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Name of Student_________________________________________________________________________ District ________________________________ School _________________________________________ Grade: ____(3-4) ____(5-6) School Contact_______________________________________________ Name of Parent/Guardian ______________________________________________________________ Address _________________________________________________________________________________ City ____________________________________________ State ______ Zip _______________________ SCIENCE &NATURE SCSC Science & Nature Conference Payment Coupon Phone___________________ Email _________________________________________________________ Please send payment coupon and check payable to: South Central Service Cooperative Attn: Mary Hillmann 2075 Lookout Drive North Mankato, MN 56003 Registration Fee (By Oct. 10): $25. Late Registration Fee (Oct. 11-17): $35. Science & Nature Conference Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter Registration Fee (By Oct. 10): $25. Late Registration Fee (Oct. 11-17): $35. Students and Chaperones Must Register Online: www.mnscsc.org. Click “EVENTS & REGISTRATION” Students: Select “Science & Nature Chaperones: Select “Science & Nature STUDENT Registration” CHAPERONE Registration” Payment options: Online when you register All adults attend free, but must register or via check. online to guarantee a space. The planning form below will help students to list session choices before going online to register. If you do not see your session listed online, it is full. Please choose another session. Be sure to keep your e-mail confirmation listing your conference schedule. If you experience a problem with registration or do not receive a registration confirmation within 24 hours of registration, please email [email protected] Please note check your spam or junk folder Online Registration Planning Form 1st choice session #:______ Title:____________________________________________________________ 2nd choice session #:______ Title:____________________________________________________________ 3rd choice session #:______ Title:____________________________________________________________ 4th choice session #:______ Title:____________________________________________________________ 5th choice session #:______ Title:____________________________________________________________ SCSC reserves the right to add/change sessions or substitute presenters as necessary. CONFERENCE OCTOBER 21, 2014 GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS COLLEGE, ST. PETER, MN Things to Remember: Science & Nature Conference October 21, 2014 Grades 3-6 Grade 3-4 Conference Schedule 8 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. 9 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. 10:05 a.m. - 11 a.m. 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 11:35 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 12:40 p.m. - 1:35 p.m. Check-in (Alumni Hall) Opening Program (Alumni Hall) Session I Lunch (Alumni Hall) Session II Session III Grade 5-6 Conference Schedule 8 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. 9 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. 10:05 a.m. - 11 a.m. 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 11:35 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 12:40 p.m. - 1:35 p.m. Check-in (Alumni Hall) Session I Session II Lunch (Alumni Hall) Session III Closing Program (Alumni Hall) In order to create a more interactive experience, students in grades 3-4 will attend their large group session as an opening program and students in grades 5-6 will attend as a closing program. Sessions are handicap accessible. Please contact us at [email protected] to indicate any special requirements. Please note: Some sessions may contain latex. Opening/Closing Presentation: The Wonders of Wolves Few animals capture the imagination and inspire awe and wonder like the wolf! Students are introduced to the history, myth and folklore surrounding wolves in North America. Wolf characteristics, adaptations and behavior are explored and students will learn about one of the most remarkable adaptive features wolves have – their communication abilities and cooperative social structure. Don’t miss this howling good time to learn about one of Minnesota’s most famous wild residents! (No live wolves will be present.) • Everyone is responsible for bringing their own lunch and beverage. Lunch will not be provided and will not be available for purchase. • The sessions are located in various buildings on the Gustavus Adolphus Campus. Please dress according to the weather as you will need to travel to different buildings throughout the day. • Schools/families must provide and register their own chaperones. All adult leaders participate in the conference free of charge. • All registrations must be made online. Register early for the sessions of your choice — sessions will be filled and confirmed on a “first come, first serve” basis. • Registration Deadline: October 10, 2014. Cost: $25/student. • Late Registration: October 11-17, 2014. Cost: $35/student. Please note, online registration will close Oct. 18. Walk-in registration is available on Oct. 21 at the conference with limited session availability. • No refunds for absence. Schools may send a replacement. Please notify SCSC of changes in advance if possible. Refunds will be issued for cancellations made by Oct. 17. No refunds will be issued after this date. Refunds for online payments will be charged a processing fee. • Please write Science & Nature and your student’s name on your check to receive proper credit. Mail it with the payment coupon on this brochure to: South Central Service Cooperative, Attn: Mary Hillmann, 2075 Lookout Drive, North Mankato, 56003. • For information on session presenters, directions to Gustavus Adolphus College and/or parking on campus, please visit our website at www. mnscsc.org, click on Science & Nature Conference under Programs & Services, Student Academic Enrichment. • For registration assistance, please contact: Mary Hillmann: (507) 3892509 or [email protected] • As a participant in the Science & Nature Conference, you grant SCSC permission to publish your photos and/or name for promotional purposes. • By registering, you release, absolve, and hold harmless South Central Service Cooperative, its employees, and agents from any damage resulting from injury incurred while participating in the Science & Nature Conference. You understand South Central Service Cooperative assumes no responsibility before, during or after the program. Sessions for Grades 5-6 16. 3D Printer Pens in Action Design and create unique 3D models using 3Doodler pens that “write” with plastic! In addition, a 3D printer will be demonstrating its capabilities by printing models for some lucky students to take home. This class is a bit science, a bit technology and a bit art all wrapped into one! Deb Johnson: Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota 17. Air Dancers Think like amusement park engineers and design a device that floats, twirls and dances in a column of air. Engage in the engineering design process by developing and testing your prototypes. See how small changes in design can drastically alter the aerodynamics of a ride. School Outreach Team: Science Museum of Minnesota 18. Beginner GPS Technology can help us do so many things – including finding our way home, locating treasures, creating maps and much more. Discover how early explorers traveled without getting lost, learn how to use both a compass and GPS unit, and go on a mini-geocache to try your new skills! Alisha Flemming: Prairie Ecology Bus Center 19. Build a Wooden Rubber Band Flipping Man! Assemble a wooden skier that is hinged at the hip and has rubber bands from its hands to its legs. Then pull back and watch it flip! Learn the dynamics behind how a rubber band can store energy and the excitement of when it’s released! Bring home your project after you’re done to show your friends. American Workshop Educators 20. Fantastic Flyers Follow in the footsteps of the Wright Brothers and learn about aircraft and the four forces that affect flight. Learn how to make your paper airplanes do amazing loops and rolls. Build a Skyhawk Glider with a rubber band powered launcher to take home. Scott Clark (Mr. Dude): Mad Science of Minnesota 21. Fun With Frogs Learn about most of the frog and salamander species that live in south central Minnesota by holding, feeding and listening to them! Randy Korb: The Frog Guy 22. The Icky, the Yuck and the Gross: It’s Grossology! Yuck! It’s blood, scat, worms, slime and more! Sometimes the coolest things in nature are disgusting. You’ll get the scoop on poop and might just decide that maggots are magnificent! Don’t miss this chance to learn about how those nasty things in nature like slug slime, skunk smell and blue blood actually help animals to survive. Now that’s cool! Andrea Porter: Prairie Ecology Bus Center 23. Interstellar Water Quest Your spaceship has landed on an unknown planet and its up to you to identify water for survival! Use your creative thinking, observation skills, some new chemistry tricks and fun science tools to figure out which clear liquid is actually water. Will you survive on the crazy new planet? Heidi Smith Ferris: Growing Green Hearts 24. Skulls Herbivore, omnivore or carnivore? You can learn a lot by looking at an animal’s skull, teeth, eye placement and skull structure, even if you don’t know what animal it is. Learn about animals from the inside out, then meet real LIVE animals up close. Outreach Educators: Minnesota Zoomobile 25. It’s Not Magic, It’s Science! Join wacky professor Jerry Wenzel as he demonstrates science concepts in a fun and easy to understand way. You will be amazed at what appears to be magic, but is really science. This unforgettable learning experience is guaranteed to have you asking for more. Who knows, you may even get shrink wrapped! Jerry Wenzel: Retired Teacher and Science Magic Programs Presenter 26. Sssssensational Snake Art Snakes and reptiles intrigue us with their colorful patterns and the unique role they play in our environment. Roll up your sleeves and prepare for an experience in learning through art! We will paint patterns on twigs that match what we see in many varieties of snakes and reptiles. Once our nature art is complete, we will explore several species of snakes and reptiles and learn where they live, what they eat and if they present a threat to humans. Take your snake art home to share what you’ve learned with others. Melanie Schmidt: Mankato Community Education and Recreation 27. You Can’t Call my Bird That! Use your incredible intelligence and imagination to design, equip and name a bird. Learn about birds as you create one. Al Batt: Writer, Speaker, Storyteller and Humorist 28. Robotics Programming Crash Course Brickmania’s expert builders will introduce students to programming a robot built from the new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 set. Then you will have the opportunity to program a robot to perform a series of tasks. Use your problem-solving skills to determine multiple methods to achieve the desired outcomes. Daniel Siskind and Yitzy Kasowitz: Brickmania 29. Feel the Noise Start with vibrations and the science of sound. Explore how wind, string and percussion instruments change pitch. Play in a boomwhacker band and construct an ear harp to take home. STEM Educators: The Works 30. Stream Flow Fun Come see a flowing model stream and learn about stream dynamics, stream bank erosion, the water cycle, stream biology and more! You will have hands-on opportunities to test the scientific principles we discuss and see what happens to the stream under various conditions. Joanne Boettcher: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency About the Conference The goal of the conference is to give students an academic enrichment experience that allows them to delve deeper into the science and nature topics they love. It is designed to expose students to a vast variety of topics and delivers highly educational hands-on sessions. Many forms of science and nature will be represented to give students the opportunity to learn how science plays a part in our world, environment, home, space, earth, life and technology. Instruction is innovative, active and designed by grade level for maximum student learning and participation. Students will attend an opening/closing session and will selfselect three sessions to attend for the rest of the day. Local collaborative efforts with universities, community experts, area businesses and volunteers make this conference possible. Our goal is to inspire students to pursue high-demand jobs and careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and environmental fields.
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