March 5 - 9, 2017
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL, USA

Student Workshops.

Student Workshops are now closed. We are no longer accepting reservations.

Experimentation & Discovery

Several hands-on workshops designed for students in grades 4-7 will lead participants through the exciting process of experimentation and discovery.

These Student Workshops will be offered Monday, March 7, through Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The workshops begin promptly at 9:30 AM and end at 12:30 PM each day. Students will rotate through 6 workshops. There is a maximum of 6 groups of 30 students each for the workshops.

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

Just be sure to meet the following conditions:

  • Deadline for reserving your class is February 26, 2016.
  • Be sure to check session availability (below) before making your selections.
  • Students MUST arrive by 9:15 AM.
  • Students MUST be chaperoned by a minimum of one adult for each 10 students.

Workshop Availability

Monday, March 7, 2016 (CLOSED)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 (CLOSED)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 (CLOSED)


Student Workshops

Learning Science through Toys – A Playful Polymer!

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During the Learning Science with Toys student workshop, 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 a method for teaching science to the teachers while presenting science content to the students in a meaningful, relevant way. The teaching strategies used in the 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 science 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.

Pittcon Planetarium

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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.

Gas Laws

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None of the gases used in this workshop can be seen, but their behavior can be quite interesting. Through inquiry and demonstrations of the Bernoulli Principle and gas pressure, students will gain a better appreciation of the behavior of gases in a variety of settings. This workshop is more than just a lot of hot air!

Acids, Bases, and Indicators

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This workshop starts with two colorful, attention–getting demonstrations. One demonstration is the Goldenrod paper “blood hand” base indicator demo and the other is the “Water into Kool-Aid” acid/base indicator demo. After each demo the science behind the demo is explained. Some definitions and theories pertaining to acids, bases, and indicators are presented, and then students are given an opportunity to use red cabbage indicator to test household solutions to estimate the pH of each.

During all portions of the workshop verbal interaction between the presenters and students is encouraged. At the conclusion of the workshop students are asked to compare their pH values with those obtained by the presenters for each of the solutions tested. All participants are guaranteed to have a lot of fun with these hands-on educational activities, and that’s “no lye!”

It Makes You Feel like Floating: Water and Density

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Through hands-on experimentation, students will learn about water and density. Water characteristics will be used to increase understanding of floating phenomena, and related Investigations will demonstrate the importance of states of matter, temperature, composition and configuration. Students will make their own density columns.

Exploring Charges

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Exploring Charges- Students learn how positive and negative charges interact with one another. Students experiment with magnets, and electromagnets to learn how they are similar to electrical charges. Students also use electricity to learn about static and currents, as well as what the difference is between an insulator and a conductor.

We have many other topics we can cover if another presenter is doing a similar topic.

Workshop Reservation Form

Even though registration is currently filled, we encourage interested schools to submit their information to be placed on a wait list. In the event of an opening, the wait list will be utilized in the order they were submitted and by the available student allotments.

    We are no longer accepting reservations.

Reservation Info

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 the first week of February or within 2 weeks of registering, whichever is later. This email will contain important regarding bus unloading/loading and parking.

Reservation Guidelines

  • Deadline for reserving your class is February 26, 2016.
  • Be sure to check session availability before making your selections.
  • Students MUST arrive by 9:15 AM.
  • Students MUST be chaperoned by a minimum of one adult for each 10 students.
  • ALL information requested in the reservation form must be provided.



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