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Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Electric Shock! Neuroscience for Everyone Health & Fitness- Other,
Nature- Other,
Science
This course is taught with a lecture and lab component. During lecture, students learn about the organization of the nervous system, synaptic transmission, neurotransmitters, and ionic basis for action potentials. These are basic foundations for the science of neurophysiology, which we will be practicing using hands on methods. The lab component involves recording action potentials in real time from an insect, and analysis of the recording to interpret results. Robotic control of an insect using neural circuits and a cell phone usually interest the most hard core bored students! The goal of the class is to interest students in neural circuits and neuroscience! This program is suitable for the 2017 summer reading program.
$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
Zupp, Brad The Feats of Memory Show (A) Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Science
Students learn how to triple their ability to remember during one 45-minute assembly (even if they hate studying). Teaching the science of remembering using the performing arts. In this unique assembly, students learn HOW to remember! - Improve test scores, spelling, vocabulary, foreign languages and more. - Increase creative thinking and the ability to visualize as students use the three keys to unlocking their amazing memory abilities. - Boost test-taking confidence and classroom participation when students remember answers easier. - Students understand the science of how the mind forgets and the importance of homework, review and studying - Each performance can be customized for specific grade(s) and with examples of specific areas that need to be addressed as directed by faculty or parents. Available for grades 3 and higher. - This arts in education performance uses theatre, comedy and circus arts to demonstrate keys points and keep the students entertained as they learn - Amazing "feats of memory" impress the students as they see dozens of their names remembered instantly and a random 40-digit number that they provide is memorized in less than 60 seconds, right before their eyes More details, testimonials and a preview video at: www.FeatsOfMemory.com
$501- $1000
Brickman, Robin Art to Wear: Animals, Insects, or Flower Pins Nature- Environment,
Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Robin Brickman, an award-winning book illustrator, will teach an art class based on natural science. Everyone will use coloring supplies on paper, cutting and shaping his or her piece, and then adding a pin to its back. The pins can be made into any natural item, such as flowers or insects. They can be lovely or quirky. Accuracy will be encouraged.
$351- $500
Bezrodnov, Vitaliy Crystal Trio - Harmonic Glass Ansemble Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Science
From Siberia, Russia, Crystal Trio performs on crystal glass. These professional musicians ‐ Igor Sklyarov, Vladimir Popras and Vladimir Perminov ‐ play special instruments made from glass: Glass Harp, Verrophone and Glass Pan-flute Bass. The current repertoire includes variations of popular classical melodies of Mozart, Boccherini, Glinka,and Vivaldi, in addition to original pieces written specifically for a crystal glass. The mysterious, gentlemurmurs of crystal glass allow the listener to understand known melodies in a new fashion; it opens secret,unexpected sides of classical musical pieces.
$501- $1000
Grubb, Christopher Planetarium Adventures Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Prepare yourself as Planetarium Adventures takes you on a journey that will Inspire, Innovate and bring Discovery to the classroom. Planetarium Adventures is a completely portable planetarium that comes to you! No matter if you represent a school, a library or even a local community organization, Planetarium Adventures will bring the universe to the classroom. Please visit the website for complete descriptions on all programs offered. Planetarium Adventures can also adapt any program to fit your needs.
$101- $200
Ceceri, Kathy Musical Inventions -- The Science of Instruments! Music,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Explore the physics of sound using homemade musical instruments with Kathy Ceceri, author of Musical Inventions. Kids will learn how instruments create sound waves and how design affects pitch (frequency), timber, and volume (amplitude) by making drinking straw oboes, foam cup string basses, balloon drums, and paper poppers to take home. They'll also get to try out a variety of unusual musical gadgets such as a toolbox xylophones, salad bowl singing bowl, and musical glasses. For ages 11 and up, ask about advanced projects including Paint Stirrer Bullroarers, Wooden Thumb Pianos, or Cardboard Record Players. Kathy Ceceri is the author of over a dozen books of hands-on learning projects for kids. Her titles include Paper Inventions, Fabric Inventions, Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future, Video Games: Design and Code Your Own Adventure, and Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture.
$201- $350
ROCK, DINOSAURS, GEMS & OCEANS DINOSAURS ROCK Fossil Adventure Museums,
Nature- Animals,
Science
We bring the museum to you! Giant exhibits & interactive, entertaining performance - 50+ life-size & genuine museum-quality fossils, 5-500 million years old. Topics: extinction theory, plant vs. meat-eaters, fossil formation..Act as paleontologist during fossil dig...Take home genuine specimens like dinosaur bone, shark teeth...16th year. Seen by millions. Clients include Bronx Zoo, National Geographic. Gems Rock and Oceans Rock too.
$351- $500
Zimmermann, Linda Bad Science: A Brief History of Bizarre Theories History,
Science
"Bad Science: A Brief History of Bizarre Misconceptions, Totally Wrong Conclusions, and Incredibly Stupid Theories won the 2011 Silver Medal for Humor, in the Independent Publisher's Awards. This program takes a humorous look at bloodletting, alchemy, quack devices, the worship of meteorites, faked data, secret testing on people, and all kinds of really ridiculous ideas. From the ancient Greeks to the present, the history of science has been fraught with persecution, fraud, and ignorance on a massive scale--but that doesn't mean we can't laugh about it!
$201- $350
Shea, Joshua The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About Health & Fitness- Other,
Other,
Science
The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About is a look at the state of pornography addition in today's world of the Internet. As noted therapist Tony Overbay has said, 'It's not a matter of if your child will be exposed to pornography, it's when.' Today, according to some studies, nearly one-third of all men 18-to-30 report having an issue with pornography, while 98% of married men between 18-and-40 have admitted to looking at porn online in the last six months. These are just some of the jaw-dropping statistics that seem to fly under the radar, and indicate we could have a major health crisis on your hands in the next couple of decades. Led by Joshua Shea, a former pornography addict and the author of The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About: How My Pornography Addiction Hurt People and Destroyed Relationships, this program can be specifically tailored for length or to focus on either Shea's individual story, or the larger world of pornography addiction.
Up to $100
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