Please duplicate as necessary.
All registrations must be placed online. This is for payment purposes only.
Please write “Science & Nature Conference” and your student’s name on your check
before attaching this payment coupon to receive proper credit.
Name of Student_________________________________________________________________________
District ________________________________ School _________________________________________
Grade: ____(3-4) ____(5-6) School Contact_______________________________________________
Name of Parent/Guardian ______________________________________________________________
Address _________________________________________________________________________________
City ____________________________________________ State ______ Zip _______________________
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:
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.
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., 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
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
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
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.