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Program
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Description
Fee
Seeman, Laurie From Waterdrop to Watershed Nature- Environment,
Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Strawtown invites participants to learn fascinating and important new things about water and water habitats through hands-on Art and Science workshops. We begin with a discussion about the many ways we use, appreciate and interact with water. We take a close look at one drop of water, and how it travels in a larger vase of water. Participants make observations about what they see. We look at how one tinted drop of water falls into a vortex of water, and participants relate this to other experiences they have with water. Participants make ink drop paintings using the same scientific materials with which we just worked. They experiment with the way the ink drop moves around on the wet and/or dry paper. With watercolor pencils they personalize their paintings. With volunteers we demonstrate what a watershed is. With different earth materials, we look at how raindrops fall onto a “mountain”, and create a watershed with tributaries, ponds, lakes, and oceans. Participants learn to see the connection between the water cycle and human activity with regard for woodlands, wetland habitats, grasslands, soil, and geology, and animal bio-diversity.
$201- $350
Tougias, Robert The Quest For The Eastern Cougar Nature- Animals,
Nature- Animals,
Science
The cougar or Puma concolor once roamed free and wild all across the Northeast. It was extirpated from this region about 1890; however, ever since there have been sightings and even some field evidence. Yet local wildlife officials continue to tell us that they do not exist. In fact, the U.S. fish and Wildlife Service officially declared the species extinct here this spring. Only a month later, a 140 pound male cougar was struck and killed in Milford, Connecticut. If they are extinct then why do so many people see them and how do you explain the recent kill? Robert Tougias will answer this question and discuss the future of the large carnivore here in New England. The program will last forty five minutes and will be followed by questions. "I will be discussing the history and extirpation of the eastern cougar with slides of historical interest,the debate over whether or not cougars live here and the question of reintroducing cougars back into our woodlands..."
$201- $350
Ferrari, Johnda Under the Sea Nature- Animals,
Nature- Marine Life,
Science
Under the Sea! Under the Sea! What wonderful life forms are found under the sea! Young marine biologists will discover the variety of creatures found in our oceans. They will examine starfish, sharks, molluscs, fish, and other animal specimens. Children will play challenge games and then use something fishy to make a unique art project! Each child will also take home a craft project inspired by the sea!
$101- $200
Stelljes, Eileen Mastodon; American Incognitum! History,
Nature- Animals,
Science
Presenter in 18th Century dress shares details of the discovery of a Mastodon skeleton in Orange County, NY. A tri-fold display board, 'fossil' tusk, model molars, and small dinosaur skeletons are displayed. Program includes all materials for a miniature archeological dig after the lecture. Were huge bones found along the banks of the Hudson from a giant or mythical monster? It was a national mystery before dinosaurs were known! Children dig and ID what they unearth! Choice of #1 dinosaur egg OR #2 skeleton figure. Use provided charts and books from your display to help with identification. If desired, option #3 is to 'flesh out' dinosaur skeletons using clay.
$101- $200
Mad Science, Mad Science of Long Island Mad Mixtures (Preschool Workshop) Other,
Science
**Mad Mixtures** An excellent introduction to mixtures and the science of chemistry! Interactive and hands-on activities will help the children understand that chemistry is the science of mixing things together. We will use chemistry to mix up different colors and learn to make our own dough! These are programs specifically designed for children ages 3 and 4, and take place at your location. Our only requirements are: a room that can be darkened if needed, with tables and chairs where the children can work comfortably; a small table to set up our equipment and access to water and electricity. The children perform experiments, participate in demonstrations and, for most workshops, there is a take home item for each child at the end of the program.
$101- $200
Long Island Science Center, The Place for Learning IN THE MIND'S EYE Light, Color & Optics Science
Learn how your eye perceives light. Experiment with how light can be reflected, refracted and filtered through lenses, prisms and spectrometers. (Older children will use optics lab benches to perform experiment.) Program can be tailored to younger grades as needed. Make an optics craft to take home. 4th - 9th grade.
$201- $350
Michael Salvarezza, Christopher Weaver, Long Island Lighthouses History,
Media- Photography,
Science
Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they weave their special blend of beautiful photography and informative lecture to explore the fascinating history of some of Long Island’s most interesting lighthouses. During this program, the viewer will travel from Coney Island to Montauk, examining lighthouse architecture, their technology, and the stories that make these vital structures such an integral part of our local history. In addition, the story behind Long Island’s Life Saving Services will also be discussed. The program concludes with a multi-media presentation in celebration of the dramatic beauty of these lighthouses both here on Long Island and around the country.
$201- $350
Ceceri, Kathy STEM Workshop: How to Make a Mini Makerspace for Kids Literature- Authors,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
You don't have to be an engineer to bring hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs to your library, school, or at home. Kathy Ceceri, author of the middle-grade activity book "Robotics: Discover the Science and Education of the Future" will talk about low tech/no tech ways to help kids start designing, building, and inventing! Based on her years of teaching STEM concepts using everyday crafts, Kathy will suggest materials and tools to have on hand for different ages, abilities, and budgets, as well as where to find simple project ideas and resources for further exploration. An award-winning author and illustrator who has presented fun hands-on programs at schools, museums, and libraries around the Northeast, Kathy's favorite projects include the Motorized ArtBot, Solar Wobblebot, Gravity-Powered Robot Walker, Working Waterwheel, and Polarized Light Painting. Kathy has spoken at World Maker Faire New York in 2012 and 2013, and helped organize the Emma Willard Mini Maker Faire in October 2013. She is proud to serve on the board of the Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy, one of the fastest-growing makerspaces in the country.
$101- $200
Mad Science, Mad Science of Long Island Planets and Moons (Hands-On Workshop) Other,
Science
** Planets and Moons** Explore the farthest reaches of our solar system and create a lunar eclipse in this “mad” planetary tour! Learn how the planets stack up. Build and take home the “Mad Science Kepler’s Cube”, a fun and educational 3-D solar system puzzle! 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
Outreaches & School Visits, Long Island Children's Museum Up in the Air History,
Science
Explore the science of flight and dream BIG as you engineer your own gliders based on our observations of various AIR-MAZING experiments! Discover milestones in the history of aviation and learn about the Golden Age that transformed aviation from a sport to a growing industry. Recommended for Kindergarten-6th Grade.
$201- $350
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