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In these workshops, adults get to experience our lessons exactly the way students do, with the crazy stories and hands-on experiments. But they also get to ask questions about the equipment and materials, discuss any concerns they may have about how their own students might respond to the lesson, and get ideas about how to present the lessons themselves.
You can also see videos of actual students doing the lessons here. The student version is accompanied by a downloadable Teacher Guide, including a complete transcript, quick reference guides, and an equipment list.
Before presenting any of these lessons to students, be sure to read:
"How to Present a Rock-it Science Lesson."
Color Changers Workshop -- Teachers 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. This relates to chemical changes, acids and bases, pH indicators, and evaporation. You can also see actual students doing this lesson here.
Hovercraft Workshop -- Teachers use balloons and CDs to create a hovercraft that will slide effortlessly across the table. This relates to air pressure, surface area, friction, balance, and air bearings. This lesson is presented the same way we would do it with students, but with additional discussion about how teachers can present it. This relates to chemical changes, acids and bases, pH indicators, and evaporation. You can also see actual students doing this lesson here.