Science In Your Own Backyard
Who: Boys and Girls ages 5 – 7 (The class is limited to 15 students – first come first served)
What: Science Fun
When: 9:00 Am – 11:00 am
May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5, and June 12
(Please plan to attend all sessions!!!!!!!)
Where: Elburn, IL 60119 (please contact coordinator for specific address)
Why: To provide young children with the opportunity to think like a scientist and to explore their environment.
Please email Dr. Figgins at: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your student’s spot in the class. Call 630-319-7913 if you have questions.
Please plan to pay $5.00 per session at the first session ($25). The fee covers materials and the cost of hiring a K-2 specialist (Dr. Carolyn Riley) to help with these experiences.
Because the children are so young, we would like for you to stay with your student. This will provide needed support, but more importantly, allow you to follow up at home during the week – which will make the sessions even more valuable.
Materials that will be provided for your student:
Seeds, etc. to grow plants at home, too
Other materials as needed
Need a fun, reasonably priced science DVD to supplement your study of space or gravity? Janet’s Planet has exactly what you are looking for.
Janet Ivey takes you to the edge of space, quite literally. The DVD will walk you through some history of our understanding of gravity, check in with a scientist to further clarify our current knowledge, and even hear from some kids about their thoughts on gravity.
The video moves quickly and teaches you about microgravity (because there is really no such thing as zero gravity). You pick up lots of interesting facts, despite a few groans at some of the comedy that isn’t really well delivered. The best part comes after all the teaching when she actually heads up into a zero G plane to show us what gravity on Mars, the moon, and in outer-space would look like. That was pretty amazing, and in my opinion better than shelling out $5000 to experience it myself.
The whole DVD is about a half hour long and was perfect for a rainy afternoon and a little break from our current study of anatomy.
If you plan to study space, gravity, Newton, or have a space buff in your family, you will definitely want to add this to your movie collection.
From Janet Ivey
“For the past decade, science education has been my passion and America’s children have been my inspiration. It is incredible to see how excited children can become about the world around them when the information is presented in an accessible and fun way. That is the mission of Janet’s Planet, and I look forward to continuing to support better science education in the years to come.”
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A couple events coming up at the Midwest Museum of Natural History:
Wednesday, April 25, 10:15-11:15 am
$8/child (or purchase a 4-class card for $28), adults free
Call 815-895-9777 to register (walk-ins welcome too)
Spend a morning discovering nature at the Museum through games, crafts, stories, and songs, plus a live animal visit each month! Designed for ages 3-5 with an adult.
Severe Storms and Tornadoes:
the perspective of a storm chaser and scientist
a presentation by Dr. Walker Ashley, Northern Illinois University
Thursday, April 26, 7-8:00 pm
$4/person, Members free
Dr. Ashley will examine the science behind severe thunderstorms in the U.S. to discover how and why they form. He will also discuss the many myths surrounding severe storm hazards and storm chasing.
This is open to all families, but registration is required. Feel free to see their website for more information:
Fermilab Family Open House
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2009 Open House such a great success, by helping, getting the word out, or attending! The 2010 Open House will be held on Sunday, February 21 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.
Every year we have the Fermilab Family Open House.
Register for the Open House (no charge)
This is a party for children who bring an adult with them to learn about the world of physics. (There’s plenty for the grown-ups, too.)
A tentative schedule of events includes:
The Open House will be most appropriate for children in grades 3 and up (tours restricted to adults and children age 10 and up). The event is free, but registration is required. Be sure to sign up for tours. You should pick up the tickets for the tours in the atrium on the day of the event.
Look at pictures from the 2007 (pdf) and 2008 Open Houses.
Fermilab Education Office