Science STARS 2010
Teams (grade assignments are subject to change based on enrollment – I sound like some weird medical commercial or something)…
- Molly & Harvey
- Ryan & David – Team LAVA!!!
- Marshall & Jared -Razzmatazz
- Galina & Tyler – Radioactive Green
- Theresa & Benz
- Stephen & Alex – Team Atomic Tangerine
East High Period Schedule:
Teachers will be expecting for you to arrive at the start of class.
1st period: 7:30 – 8:17 am
2nd period: 8:21 – 9:06 am
3rd period: 9:10 – 9:55 am
4th period: 9:57 – 10:44 am
5th period: 10:48 – 11:33 am
6th period: 11:37 – 12:22 pm
7th period: 12:26 – 1:11 pm
8th period: 1:15 – 2:00 pm
Our Recruitment Invitations
- Friday, September 10th: Logan Newman’s room (F 306): Periods: 5, 6, 8 Stephen & Alex – Team Atomic Tangerine
- Monday, September 13th: Cecille Shorter’s room (F 312): Periods: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 Molly & Harvey
- Tuesday, September 14th: Alicia Cheng’s room (F 316): Periods: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 Galina & Tyler – Radioactive Green
- Tuesday, September 14th: Cassandra Elliot’s room (F1xx): Periods: 2, 3, 6, 7 Jared & Marshall – Razzmatazz
- Wednesday, September 15th: Suzanne Kirsche teaching in Alicia Cheng’s room (F 316): Period: 8 – This is an all-girls class!! Suzanne Kirsche’s room (F 310): Periods: 2, 3, 4, 6
- Thursday, September 16th: Andrew Webster’s room (F 311): Periods: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 Theresa & Benz
Tips for using demonstrations to motivate & excite – remember this is more of a performance than a teaching/learning opportunity:
- SAFETY – cannot say enough about how very VERY VVVEEERRRY important safety is!! Like Calvin said, TALK about it! Kids need help in considering what safety means – don’t miss an opportunity to emphasize it (might help the teacher in the room too!)
- USE your people resources wisely – Make sure both of you are doing something productive all 10 minutes!
- Purpose – be clear on what your goal is with this demonstration – talk about it and articulate it with your partner.
- Planning – over-planning – dry runs for sure! – scripting – practicing – practicing
- Repeatability – demonstrations are best when kids can say “do that again!”
- Simplicity – Right? Sometimes the best ones are the simplest – ping pong ball, pin hole, liquid nitrogen and plastic sphere – go team go!
Let’s collect ideas of demonstrations that would have the WOW factor!!!
- Ping Pong Ball Spinner – Love that this page has a link to safety working with liquid nitrogen!! This page has links to a number of other cool (ha ha) liquid nitrogen demos! Check it out! Oh, and check this out – if we did this, imagine how the entire school would be talking about STARS!!
- Your turn – add ideas!!!
Web sources for demonstrations (Chiappetta & Koballa, 2010, p. 188)
- Science Snacks, the Exploratorium of San Francisco (miniatures of their most successful exhibits)
- Society for American Scientists (physics)
- Chemistry Dept. of Elmhurst College, IL
- Science Education @ the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (bio, chem & physics)
- Hawai’i Space Grant Representatives’ Space Science Activities (25 demos presented at the NSTA conference)
- Chemical Demonstrations: A handbook for teaching chemistry (vol 1-4)
- 75 Easy Life Science Demonstrations and 75 Easy Earth Science Demonstrations