Student Workshops

Experimentation & Discovery

Several hands-on workshops, designed for students in grades 1-7, will lead participants through the exciting process of experimentation and discovery. Workshops will take place the week of October 24-28, 2016 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

And the best part is there’s no charge to your school for these workshops!


NOTE: STUDENT WORKSHOPS SPOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED.
We are still accepting classes for the waiting list.


PRIMARY (Grades 1-3)
Monday, Oct. 24 (Closed)
Tuesday, Oct. 25 (Closed)
INTERMEDIATE (Grades 4-7)
Wednesday, Oct. 26 (Closed)
Thursday, Oct. 27 (Closed)
Friday, Oct. 28 (Closed)

DAILY TIMES: 10:00 am until 1:30 pm (6 workshops +30 minute lunch break)

JOIN WAITING LIST Primary Workshops Intermediate Workshops

Participation Info
  • Deadline for reserving your class is Friday, September 30, 2016.
  • Be sure to check session availability before making your selections.
  • Spots are filled on a first-come/first-serve basis
  • Students MUST arrive by 9:45 AM.
  • Students MUST be chaperoned by a minimum of one adult for each 10-12 students.
SCIENCE WEEK LINKS

Have a Question?


Don Antczak
antczak@pittcon.org

Marc Hubert
hubert@pittcon.org

800-825-3221, x208


October 22-28, 2016

David L. Lawrence
Convention Center

Primary (Grades 1-3)
    Monday & Tuesday, October 24-25, 2016
The Morphing of Matter: Water and Weather
Using a hot plate, a beaker, water, a pie pan and a bit of dry ice, students will learn about the water cycle and its relationship to weather in terms of evaporation, condensation, precipitation and melting. They will make rain, fog and snow. These changes will be related to the structure and properties of matter– solid, liquid and gas.
Animals and Environment
Students learn how all living organisms have special body parts to survive in its environment. Students observe live reptiles and use microscopes to help find each life form adaptation. We will also explore how weather can play a factor in changing environments.
Learning Science through Toys – A Playful Polymer
During the Learning Science with Toys student workshop, primary aged students will use an inquiry based approach to discover a connection between a popular toy and the science that explains “why” it works. Toys are an ideal mechanism for inquiry based science instruction because toys are an everyday part of a student’s world and carry a user-friendly message about science for students and their teachers. The Learning Science with Toys workshop will model methods for teaching science to the teachers while presenting science content to the students in a meaningful, relevant way. The teaching strategies used in the Learning Science with Toys workshop address the needs of a broad spectrum of students. Through the Learning Science with Toys workshop, students will increase their interest in and knowledge of science, as well as improve their use of science process skills (all in about a ½ hour!). Included in the session will be asking questions and trying to find answers about a popular children’s toy; connecting to literature; engaging in a hands-on, inquiry based activity through which content will be learned; creating a take home reminder of the content learned in the workshop.
Swirling Milk: Inquiry Based Learning
We will begin by briefly discussing the Scientific Method and Laboratory Safety. Next, students will perform this kid-friendly activity individually or in pairs, with the help of student volunteers. This fascinating experiment begins with pouring milk into a petri dish, adding a few drops of food coloring then dipping a cotton swab with detergent on it into the center of the dish of milk. Watch what happens! At this point we will guide the children in a discussion of what they think is happening (hypotheses). Finally, we will provide some additional materials to encourage students to think critically and test the predictions they make based on their hypotheses. To wrap up we will review the whole process emphasizing the parts of the scientific method and the importance of a controlled experiment.
Atoms, Molecules, and Matter
Students will mix, smash and explode various substances while they explore the difference between chemical and physical changes. Students mix chemicals, explore bonds, and use heat energy to make new molecules. During the program students will create Oxygen, react Hydrogen, use and create Carbon Dioxide and explore other elementary particles. From mixing to burning we’ll explore the wonders of Atoms. We have several other programs as well including animals, and adaptations, polymers, sound and light, in case someone is already doing chemistry.
It’s Not Easy Being Green and Having to Catch Food
As a result of participating in this activity, students will use a model to describe and demonstrate an understanding of animal characteristics, the frog in particular, food acquisition, predator-prey relationships, and energy flow in a food chain. This activity will be linked with a children’s literature book to promote literacy and to demonstrate integration of science with other subjects.

Intermediate (Grades 4-7)
    Wed, Thurs & Fri, October 26-28, 2016
Atoms, Molecules, and Matter
Students will mix, smash and explode various substances while they explore the difference between chemical and physical changes. Students mix chemicals, explore bonds, and use heat energy to make new molecules. During the program students will create Oxygen, react Hydrogen, use and create Carbon Dioxide and explore other elementary particles. From mixing to burning we’ll explore the wonders of Atoms. We have several other programs as well including animals, and adaptations, polymers, sound and light, in case someone is already doing chemistry.
Pittcon Planetarium
Step inside the Science Week Planetarium! Our inflatable dome allows students to step into outer space for a fun learning adventure about the night-time sky. This workshop will focus on locating simple constellations, the mythology behind them and basic celestial knowledge. Come, see, and learn! Did you know that finding Orion’s Belt can let you find four other constellations? Or that Native Americans used the Big Dipper to create a myth about why leaves change color? Learn all this and more! The mythological stories pull the students into the world of astronomy and have them leaving the planetarium totally excited to learn more about the stars and outer space. At least two chaperones or teachers are required to be in the dome during the program.
STEAM DREAMS: Student Connections that Count
Award winning concepts will be showcased including demonstrating the connection of art and science through various strands. Questions will be answered such as, “What Does VanGogh have to do with recycling?” “What do dinosaurs and art have in common?” Students will participate in hands-on art and science based tasks to see the true connections that exist.
Sounds Like Fun: The Physics of Sound
Sound waves are ubiquitous in the world around us but students are generally unfamiliar with the physics of sound. In this workshop students will explore the relationship between sound and vibrations. We will make straw oboes and rubber band harmonicas to examine vibrations and pitch, and use records and pins to make phonographs.
Light, Color & Spectroscopy
This will be a “spin-off” of the teacher workshop that I do. Instead of demonstrating the activities to teachers, I will do them with the students. Each student will take home a pair of “Rainbow Glasses” plus activities to do at home. Teachers accompanying the students will receive a “kit” allowing them to repeat many of the activities in their classrooms.
How Wind Does Work
We will define and illustrate electricity and magnetism as they relate to Faraday’s law. Students will see how electricity runs motors and how wind can be used to make a motor generate electricity. This is how wind power works. They will then choose different blade designs and test how they impact the electricity produced.

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Submittal of an application does not guarantee your space in the event, but we will seek to accommodate as many requests as possible.

A confirmation email as to the status of your registration will be sent to your school within 2 weeks of registering.

This email will contain important regarding bus unloading/loading and parking.

Reservation Guidelines

  • Deadline for reserving your class is Friday, September 30, 2016.
  • Be sure to check session availability before making your selections.
  • Spots are filled on a first-come/first-serve basis
  • Students MUST arrive by 9:45 AM.
  • Students MUST be chaperoned by a minimum of one adult for each 10-12 students.
  • ALL information requested in the reservation form must be provided.
Workshop Availability
PRIMARY (Grades 1-3)
Monday, Oct. 24 (Closed)
Tuesday, Oct. 25 (Closed)
INTERMEDIATE (Grades 4-7)
Wednesday, Oct. 26 (Closed)
Thursday, Oct. 27 (Closed)
Friday, Oct. 28 (Closed)

DAILY TIMES: 10:00 am until 1:30 pm (6 workshops +30 minute lunch break)