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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Bertles, John Bash the Trash Music,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Bash the Trash is all about science, music and the environment - for over 20 years we’ve been building, performing and educating using instruments made from recycled and reused materials. Our scientist/musicians have invented an entire orchestra of strange instruments, and teach about sustainability and the 3 R’s (Reduce Reuse Recycle). Science can transform even the strangest resources into cool stuff! This program is flexible and can be done in a solo, duo or trio size depending on your projected audience size and budget. We can present for very young audiences (3-6 yrs), school age audiences or family audiences. Optional hands-on instrument-building and parade/jam session available. Excellent connections to summer reading, environmental programs, music and science book programs, as well as occasions such as Earth Day, National Recycling Day, Arbor Day, World Water Day, etc.
$351- $500
Mad Science, Mad Science of Long Island Mineral Mania (Hands-On Workshop) Other,
Science
** Mineral Mania** Recreate the process of rock formation and learn to identify and classify rocks and minerals. Experience the thrill of panning for gems. The gems you find, you can take home for further study and identification. Mad Science Enrichment Programs are fun explorations into science and technology, and they encourage informal learning through hands-on experience. All Mad Science workshops include a lot of fascinating equipment, supplies, and take-home materials which the children build themselves. The Mad Science mission is to spark the imagination and curiosity of children everywhere by providing them with fun, entertaining, and educational activities which instill a clear understanding of what science really is, and how it affects the world around them.
$101- $200
Mad Science, Mad Science of Long Island Up, Up & Away (Show) Other,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
You think homework is pressure? Just wait until you learn how the weight of the earth’s pressure pushes down on you with the force of two elephants! Explore how Bernoulli’s principle creates enough lift to make a jumbo jet fly or how air pressure can be used to launch a mini-rocket. Watch in amazement as our vortex generator creates giant smoke rings. Want even more pressure? Take a ride on our amazing Mad Science Hovercraft! Mad Science shows are fun and educational and this program will leave you flying high!
$351- $500
Adams, Lori How to Write a Non-Fiction Book Media- Photography,
Nature- Animals,
Science
In this author visit, Lori Adams, presents the story of the creation of the children’s non-fiction book “Triops – a very unusual creature” from the development of the idea, collaboration between two authors, research involved, raising of Triops, writing involved and layout and printing of the book. Using the book as an example, she will highlight the typical structures used by authors in non-fiction writing (table of contents, glossary, index etc.) She will highlight pages that illustrate non-fiction conventions in expository writing such as description, comparison, cause and effect, and problem and solution. Triops or other acquatic creatures will be displayed for observation. As the photographer, she will explain how she captured the life cycle of Triops from hatching eggs through death of these creatures in both her kitchen and professional studio. She will demonstrate how photographs are taken with a professional set. Using the digital process, she shoots directly to a computer and images are projected for all to see. She will explain how she selects photographs, and interprets draft text. Samples of close-up photography of other creatures – butterflies, caterpillars, newts are also presented. Images created during the visit will be emailed to the librarians.
$201- $350
Jones, Thomas Unsolved Crimes History,
Science
This is a library program version of one of my more popular college courses. We examine some of the most famous, captivating unsolved crimes and apply the knowledge of a modern forensic scientist to see if there is anything new we can learn. Typically, we choose one or two cases to cover, from a list that includes Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden, the Lindbergh Kidnapping, the Black Dahlia (and potential connections to other crimes), and the Zodiac.
$201- $350
Science, Wondergy SkateScience Health & Fitness- Sports,
Other,
Science
Ever wonder how a pro skater does those awesome tricks? Explore the science behind skating with a little help from a pro skater and Wondergy. See how to stay on the board, turn, jump (ollie), and perform tricks like a kickflip or a manual. Get ready for the sickest Wondergy show ever! Explore the physics of skateboarding, with professional skaters and big-scale jumps and tricks. Great for large audiences of all ages! Focus on safety along with skating skills. TOPICS: Center of mass, inertia, gravity, distribution of force Skateboarding workshops also available.
$1001- $3000
Mad Science, Mad Science of Long Island Harnessing Heat (Hands-On Workshop) Other,
Science
**Harnessing Heat** Fast moving molecules are the main attraction in this exploration of energy and heat. We’ll show you how air behaves when heated or cooled, and launch a mini rocket launch to study the properties of heat. Learn about states of matter turning sugar into floss while making your very own cotton candy to eat! (Not recommended for groups with food allergies, diabetes, or kosher concerns) Mad Science Enrichment Programs are fun explorations into science and technology, and they encourage informal learning through hands-on experience. All Mad Science workshops include a lot of fascinating equipment, supplies, and take-home materials which the children build themselves. The Mad Science mission is to spark the imagination and curiosity of children everywhere by providing them with fun, entertaining, and educational activities which instill a clear understanding of what science really is, and how it affects the world around them.
$101- $200
Lawrence, Ted Dr. Quinton Quark Presents... The Notion of Motion! Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Science
Dr. Quinton Quark Presents… The Notion of Motion is a rollicking rollercoaster of physics demonstrations teaching about Newton’s Laws of Motion (Inertia, Force & Acceleration, Action & Reaction), how to use a hypothesis, and units. Using extensive audience participation the audience will learn why plates stay on a table when the table cloth is yanked away, why they need to buckle their seatbelts, and why not to walk around in a canoe. Finally, the audience will demonstrate their mastery of the new physics concepts by figuring out what will happen and how each of Newton’s Laws are demonstrated if Dr. Quark discharges a fire extinguisher while wearing roller blades. This show is most often performed for elementary schools; one audience of k – 2 (60 minutes) and another audience of 3 – 6 (70 – 75 minutes). This show is an excellent refresher for the science portions of all the standardized science tests. The Notion of Motion has appeared internationally in Singapore and Afghanistan. This program is written and presented by Ted Lawrence, certified veteran physics and chemistry teacher and former Ringling Bros. clown.
$1001- $3000
Powers, Eric Live Reptile Show Nature- Animals,
Science
Although reptiles may seem creepy to some, to know them is to love them! Participants will learn the characteristics of a reptile and be able to identify members of the snake, lizard, turtle and crocodile families. Particular themes such as “The Class of Reptiles,” Desert vs. Tropical Adaptations” or “Careers with Animals” are available. This program can be modified to suit mandated curricular needs. Call for details!
$201- $350
Bidwell, Beth Local Wildlife Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Take a walk on the wild side! Meet some of the animals that call your backyard their home. Almost any acre of ground in New York is host to a wide variety of animals. Hawks, falcons, owls, turtles, and snakes are all your neighbors; come on out and get to know them!
$201- $350
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