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Program
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Description
Fee
Bertles, John Recycling Remix Music,
Nature- Environment,
Science
A 3+ performer remix of our famous Bash the Trash performance, plus hands-on instrument building, followed by an audience-participatory culminating event. We start with a version of our show that gives the basics of instrument building, as well as driving home the environmental message of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Participants then build a variety of instruments using recycled/reused materials that they bring in themselves, and/or materials provided by Bash the Trash. The event culminates in a joyous music-making event in which the audience members join the band. Depending on your physical space and appropriateness, this final event can take the form of a stage performance, a parade, or something completely different.
$1001- $3000
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
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 'Who Has Heard the Wind?' - Interactive Family Concert of Historic Wind Instruments History,
Music,
Science
This performance is the perfect complement to our storytelling performance 'THE BOY WHO WENT TO VISIT the NORTH WIND.' Our extensive early instrument collection features a joyous diversity of historic MEDIEVAL, RENAISSANCE, and TRADITIONAL FOLK INSTRUMENTS. Playing upon the wind as our theme and setting, we often usher in our performance journey with an early music mini-concert , specially highlighting our collection of early wind instruments of all shapes, sizes, and sounds. The audience is treated to consorts of recorders, of curious crumhorns, historical bagpipes both loud and soft, and a mysteriously ancient gemshorn. As you enjoy this exploration of historic instruments, marvel at the wonderful ways human kind has used wood, animal horn, reed, leather, and ingenuity to invent instruments that create a rainbow of musical sounds. These two complementary programs unite to appeal to all the senses, a memorable and meaningful feast for the eyes, ears, and imagination! For EARTHDAY and ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS EVENTS, the artists can also explore mankind’s long partnership with the wind as energy, and how cultures around the world have shaped, utilized, and interacted with wind’s many powers and wonders. Windmills, kites, sailboats, seeds… wind contributes significantly to our lives, pleasures, & history.
$351- $500
Straka, Mike The All-American Dinosaur Show. Science
Field Paleontologist Mike and Roberta Straka will take your audience on an amazing journey back in time. Combining fossils they have discovered, along with music, puppets, show & tell and a touch of magic, this couple will make dinosaurs come to life. Mike and Roberta will feature Mr. Nixon, a Triceratops skull they discovered in 1996. In addition, an Albertosaurus skull will highlight the features of a meat eating dinosaur. Finally, the audience will cheer for their favorite team in the, All American Dinosaur Game Show.
$201- $350
Visco, Christopher ORGANIC FOODS: Are they better? Life Skills- Food,
Science
There was a time when the word Organic was rare in a grocery store. Not any more. From potato chips to apples, the consumer is now bombarded with the choice of natural and organic. There is debate over the meaning of the word organic. This lively presentation will explore the truth about organic foods, covering organic meats, vegetables and other foods.
$101- $200
Sears, Susan CSI in the kitchen Science
A mystery is brewing in Wonderland. Tea time treats are missing. Was it the Knave of Hearts? The Mad Hatter? The March Hare? Use chemical tests and your deductive powers to brew up a solution to the mystery. Or it's off with your head! This is a fun hands-on program using non-hazardous household chemicals.
$101- $200
Sears, Susan The Mystery of the Broken Egg or Who Killed Humpty Dumpty? Science
CSI in Nursery Land! Was it murder, suicide, or an accident? Use scientific tests to solve the crime. This hands on program introduces the young scientist to chromatography and finger printing. It encourages observation and deductive thinking.
$101- $200
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
Tomecek, Stephen The Science of Sports Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Scientist and award-winning author Steve The Dirtmeister Tomecek takes a slightly serious look at the science behind many of the sports that kids love to play. The program features over a dozen interactive demonstrations which are safe enough for kids to try themselves. We begin with a look at athletes and why reaction time and hand-eye coordination is so important. We then explore the roles played by inertia, leverage, angular momentum, friction and gravity in everything from bowling and basketball to soccer and baseball!
$351- $500
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