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Educator Guide

2010-2011

860.SCIENCE [724.3623] www.CTScienceCenter.org 250 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT 06103

Connecticut Science Center


Our Mission & Values The Connecticut Science Center is dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning through interactive and innovative experiences that explore our changing world through science. We strive to create an engaging and sustainable science center that serves families and schools and has a significant impact on student and adult learning in Connecticut. We seek to develop the minds of future thinkers and inventors who will compete in the ever-expanding global marketplace for technology and innovation. And we endeavor to create a Connecticut workforce that meets the projected growth of jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We will open science to a more diverse audience, engaging students and families from all social and cultural backgrounds in the Center and its programs. As a statewide resource for science and technology education, we want all visitors to learn science through unique methods beyond the traditional textbook. Major support for our Education Programs has been provided by: Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Anderson AT & T Foundation Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Bingham McCutchen LLP Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority Dunkin Donuts Donna & Stuart Farber Family Foundation, Inc. GE Foundation Lincoln Financial Foundation Marjorie E. Morrissey Robert & Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. Walmart Foundation

Additional thanks to:

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Big Y Supermarkets for their support of Science Moments, which can be heard on The River 105.9 FM and online at www.ScienceMoments.com WFSB Channel 3 The Hartford Courant / Newspapers in Education YellowPages.com

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CONTENTS This Guide is fully interactive, click on key words to be taken to that section or file. To return to the Table of Contents simply click on the page number of any page. 2 Planning for Your Learning Goals/ Scheduling a Visit at the Science Center 3 Science Standard Matrices 3 K-2 Matrix 4 3-4 Matrix 5 5 Matrix 6 6-8 Matrix 7 9-10 Matrix 8 Discovery Center Foundation Programs 10 Discovery Center Enrichment Programs 11 Exhibits 14 Trail Guides 15 Gallery Programs 18 3D Movies 20 Outreach Programs 24 Professional Development Workshops 25 Prices 26 Make a Reservation 27 Floor Plans


science center experience PLANNING FOR YOUR LEARNING GOALS We hope that you include a visit to the Connecticut Science Center to support the learning goals that you have for your students. To assist you, we have developed programs based on Science Standards and beyond.

Here’s how to schedule a visit or reserve a program. 1.

Refer to the Science Standards Matrices. Select a grade level content standard in the left column that best matches your learning goals for a visit to the Science Center.

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Read across that row to identify the Trail Guides, programs, exhibit galleries and 3D movies that best target your learning goals.

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Use the guide to learn more about these resources and other enrichment programs available to you.

Follow the Three Step Field Trip Reservation 4. Process of this guide to reserve your visit. 5.

A successful visit starts and ends in your classroom! If you haven’t already done so: a. Consider attending a Professional Development workshop to help you prepare for your visit. b. Also consider scheduling a Science in Motion Outreach Program prior to and/ or after your visit to enchance the learning experience for your students.

The Connecticut Science Center is fully accessible to all visitors. We offer exhibits, videos, audios, visuals, tactile components, programs, live demonstrations, and personal interactions with Science Center team members that reach all learning styles and levels of interest.

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science standard matrices

K-2 Matrix

CT Science Standards

Trail Guide

self-guided exhibit tours

Gallery Science

floor activities and demos

3D Movies 20-40 minute

Discovery Center Foundation Program Packages

Outreach

50-60 min workshops

Professional Development 1-day workshops

45 minute classroom labs

K.3 Weather

Exploring Space, Planet EarthForces in Motion

Weather

3D Sun/ Wild Ocean

What’s the Weather?

Sail Away Weather Tools

Weather

1.1 Positions

Exploring Space, River of Life, Planet Earth, Kidspace

Positions

3D Sun

Where’s Your Shadow?

What Time is It?

Positions

States of Matter, Matter

Mystery Detectives

States of Matter

1.3 Structure & Function of Living Things 2.1 States of Matter

2.2 Plants

2.3 Earth’s Materials

2.4 Nutrition K-5 Creating and Communicating

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Exhibits

150 interactive

River of Life

KidSpace

Wild Ocean

States of Matter

What’s the Matter?

3D Sun/ Wild Ocean

Roof Top Garden

Planet Earth

The Dirt on Dirt

Picture of Health

Invention Dimension

Connecticut Science Center


science standard matrices CT Science Standards

3-4 Matrix

3.1 Properties of Matter

Exhibits

150 interactive exhibits

Sports, Exploring Space, Energy City

Trail Guides

self-guided exhibit tours

Properties of Matter

Gallery Science

floor activities and demos

What’s the Matter?

3D Movies

Program Packages

Legends of Flight/3D Sun

Melting Away

3.2 Organism Survival & Reproduction

River of Life

Wild Ocean/ Sea Rex

3.3 Earth’s Materials

Planet Earth

Wild Ocean

3.4 Earth’s Resources

River of Life,Planet Earth, Energy City

4.2 Organisms & Their Environment

Earth’s Resources

River of Life

Discovery Center Foundation

20-40 minute science films

Playing with Polymers

Wild Ocean

Water Quality

Wild Ocean/ Sea Rex

Outreach

50-60 min workshops

Professional Development 1-day workshops

45-minute classroom labs

Mystery Detectives

Properties of Matter

Let’s Rock

Don’t Lose Your Cool

Worm World, Papermaking

Earth’s Resources

4.3 Erosion

River of Life, Planet Earth

Erosion

The X-Tream Tables

Wild Ocean/ Sea Rex

Washing Away

Water Works, Erosion

Erosion

4.4 Electricity and Magnetism

Forces in Motion, Energy City

Electricity and Magnetism

Magnetic Attraction, It’s Electric

3D Sun

EM & Me

Is it Magnetic? ElectroMagnetism

Electricity and Magnetism

K-5 Creating and Communicating

Invention Dimension

K-5 STEM Careers

OWC-Kiosks

OWC-Trail Guides

For more program opportunities, please visit the enrichment programs section of this guide. Connecticut Science Center

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science standard matrices CT Science Standards

5.1 Sound

5.1 Light

Exhibits

150 interactive exhibits

Sight & Sound, Invention Dimension, Planet Earth, Exploring Space Sight & Sound, Exploring Space

Trail Guides

self-guided exhibit tours

Light

Invention Dimension

K-5 STEM Careers

OWC-Kiosks

Discovery Center Foundation Program Packages

Outreach

50-60 min workshops

Professional Development 1-day workshops

45-minute classroom labs

Ride the Wave

Do You Hear , What I Hear?, Good Vibrations

Sound

I See the Light Looking Through Lenses, I See You

Light

3D Sun

Light Up Your World

Cow Eye Dissection, Can You Hear Me Now?

Wild Ocean/ Sea Rex

Making Sense of Your Senses

Wild Ocean/ Sea Rex

Snap Decisions

SEM - Feeling the Invisible

Forces in Motion

K-5 Creating and Communicating

20-40 minute science films

Playing with Light

5.2 Judgment

5.4 Tools

3D Movies

Sound

5.2 Senses

5 Matrix

Gallery Science

floor activities and demos

Legends of Flight/3D Sun

OWC-Trail Guides

For more program opportunities, please visit the enrichment programs section of this guide.

Connecticut Science Center 5


6-8 Matrix

science standard matrices CT Science Standards

Exhibits

150 interactive exhibits

Trail Guides

self-guided exhibit tours

3D Movies 20-40 minute science films

6.3 Meteorology

Planet Earth, Exploring Space

6.4 Water Quality

River of Life

Water Quality

Wild Ocean

Picture of Health

Healthcare Careers, The Effect of Alcohol on Vision

Wild Ocean/ Sea Rex

7.2 Organ Systems

Meteorology

Gallery Science

floor activities and demos

7.3 Landforms

River of Life,Planet Earth

Landforms

8.1 Forces in Motion

Forces in Motion, Invention Dimension

Forces and Motion

8.2 Heredity & Evolution

Picture of Health, Sports Lab, River of Life

Heredity and Evolution

OWC-Kiosks

OWC-Trail Guides

6-8 STEM Careers

Weather Now

Discovery Center Foundation

Outreach

Program Packages

50-60 min workshops

The Me in Meteorology

Feel the Heat

Professional Development 1 day workshops

45-minute classroom labs

Meteorology

Weather Tools

Sea Rex

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Landforms

Wind Tunnel Science

Legends of Flight/3D Sun

Forces in Motion

Shake, Rattle & Roll

DNA Lab

Wild Ocean/ Sea Rex

Get A Move On

Push Me, Pull You

Forces in Motion

For more program opportunities, please visit the enrichment programs section of this guide.

Connecticut Science Center

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9-10 Matrix

science standard matrices

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CT Science Standards

9.1-3 Energy Transformations

9-12 STEM Careers

Exhibits

150 interactive exhibits

Trail Guides

self-guided exhibit tours

Energy City Invention Dimension Forces In Motion

Energy Transformations

OWC-Kiosks

OWC-Trail Guides

Gallery Science

floor activities and demos

3D Movies 20-40 minute science films

Legends of Flight/3D Sun

Connecticut Science Center

Discovery Center Program Packages

45-minute classroom labs

Energy Makeovers, Energy City

Outreach

50-60 min workshops

Professional Development 1 day workshops

Energy Transformations

For more program opportunities, please visit the enrichment programs section of this guide.

Connecticut Science Center


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discovery center foundation programs The Discovery Center Foundation Programs address specific Science Standards and can be applied to a range of grade levels. In each session, the students themselves will be active participants in performing experiments, discovering the reality behind the science and learning how it can be used to impact their own lives. Each of these programs model one 45 minute classroom period of an inquirybased series of lessons and all use simple, inexpensive and easy to obtain materials. Special 5th Grade Program on the Human Body’s Senses Available Now! For the 2010-2011 school year limited funding is available to support student exhibit admissions and participation in a 45 minute program on the senses. This program supports student learning expectations in the CT Science Standard 5.2 Perceiving and responding to information about the environment is critical to the survival of organisms. The program will also introduce related career applications. Please contact Reservations at (860) 520-2150 if you are interested in participating. First come, first serve. Funding to support this program has been provided by the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority.

Complete resource packages for each program are on our website and are free for you to download and use by clicking on the program’s title. Visit www.ctsciencecenter.org/sciencestandards for details. These resource packages provide pre-visit, visit and post-visit materials such as classroom lessons, literature links, integrated lessons, performance tasks, embedded tasks, career connections, websites and more. There are alsoTrail Guides with hands-on activities involving specific exhibits that reinforce and expand the content areas of the Standard Programs. For additional information and support, it is strongly recommended that teachers attend one of our Professional Development Workshops, described on page 29 of this guide. CT K.3 Weather What’s The Weather? (Grades K to 1) How can human beings adjust and adapt to daily and seasonally changing weather conditions? Is there a repeating pattern to the seasons throughout the year? CT 1.1 Positions Where’s Your Shadow? (Grades K to 1) How is a shadow related to an object and what conditions affect that shadow? How are shadows created on Earth and what can a shadow tell us about your location on the Earth and the time of day? CT 2.1 States of Matter States of Matter, Matter (Grades 2 to 3) What are the States of Matter and how are they defined? What observable properties are important in identifying the States of Matter? CT 3.1 Properties of Matter Melting Away (Grades 2 to 4) How does the type of material, its physical properties and size affect how easily heat (and cold) moves through it? How can we use this information to control the temperature in various situations?

Programs are held in the Pfizer Foundation Science Discovery Center

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discovery center foundation programs

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CT 3.4 Earth’s Resources Don’t Lose Your Cool (Grades 3 to 6) What are some of the factors that affect the CT 6.3 Meteorology thermal insulation quality of a structure and how The Me In Meteorology (Grades 5 to 7) should we apply that information in our homes How do the temperature, air pressure and and buildings? Earth’s resources are limited! humidity combine to create the weather all around Test materials that help us to reduce, reuse, and us? What are the various instruments we use to recycle resources while keeping buildings warm in measure those factors and conditions and how do the winter and cool in the summer. they work? CT 4.3 Erosion Washing Away (Grades 3 to 6) What are the factors that contribute to erosion and where it occurs? How does this affect the landscape of the Earth over days or millions of years?

CT 7.3 Landforms Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Grades 5 to 8) How is the Earth’s surface changed by various physical and chemical processes over time and how can we recognize the impact of those forces by looking at various features of the Earth?

CT 4.4 Electricity and Magnetism EM & Me (Grades 3 to 5) How are electricity and magnetism related and how are they combined in electromagnets? What are the special capabilities of these magnets and how can they be used?

CT 8.1 Forces and Motion Get A Move On (Grades 7 to 8) What factors affect an object’s inertia and how does that inertia affect the object’s motion? What can be done to an object to change how it moves and responds to external forces?

CT 5.1a Sound Ride The Wave (Grades 4 to 6) What is sound and what is physically happening when a sound is made? Why is one sound different from another and how do musical instruments make their sounds?

CT 9.1 Energy Transformations Energy Makeovers (Grades 5 to 9) What are the paths that energy takes in changing from one form to another? How are heat, light, motion, sound and electricity related?

CT 5.1b Light Light Up Your World (Grades 4 to 6) What happens when light is reflected, refracted or even absorbed? Does light follow a predictable pattern? CT 5.2 Senses Making Sense of Your Senses (Grades 2 to 6) How do we use our senses in combination to understand what is happening around us? How well can we make decisions when our senses are limited? CT 5.2 Judgment Snap Decisions (Grades 4 to 6) How much time does it take to get enough information to make an accurate decision? It is one thing to “see”, but quite another to know what you “saw.”


discovery center enrichment programs Energy City (Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12) Expanding upon our Energy City gallery, experiment with solar cells, wind power, hydrogen fuel cells and other energy sources. Using both conventional and alternative fuel power plants, design an eco-friendly model town with a power grid. How low can you get its carbon footprint? Plastics And Beyond (Grades 9-12) They can bend and stretch. They can be flexible, or they can be unyielding. They can be a source of pollution or they can be vital to our existence. What are these chemicals? They’re polymers! In this session, students will learn about polymers and how these chains of simple molecules play such a vital role in our everyday lives. Topics will touch on everything from DNA to Nylon to Rubber to Silly Putty.

The Discovery Center Enrichment Programs give students a hands-on experience in an advanced science concept using more sophisticated equipment and techniques than might be possible in a standard classroom. The students themselves will be active participants in these programs, performing experiments, discovering the secrets behind the science and learning how it can be used to effect their own lives.

Be a Molecular Biologist (Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12) Students will discover what is inside themselves that makes them unique. In this lab activity students will extract their own DNA and bring it back to class with them in a necklace. Students will learn techniques used by molecular biologists and will explore the world of forensic investigation to see how DNA fingerprinting is used in helping determine a suspect’s guilt or innocence. Discovering Your Senses (Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12) Students will discover the role of sensory organs in perceiving stimuli and sending signals to the brain. Why do we need five senses? Using advanced technology, students will explore each of their senses and how they are interconnected. This class will focus on showing different health careers that are associated with each of the five senses. Exploring Reaction Time (Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12) How much do you really depend on your eyes? How fast can you react in a situation? Using advanced technology, students will explore how we interact in our environment using the different senses. This class will focus on showing different health careers that are associated with using the senses and making judgments including careers in forensic science.

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our exhibit galleries Okay, exhibits might not be the right word. Exhibits often are things you can’t touch or go near. These are more like having your own personal research labs and creative workshops. And the best part - there are more than 150 of them to get your hands on and wrap your mind around. Create your own experiments. Test your own prototypes. Build your own inventions. Immerse yourself in new experiences using the hottest high tech tools. Your biggest challenge is where to begin the adventure.

KidSpace

PUTTING SCIENCE TO WORK IN CONNECTICUT

Thanks to our partnership with the State of Connecticut Office for Workforce Competitiveness, media kiosks throughout the Science Center introduce you to a range of professional careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) featuring innovative Connecticut companies.

Pitney Bowes Foundation Gallery Designed for grade 2 and under, KidSpace invites children to use all their senses to observe, question, explore, experiment, imagine and discover – practicing skills at the heart of lifelong science learning. Waterplay, the gallery’s signature exhibit, invites experimentation with water and colored balls as they travel through vortices and fountains and are lifted by laminar jets. “Search and Find” activities by children’s book author Walter Wick celebrate close observation and the delight of discovery. Pre-schoolers and their caregivers will find a cozy spot in the reading nook to curl up with a good book.

Forces in Motion

Northeast Utilities Foundation Gallery Levitate trains. Test pilot new helicopter designs. Race against gravity. Freeze time. For some, it might take several lifetimes before one could accomplish all of that, but here you can do all of that and more. Explore the physics of motion through a variety of interactive activities that investigate motion related phenomena while testing your skills against those of other visitors. Welcome to the world of X-treme engineering.

Sight and Sound Experience

Chase Family Foundations Gallery Inspired by the technology which makes the visual arts accessible to those who cannot see, and the science that brings music to those who cannot hear, the Sight and Sound Experience gallery becomes your studio in which you discover the surprising mathematical patterns inherent in music and art. In this laboratory of artistic expression you will use your eyes, ears, emotions, and full bodies to hear, see, and feel the energy forces behind all light and sound. 11

Our exhibits were designed with the CT Science Standards in mind.


MULTI-MEDIA OBJECT THEATER

Invention Dimension

Travelers Gallery Challenge yourself to create the next great invention. Learn how to “think outside the box” and notice how invention often involves taking something from one context and adapting it to new and different uses. Use your observational skills to predict cause and effect in chain reaction ball machines inspired by Rube Goldberg. Combine new and existing inventions to create a new form of transportation. Explore Connecticut’s rich history of ingenuity, invention and innovation and the stories of the scientists, engineers and technicians who made them possible.

Exploring Space

United Technologies Corporation Gallery Step beyond the light lock entrance of this gallery and enter into a dark and dramatic abyss of the spectacular and the unknown. Here the Earth, Moon, Mars, galaxies, solar systems, remote planets, and the rest of the universe await your exploration. Experience the cosmos by using the scientific tools and technologies that have been developed to help us accomplish our space related missions, and satisfy our intense human curiosity about what lies beyond planet Earth.

The Picture of Health

Aetna Foundation Gallery Unravel the mysterious inner workings of the human body in this gallery to discover how much of our health and well being is a matter of choice, and how much is a matter of chance. Experiment with choices you can make every day to determine how much of an impact they have on your physical and emotional well being. Examine

the powerful (and often surprising) connections between your own mind & body, strength & flexibility and diet & exercise. Get under your skin with the latest medical technology to discover how science is helping detect, diagnose, and treat illnesses, adapt injuries, and provide information to help everyone make healthier choices.

our exhibit galleries

The Climate Change Show

Run time: 20 minutes Located adjacent to the Energy City gallery on Level 6, it is a one-of-akind theatrical experience that presents climate change in a humorous and understandable way. The show is narrated by a sheep who guides the viewer into the past, present and future of the world’s climate and how it affects life on Earth. Topics discussed are the Earth’s formation, how global gases allowed life to form and how our current lifestyle impacts the entire planet. The focus is on both our negative practices and the positive steps we are taking to minimize our impact on the planet. The show is free with admission and seating is a limited capacity of 30 students and teachers/chaperones; first come first serve.

The Sports Lab

The Hartford Financial Services Group Gallery In this stadium of scientific discovery, everyone can be an athlete in body, mind, and spirit. The sounds of cheering and applause will encourage you to push, pull, pedal, touch, observe, examine, and analyze the connections between body and mind and how they each impact our performance in everyday activities, and in competitive athletics. Explore each of the stations of activity and friendly competition where you can experiment with designing equipment, gear, techniques, and life choices to maximize speed, power, and safety. In the process, you’ll learn a little more about the inner athlete in all of us. 12


our exhibit galleries A River of Life

Follow the sounds of flowing water to this gallery where you will encounter the Connecticut River - from some unique and perhaps unfamiliar perspectives. Dive deep into the river’s past starting at its Ice Age origins, and then journey through time into the modern era where you can assess how our every day human activity has had an impact on the life of this river and all the ecosystems it sustains. Employ tools from biology and chemistry to collect information on the current health of the river, and reflect on the possible twists and turns the life of this river might take as it flows on with us into the future.

Energy City

Supported by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund Wind turbines. Solar panels. Hydropower. Fuel cells. Biomass products. These are just a few of the alternative energy technologies you can try out in this gallery. Play “energy watt” pinball. Calculate your personal carbon footprint. Add up the savings of certain “smart energy” behaviors. Tour this virtual city to measure the effect of your energy uses and how they impact the planet. And don’t forget to see the Climate Change Show adjacent to the gallery. This one-of-a kind experience presents the serious and contemporary challenge of climate change in a fun and humorous way, complete with a spectacular thunderstorm.

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Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center Traveling Exhibit Hall.

FM Facilities Maintenance Gallery Earth is a living planet with countless stories to tell about its rich history. For those willing to observe a little more carefully, planet Earth also has some cautionary tales to offer about its uncertain future. In this gallery you take on the role of geologist, meteorologist, environmentalist, and paleontologist to explore our home planet from its atmosphere down to its core. Using the same scientific tools and techniques that these scientists use, you can discover the stories Earth has to tell by learning how to “read” the changes in its soil, climate, geological formations, oceans and atmosphere. How will you impact Earth’s story?

Featured Exhibits

Planet Earth

Mindbender Mansion (January 29, 2011 – May 1, 2011)

Unlock the puzzles of Mindbender Mansion, an eclectic place full of brainteasers, puzzles and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brain power and problem solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers. Forty individual brainteasers and five group activities make up this fun and quirky exhibit.

Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters (May 28, 2011 - September 5, 2011) Earthquakes. Tornadoes. Hurricanes. Volcanic eruptions. Tsunamis. From California to Krakatoa, these immense forces of geology and weather have shaped our planet and our world. How do they affect us, and how do we respond? Can we prevent them? Should we even try? Explore these questions and more in this exciting, immersive, and interactive exhibit. Animation

(October 1, 2011 - January 2012) Animation, created and produced by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) featuring Cartoon Network, explores animation from concept to finished product — from storyboarding, character design and drawing techniques, to movement, timing, filming and sound. Larger-than-life graphics of popular Cartoon Network characters provide a colorful backdrop to the exhibit, which also explores the history of animation and features a screening room and a cartoon museum.


trail guides Attention Educators! To enhance your visit to the Connecticut Science Center, we have developed Trail Guides for your students to use as they explore the exhibit galleries. No other museum or science center around provides this level of direct connectivity between exhibits & Science Standards. Because of our belief in immersion – you learn science by doing – the Trail Guides provide interactive activities that help bring our exhibits, and Science Standards, to life. Downloadable Trail Guides Below are the Trail Guide Packages that we have developed to help support you in your classroom. We look forward to your suggestions, ideas, and even guides that you have created, as we continue to revise and refine our Trail Guides. PDF

Program Title

Grade Levels

CT Standards

MA Standards

Weather

K to 1

K.3

Positions

K to 1

1.1

States of Matter

2 to 4

2.1

Properties of Matter

2 to 3

3.1

Earth’s Resources

3 to 6

3.4

Erosion

3 to 6

4.3

Electricity and Magnetism

3 to 5

4.4

Sound

4 to 6

5.1

Light

4 to 6

5.1

Senses

2 to 6

5.2

Judgment

4 to 6

5.2

Meteorology

5 to 7

6.3

Earth 3-5 #6 Earth 3-5 #11 Earth 6-8 #3 Earth 3-5 #10 Earth 6-8 #3

Landforms

5 to 8

7.3

Earth 3-5 #4 Earth 6-8 #6 Earth 3-5 #12 Earth 6-8 #7

Forces in Motion

7 to 8

8.1

Energy Transformations

5 to 9

9.1

Earth PreK-2 #3 – Life PreK-2 #7 Earth PreK-2 #5 Earth PreK-2 #5 Physical PreK-2 #1 Physical 3-5 #2 Physical PreK-2 #2 Physical PreK-2 #1 Physical 3-5 #1 Physical 3-5 #3 Physical 6-8 #14 Physical 6-8 #16 Earth 3-5 #12 Earth 6-8 #6 Physical 3-5 #6 Physical 3-5 #8 Physical 3-5 #10 Physical 3-5 #7 Physical 3-5 #9 Physical 3-5 #4 Physical 3-5 #11 Physical 3-5 #12 Life Science PreK-2 #6 Life Science 3-5 #8

Physical 6-8 #11 Physical 6-8 #13 Physical 3-5 #4 Physical 3-5 #5

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gallery programs Customize your Gallery Experience In 2010-2011 the Science Center is pilot-testing a new program that provides an opportunity for educators to customize their gallery experience by making program arrangements directly with our Gallery Scientists. Our Gallery Scientists are experts in astronomy, physics, biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology, health, genetics, robotics, green energy, and more. Programs range from science demonstrations to hands-on activities to guided exhibit explorations or some combination of the above. These programs complement the Trail Guides, which utilize the exhibits. There is no additional fee for these programs, however space is limited and offered on a first come – first serve basis. Programs are offered Tuesday – Friday, generally between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Specific times and details are determined between you and the Gallery Scientist who will facillitate your experience. To reserve: 1. First, you must book your trip through the Reservation Center. You cannot schedule one of our Gallery Scientists until you have a booking notice from the Science Center. 2. Once your visit is confirmed, contact the particular Gallery Scientist of the program content area in which you are interested. 3. Gallery Scientists must be reserved at least 30 days in advance of your visit. If you must cancel, please call the Gallery Scientist at least ONE WEEK in advance. (Programs are subject to change without notice.)

Gallery Science programs are scheduled daily and are included with general admission.

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The “i4 Initiative” showcases science research and applications underway within the Connecticut State University System that are connected to Science Center exhibit content. They also highlight career paths for young people pursuing scientific fields. For more information please go to http://www.ctsciencecenter.org/ educate/i4-initiative.aspx


Contact Staff Scientist T.J. McKenna, tmckenna@CTScienceCenter.org Earth Science, Freshwater Ecology, Ornithology, Animal Behavior, Zoology

CT 2.3 The Changing Earth The Dirt on DIRT! (Grades 2 to 3) Use screen sieves, core samplers and other assorted scientific tools to sort and classify dirt to determine how these properties can be useful to a healthy ecosystem. CT 4.2 Water Quality Water Quality (Grades 3 to 6) Students are led through a series of interactive tests and techniques to determine the health of a river using aquatic organisms. CT 4.3 Erosion The X-TreamTable (Grades 3 to 6) Experiment using our two stream tables to compare and contrast major agents of erosion and how these could effect a river. CT 4.4 Electro-Magnetic Energy Magnetic Attraction (Grades 3 to 5) How do MagLev trains work? Explore this new transportation technology and learn how electricity creates a magnetic field through electromagnets.

CT 5.1b Light Playing with Light (Grades 4 to 6) Experiment with light using lasers and different lenses. Explore refraction! See how it helps photographers and astronomers and see the role it plays in the human eye! CT 6.3 Meteorology Weather Now (Grades 5 to 7) Using weather instruments and the same weather models used by WFSB meteorologists at the Connecticut Science Center, students collect current data such as temperature, pressure, precipitation and humidity and analyze it to create their own forecast. CT 6.4 Water Quality Water Quality (Grades 5 to 7) Students analyze water from the CT River Watershed and explore how human activities can effect its quality.

gallery programs

The following Gallery Experiences are featured in the River of Life (including the WetLab) and Planet Earth Galleries located on Level 6 as well as in Invention Dimension located on Level 5 .

CT 8.1 Inertia Wind Tunnel Science (Grades 7 to 8) Explore the forces that act on moving objects such as cars, planes, sailboats and trains. Use our wind tunnel to investigate how planes or cars interact with the air around them and then explore similar forces in our exhibits.

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gallery programs The following Gallery Experiences are featured in our Body Lab located on Level 5 in the Picture of Health Gallery. Contact Staff Scientist Joanna Correa, jcorrea@CTScienceCenter.org Plant/Animal Biology and Ecology, Animal Behavior, Cell Biology, Evolution, Microbiology and Earth Science CT 7.2b Organ Systems Healthcare Careers: Nursing and EMT (Grade Level 5-12) Employ hands-on nursing and first responder life-saving techniques using medical simulation technology. Assessment of vital signs in both real humans and a medical human simulator.

gallery programs

CT 5.2 Sensory Organs: Sense of Sight Eye Anatomy with Cow Eye Dissections (Grades 5-8) View demonstration of a cow eye dissection. Eye organ structures are compared to a human eye model and a camera.

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CT 5.2 Sensory Organs: Sense of Hearing Can You Hear Me Now? (Grades 4 to 6) Hands on ear examination of a life size human ear simulator using authentic medical equipment. Learn and perform procedures of proper ear care and maintenance. CT 5.2 Sensory Organs and Response: Sense of Sight The Effects of Alcohol on Vision (Grade Level 7-12) Experience simulated vision impairment while you are performing a series of physical activities aimed at demonstrating physical performance of your body under the influence of alcohol.

CT 7.2a; 8.2; 10.3-4 Cells, DNA, and Inheritance DNA Lab! (Grades 7-12) The amazing cradle of life: cells, are looked at under microscopes and then, the quest for the DNA molecule begins! Through simple laboratory steps you will embark on an adventure to isolate one of the most important molecules on Planet Earth: DNA. The following Gallery Experiences are featured in our Imagination Zone located on Level 5 in the Invention Dimension Gallery. Contact Robert Wilkos, rwilkos@CTScienceCenter.org Physics, Space Sciences, Astronomy/ Astrophysics, Material Science CT 5.4 Tools SEM: Feeling the Invisible (Grades 4 to 6) How do we get a picture of things too small to see? Feel invisible patterns using our scanning probe microscope simulators and then use a real scanning electron microscope to “look� at bugs, rocks, and other samples only a few hundred nanometers across!


3D movies

Welcome to the Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation 3D Science Theater

Experience science in an engaging environment with a visit to our Hoffman 3D Science Theater. The theater’s primary mission is the promotion of science literacy with each film carefully selected for relevancy of science content. We have developed a matrix correlating the film’s content with Science Standards. Incorporating state-of-theart technology, ourtheater offers a unique three dimensional experience making it possible for students to learn about the science that affects our lives in a visually dynamic and thought provoking way!

Legends of Flight 3D

Sponsored by Birken Manufacturing and Bradley International Airport Recommended for Grades 4 and up. Run Time: 45 minutes Discover the science, design challenges, financial risks and the many lessons learned from a century of aviation trial and error leading us to the dawn of a new era of revolutionary aircraft. Witness the construction and final assembly of the 787, and join chief test pilot Mike Carriker as he puts the new airliner through its rigorous test flights.

Teacher Guide K-3 Grades Teacher Guide 4-8 Grades

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3D Sun Recommended for Grades 2 and up. Run time: 20 minutes Leading NASA scientists from the SOHO mission unveil spectacular images while taking us behind the scenes to tell the story of our Sun and why a deeper understanding of this dynamic star is of crucial importance to us all. Discover how solar explosions disrupt electronic equipment, create geomagnetic storms and influence weather patterns on Earth. 3D Sun Teacher Guide 2-4 Gr. 3D Sun Teacher Guide 5-8 Gr.

Wild Ocean 3D

Recommended for Grades 2 and up. Run time: 40 minutes This documentary highlights one of nature’s greatest migration spectacles, a massive annual feeding frenzy where billions of sardines travel up the KwaZuluNatal shoreline known to locals as the Wild Coast. Wild Ocean examines the effects of climate change and over fishing revealing the economic and cultural impact of such phenomenon.

Wild Ocean Teacher Guide

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SeaRex 3D

Recommended for Grades 2 and up.

Run time: 40 minutes Dive into the ultimate underwater 3D adventure, 200 million years back in time with Julie, an imaginative young woman exploring this amazing prehistoric world before dinosaurs conquered the land. Watch dinosaurs of the ocean come alive as you plunge into this exciting and educational spectacle. SeaRex Teacher Guide

Movies are an optional add-on to general admission with field trips. Please contact our Reservations Center at (860) 520-2150 to book a movie with your visit.


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outreach programs Outreach Programs: Calling All Teachers, PTO Organizations, Community Groups, Libraries and Scout Programs! When you can’t come to us, the Science Center will come to you with a variety of hands-on options for your needs! There are three program options for you to choose from: Option 1: Foundation and Enrichment Programs Unique hands-on programs for your classroom during school hours for children K-9th grade, for up to 25 participants Pricing: The first program of the day is $175.00 and additional programs on the same day are $150.00. Up to four programs in one day. Travel charges apply.

Option 2: Activity Stations These station based programs are formatted to accommodate large groups of 90-100 participants through a variety of hands on science activities. Pricing: $165.00/hr. Please note: UV Bead and Polymer stations have a $25.00 Materials fee. Travel charges apply.

Option 3: Assembly Shows For groups of 25- 250 these 45 minute shows are designed to get your children and students excited about science in a fun and interactive way! Pricing: $450.00 for each assembly. Discounts may be available for small groups. Travel charges apply.

Foundation Programs The Connecticut Science Center offers unique Science in Motion programs for children K-9th grade, for up to 25 participants, which will excite and inspire your students’ interest in science. These programs are a mix of science demonstration and hands-on activities that are directly aligned with Science Standards, and last approximately 50-60 minutes in length. Please note: Programs require tables and chairs, access to water and/or electricity and 15- 30 minutes for set up and clean up. Discounts available for two or more of the same workshop held on the same day. Download the Reservation form!

These programs can be used to prepare your students for their Science Center visit or to reinforce the learning they have accumulated in the classroom. CT K.3 Sail Away (Grade K) Using wind to sail boats. Wind is moving air. Sometimes air moves fast and sometimes it hardly moves at all. Wind speed can be estimated by observing the things that it moves, such as flags, tree branches or sailboats. CT K.3 Weather Tools (Grade K) Using different tools to determine weather conditions. CT 1.1 What Time Is It? (Grade 1) Creating a sundial and using the Sun’s path to tell time. CT 2.1 Mystery Detectives (Grades 2-3) Students will make observations about the properties and characteristics of materials that help us to classify them as solids, liquids, or gases. CT 3.3 Let’s Rock! (Grade 3) Compare and contrast the conditions under which Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary rocks are formed.

Travel by County:

Hartford $10.00, Tolland $14.00, Windham $21.00, New London $20.00, Middlesex $15.00, New Haven $20.00, Fairfield $32.00, Litchfield $20.00.

For additional Outreach information please call (860) 520-2164. To complete a survey of a Science in Motion program please follow this 20 link: Survey


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CT 3.4 Worm World (Grade 3) Discover the fascinating life of a worm and why they are so important to the natural world. CT 3.4 Papermaking: (Grade 3) Learn how to reuse and recycle materials rather than discarding them. CT 4.3 Erosion (Grade 4) Water has a major role in shaping the Earth’s surface. CT 4.3 Water Works (Grade 4) Use a watershed to determine non-point source water pollution. CT 4.4 Is it Magnetic? (Grade 4) Investigate materials that are attracted by magnets and how magnets react with other magnets and the interactions between north and south poles of magnets.

CT 8.1 Push Me‌Pull You (Grade 8) The motion of an object can be described by its position, direction of motion and speed. CT 8.1 Parachutes (Grade 8) Create and test parachutes to determine how air resistance affects your falling sky diver.

CT 4.4 Electro-Magnetism (Grade 4) Observe magnetic effects associated with electricity and investigate factors that affect the strength of an electromagnet. CT 5.1a Good Vibrations (Grade 5) Sound is a form of energy that is produced by the vibration of objects and is transmitted by the vibration of air and objects. CT 5.1a Do You Hear What I Hear? (Grade 5) Construct simple musical instruments that produce sound with various pitches, volumes and timbres. CT 5.1b See the Light (Grade 5) Light is a form of energy that travels in a straight line and can be reflected by a mirror, refracted by a lens or absorbed by objects. CT 5.1b Looking through Lenses (Grade 5) Using lenses to create a simple telescope. CT 6.3 Feel the Heat (Grade 6) Testing the relationship between surfaces and heat absorption.

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For additional Outreach information please call (860) 520-2164. To complete a survey of a Science in Motion program please follow this link: Survey


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outreach programs Enrichment Programs

Please note: Programs require tables and chairs, access to water and/or electricity and 15-30 minutes for set up and clean up. Discounts available for two or more of the same program held on the same day. Download the Reservation form!

Bubble-ology (Pre K- K-Grade 3) Investigate how to make bubbles, why they are round, learn why they float and look at color patterns in bubble domes. Children will also make bubble prints and a bubble wand to take home. Bubble-ology (Grades 1-2) This workshop investigates different types of bubbles: no- pop bubbles, helium bubbles and the effects of dry ice on bubbles. Bubble-ology (Grades 3-5) Introduction of bubbles with an emphasis on which brand of three popular dish detergents will produce the largest bubble dome. Children will use math to measure and calculate averages. Bubble-ology (Grades 6-8) Introduction to bubbles with an emphasis on surface tension of water and investigating the role of evaporation in bubble formation, as they test the effect of different amounts of glycerin on the size of the bubbles. Children will use math to measure and calculate averages. Playing with Polymers (Grades Pre-K- 6th) It’s gooey, slippery, sticky, really slimy and kids love it.

Activity Stations Please Note: Activity Stations require tables, access to water and/ or electricity and 15 minutes for set up and clean up. There may be an additional materials fee for some Activity Stations. Download the Reservation form!

Integrate a Science Night for families or a Science Carnival during the school day for students to compliment your School’s curriculum or Science Fair. These station-based programs are formatted to accommodate large groups of participants through a variety of activity stations. (Station based programs can accommodate approximately 90-100 children per station/per hour). Electricity (Grade K-9) Children will learn about static electricity using a Van de Graaff generator. A hair raising experience! Dry Ice (Grade K-9) Investigate the states of matter using dry ice and participate in some cool experiments. Hovercraft (Grade K-9) Learn the science of riding on a cushion of air with a hovercraft. Polymers (Grade K-9) Discuss how polymers are made by cross-linking molecules and showing a variety of polymers. Air Pressure (Grade K-9) Using a Bernoulli blower, learn the principal of a plane staying in flight. Bubbles (Grade K-9) Learn the science behind the “suds”. Investigate what they are made of, their shape, why they float and many more concepts. Ultra Violet Beads (Grade K-9) Learn about the invisible spectrum using special UV beads.

It’s Electric (Grades 4-6) Electrifying activities to get students static electrically charged with a Van de Graaff generator. For additional Outreach information please call (860) 520-2164. To complete a survey of a Science in Motion program please follow this link: Survey 22


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Assembly Shows Please note: Please Note Assembly shows require two 6’ or 8’ tables, access to water and/or electricity and 30 minutes for set up and clean up. Download the Reservation Form!

The 45 minute Assembly style shows are designed to get your children and students excited about science in a fun and interactive way. (Available for groups of 25- 250). The Science of “Suds” (Pre-k to 5th Grade) Captivating, colorful and fun to make, they are also excellent demonstrations of scientific phenomena. Some of the topics introduced are chemical composition, light and color and aerodynamics. The Science of “Suds” is a motivating introduction to the process and substance of science…and besides, it’s good, clean, fun! Stuffee: Your Amazing Body (Pre-K to 5th Grade) Stuffee, this super-sized doll helps children Pre-K through 5th grade learn about the digestion, circulatory and respiratory systems. Best of all, Stuffee can come to you! Made possible by the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority. (CHEFA)

NEW!

Forces & Motion 6th-8th Grade FREE Program: Please click here to learn if your school district is eligible to receive a complimentary assembly show courtesy of the SBM Charitable Foundation! To schedule a Science in Motion Program download an Outreach Reservation form located above within each program type, and email or fax at (860) 727-9821.

To complete a survey of a Science in Motion program please follow this link: Survey

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professional development The Connecticut Science Center is committed to supporting educators in their professional development. The following categories represent the various types of workshops we offer. You are eligible to receive CEU’s for attending any of our workshops. Field Trip Workshops It is recommended that teachers planning a field trip to the Science Center first attend one of our professional development workshops designed especially for field trip visits. These workshops are opportunities for teachers to learn about the field trip programs offered at the Science Center and the pre and post visit materials that are available for classroom use. These resources compliment the exhibit experiences and align with the Science Standards.

Institute for Inquiry Workshop Series We offer professional development in inquiry-based learning and teaching by providing a series of weeklong immersion workshops, as well as an annual two day follow-up conference. • • • •

Introduction to Inquiry Workshop Classroom Application Workshop Formative Assessment Workshop Annual Follow Up Conference

(The above constitute our Institute for Inquiry workshop series.)

Science Content Workshops These are weeklong workshops dealing with the underlying scientific principles behind the science concepts in the Science Standards. Participants will be taught through the inquiry method. The goal of these workshops is to help participants deepen their understanding of these scientific principles through inquiry. Integrating Science Workshops These are workshops that begin to introduce participants to the ways science can be integrated with other subject areas.

For more information go to www.CTScienceCenter.org/pd

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School Group Information* Open for Field Trips Tuesday - Friday from 9 AM - 5 PM. We also open for field trips on Mondays starting May 2nd! We encourage you to use the Science Center as your very own larger-than-life learning lab. Customize a day of fun that fits your curriculum, time and budget. School pricing is available for classes during the school day. General Admission for school groups is available 9 AM – 5 PM, Tuesday – Friday.There is no minimum group size for school groups seeking General Admission. Maximum group size is 200 people. To book your Field Trip, fill out the Field Trip Reservation Request Worksheet and submit the completed copy back to us.

School Field Trip Admission Prices (per person) Students & Chaperones

Teacher*

General Admission

$9

$9**

Discovery Center Foundation Program & General Admission

$15

$15**

Discovery Center Enrichment Program & General Admission

$21

$21**

Add a movie to any combination

+ $6

+ $6

*Homeschool groups, please contact reservations (860-520-2150) for your group program price and general information. ** One teacher per group of 24 students is complimentary for all the above.

The Science Center requires adequate adult supervision for all visiting school groups. We strongly recommend a minimum of 1 chaperone per 8 students. The cost is automatically added onto your reservation. Because groups enjoy an admission fee discount, individual membership passes, season passes and other discounts and coupons are not applicable toward group admission.


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Book Your Field Trip – 6 easy steps! Step 1: Request a Reservation

• Download the Field Trip Reservation Request Worksheet from our website and fax, email or mail the completed form to the Reservation Center. http:// CTScienceCenter.org/fieldtrips • A Reservation Center coordinator will contact you within 48 business hours with any questions or conflicts. We will make every effort to accommodate your preferences, but we cannot guarantee availability.

Step 2: The Booking Notice

The Reservation Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM. For questions about booking a field trip, email reservations@ctsciencecenter.org or call (860) 520-2150. For program-specific content questions, please leave a message on our Field Trip Inquiry Line and the appropriate person will return your call. (860) 520-2152

• Once your reservation is created, you will be emailed a Booking Notice and Invoice, which will include your itinerary and total balance owed. • Please be aware that this does not guarantee your group’s reservation. Your reservation is confirmed ONLY when full payment is received.

Step 3: Payment

• Full payment is due 30 days ahead of your visit. Accepted forms of payment are organization check, cash, Visa, Mastercard or American Express. • You may temporarily hold your group’s reservation with a Purchase Order. However, a Purchase Order will NOT guarantee your reservation. Full payment is still due well in advance of your trip.

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reservation & info Step 4: Professional Development

• It is recommended that teachers planning a field trip to the Science Center first attend one of our professional development workshops designed especially for field trip visits. • Please see our Professional Development section for more information and to choose an appropriate workshop. http://www.CTScienceCenter.org/pd

Step 5: Outreach-Science in Motion

• The Connecticut Science Center offers unique Science in Motion Programs for children K-9th grade, for up to 25 particpants, which will excite and inspire your students’ interest in science. These programs are a mix of science demonstration and hands-on activities that are directly aligned with the CT Science Standards, and last approximately 50-60 minutes. • Please see our Science in Motion section for more information and to choose an appropriate workshop. http://www.CTScienceCenter.org/motion

Step 6: Gallery Science Arrangments

• Programs range from science demonstrations to hands-on activities to guided exhibit explorations or some combination of the above. These programs complement the Trail Guides, which utilize the exhibits. There is no additional fee for these programs, however space is limited and offered on a first come – first serve basis. • Please see our Gallery Science section for more information and activities as well as to make arrangments with the Gallery Scientists for your visit.

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CT Science Center Educator Guide  

CT Science Center Educator Guide contains all the information on programs both in the center and outreach. This also contains links to all o...

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