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Wonders of Physics: Battling the War on Science Illiteracy *Annual Presentation * AND Resource Links

pwtqodfq_400x400Studies have shown time and time again a general lack of interest in science and an overall decline in science literacy in the United States. Since 1984, the University of Wisconsin – Madison has been active in combating this problem of science illiteracy with their Wonders of Physics program.

The Wonders of Physics is a non-profit public outreach group operation out of the University of Wisconsin – Madison Physics Department. They present fun physics shows for schools, organizations, and community groups, covering the basics of motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light in a fast paced, entertaining show suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds.
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The show has been presented by Professor Clint Sprott, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Wisconsin, on the Madison campus over 200 times to a total audience of about 70,000.

 

The 34th annual presentation of The Wonders of Physics will be held in 2103 Chamberlin Hall (1150 University Avenue) at the following dates and times:

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Sunday,   February 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm,  4:00 pm
Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Sunday,   February 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Free tickets are now available for all shows and can be obtained by:
Web:   http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/tickets.htm (preferred)
Phone: 608-262-2927
Email: wonders@physics.wisc.edu
Be sure to specify the show you prefer and the number of tickets.

Better hurry — shows fill up fast and tickets are gone right away!

Physics can be fun…

The Wonders of Physics presentations are held each February in Madison, Wisconsin.  DIRECTIONS

Free tickets are be available after the first of the year.
Use the On-Line Ticket Form, call (608) 262-2927 or e-mail.

UW-Madison Physics department is also hosting their 10th annual Physics Fair on Saturday, February 18th from 11 am to 4 pm. It’s free! No ticket required!
The Physics Fair will feature hands-on activities, demonstrations, and lab tours.

Nurture your inner Einstein!

Scroll down for a ton of resource links, experiments to try, and videos with Prof. Sprott!!

PROF. SPROTT CURRENTLY HAS 30 SHOWS AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING ON YOUTUBE HERE.

To check on availability and order your free WOP tickets, click here.


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The theme of the program changes from year to year – so even if you’ve been there before, you’ll still find something amazing!

The Wonders of Physics program inspires interest in physics among people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shows fill up fast, order your free tickets now!

If you have attended the show, you can give them feedback so that they can continually improve the shows.

More resources courtesy of the Wonders of Physics program are listed below.  Check them out!


Videos are available for purchase or free online streaming here.

Wonders of Physics, Prof. Sprott, UW-Madison - video streaming

You can stream the videos directly to your computer for free by clicking on the links on http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/wop.htm

Here’s Professor Sprott in action at the 2011 Cairo Science Festival as he talks about sound waves and explains how electricity works by using a Tesla coil to generate very high voltage to create electromagnetic waves in the air.


Resource Links

Just For Kids — Here are some Experiments you can try at home.

Motion Build your own Roller CoasterSpin like an Ice SkaterReaction TimeRandom Walk
Heat Home MeteorologyVortex in a BottleSmoke RingsCollapse a Can
Sound The Doppler EffectBuild a String Telephone
Light Make a Pinhole CameraScience of BubblesMeasure the Speed of Light
Electricity Plasma Ball ExperimentsStatic Electricity
Magnetism Build an ElectromagnetFusion Cookies

Experiments You Can Do At Home from Professor Clint Sprott and the Wonders of Physics
Download a PDF with many different experiments that you can do at home exploring motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism and light. You may have heard of Newton’s Cradle, but have you ever heard of Newton’s Beads?
Check out this video of Mike uncovering the science behind this demo.  

More Science Links and Physics Resources from the Wonders of Physics Program:

Home Experiments (pdf)
Download printable version 
UW Space Place: Education and public outreach center of the UW-Madison Astronomy Department
Science is Fun: Educational website for Chemistry from the mind of UW-Madison Chemistry professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri
Geology Museum: Explore the Geology Museum and take a peek into Wisconsin’s deep history
Institute for Biology Education: Raising the next generation of Biology Scientists
Science Alliance: UW-Madison Science Outreach on Campus
Synchrotron Radiation Center: UW-Madison SRC aiding researchers in their discoveries
Science Friday (SciFri): Weekly science radio show hosted by NPR, Fridays 1-3pm
Wonders of Physics Demonstrations – more information on the physics behind the show
Teacher’s Guide (pdf)- printable information on the physics behind the show
Physics Demonstrations book by Clint Sprott
Database of Physics Demonstrations – from the UW Physics Department
Books of Science Experiments from the University of Maryland Physics Departmenpwtqodfq_400x400t
How Stuff Works
Science Links for other UW Science Outreach Programs

Videos are available for free online streaming here. 

For more information, performance schedule, and tickets visit: Wonders of Physics Home Page

You can also access more information on their Facebook page or subsc
ribe to their 
YouTube page. 

The Wonders of Physics program is made possible by grants from the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences of the United States Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

 

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Programming and Robotics Classes in Janesville

Engineering, Programming and Robotics in Madison and Southern Wisconsin for Elementary and Middle School Students


STEM For Kids provides a fun learning environment for program participants.
Brain research shows that fun is an important ingredient for learning and memory. LEARN MORE

WHY homeschoolers love STEM for Kids 

Multi-age programs
Innovative curricula
Real-world based problem solving
Leadership opportunities
Open ended possibilities
Flexible delivery
4 C’s Focus:  collaboration,
creativity, communication, critical thinking
Intrinsically motivating – low stress- high challenge
Relevant topics
Activity based
Happy- relaxed environment
Celebrate all successes big and small;
learn from all mistakes, big and small
Learning to learn, not test
It is FUN!

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Janesville Offerings

Computer Programming for Kids ages 7-11
Wednesday: 10:30– 12:00
Oct. 26– Dec 14, 2016

Robotics for Kids ages 7-11
Fridays: 10:30-12:00
Oct 28– Dec 16, 2016

NO Classes Thanksgiving Week

Location:
Orchard View Alliance Church
2707 Bond Place, Janesville, WI

COST: ONLY $12/Week with Discount Code

Use Code HOMESCHOOL to save 20%

See attachment for more information about STEM for Kids!

Request programming here📆

I would be happy to meet with the group any time to better explain STEM for Kids and answer questions.  Just give me a call at your convenience and we can schedule a time.  If interested, I could bring a class out to whatever location is most convenient for the members of your group.
Take Care, Donna

Donna Curtis, M.Ed
Owner and Instructor
1-608-352-8330
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Wonders of Physics: Battling the War on Science Illiteracy

Studies have shown time and time again a general lack of interest in science and an overall decline in science literacy in the United States.

Since 1984, the University of Wisconsin – Madison has been active in combating this problem of science illiteracy with their annual Wonders of Physics program. WOP logo

Wonders of Physics covers motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light in a fast paced, entertaining  show  suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds.

The show has been presented by Professor Clint Sprott, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Wisconsin, on the Madison campus over 200 times to a total audience of about 70,000.

Physics can be fun…

The Wonders of Physics presentations are held each February in Madison, Wisconsin.  DIRECTIONS

Free tickets are be available after the first of the year.

Better hurry — shows fill up fast and tickets are gone right away!


Nurture your inner Einstein!

Scroll down for a ton of resource links, experiments to try, and videos with Prof. Sprott!!

PROF. SPROTT CURRENTLY HAS 30 SHOWS AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING ON YOUTUBE HERE.

 

To check on availability and order your free WOP tickets, click here.


Physics_020_cropped
The theme of the program changes from year to year – so even if you’ve been there before, you’ll still find something amazing!

The Wonders of Physics program inspires interest in physics among people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shows fill up fast, order your free tickets now!

If you have attended the show, you can give them feedback so that they can continually improve the shows.

UW-Madison Physics department is also hosting their annual Physics Fair on February 20th from 11 am to 4 pm. It’s free! No ticket required!

More resources courtesy of the Wonders of Physics program are listed below.  Check them out!


Videos are available for purchase or free online streaming here.

Wonders of Physics, Prof. Sprott, UW-Madison - video streaming

You can stream the videos directly to your computer for free by clicking on the links on http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/wop.htm

Here’s Professor Sprott in action at the 2011 Cairo Science Festival as he talks about sound waves and explains how electricity works by using a Tesla coil to generate very high voltage to create electromagnetic waves in the air.


Resource Links

Just For Kids — Here are some Experiments you can try at home.

Motion Build your own Roller CoasterSpin like an Ice SkaterReaction TimeRandom Walk
Heat Home MeteorologyVortex in a BottleSmoke RingsCollapse a Can
Sound The Doppler EffectBuild a String Telephone
Light Make a Pinhole CameraScience of BubblesMeasure the Speed of Light
Electricity Plasma Ball ExperimentsStatic Electricity
Magnetism Build an ElectromagnetFusion Cookies

Experiments You Can Do At Home from Professor Clint Sprott and the Wonders of Physics
Download a PDF with many different experiments that you can do at home exploring motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism and light. You may have heard of Newton’s Cradle, but have you ever heard of Newton’s Beads?
Check out this video of Mike uncovering the science behind this demo.  

More Science Links and Physics Resources from the Wonders of Physics Program:

Home Experiments (pdf)
Download printable version 
UW Space Place: Education and public outreach center of the UW-Madison Astronomy Department
Science is Fun: Educational website for Chemistry from the mind of UW-Madison Chemistry professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri
Geology Museum: Explore the Geology Museum and take a peek into Wisconsin’s deep history
Institute for Biology Education: Raising the next generation of Biology Scientists
Science Alliance: UW-Madison Science Outreach on Campus
Synchrotron Radiation Center: UW-Madison SRC aiding researchers in their discoveries
Science Friday (SciFri): Weekly science radio show hosted by NPR, Fridays 1-3pm
Wonders of Physics Demonstrations – more information on the physics behind the show
Teacher’s Guide (pdf)- printable information on the physics behind the show
Physics Demonstrations book by Clint Sprott
Database of Physics Demonstrations – from the UW Physics Department
Books of Science Experiments from the University of Maryland Physics Departmenpwtqodfq_400x400t
How Stuff Works
Science Links for other UW Science Outreach Programs

Videos are available for free online streaming here. 

For more information, performance schedule, and tickets visit: Wonders of Physics Home Page

You can also access more information on their Facebook page or subsc
ribe to their 
YouTube page. 

The Wonders of Physics program is made possible by grants from the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences of the United States Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

 

 

CIRCLE Learning Co-ops

CIRCLE

(Children Involved in a Respectful Co-operative Learning Environment)

CIRCLE is an all-inclusive learning cooperative (co-op) open to all families.  All ages are welcome, from infants through adults.

Check over the CIRCLE FAQs and Guidelines for more information about the co-ops.

CIRCLE is not just for homeschooling families.

Any family looking for a respectful, family learning environment is welcome to join a CIRCLE group, regardless of what educational choices they have made (homeschool, public school, private school).  * Because many of the families involved do homeschool, many of the classes may be held during school hours.

CIRCLE co-ops offer quarterly classes, field trips, and other events, with every family offering at least one activity during a session in order to participate.

Rather than a one day, one location co-op, CIRCLE allows each teacher to pick the topic, time, date and location of each class s/he is offering. Teachers may offer one-day activities/field trips, or they may choose to teach recurring/multi-part classes (i.e. weekly throughout the quarter, three times total, etc.). Simple play dates or meet up classes do not count as a class. Teachers are free to specify age groups and/or size limits for their particular class(es).

CIRCLE Co-ops in Wisconsin

CIRCLE – Kettle Moraine, encompassing the Kettle Moraine area of Wisconsin.

Milwaukee CIRCLE, serving the greater Milwaukee area.

Fox Cities CIRCLE, serving the Fox Cities area of Wisconsin.

Madison CIRCLE, serving the Madison area. First session will be Fall 2015!

Driftless CIRCLE Coming Soon!
Check back for more details regarding the new Driftless CIRCLE group, serving the Monroe, Vernon, and Crawford Counties in Wisconsin!

Fall 2015 Planning month will be held in August for classes occurring in September, October, and November.
August 7: Class Submissions Due
August 17: Enrollment Forms Due
August 27: Class Fees Due

 

Make certain you have contacted your group coordinator(s) for access to the Google calendar. After adding your class to the Google calendar and inviting your group to view it, fill out the following submission form. This allows our coordinators (all volunteers) to quickly make enrollment forms, calculate class fees, and contact everyone. Your information will NOT be given out publicly and will only be used for contact information for the co-op.

Homeschoolers Act-it-Out

Here’s a Homeschool Theatre class that will be happening in Winona at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts.

Homeschoolers Act-it-Out

Specially designed for Homeschoolers in the Winona Area, this class will encourage students to work as an ensemble as they build stage presence and off-the-cuff creativity. Students will enjoy exploring the world of theatre and improvisation, but enjoy the side benefits of developing communication skills, confidence and self-esteem. On the last day of class, friends and family will be invited to an open house where students will present a variety of scenes & improvisation games.

Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 29- Nov. 3rd

Time: 10am- 11am

Age: ages 8 & up

Instructor: Jamie Schwaba

Registration will remain open through the first week of classes in each semester length session. Classes that reach maximum enrollment before this time will be closed to additional registrations. If a class has low enrollment, all participants will be notified by email about the cancellation and students will be allowed to select an alternative class choice.

Creature Investigations at Norskedalen

Creature Investigations at Norskedalen

Summer Education Programming

Get your registration in now!

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Come to Norskedalen and Learn all About Frogs, Toads, Bats, Butterflies, and Birds 

Register Now for Workshops:

Ages 5-7      9:30-11:30   Fee:  $6/child/class ($5 for members)

Ages 8-10   1:30-4:30     Fee:  $7/child/class ($6 for members)

Creature Investigation Opportunities:

Friday, July 10-Leaping Frogs and Hopping Toads-Can you jump as far as a frog-take the leap challenge!   (Register byMonday, 6/29)

 

Thursday, July 23-Busting Bat Myths-Are bats really blind and do they fly in your hair? (Register by Monday, 7/13)

 

Thursday, August 6-Flutterby Butterfly-Check out Norskedalen’s field for butterflies-how many kinds can we find? (Register by Monday, 7/27)

 

Wednesday, August 19-Bird Basics-Why do different birds have different beaks-try out a beak or two and see what you would eat! (Register by Monday, 8/10)

 

Limit 12, class will be cancelled if insufficient enrollment.

School / Summer Program Group Accommodations

Have a group?   Norskedalen’s regular classes are available to groups with a minimum of 15 students (25 for Pioneer Life).  Choose from: Skin and Bones; Owl Prowl; Nature Hike; Pioneer Life; Trees, Forests & You; and Wetland Wonders. Call Norskedalen for scheduling and fee information, 608-452-3424

Contact:  Mary Dresser, Norskeducation@mwt.net

Norskedalen Education & Community Outreach Coordinator

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Spring Environmental Education Day at Norskedalen

 

Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center

Norskedalen’s Environmental Ed Day
Thursday, May 21
9:30 am to 1:30 pm
(bring your own sack lunches).

This entire day of programming is only $6 per student.

Reservations are required.
Please call Norskedalen at 608-452-3424
to reserve your
homeschool group now.

Students move from station to station learning about raptors,  snakes, lizards, turtles, local fish habitat in the trout stream; flintknapping with Blueberry Jack, meeting Smokey the Bear, and hiking the trails.

Spring Environmental Education Day for students K through 9th grade.  Read below for more information on this fantastic day!
Raptor Program

Give your students an up close and personal look at live raptors! Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialists will be on hand with a Red Tailed Hawk, a Barred Owl and a Screech Owl to teach students more about these fascinating birds!
Snakes, Lizards & Turtles, Oh My!

Herpetologist Dan Nedrelo will be on hand with his many reptiles and amphibians in this fun filled presentation for all. Students will delight in seeing snakes, lizards and other creatures of all sizes and maybe even touching one or two! Come prepared to laugh and learn!
Blueberry Jack

Do you know what flintknapping is? Have you heard how trout get their rainbows? Or can you tell how old a turtle is? Blueberry can spin many a story and will delight students with his tales and demonstrations.
DNR Fisheries

Norskedalen is located in the valley of one of the best trout streams in the world! The Department of Natural Resources will take older students on a trip to the local stream for a presentation on fish habitat in one of the premier locales of Wisconsin.
Smokey Bear

It’s Smokey’s Birthday! What student can resist a high five from this Forest Service mascot? By bringing awareness to the prevention of wildfires, Smokey is a welcome friend in the forest. Bring it on in for a bear hug!
Nature Hikes

A day to Norskedalen isn’t complete without a hike out on to one of our trails! You might spot a fawn, a chittering squirrel, or an eagle soaring high. You’ll definitely see blooming spring wildflowers, deer tracks and babbling brooks!

Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center
Coon Valley WI
608-452-3424
www.Norskedalen.org

Can’t make it to Environ Ed Day?
Call for other programs available!

 

HTML 101 for Kids: Basics of Web Programming Free 14 Lesson Course

 “Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer…because it teaches you how to think.”
~ Steve Jobs, Founder, Apple

Imagine the power of taking a blank computer page and being able to create whatever you want out of it.

Scary,
Intimidating,
or Awesome?

In this online class, Frazier O’Leary, a former Northern Virginia High School teacher, computer consultant, and homeschooling father to two children in Alexandria, VA  will introduce your children to the basics of the HTML, using HTML “tags” to create and design Basic Web Pages.


The course is open to any students 9 years old and up.

Parents can sign up to take the classes too!

(Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?)

Students will learn:

  • Basic HTML Tags
  • Understanding of fundamentals of Web Design and Internet Pages

All you need to do is to pre-register here.

The class will go live on Monday, March 2nd, 2015.

A new lesson will be available each day after that for the next 3 weeks; students can catch up and review missed lessons on their own schedule.

Interested?

Here’s the link for more information or to pre-register.

Not Ready For This Class? Want Info about Future Classes?

(Click Here)

(This article originally posted in August. 2014.)

Kickapoo Valley Reserve Winter Workshops for Homeschoolers

Here’s an outstanding opportunity for area homeschoolers.

Kickapoo Valley Reserve’s Winter Workshops!

Winter Workshops for Homeschoolers February 2015
(DATES: February 6, 13, 20, 27)

These interactive hands-on programs are taught by experienced instructor/naturalists.

Workshop sessions are geared for K – 3rd graders and 4th grade and up.

Two programs for each age level (K-3 and 4th and up) will run twice each afternoon.  Each child will participate in both afternoon sessions offered for their age level.  You may register your children for any or all Fridays.

You choose the workshops by date – based on what works for your schedule or the interest of your child. Each date can accommodate approximately 35  K-3rd grade children and 35  4th grade and up.  Programs will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

Most programs will have an inside and outside component so please make sure that children dress for being outside in winter weather.

Homeschool Fridays are a great way to experience hands-on science, nature and other cultural programs, receive help on projects and research, and network with other homeschooling families!

You may register your children for any or all Fridays. 12:15 pm – 3:45 pm.

Fee: $8/Child/Afternoon.

Please be sure to read this Parent Letter before your programs begin.

New this Year!  Natural Play Areas:  Parents and children under 5 years of age can also join KVR staff each Friday for guided exploration of natural play areas  which provide interest-led, inquiry-based play opportunities.  Children use their imaginations, creativity, hand-eye coordination, balance, and physical strength to build tiny elfin towns, bake in the mud kitchen, play nature music, climb over logs, swing on ropes and balance on stumps.$4/child/afternoon.  12:30-2 pm.  Available each Friday listed above.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  January 23 for February programs.

Class descriptions and fee details are HERE.

Please click here to print a registration form.  Mail the completed form along with payment to Kickapoo Valley Reserve.

Scholarships available; contact the Reserve.

Pump House Art Workshops for Homeschoolers


The Pump House Regional Arts Center located in La Crosse has an exciting list of Fall Workshops, which were created especially to make art accessible to homeschool students, ages 6 to 18.

Students can enroll in just the sessions they like.

Classes offered include everything from printmaking, sculpture, and collage to drawing, watercolors, and pastels.

Pump House instructor Ben Alberti guiding Paint & Pour students through a painting of the Big Blue Bridge. http://www.thepumphouse.org

Fall Workshops are held on Wednesdays, October 15-November 19.

You may enroll in one, many, or all.

Cost: $10 – $12 for each student workshop.

For class descriptions, dates and times, and enrollment information, click here: http://www.thepumphouse.org/event/youth-workshops/Youth Workshops

For more information or to enroll, please call the Pump House at 608.785.1434, or email Ben@thepumphouse.org.

This is a great opportunity for homeschool youth to participate in the arts community.   The Pump House hopes to encourage participation in the arts among youth by providing creative outlets in a positive learning environment.

Classes will meet in the Pump House Front Gallery, where instructors will be waiting to guide students to the workshop area.

The Pump House is located in the heart of Historic Downtown La Crosse at 119 King Street.

The Pump House is a non-profit organization founded in 1977, with the mission to: Enhance the quality of life in the region by maintaining the Pump House as a cultural center; and by promoting a wide range of visual and performing arts activities including performance, participation and appreciation.