COURSE DESCRIPTION

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5-1 NEWTON IN SPACE:
Believe it or not, many things can be explained by physics. Learn how Newton's laws of force
and motion apply to common objects as well as satellites orbiting the Earth. Rotational inertia,
center of gravity, potential and kinetic energy are just a few of the concepts covered in this
"moving" class.

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Whizzball
5-2 WHAT'S IN A GALAXY
The Milky Way is 100,000 light years in diameter and home to billions of stars. Study the planets
and all other objects within our solar system, as well as the constellations that can be seen in they
sky at the time of your visit. A visit to our planetarium will show students how constellations are
mapped out and how to identify them on any given night.

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INSTRUCTOR:
Students will use Sky in Google Earth to interactively view the night sky including planets, constellations, and galaxies from Earth..

  1. Click on the Sky icon to switch between Google Earth and Sky.
  2. Explore the night sky by clicking on objects to find more information.
  3. To search, type the name of the object you want to find in the Search panel.
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5-3 ENERGY - TO HAVE AND TO HOLD
This is a hands-on class in which students will trace the electrical system from the power company
(provider) to the home (user). Students will work with various instruments to calculate electrical
energy usage and consider methods of conserving energy. Students will be "charged up" when
they put together a simple circuit and test various conductor and nonconductor materials.

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Students will work through the 5 areas on the Blobz Guide on Electricity during a 45 minutes computer
lab session. They will record answers to essential questions from each area on handout.

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Blobz Guide


5-4 KIDS AND CHEMISTRY
Students will explore the basic properties of solids, liquids, and gases in this beginner chemistry
class. Test various materials and determine whether or not they dissolve; have fun with mixtures
and solutions; and perform various other experiments in our chemistry lab. Your future chemists
will be sure to enjoy this hands-on learning experience.

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After exploring several websites and resources on chemistry, students can create a Wordle of important
vocabulary words learned through the hands-on sessions and resources.

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Wordle
5-5 MARINE SCIENCE
Our 600-gallon touch tank provides a fantastic hands-on learning experience about the many species
that inhabit the Gulf of Mexico. Stingrays, spider crabs and starfish are some of the creatures students
will be able to touch. In addition, the use of a Coastal Enviroscape will help to illustrate the point and
non-point pollution effects in our irreplaceable marine environments.

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5-6 WEATHER PREDICTION
Predicting weather is the focus of this class. Types of fronts and how they cause changing temperatures
and conditions will be discussed. Students will see how heat rises. All weather classes will be held in
our Bay News 9 weather room, where students will see the radar net screen, weather gauges on
the big screen TV, and the current weather conditions at the Science Center.

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INSTRUCTOR
After watching a BrainPop video on the Water Cycle, students will use Make Beliefs Comix to create a
comic strip explaining the Water Cycle.
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