe print analysis. Applying these techniques with deductive reasoning, participants examine the evidence & try to figure out Who done it?
$201- $350
Beltrani, Susan Eat Like a Bird Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Find out how the shape of a birds beak decides what it can eat. Participants pretend to be birds to test different models of bird beaks. By using their 'beaks' (spoons, chopsticks, tweezers) students attempt to pick up various types of food. This is a fun way to understand adaptation and biodiversity! Participants take home the materials & directions to make their own bird feeder.
$101- $200
Brickman, Robin Art to Wear: Animals, Insects, or Flower Pins Nature- Environment,
Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Robin Brickman, an award-winning book illustrator, will teach an art class based on natural science. Everyone will use coloring supplies on paper, cutting and shaping his or her piece, and then adding a pin to its back. The pins can be made into any natural item, such as flowers or insects. They can be lovely or quirky. Accuracy will be encouraged.
$351- $500
Fratello, Steve Rainforest Butterflies Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Science
A simply spectacular collection of rainforest butterflies and moths, many collected by the presenter, will provide a glimpse of the stunning beauty and infinite variety of tropical rainforest life, tropical rainforest climate & geography, and biological concepts relating to these rainforest creatures are covered. A few rainforest photos are shown and actual rainforest experiences are related. Presenter to audience and audience to presenter questions throughout the program. Presenter has explored the world's tropical rainforests for approximately 1,000 days: Australia, Borneo, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, Malay Peninsula, New Guinea, Peru, Sulawesi and Venezuela; and led a half dozen major scientific expeditions for the Smithsonian and Field Museums.
$201- $350
Animal Embassy, . Amazing Adaptations with Animal Embassy Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Join Animal Embassy and incredible live Animal Ambassadors for this interactive, educational and entertaining presentation. Library patrons will meet a variety of animals from around the world, representing numerous habitats and reflecting the amazing diversity of life on Earth. Understand how habitats provide animals with all that they need to survive: food, shelter, water, air and space. Discover how animals have adapted to unending environmental challenges in their own unique ways. With live Animal Ambassadors, we will see some of these amazing adaptations. Meet tortoises, lizards, snakes and sugar gliders!
$201- $350
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