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Mystery Festivals and Other Science Adventures: NEW in 2017-18!
K-1st Grade - Curious George Throws A Science Party – Students experience a variety of physical science standards and take a closer look at properties by playing with party favors.
1st Grade- Camp Shining Star - Alien Invasion- A Breakout adventure! Aliens have arrived at Camp Shining Star! Did the Alines come from the Sun or the Moon? Perhaps the Alien fell from the Big Dipper! The students work collaboratively through the clues that will help them unlock the box to find the solution to the alien invasion.
1st and 2nd Grade- A Frog, a Queen and a Spinning Machine- Students will experience a variety of measurement and data activities that will address both math content and science practices.
1st and 2nd Grade- Mr. Magnetic Junior- A Breakout Adventure! Mr. Magnetic wants to change the Earth's magnetic field in order to through off all the compasses. One special paperclip will throw off the whole plan but it is not easy to get. The students work collaboratively through the clues that will help them unlock the box to get to the paperclip.
K, 1st, or 2nd Grade- A Plethora of Primary Problem Solving- Students will experience a variety of fun challenges based around numeration, problem solving and cooperation. (New 2017)
2nd or 3rd Grade – Who Borrowed Mr. Bear – a CSI-type activity. Students observe a crime scene and then collect data at 10 stations to figure out who borrowed Mr. Bear without asking permission. The students will make claims, gather evidence and then reason through why and how the evidence supports the claim.
2nd or 3rd Grade – The Squirrel-ly Adventure – This CSI-type activity takes place at a state park. Students observe a crime scene and then collect data at 10 stations to figure out what happened to the squirrel that was lying on the trail. The students will make claims, gather evidence and then reason through why and how the evidence supports the claim.
2nd or 3rd Grade – Weather Wizard – A Breakout Adventure! The Weather Wizard wants to control the weather to make us miserable. He has created a Way-out Wacky Weather Machine. His assistant Wanda wants to stop him but needs help. The students work collaboratively through the clues that will help Wanda stop the machine before the Wizard returns. Students will further explore what causes weather as part of the program.
3rd or 4th Grade- Fossil Fiasco- A Breakout Adventure! Dinosaurs from the Natural History Museum are on the loose and you will need to stop them before they eat all of the food. The students work collaboratively through the clues that will stop the dinosaurs and return them to the museum in time for the opening.
3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th Grades- Ready… Set… Create! Students are taken through a process that ignites their creativity. They will work on fluency, flexibility, elaboration and originality as they become inventors. (New 2017)
4th or 5th Grade – LEAP AHEAD in Science – Students will prep for the elementary State Science Assessment by experiencing a variety of hands-on science investigations.
4th or 5th Grade – A Force to be Reckoned With- A Breakout Adventure! The year is 2066. Dr. Evil Weavel has found a way to rid the world of friction, force or gravity. In order to stop him a switch must be deactivated. The students work in collaborative groups to figure out how to get to the switch for deactivation.
4th -6th Grades– Rally Round the Room- This physical science activity addresses force and motion and includes a lot of measurement. The students collect data on how far their cars will travel when released on a ramp. Then they must use that data to solve a variety of tasks.
The students will make claims, gather evidence and then reason through why and how the evidence supports the claim.
4th - 8th Grades– The Missing Millionaire – This CSI-type activity takes place at the beach house of a millionaire. There are four friends who are suspect. Students observe a crime scene and then collect data at 10 stations to figure out who murdered the millionaire if indeed he is dead. The students will make claims, gather evidence and then reason through why and how the evidence supports the claim.
4th -6th Grades – Outerspace Oobleck- Students examine a substance found on a new planet. They have to determine if it is a solid or a liquid. Then they design a vehicle that will land on that substance so additional investigation can be done.
4th- 6th Grades- Alien Invasion- Aliens' are invading the planet. Clues have been left behind by a CIA operative. Knowledge about the Earth, Moon and Stars will be critical in figuring out how to save the planet. Students will also explore models and how they can help us understand, day and night and the phases of the moon.
5th -8th Grades- Riddler's Room- A Breakout Adventure! Batman has been captured by the Riddler. You must find and gather all of the ingredients to make a compound that will allow Batman to escape. The students work in collaborative groups to figure out how to gather all of the ingredients! Students will then work on creativity and engineering as they continue adventures with Batman and the Riddler!
5th -8th Grades-Chemistry Calamity – Students examine the properties of 8 powders and then try to figure out which of those eight have been used in a mixture that has been through a calamity. The students will make claims, gather evidence and then reason through why and how the evidence supports the claim.
6th, 7th or 8th Grades – Environmental Mystery - Gray Area Bay has a problem with fish dying. Students will look at a variety of written reports and collect data to figure out what environmental issue is causing the fish kill. The students will make claims, gather evidence and then reason through why and how the evidence supports the claim.
Here’s how it works…..
You reserve a date then tell us what time you can arrive and what time you must be back on the bus.
We need 10 parent volunteers. We can use less depending on the session you are doing and the number of students you bring. We will try to find volunteers to assist if possible. Parent volunteers attend the sessions free of charge. The parents are in charge of a station, they do not move with their child. However, they are in the same room the entire program.
All students, teachers, and parents bring lunches with them including drinks.
When you make a reservation, we will send you the Michigan Academic Standards that are addressed with each program.
As a teaching staff, you are welcome to bring additional teachers with you for your professional development time or planning time. ($25 additional fee per teacher). Schools that have large grade level teams have sent half the group of students but all the teachers on one day and then the other half of the students and all the teachers on a second day. You would have to have subs for the teachers whose students are not on the trip but it provides quality time for the teachers to work together.)
Once the students are organized in the activity room, the teachers meet in a room that is connected. There is a two way mirror so teacher can observe their students throughout the day.
You may organize your own professional development or use the time for planning. You will have access to a computer, and the internet. Feel free to have a consultant meet you at our facility. Wayne RESA is only 20 minutes away, easy access for their consultants or other resources you may want to use from their facility.
We have some resources available for you to peruse while at the center (most of them are related to math and science).
The teacher planning room is also equipped with complimentary drinks and snacks for the teaching staff.
The students will be engaged in hands-on STEM related investigations that are based on educational research and best practice. The two way mirror will allow you to see your students working throughout their investigations.
This program has been reported by many students, teachers and parents to be the “best field experience they have ever had”. We hope you will join us at HOPE for K-8 Education – Center for Inquiry. For a reservation call Dr. Michelle Cline at 734-260-3784 or email her at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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