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Program
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Description
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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
Ceceri, Kathy DIY Electronic Music and Programming for Teens Music,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Teens will explore the science behind recorded music, electronic music, and computer-generated music with projects from the book Musical Inventions by author/educator Kathy Ceceri. Options include: Build a Paper Record Player -- Teens will discover the history of recorded music and make a simple turntable that plays vinyl LPs to take home. DIY Audio Speakers and Mics -- Teens will learn about electrical circuits as they build simple working speakers and microphones to take home. Electronic Music Board with Makey Makey and Scratch (computers required)-- Teens will learn about circuits and coding when they work in teams to build and program a musical surface you can play with your hands or a toy car or robot. 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.
$351- $500
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Beneficial Bugs! Entomology 101 Nature- Environment,
Nature- Gardening,
Science
What do ladybeetle larvae eat? What is an ootheca? Can you spot a walking stick? Do you have orange dogs in your backyard? What do bugs do to help our environment and keep us comfortable, even make food for us? What do insects and mushrooms have in common? Find out the answers and more during this program designed to get kids outdoors and exploring their environment. Kids get to interact with real live insects from New England, and learn about every stage of their lifecycle. The library may keep a terrarium with eggs to watch go through the life cycle to encourage patrons to return for observation.
$101- $200
Edgecomb, Diane Tales For The Earth Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
A Celebration of Nature and all the simple things we can do to help. Tales for the Earth is a beloved performance that is both educational and entertaining. It explores topics such as Water Conservation, Recycling and Wildlife Protection. Like all of Diane's programs, the performance is tailored to suit each specific audience. Depending on the age range stories may include: What Now, Cloacina?, Diane's hilarious water conservation story about a water sprite who travels through the sewage system in search of her pond or Boy Who Loved the Swamp, based on the true story of a 5th Grade student who saves his favorite nature spot from development. In addition contemporary tales explore ways to foster a whole Earth ethic. What shines through the entire presentation is a love and respect for our place in nature; with many ideas communicated about how we can create a difference. "Diane- Thank you for adding your magic to our Earth Day celebration this past weekend. We had over 1100 happy visitors that day, which is wonderful. You were so amazing with your messages and your dramatic "art." Thank you for coming!"Bonnie Drexler, New England Wildflower Society
$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 co-producer of the Troy Mini Maker Faire and a popular speaker at Maker Faires across the country.
$201- $350
Ceceri, Kathy Paper Geodesic Reading Dome Literature- Authors,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Join STEAM author Kathy Ceceri and build a giant geodesic dome using only rolled-up newspaper and masking tape! This project from the book 'Paper Inventions' gives kids hands-on experience with engineering, math, and team-work.
$201- $350
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Navigating the Stars History,
Nature- Other,
Science
Have you ever wondered how ancient people told time? Got from point A to point B without a smart phone or compass? Made it over the underground railroad, or to far away countries over the seven seas? Learn about Nathaniel Bowditch, the father of modern navigation and how he taught illiterate men to calculate from and follow the stars. Learn which constellations matter most in the northern and southern hemispheres. Best of all, take home a star map and learn how to participate in orientiering and other activities in your own neighborhood. To book this program, please add yourself to the spreadsheet below on your desired date and time. 1.) Please note anyone else who has booked that day and the distance between libraries. Please attempt to book with other libraries in your system. 2.) Times on the spreadsheet are suggestions, if my next library is ten minutes away you may alter the times to suit your schedule. 3.) Please fill out the contact information completely by scrolling right on the spreadsheet. Booking Schedule - (Copy and paste link into your browser) https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qzL5Ns32L-QBUZIvSTGc BxFPVGlRdWc3oKO0ubYyuT8 This program is suitable for the 2019 Summer Reading theme.
$101- $200
Ceceri, Kathy Amazing Robotics Projects Literature- Authors,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) projects with an arts-and-crafts twist, featuring projects from my books 'Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future' and 'Making Simple Robots.' Kids will learn about 'programmable bodies' and other concepts in cutting-edge robotics while designing and building their own working robots. Popular projects are suitable for ages 8 and up include Motorized ArtBots, Gravity-Powered Mini Robot Walkers, and bendable Robot Hands. Teen projects include Solar Wobblebots. Photos and more details at http://craftsforlearning.com.
$351- $500
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Biophere Projects! Growing Food on Mars and Beyond! Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Gardening,
Science
In the late 1980's, scientists began hypothesizing about growing food in space in preparation for the international space station and colonizing other planets. Biospheres were built and humans volunteered to live in them for 1-3 years at a time to mimic missions to other planets. Scientists studied nutrient requirements of plants, interpersonal relationships between participants, and environmental controls within these closed systems to explore scenarios astronauts might face when colonizing new planets. In this program, the library will build and host its own biosphere so students can learn about these closed systems in real time, and conduct experiments as if they were in space. To book this program, please add yourself to the spreadsheet below on your desired date and time. 1.) Please note the distance between libraries. Please attempt to book with other libraries in your system. 2.) Times on the spreadsheet are suggestions, you may alter the times to suit your schedule. 3.) Please fill out the contact information completely by scrolling right on the spreadsheet. Booking Schedule - (Copy and paste link into your browser) https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qzL5Ns32L-QBUZIvSTGc BxFPVGlRdWc3oKO0ubYyuT8 This program is suitable for the 2019 Summer Reading theme.
$201- $350
Siy, Alexandra Author & Photographer Alexandra Siy Media- Photography,
Science
Author and photographer Alexandra Siy offers a STEAM inspired workshop for students ages 10 and up. InstaSTEM = interactive video conferencing + art + STEM! Students learn how to use their cell phone cameras to create original "science as art" photographs and write a compelling, scientifically accurate caption that they can post on their social media sites. The introductory program will get students started on their "science as art" adventure, but for libraries interested in offering a more in-depth workshop, please consider a four-week workshop which is offered online in the author's Fieldtrip ZOOM classroom.
$351- $500
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