Kindergarten and First Grade

“That Makes Sense” an intro to the senses.  Kindergartners make the best scientists!  They excel at asking questions and they use their five senses incessantly. This program capitalizes on their enthusiastic desire to share what is on their minds by using the analogy of mail to explain messages sent by our senses to our brain.  Students open mail packages to investigate all sorts of objects – soft and rough fabrics, loud and soft noises, smells, colors, etc – and then share what their brains “tell” them about the objects.  With a whistle and a toot, one mail package leads students to close their eyes and point to sources of sound to hear why they have two ears.  Students then move around to different activity centers to explore how we use our senses to figure things out: using mystery boxes to touch and mystery canisters to shake or sniff.  Students end the day with a take-home mystery treat to test their sense of taste (no food or tasting occurs during the show to respect concerns regarding food allergies).

Duration Cost Grades levels Audience size
60 minutes Standard Rate K-1 28 max.
Comments: Designed for kindergarten to accompany science unit on the five senses.

 

“Storm Science” Have you ever been afraid during a storm?  Was it the wind, the thunder, the lightening, or the rain that bothered you?  This assembly breaks down the parts of a storm to explore where they come from and how they work.  Students will create convection currents with hot and cold water and see how air moves around.  They will use their expertise in opposites to compare short and tall objects that may attract lightening, and trace a maze showing the path of lightening from cloud to ground.  By touching a plasma ball they will see how glass or other structures protect us from lightening’ power.  Through such kid-friendly activities elucidating the processes involved, they can leave with a better understanding, and perhaps a little less fear, of storms.

Duration Cost Grades levels Audience size
60 minutes Standard Rate K-1 28 max.
Comments: can be reduced to 45 minutes.  Designed for 1st grade study of weather.


“What’s the solution?”
How can we make an egg float? How can we make a rock disappear?  How do we make a little foam boat zoom across the water without the slightest push?  What’s the solution?  MAKE A SOLUTION!  Students learn about the properties of water and solutions through a “magic” show that asks them to figure out “What’s the solution?” All students get a goody bag that includes a “magic boat” to encourage them to try these tricks at home.

Duration Cost Grades levels Audience size
60 (or 50) min. Standard Rate K-3 28 max.
Comments: A good companion to 1st grade curriculum intro to liquids and solids. Or a good companion to 2nd grade studies of mixtures and of the earth as a water planet.

 

Super-simple simple machines presents a more basic approach to machines, better suited to kindergarten and 1st grade.  Once again, these students will prove that they are excellent scientists – when presented with large toys and asked to perform a parade, no one needs instructions on how to get the toys moving – they push and pull to apply forces like trained physicists!  We continue our scientific investigations (a.k.a “play”) as we push, pull, drop, and slide a multitude of toys using simple machines.  Activities will also examine the “invisible forces” of gravity and friction and how simple machines use and overcome these forces.

Duration Cost Grades levels Audience size
60 minutes Standard Rate K-1 32 max.
Comments: Basic introduction to hypothesis testing and scientific investigation through play