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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Ceceri, Kathy Amazing Robotics Projects Literature- Authors,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) projects with an arts-and-crafts twist! Kids can build real working robots using their creativity and imagination. Popular projects for ages 8 and up include Motorized ArtBots, Gravity-Powered Mini Robot Walkers, and bendable Robot Hands. Teen projects include Solar Wobblebots. Programs feature a talk about how robots work and a look at many of the other projects from my books 'Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future' and 'Making Simple Robots.' See photos, videos, and more projects at www.craftsforlearning.com.
$351- $500
Ceceri, Kathy Start a Mini Makerspace for Kids Literature- Creative Writing,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
You don't have to be an engineer to bring hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math programs to your library, school, or at home. Kathy Ceceri, author of the best-selling activity books 'Robotics: Discover the Science and Education of the Future' and 'Paper Inventions,' will share low tech/no tech ideas to help get kids designing, building, and inventing! Find out about the best 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. Kathy has presented hundreds of fun hands-on learning programs for kids around the Northeast, and consulted with schools, libraries, and makerspaces on how to create great hands-on learning environments for all ages. Her articles and projects have appeared in Make Magazine, Wired, Disney's FamilyFun and About.com's Homeschooling page. She is also a popular speaker at Maker Faires across the country.
$201- $350
Powers, Eric Due North! Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Ever been lost in the woods? Students will learn the basic components of a compass and how to navigate using one. The lesson starts in the classroom and then head outside (or large indoor space) to learn our skills. For a greater challenge, a compass scavenger hunt will be established around the site. A field expedition to a local park is available upon request for an advanced experience. Grades 5-12, and adults.
$201- $350
Lappen, Henry A Passion for Birds Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Science
A Passion for Birds is a comic, interactive, educational show about adaptation. It uses realistic, handmade masks to explore how different species have evolved different shapes and behaviors to adapt to their environment. Combining his passion for nature and performance, Henry weaves through the crowd acting out the birds while explaining the hows and whys of their diverse appearances and actions. Participants get to don the masks and soar as Eagles, swim as Puffins, and stalk as Herons. Henry Lappen has been performing comedy for over 30 years. He has been an avid student of nature since childhood. In this show, he combines his love and knowledge of birds, with his comic timing, and artistry in mask making and performing. Henry studied mime, mask and clowning at California’s Dell’Arte School of Physical Comedy. He is a member of the Hampshire Bird Club and the Northeast Hawkwatch. Henry was a Great Blue Heron in a past life. In this life, he is also a tango dancer!
$351- $500
ROCK, DINOSAURS, GEMS & OCEANS OCEANS ROCK Prehistoric Sea & Marine Biology Adventure Museums,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Touch a stingray without being stung! Pet a shark without being bitten! (Cool taxidermy specimens, that is. Exciting Multimedia show and expansive museum quality exhibit of Marine Life transports you to a virtual aquarium. We'll present surprising facts about Ocean resources used in medicine and in our everyday lives. Learn about unusual sea creatures such as Manta Ray, Sea Horses, Isopods, Octopus, the Blob Fish and more. Dig for and take home REAL sea fossil, modern day seashells and cool items such as seahorses and sea glass.
$351- $500
Ceceri, Kathy Robot Heroes Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Find out how volunteers with 3D printers are helping kids who are missing all or part of their hand by creating custom-fitted RoboHands for free! Participants will get to make a Cardboard Robot Hand which opens and closes with cables -- just like the real thing -- to take home.
$201- $350
Sears, Susan What do you see? Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Explore the world of mirrors to produce some incredible reflections. Understand how a kaleidoscope makes those fantastic patterns; make your own beautiful kaleidoscope to take home.
$101- $200
1, Mad Science Laser Light/Space Technology Science
This class introduces students to the world of lasers, light, color and important related scientific concepts. Once the fundamental scientific concepts have been presented in an entertaining descussion along with a brief demonstration, the class will then be introduced to the Laser. In a series of interactive demonstrations, the children will explore the laser's beam and it's unique properties. The students will learn how to make the beam visible and will have fun manipulating the beam's path by using reflection.
$201- $350
Brown, Wayne & Karen The Ocean Adventure Nature- Marine Life,
Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Professional underwater photographers, California marine biologist, Wayne Brown, and his SCUBA instructor wife, Karen, bring their exciting real-life expeditions to your patrons with fast-paced and entertaining multimedia presentations using unique props, biological specimens, breathtaking photography, storytelling techniques, audience participation and life-sized, inflatable animals. Programs include: • The Australia Great White Shark Expedition • The Belize Whale Shark Expedition • A Visit to Nemo's Home -- The Australia Great Barrier Reef • Funny and Freaky Fish in the Caribbean Sea • Diving with Dolphins and Humpback Whales • Playing with Living Mermaids -- Florida Manatees • Slimy Seaweed & Funny and Freaky Fish in the California Kelp Forest • Funny and Freaky Animals in the Belize Rainforests and Coral Reefs • Weird & Creepy Sea Creatures that Go Bump in the Night in the Caribbean Sea
$501- $1000
Bureau, Sandra On your mark, get set, survive Health & Fitness- Other,
Nature- Other,
Science
It’s a race for survival; yours. Do you know what to do if you get lost in the woods? What happens if you have to stay outdoors? Can you use the natural world around you to find your way? We'll learn some of these survival strategies thru activities and projects you can bring home for your own survival kit We do this through activities, games and participants always have some project to bring home with them. Extra $5/person fee for this program
$101- $200
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