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Saturday, February 1
 

10:00am CST

STEM with the Wind Turbine
Explore how electrical energy is generated and how energy is transformed from one form to another by building a working wind turbine. Use the engineering cycle to build, test and revise our model so that it generates as much electrical energy as possible. Free STEM resources and an equipment raffle.


Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
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10:00am CST

Electromagnetic Mania
Via inquiry, discover how electromagnets work and what can be done to enhance their effectiveness. Also discover applications of electromagnetic knowledge. All investigations are hands and we will manipulate a virtual electromagnet. In addition to process skills being covered, TEKS 4.6B and 4.6C will be investigated. This session is designed for grades 4 and 5.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
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11:15am CST

Exploring Air
Students explore properties of a common gas mixture – air. They experience air as matter and discover that it takes up space and can be compressed and that compressed air can move objects around. They construct and compare parachutes and balloon rockets that use air while answering the following questions:
What can air do? How does a parachute use air? What happens when air is pushed into a smaller space? How can water be used to show that air takes up space? How can compressed air be used to make a balloon rocket?
2.1A, 2.1B, 2.1C, 2.2A, 2.2B, 2.2C, 2.2D, 2.2E, 2.2F, 2.3A, 2.3B, 2.3C, 2.4A, 2.4B, 2.5A, 2.8A

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Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
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1:30pm CST

CANCELLED - Give Young Learners a Solid Foundation in Science
Young students explore solid objects and learn to describe their properties while developing vocabulary. Students sort and classify solid objects in a variety of ways to discover that many objects can have the same properties. They identify and use the best materials for building tall structures. Attendees will receive materials from this FOSS Texas Edition lesson. Grade 1.


Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
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2:45pm CST

Sink students into Learning with Wood and Water
Young learners observe how wood and water interact, and then find ways to sink wood samples. They use relative-position words to describe the location of wood in water as they discover that some woods sink easier than others. Students make a bar graph of their results from the investigation. Attendees will receive materials from this FOSS Texas Edition lesson. Kindergarten.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
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2:45pm CST

Chemical Batteries - Electrify your Middle School Classroom!
Although we live a battery-powered lifestyle, most of us (middle school and high school students included) have no idea how batteries actually work. In this hands-on workshop, participants will be engaged in an activity from Issues and Physical Science from LAB-AIDS. Make a wet cell battery, explore the effect of using different metal electrodes on battery output, and consider ways to reduce the number of discarded batteries in the waste stream.

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Zach Smith

LAB-AIDS offers full year curriculum for middle school science, biology and chemistry. We also specialize in easy to teach, hands-on supplemental labs that come complete with materials, student sheets and lesson plans.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
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2:45pm CST

Electricity Goes Round and Round
Electricity Goes Round and Round
Students explore series and parallel circuits and compare the functioning of the components in each circuit. They formulate and justify their predictions, based on their observations of electricity transferring energy to produce light and motion. D-cells and solar cells are used as energy sources. Students also learn about alternative energy sources while answering the following questions:
How can you get two bulbs to light at the same time?
How can you light two bulbs brightly with one D-cell?
Which design is better for manufacturing long strings of lights—series or parallel?
How can you make a motor run faster using solar cells?
4.1A, 4.1B, 4.2A, 4.2B, 4.2C, 4.2D, 4.2E, 4.2F, 4.3A, 4.3B, 4.3C, 4.3D 4.4A, 4.4B, 4.6C, 4.7C

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Saturday February 1, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
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2:45pm CST

Applying Newton's Laws
This one hour workshop will focus on strategies to improve the understanding of Newton's second law, inertia and collecting data to cement the relationship between force, mass and acceleration. Equipment raffle and free resources provided.


Saturday February 1, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
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