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Program
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Description
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Thompson, Liz Bats of Belize Nature- Animals,
Science
The 98 bat species that call Belize home represent some of the most interesting bats found anywhere on the planet. Learn about fishing bats, tent-making bats, colorful fruit bats, and the most enigmatic bats of all—the vampire bats.
$101- $200
Long Island Science Center, The Place for Learning LEAVES AND SEEDS Nature- Environment,
Science
What’s so special about plants? Through hands-on exploration using lima beans students learn about plant and seed structure. Topics discussed include, seed dispersal, germination, and photosynthesis. Students take home a Chia sponge to nurture and record observations as it grows.
$201- $350
Kronzek, Allan The Magician's Art and Scientific Inquiry Performing Arts- Magic,
Science
How do magic tricks fool us? Where does our thinking go astray? If we can be fooled by the illusions of a stage magician, how do we know we aren't being fooled by other illusions as well? Among the core science concepts explored in this eye-opening program--which combines baffling magic with audience brainstorming--are those related to developing skepticism, forming hypothesis, questioning appearances, testing explanations, and distinguishing between a scientific and non-scientific world view. Allan Zola Kronzek is a writer, magician, and longtime teaching artist. He is the author of the NY Times bestseller The Sorcerer's Companion-A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter, and the highly-acclaimed A Book of Magic for Young Magicians - The Secrets of Alkazar.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John 'One World, Many Instruments' Concert Show & Tell for Children, Families Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Science
Created of wood, bone, skin, metals, and earth, it is an amazing thing to behold the many ways people around this globe have used nature’s materials to bring forth music! The Bromkas have a long history of first-hand explorations and experimentations with world music in its many forms. Their extensive travels have lead them to play a variety of truly exotic instruments, from a great many different countries and cultures. Audiences love their hurdy gurdy, hammered dulcimer, the wide variety of bagpipes, mandolins, cittern, and Celtic harps. This musical journey travels to the far reaches of Asia, to include the magical Chinese Harp called “guzheng” and “erhu” fiddle, Turkish oud & baglama, Mideastern zither “kanun,”and a raft of percussion and other rare instruments! Hear stories for each of their instruments and musical selections, be it travels in Europe and Asia, gifts from mysterious strangers, or the instruments built in the Bromkas' own studios. This multicultural musical journey is a fascinating, fun learning experience for folks of all ages.
$351- $500
Animal Embassy, . Nighttime in the Animal Kingdom with Animal Embassy Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Join Animal Embassy on this night-time journey through the fascinating night life of the animal kingdom! With this captivating program, we will help children to understand the differences between “nocturnal,” “crepuscular” and “diurnal” animals by providing exciting, live examples of each. Library patrons will discover what these amazing creatures do while we are tucked tightly in our beds dreaming! Many nocturnal critters have highly developed senses of hearing and smell, and specially adapted eyesight to help them navigate with the light of the moon and the stars . . . We will explore the night-time activities and adaptations with live Animal Ambassadors such as a Red-eyed tree frog, a Hedgehog, a Sugar glider, Ball pythons, a Rabbit or a Ferret, a Spotted salamander, a Tokay or Crested gecko, and more!
$201- $350
WELDEN, CARL Introducing The THEREMIN, the touchless electronic instrument Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Imagine an instrument that the user plays without touching! As futuristic as it may sound, the Theremin has been around since the 1920’s, its haunting tones have been heard everywhere from Carnegie Hall to science fiction film scores. The Theremin is a simple-looking box with two antennae and unlike conventional instruments, it has no keys, strings, valves or buttons. Its volume and pitch are governed by proximity through an electromagnetic field. The experience is part music, part science and part story-telling. Hear the sound and history behind the first electronic instrument with performance artist Carl Welden, who will give a 'hands-off' demonstration, followed by Q & A. Audience members will then be given a rare opportunity to try this unique instrument for themselves, heralding quirky fun and loads of smiles!
$101- $200
1, Mad Science Mad Science Shows Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Mad Science offers several different amazing, high-energy science shows. Demonstrations of spectacular chemical reactions, cinematic special effects, fantastic forces, bubbling potions and more. All Mad Science shows are highly interactive, with volunteers (and sometimes the entire group) participating in every experiment and demonstration. Custom show topics can be developed upon request. Check the Mad Science website for more details: www.midhudson.madscience.org
$351- $500
Long Island Science Center, The Place for Learning YOUR GENETIC TRAITS Science
Jump into genetics with a fascinating examination of common traits. Working in groups, students take data, make comparisons, and discover how individuals are unique and similar at the same time. Experiments with tongue rolling, taste testing, and many other genetic traits are explored. 2nd - 6th grade.
$201- $350
Jones, Thomas The Maltese Falcon Revisited Literature- Other,
Media- Film,
Science
This program was created as part of the Big Read program. I have created a "next chapter" in the story of the Maltese Falcon and take on the role of a modern day forensic scientist who is visited by a relative of one of the characters from The Maltese Falcon. I use stills from the 1941 film as police photos, and I have created evidence that fits with the story. The audience and I explore the original story through the lens of forensic science and come to some intriguing conclusions about the person who visited me. This program is very popular with adults, who tend to really get into it.
$201- $350
Ferrari, Johnda It's Magnetic! Nature- Environment,
Nature- Other,
Science
Nature Detectives will be attracted to making fascinating discoveries using magnets. Have fun searching for the hidden magnetic properties found in natural materials and in food! Different kinds of magnets will be used to conduct amazing experiments. Find out which objects attract and repel each other! Make strange sounds and design geometric shapes! Watch as certain magnets appear to float in air! The Laws of Attraction invite you to the MAGnificent World of Magnetism!
$101- $200
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