Workshops for Teachers
Here's an excerpt from a workshop where Mr. Mac teaches a group of elementary school teachers how to present a hands-on science lesson about acids and bases.
The Rock-it Science method of teaching science is easier than you may think -- and fun for the teacher, too!
Luckily for us, children love secrets, they’re very curious, they enjoy humor, and they learn best when they play. And Rock-it Science lessons incorporate all of this.
Even if you don’t have much experience with science, you can easily teach these lessons, because you don’t need to know all the answers. All you have to do is facilitate. In a three-hour workshop, we’ll show you techniques to open the vast knowledge base and energy of your students so that the students will teach themselves and share what they learn with their fellow students.
This is a new way for teachers to think about teaching science.
Instead of imparting information, you let your students make their own discoveries, just like real scientists exploring the unknown. Once you begin to picture yourself as the person who opens doors to exciting new adventures, your students will relish every minute they get to spend learning about the nature of our universe. And if the principal should drop in, he or she will be amazed at your students’ enthusiasm and focus on learning science!
Teacher Workshop Structure and Pricing:
Price: $1,000 for 3 hours.
Maximum 40 teachers.
All materials are provided.
Our teacher workshops also make great team-building & diversity training activities!
Why Our Lessons Are Ideal for Classroom Use
- They’re grade level appropriate.
Our lessons can be adapted to suit any grade K-6.
- They’re time sensitive to fit into your schedule.
Both the storytelling and the experiment will fit within a normal class period.
- They’re easy to set up and run, with simple procedures and materials.
No elaborate scientific equipment, just everyday items that are easy to obtain.
- They’re inexpensive.
We use materials like paper, balloons, marbles, tape, baking soda, vinegar, dish soap, etc.
- It’s easy to control the students.
The students are challenged and excited by the lesson, so they stay on-task.
- We address things that could go wrong.
We’ve been doing these lessons for over twenty-five years, and we’ve seen just about everything that kids could do with them. We’ll let you know what to expect and even show you how to turn “mistakes” into learning opportunities for the students.
- The teacher doesn’t need to know all the answers.
We encourage students to discuss the experiment in groups, brainstorm ideas, and come up with answers to their own questions, based on their own observations.
- Storytelling improves the students’ memory retention.
After doing the experiment, the students get to apply what they’ve observed to create an ending for the story. This helps lock in the scientific concepts. And when they go home, they’ll want to tell their parents and friends all about the crazy story and the fun things they did, and that will help them remember, too.
- The Rock-it Science lesson can carry over into other subjects.
In their literature lesson, many teachers will have students write their own ending to the crazy story. It’s an assignment they delight in, because they’re inspired by the Rock-it Science stories. You can also carry it over to art class, where they can illustrate their stories.
Choose Your Workshop Content
Select lessons from the list below for your workshop. Each lesson includes an introduction, a crazy story, and hands-on experimentation. We can also create a customized workshop based on your own subjects. For example, if there are certain stories your class will be reading in their literature class, we can show you how to include elements from them in the Rock-it Science stories.
(Please note: Most of the video trailers for these lessons were filmed at our laboratory classroom. Lessons presented in school classrooms may differ somewhat, but the videos will give you a general idea of what the lesson is about.)
Making Ice Cream: Students discover how to lower the freezing point of water enough so that their sample of ice cream becomes a solid. See the trailer.
Secret Message: Students discover that ordinary yellow paper can do extraordinary things. They draw on it with household ammonia, baking soda mix, and vinegar to develop a way to send secret messages. See the trailer.
Disease Spreading: Students discover how quickly a disease can spread through their unicorns and then they try to determine which unicorn had the disease first. See the trailer.
An Electrifying Experience: Students discover what happens when colored Xmas tree light bulbs are hooked up in series and in parallel. They also check a wide variety of materials to see if they are conductors. (No trailer)
Magnetic Creatures: Students discover all the weird things that magnets can do. Students make their own weird creature that moves magnetically through the habitat they create. See the trailer.
Objects the Same: Three groups of ten objects each are presented with one overriding characteristic in common. The students eventually discover that characteristic. (No trailer)
Slow Fall: Students discover what shape of paper will take the longest time to hit the ground from seven feet. (No trailer)
Weird Water: Students make water flow uphill with no power added, they make water stay in a jar that is upside down, and they discover how to make a musical instrument from a tube and some water. (No trailer)
Gigantic Bubbles: Students make bubbles in their hands, on the tabletop, and outdoors. We also create a bubble tube large enough for a student to stand inside. See the trailer.
Helium Balloons: Students discover how to make neutrally buoyant helium balloons maneuver through suspended hula-hoops and they will see what keeps airplanes up in the air. See the trailer.
Balance: Students discover that the center of gravity for an object can be way off to one end of the object or even off the object altogether! Students make their own gravity-defying butterfly. (No trailer)
Samson's Columns: Students decide which structural shapes are the strongest by forming paper to see how many books they can support with one sheet of ordinary paper. The record is 152 pounds! (No trailer)
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