Monday, March 24, 2014

Spaghetti Bridge Challenge - Testing Strength

Bridge strength was approximated by attaching a bucket (~2 lbs) and then slowly adding one gallon of water (7 lbs) at a time.  The strongest bridge of the day held 21 lbs!








Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spaghetti Bridge Challenge - Constructing Bridges on-site

Bridges were also constructed on-site at the conference.  Materials provided for construction were simply dry pasta and hot glue.









Spaghetti Bridge Building Challenge: Home-Built Bridges

The bridges shown below were built at home and brought to the conference to be tested for strength.
Builders were quite proud of their creations.





Organization of Va Homeschoolers Conference March 21-22

STEC participated in the Va Homeschoolers 2014 Conference and Resource Fair, March 21-22  where we provided lots of sensory experiences with plants, insects, shells, rocks, 
magnifiers and microscopes.


Getting a magnified view of an insect

Checking out the stereoscope

Enjoying a "Patent leather" or "Jerusalem" beetle (Odontotaenius disjunctus)

Admiring shells through magnification

STEC also hosted a conference-wide spaghetti bridge 
building challenge and presented two lectures:

"Developing and Implementing a Curriculum Web" and 
"Sensational Science on a Shoestring"

STEC wrapped up the second day with a slime-making activity for about 40 youth participants.  
See additional posts for photos of each event.  
What a great conference!!

Friday, August 30, 2013

STEC Science Program at Rockwood Nature Center

NEW!!  Beginning September 9

Science Through the Eyes of a Child (STEC)

 is now offering
Science Programs 
at
Rockwood Nature Center 
Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation
To Register go to:  http://www.chesterfield.gov/parks/
or 
Call 804-748-1623


Science through the Eyes of a Child (STEC) offers science and science enrichment programs for students in Junior Kindergarten through 8th grades. STEC’s mission is to inspire a passion for learning through innovative applications in science. Our courses enable students to explore science in fun and creative ways through a hands-on experience. Students learn to formulate questions, develop hypotheses and integrate a variety of other disciplines such as math, art, history and writing into projects and experiments.

STEC is offering the following programs at Rockwood Nature Center beginning 
September 9, 2013. See http://www.rockwoodnaturecenter.com/ for information about the Nature Center and registration instructions (note registration for these courses will be available on Tuesday, September 3 at 4 pm).

Home School Science Program
STEC will provide a series of general science instruction for home-schooled students in grades JK-6. Course content will be tailored to grade-level and follows local, state and national standards for science education. Topics include 1) an introduction to life science through general biology, zoology and botany; and 2) an introduction to physical science through the study of basic chemistry and physics. Course descriptions are as follows:

Ready, Set…Science
This course is designed to forge a foundation in science through fun, captivating, hands-on activities. Plants, animals, earth and physical sciences will be introduced. We will also explore color, shape, name recognition, responsibility, senses, force and motion.

Grades JK-K-1
Series 1 (7 classes)
Mondays: September 9,16,23,30, October 7, 21, 28 8:30am-9:30am $70
Wednesdays: September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23 1:00pm-2:00pm $70
Fridays: September 13,20,27, October 4, 11, 18, 25 10am-11am $70

Series 2 (6 classes)
Mondays: November 4,18,25, Dec 2, 9, 16 8:30am-9:30am $60
Wednesdays: October 30, November 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11 1pm – 2pm $60
Fridays:  November 1, 8, 15, 22 December 6, 13 10am – 11am $60

Ready, Set…Science Two
This course takes Ready Set…Science to the next level with fun, hands-on activities that explore plants, animals, earth and physical science with a greater emphasis on the similarities and differences we observe. Color, shape, name recognition, responsibility, senses, force and motion will be examined and discussed. Students will learn how to create and maintain a science lab journal to document (through writing and illustration) many of the discoveries made in class.

Grades 1-2-3
Series 1 (7 classes)
Monday: September 9,16,23,30, October 7, 21, 28 10:00am-11:00am $70
Tuesdays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22 8:30 am-9:30am $70
Wednesdays: September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23 11:30am-12:30pm $70
Thursdays: September 12, 19, 26, October 3,10,17,24 11:30am-12:30pm $70
Fridays: September 13,20,27, October 4, 11, 18, 25 1:00pm-2:00pm $70

Series 2 (6 classes)
Mondays: November 4, 11 18, 25, December 2, 9  10:00am-11:00am $60
Tuesdays: October 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10 8:30 am-9:30am $60
Wednesdays: October 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11 11:30am-12:30pm $60
Thursdays: October 31, November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12 11:30am-12:30pm $60
Fridays:  November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6, 13 1:00pm-2:00pm $60

Science through the Seasons
Students will engage in captivating hands-on projects that incorporate seasonal elements. Examples include the extraction of pigments from varying shades of autumn leaves. (In a subsequent spring series, students will observe and document the life cycle of amphibians such as frogs and salamanders). These courses apply national, state and local academic standards for science including science as inquiry, physical science, life science, earth and space science and the history and nature of science.

Grades 3-4-5
Series 1 (7 classes)
Mondays: September 9,16,23,30, October 7, 21, 28 11:30am-12:30am $70
Wednesdays: September 11,18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23 8:30am-9:30am $70
Thursdays: September 12, 19, 26, October 3,10,17,24 8:30am-9:30pm $70
Fridays: September 13,20,27, October 4, 11, 18, 25 2:30pm-3:30pm $70

Series 2 (6 classes)
Mondays: November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9  11:30am-12:30am $60
Wednesdays: October 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11 8:30am-9:30pm $60
Thursdays: October 31, November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12 8:30am-9:30pm $60
Fridays: November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6,13 2:30pm-3:30pm $60

Science through the Seasons
Students will engage in captivating hands-on projects that incorporate seasonal elements. Examples include the extraction of pigments from varying shades of autumn leaves. (In a subsequent spring series, students will observe and document the life cycle of amphibians such as frogs and salamanders). These courses apply national, state and local academic standards for science including science as inquiry, physical science, life science, earth and space science and the history and nature of science.

Grades 4-5-6
Series 1 (7 classes)
Mondays: September 9,16,23,30, October 7, 21, 28 1pm-2pm $70
Tuesdays: September 10,17,24, October 1,8,15, 22 12:30am-1:30am $70
Fridays: September 13,20,27, October 4,11,18, 25 11:30pm-12:30pm $70

Series 2 (6 classes)
Mondays: November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9 1pm-2pm $60
Tuesdays: October 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10 12:30pm-1:30pm $60
Fridays: November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6,13 11:30pm-12:30pm $60

Science Enrichment

Magnifying the Magnificent
Have you ever wondered what might be living underneath that old rotten tree stump? Do you know the difference between a centipede and a millipede? Are all insects bugs? These questions and much more will be answered in this introductory zoology course where we will get up close and personal through the use of compound and stereo microscopes. Be amazed at the diversity of life in just an eye dropper full of pond water! (Ages 7 and up)
November 2, December 7   4-6 pm   $23

Cool Chemistry
Enter the world of laboratory science through hands-on chemistry. We’ll learn about solids, liquids, and gases in a study of the phases of matter and through experiments with dry ice. We will also learn about polymerization, endo and exothermic reactions and the quantum behavior of the electron!
(Ages 7 and up)
November 10   2-4 pm    $23

Adult Programming

Developing and Implementing a Science Curriculum Web
Identifying and applying the many cross-curricular connections in science

Learn the art and significance of creating and implementing a curriculum web. Although this concept can be applied to any discipline, it will be demonstrated in this class through zoology and an application in physics. The many connections found in zoology and physics will be discussed and ways to implement each element of a basic to quite complex curriculum will be described. (Ages 18 and up)
September 28   4-5 pm   $12


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Contact us

You can contact us through our email address:

stecva@gmail.com

or call 804.822.5635 or 804.822.5680

Let us hear from you!