Science on Wheels — School Assemblies

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Bring Roper Mountain Science Center to your school! Science on Wheels assemblies are designed to bring standards based science lessons to a large group of students for a very affordable cost. The standard length for these assemblies is one hour, however each one has a shorter version option which is about 40 minutes. The assemblies are targeted for a specific grade level, but some can be adapted for multi-grade groups. The shorter length programs are recommended for grades K-1 and for these grades we recommend keeping the audience size to 100 students or fewer. We have listed the standards connections for each program as well as our recommendations for the best type of audience for that lesson. Please contact us if you’d like help choosing the best assembly for your venue.

All of our Science on Wheels assemblies demonstrate the safe use of scientific tools, and the scientific and engineering methods as described in standards across all elementary grades.

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Planning Information

Choose from the following program options:

 

Arcs & Sparks: 

EQ: How are electricity and magnetism alike?

Note: this assembly requires a presentation space that can easily be darkened and re-lit throughout the presentation

Experiments in this hair raising assembly will show how electric energy can be transformed into other kinds of energy and how electricity and magnets are related. Student volunteers will make a giant circuit, be lifted up by magnets, use their own energy to power a light bulb and much more. We will wrap things up by using an electromagnet to launch a metal ring into the air!

Standards Connections: 
SC2014– 3.P.3A, 3.P.3B, 2.P.3B

Recommended Audience – Grade 3

Shorter version: 

The shorter version of "Arcs and Sparks" covers the same topics and standards, but removes the powerpoint and text and has one less demonstration. This version is great for multi-grade assemblies for events like Science Day.

Recommended Audience – Grade 3, Multigrade

 

 

Use the Force: 

EQ: How do forces affect objects in our everyday lives?

Join us as we challenge the laws of physics. We’ll use several fun experiments to explore forces like gravity, air pressure, inertia and friction in this high energy and interactive presentation. All these concepts will be tied together at the end as we launch a small rocket across the stage. We’ll really MOVE you as we explore the what’s and why’s of motion and forces!

Standards Connections: 
SC2014– 2.P.4A, 5.P.5A
Recommended Audience – Grade 5

 Shorter version: 

The shorter version of "Use the Force" covers the same topics and standards, but simplifies the vocabulary a bit and has one less demonstration. This version is great for 2nd grade and for multi-grade assemblies for events like Science Day.

Recommended Audience – Grade 2, Multigrade

 

Catch the Wave: 

EQ: What are some similarities and differences between how light and sound travel?

Note: this assembly requires a presentation space that can easily be darkened and re-lit throughout the presentation

Students will discover and compare the properties of light and sound in this illuminating assembly. We will investigate what happens when light and sound waves interact with barriers, learn how both are produced and explore the differences between them. Using lasers, musical instruments, chemical reactions and more, we will get to the bottom of these wacky waves.

Standards Connections: 
SC2014– 4.P.4A, 4.P.4B
Recommended Audience – Grade 4

 Shorter version: 

The shorter version of "Catch the Wave" focuses on Light and Shadow and is specifically designed for First Grade.

Recommended Audience – Grade 1

 

Matter of Fact:

EQ: What are some differences between solids, liquids and gases?

In this supercool lesson we will use liquid nitrogen to show how solids, liquids and gases are affected by extreme changes in temperature. Students will observe the relationship between temperature and volume for each state of matter, and see various substances change from one state to another. We will measure the temperature of liquid nitrogen, shrink balloons down by 700 times (and grow them back again!), and see how super cold temperatures combined with a superconducting material can make a magnet actually levitate!

Standards Connections:

SC 2014 – 2.P.3A, 3.P.2A, 5.P.2A
Recommended Audience – Grade 5, Grade 3

 Shorter version: 

The shorter version of "Matter of Fact" covers the same topics and standards, but eliminates the video and text and has a different finale' demonstration. This version is great for 2nd grade and for multi-grade assemblies for events like Science Day.

Recommended Audience – Grade 2, Multigrade

 

 

Planning Information

Educator will arrive approximately one hour prior to the scheduled start time to unload, check in and setup.

 

 

Schedule

Greenville County schools: First assembly can start as early as 8:30 a.m.

Out of County schools: Calculate the drive time from Roper Mountain Science Center to your school, then add that amount of time to 8:00 to determine your earliest assembly start time. If it is a one hour drive from Roper Mountain to your school, add one hour to 8 a.m. and the earliest start time is 9 a.m.

For multiple sessions of the same assembly (same or different length), please allow at least 15 minutes between sessions for your instructor to reset the equipment. For two different assemblies, please schedule at least 90 minutes between sessions to allow for breakdown and setup plus time to eat lunch. Contact us if you need to work out other options.

 

Space Requirements

A space large enough to fit all of the students (seated on the floor or in chairs), teachers, two six foot long tables, and about 10 feet in between the tables and the audience. Gyms, cafeterias, and auditoriums work well. For smaller groups, classrooms can sometimes be used.

Need help or information: Contact the outreach specialist at jromatelli@greenville.k12.sc.us or 864.355.8940

 

Payment

Payment is due within 30 days after the date of the program. An invoice will be e-mailed to the booker when the reservation is made. Educators CANNOT take payment. Please mail your payment to Roper Mountain or send by Courier. Credit card payments can be made in person at Roper Mountain Science Center (please call ahead to schedule payment), but we cannot take credit card information by phone or email.

 

Travel Area

We will travel to locations up to a 2.5 hour drive from Roper Mountain for a single day visit. There is a fee for sites outside of Greenville County of 85 cents per mile of driving. We use Google Maps to calculate drive times and distances. Requests for further distances may be considered if requested.

 

 

Fees for long assemblies 

* No mileage fee in Greenville County. For other counties, a mileage fee of $0.85 per mile applies.

1 Assembly $175
2 Assemblies $250
3 Assemblies $325
2 Different Assemblies on the same day $300

 

Fees for shorter assemblies 

* No mileage fee in Greenville County. For other counties, a mileage fee of $0.85 per mile applies.

1 Assembly $150
2 Assemblies $210
3 Assemblies $270
2 Different Assemblies $250

Combination options

* No mileage fee in Greenville County. For other counties, a mileage fee of $0.85 per mile applies.

One short and one long assembly of the same program $235
Two short and one long assembly of the same program $295
Two long and one short assembly of the same program $310
One short and one long assembly of different programs $285

 

 

Science on Wheels Scholarships Available!

Roper Mountain has received a generous grant from 3M to fund Science on Wheels programming for schools and community organizations in Greenville County serving low-income communities. Greenville County schools with 60% or higher free or reduced lunch and Greenville County community centers are pre-qualified to receive these scholarships within reasonable limits. Prequalified groups just need to mention that they would like to use the grant money to cover their reservation at the time that they make the reservation request. Non GCS schools and community organizations such as libraries, after school programs, summer camps, and day cares in Greenville County who believe they should qualify, may apply for the funding. Contact the Outreach Specialist, Jennifer Romatelli, jromatelli@greenville.k12.sc.us or 864.355.8940, for details.

 

 

Reservations

Contact the Outreach Specialist, Jennifer Romatelli, at jromatelli@greenville.k12.sc.us or 864.355.8940 or fill out the form below.

 

Science on Wheels Assembly Registration Form





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