Science Museum Offers Five Classes

Offering Five Virtual Classes During February Mid-Winter School Break. Science Communicators Will Present Daily Experiments On Zoom

Science Museum Offers Five Classes

Museum of Innovation and Science, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, is offering five virtual classes during the February mid-winter school break. The science communicators will present daily hands-on experiments on Zoom from 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 15 through 19; the cost of each class is $20. Each class includes a materials kit that can be picked up at museum. The kit contains instructions and all of the items needed to perform the day’s science activity at home.

  • The following are best for grades kindergarten through third grade.

∫ Fly, Fly Butterfly Feb. 15:

What makes a butterfly an insect? Discover the world of the butterfly; learn the basics of butterfly anatomy; understand the lifecycle of butterflies; and see its metamorphosis. The students attending will use their artistic skills and materials kit to create their own butterfly.

∫ Constellations, What’s Your Story? Feb. 16:

The patterns and shapes in the stars are called constellations. The people from cultures throughout the world made up stories about constellations and would use them as a map to tell direction. Hear some of these stories and learn how they were used to navigate and even tell time. With the materials kit, attendees will build a book of constellations and create a simulated telescope to see their favorite group of stars.

∫ Nano, the Smallest of Them all Feb. 17:

The smallest things around us make a big difference. Learn about how things at the nanoscale act in unexpected ways, and how nanotechnology is used in everyday products like computers, food, and clothing. The attendees will use their materials kit to participate in five different small-scale experiments and demonstrations.

∫ Landing on the Red Planet Feb. 18:

Learn about Perseverance Rover’s entry, descent, and landing on Mars. The attendees will use their materials kit to discover how engineers work by designing, testing, evaluating, and redesigning a shock-absorbing system that protects two marshmallow “astronauts” while they land on Mars.

The following is best for grades third through fifth.

∫ I Tricked You: Optical Illusions Demonstration Feb. 19: Trick one’s eyes and brain with optical illusions and discover how artists have used techniques to trick us for hundreds of years. The learners observe a real cow’s eye dissection and learn about how the parts of the eye work together to create our sense of sight. Finally, registrants will create their own optical illusion trick using their materials kit.

All classes include a live presentation with a miSci educator, materials for hands-on experiments, and extra activities for young scientists to explore on their own after the live session. The links to join the virtual presentations will be e-mailed to registrants the week prior to the events. Note: The materials kits will be available via curbside pickup at miSci from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 11, and 12.

This news was originally published at Leader Herald