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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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The Hour of Code™

Try an Hour of Code™ with Khan Academy

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In a galaxy far, far away, programming droids is something everyone can do…

“The ‘Hour of Code™’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week[csedweek.org] and Code.org[code.org] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.”

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

Are you ready to master the digital domain?

Learn about algorithms, how to make an app, or how the internet works with The Hour of Code

Computer programming can be learned early on and is considered by many as fundamental as reading and writing.

Teaching kids to code opens up logic and reasoning, and can give them the experience of creating fun and helpful applications.

“Your child doesn’t have to be computer science engineer. Maybe they want to do something else. But in our world today this is going to be basis for everything we do.”  ~ Math & Science Teacher


FREE TEACHING RESOURCES

Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code. Over 200 tutorials and lesson plans. Try this year’s new tutorials!

Khan Academy has 3 areas of tutorials for the Hour of Code.

Khan Academy offers several tutorials for the Hour of Code for your child (and you!) that don’t require any coding experience:

  • Drawing with code: Learn to program using JavaScript, one of the world’s most popular programming languages (ages 8+).
  • Creating webpages: Learn to make your own webpages using the basics of HTML and CSS (ages 10+).
  • Creating SQL databases: Learn the fundamentals of databases using SQL to create data tables and query the data (ages 12+).

 

Algorithms? Loops? Conditionals?

Think computer programming is too hard?

Giving commands to a computer, which is what programming is all about, is just like giving commands to a dog. CodeHS lets you learn how to code with Karel the Dog — a fun, accessible, and visual introduction to text-based programming that teaches fundamental concepts like commands and functions to absolute beginners. 
http://hoc.codehs.com/

Codecademy is an interactive, student-guided introduction to the basics of CS through JavaScript that’s used by tens of millions of students around the world. We’ve prepared a no-hassle Hour of Code experience with accompanying quizzes, slides, and a completed project for students at the end. http://hourofcode.com/cdmy

Code Combat lets you defeat ogres to learn Python or JavaScript in Code Combat, an epic programming game! http://codecombat.com/hoc

There’s a whole lot more listed at Computer Science Education Week

Want to keep learning? Go beyond an hour

No device or internet? Try ‘unplugged’ computer science

Thinkersmith has lessons that use paper and pen, decks of cards, and simple materials to teach children the connection between symbols and actions, as well as the invaluable skill of debugging.

Got PCs with slow (or non-existent) internet access? Download the Blockly tutorials that were the precursor of the Code.org tutorials – a single 3MB ZIP file can be loaded onto any computer or used off a memory stick

Kodable designed the fuzzFamily Frenzy to use plain paper as an introduction to programming logic for kids 5 and up.

Project Guts has this “unplugged” activity that helps students learn how modeling and simulation works by having a group of students play different versions of the Rock / Paper / Scissors game, and see the results as different modeling experiments.

So, there you have it.

Now get out there and code!

The ‘Hour of Code’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week andCode.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.

 

Wisconsin Science Festival

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Celebrate curiosity and creativity!

Science festivals can introduce you to people, places and programs you can tap into year-round to discover how science is changing the way we look at and lead our lives.
Wisconsin Science Fest includes activities for all ages and interests and features nearly 250 events at more thaan 90 venues in over 30 communities across the state during October 20-23, 2016.

Cost:
Free! Some activities may have a nominal charge for materials or meals, and some partner locations charge their regular admission fees.

What can you do at the festival? All kinds of fun stuff! From games to gadgets, robots to researchers, storytelling to stargazing, the festival has something for everyone.

 

Check out the variety of events taking place at locations throughout Wisconsin at the 2016 festival. Use the filters to find events that match your interests, are in a city near you, take place on the day you plan to attend the festival and more. Or Download the 2016 program guide in PDF form.

 

Here are a few highlights for #WiSciFest 2016:

Snapshot Wisconsin is a partnership to monitor wildlife year-round, using a statewide network of trail cameras. The project is a great way to get students outdoors and learn about local wildlife!  This workshop provides educators with all the information and equipment needed to deploy and monitor a trail camera, as well as resources to help teachers use Snapshot Wisconsin in the classroom.

The Artistry of Innovation: WARF Patent Drawings Through Time With WARF’s help, hundreds of professors, researchers and students have transformed their discoveries, napkin sketches and prototypes into real-world innovations. These patents, and thousands like them, contain drawings or figures to illustrate the invention. This exhibition shares some of the visual gems buried in the WARF patent collection and introduces a breathtaking array of inventions. In one sweep, visitors will be exposed to nine decades of genius.

UW–Madison Geology Museum
Explore the geology museum and take a peek into Wisconsin’s deep history! On your visit you can touch rocks from a time when there were volcanoes in Wisconsin; see corals, jellyfish and other sea creatures that used to live and swim where we now walk; and stand under the tusks of a mastodon while imagining yourself in the ice age. Also on display are rocks and minerals that glow, a model of a Wisconsin cave, dinosaurs and meteorites. The mineral, rock and fossil collections have the power to educate and inspire visitors of all ages. See for yourself!

Birds in Art 2016
Since 1976, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum has organized “Birds in Art,” the museum’s internationally renowned, flagship exhibition. The 41st annual fall exhibition will be on view September 10 through November 27 and features fresh interpretations of avian marvels by 112 worldwide artists, including 2016 Master Artist Karen Bondarchuk.

Building with Biology
Celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Madison Science Museum! Daily hands-on activities will allow you to get messy and ask real scientists your questions about synthetic biology. Become a “Bio Bistro” in a card-based personal choice activity, where you decide what synthetic biology-based food products you would or would not eat.
Or, practice creative engineering by first designing a superhero to rescue a person falling from a tall building. Then, design a single-celled organism to clean up an oil spill. See how designing a superhero is similar to or different from designing a microorganism. And much, much more!

 

Discovery Expo 
features more than 20 interactive hands-on stations with science, technology, engineering, arts and math activities that you can explore at your own pace, as well as other UW–Madison activities. See some of the groups and organizations that will be at the Discovery Expo

 

D.C. Smith Greenhouse
Take a self-guided tour through D.C. Smith Greenhouse and explore the fascinating world of plan…

Flight Simulation Demonstrations 
Experience the thrill of flight in the UW Flight Simulation Laboratory! Guests of all ages are welcome to try their hand at flying both rotary-wing and fixed wing aircraft simulators, including an FAA-approved, motion simulator! Walk-in groups are welcome. This event is located in room 3014 of the Mechanical Engineering Building (Flight Laboratory). Visit website

Help share the excitement about the 2016 science festival, happening on October 20-23. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tag events you’d like to share with #WiSciFest.

“I took my daughters to the festival on the first day. They had so much fun we went back the next day, and the next day, and the next. My favorite moment was hearing my daughter sing out, “Yay! More science!” — A 2014 Wisconsin Science Festival attendee

Science Arcade is a hands-on science event that connects all ages to the science, technology, engineering, math and, of course, the fun behind games! The evening will showcase vintage arcade games, virtual reality with the Living Environments Laboratory’s Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, augmented reality, DIY cardboard games, multiplayer games, place-based games, board games and so much more! 
This event is family-friendly and open to the public, but best of all, it’s FREE!  Fri, October 21: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
UW–Madison Discovery Building, Madison WI

Science Storytellers Jam!
An evening of science storytelling supported by Nerd Nite Madison and Moth storytelling. The stories will intertwine science with more personal experiences and will definitely prove to be both educational and entertaining. Expect to laugh, cheer and learn! The event will feature a mix of presentations by both Nerd Nite all-stars and local science storytellers providing stories about journeys through their field from campus researchers. And while you’re at this laid-back event, we encourage you to participate by asking questions and submitting ideas. Attendance at this event is free. A cash bar will be available throughout the night.
Learn more about Nerd Nite Madison and The Moth in Madison.
Sat, October 22: 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
UW–Madison Discovery Building, Madison WI

 

Big Ideas for Busy People – Madison
Back by popular demand for a third year at the Wisconsin Science Festival, Big Ideas for Busy People is a one-of-a-kind event that is also a centerpiece of the Cambridge (MA) Science Festival. Featuring five of the best and brightest in their respective fields, the event includes five minute talks by each with five minutes of Q&A. To keep the event moving, anyone going over five minutes will be gonged. Join us for the fun and hear from this year’s lineup of world-renowned speakers.
Sat, October 22: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
UW–Madison Discovery Building, Madison WI

 

Follow Wisconsin Science Festival @WiSciFest

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The mission of the Wisconsin Science Festival is to inspire and engage us all in the enterprise of science and discovery; to cultivate curiosity and communicate the power of knowledge and creativity to change our world view; to promote innovation and to cultivate the next generation of global citizens. The Wisconsin Science Festival is presented by a growing coalition of the science and arts community from across Wisconsin.

Learn more about science festivals all across the country at sciencefestivals.org.

The Wisconsin Science Festival is made possible without taxpayer dollars due to private funding and corporate support.

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.

 

 

The Hour of Code

In a galaxy far, far away programming droids is something everyone can do.

In 2015, we have the tools to master the digital domain.

Learn about algorithms, how to make an app, or how the internet works with The Hour of Code

Computer programming can be learned early on and is considered by many as fundamental as reading and writing.

Teaching kids to code opens up logic and reasoning, and can give them the experience of creating fun and helpful applications.

“Your child doesn’t have to be computer science engineer. Maybe they want to do something else. But in our world today this is going to be basis for everything we do.”  ~ Math & Science Teacher

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE TEACHING RESOURCES

Khan Academy has 3 areas of tutorials for the Hour of Code. Hour of Drawing with Code uses JavaScript, one of the world’s most popular programming languages via keyboard-based coding for ages 10+ or drag-and-drop,block-based coding for students ages 8+ with less typing experience or on iPads/tablets. Hour of Webpages: Students will learn to make their own webpages using the basics of HTML and CSS (ages 10+). Hour of Databases: Students will learn the fundamentals of databases using SQL to create tables, insert data into them, and do basic querying (ages 12+)

Algorithms? Loops? Conditionals?

Think computer programming is too hard?

Giving commands to a computer, which is what programming is all about, is just like giving commands to a dog. CodeHS lets you learn how to code with Karel the Dog — a fun, accessible, and visual introduction to text-based programming that teaches fundamental concepts like commands and functions to absolute beginners. 
http://hoc.codehs.com/

Codecademy is an interactive, student-guided introduction to the basics of CS through JavaScript that’s used by tens of millions of students around the world. We’ve prepared a no-hassle Hour of Code experience with accompanying quizzes, slides, and a completed project for students at the end. http://hourofcode.com/cdmy

Code Combat lets you defeat ogres to learn Python or JavaScript in Code Combat, an epic programming game! http://codecombat.com/hoc

There’s a whole lot more listed at Computer Science Education Week

 

No device or internet? Try ‘unplugged’ computer science

Thinkersmith has lessons that use paper and pen, decks of cards, and simple materials to teach children the connection between symbols and actions, as well as the invaluable skill of debugging.

Got PCs with slow (or non-existent) internet access? Download the Blockly tutorials that were the precursor of the Code.org tutorials – a single 3MB ZIP file can be loaded onto any computer or used off a memory stick

Kodable designed the fuzzFamily Frenzy to use plain paper as an introduction to programming logic for kids 5 and up.

Project Guts has this “unplugged” activity that helps students learn how modeling and simulation works by having a group of students play different versions of the Rock / Paper / Scissors game, and see the results as different modeling experiments.

So, there you have it.

Now get out there and code!

The ‘Hour of Code’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week andCode.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.

 

Wonders of Physics: Battling the War on Science Illiteracy

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32nd Annual Wonders of Physics

The Wonders of Physics presentation dates for 2015 have just been announced: Saturday, February 7, 2015 1, 4, and 7 pm Sunday, February 8, 2015   1 and 4 pm Saturday. February 14, 2015 1, 4, and 7 pm Sunday, February 15, 2015 1 and 4 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

Scoop these up while you can! The shows usually fill up right away!!

UPDATE  JAN. 23,  2015:  All the tickets for The Wonders of Physics 2015 have been issued. There are usually some empty seats if you would like to come and take a chance. They will have a monitor where you can view the show on video. Otherwise, you can leave your name and email address, and they will notify you when tickets are available for next year’s shows. You might also check back a few days before the show since some tickets are usually returned.

Physics Fair 2015

The Physics Fair is free and open to the public. Click the image for details.

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. *Scroll down for a ton of resource links, experiments to try, and videos with Prof. Sprott. The theme of the program changes from year to year. If you’ve attended the show, you can give them feedback so that they can continually improve the shows every year. More resources courtesy of the Wonders of Physics program are listed below. Check them out!

Wonders of Physics, Prof. Clint Sprott

Professor Clint Sprott

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 Wonders of Physics presentations are held each February in 2103 Chamberlin Hall, 1150 University Avenue, Madison, WI.  DIRECTIONS   Free tickets are available (beginning January 1st) using the On-Line Ticket Form. Be sure to specify the show you prefer and the number of tickets.  Electronic tickets will be used — you may print your own tickets or pick them up at the show. wonders of physics Univ Wisc MadisonCheck out the video from the 2013 Show.

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

You can also catch the free Physics Fair held in same building on Feb. 14th, which features hands-on demonstrations, activities for kids and families, laboratory tours, and a chance to talk with real-live scientists.  There are exhibits representing the research groups of the Physics Dept. as well as displays on physics topics.  Additionally, the Ingersoll Physics Museum will be open. The Wonders of Physics team also has developed a traveling showpresented by physics graduate students and staff over a thousand times to audiences of all ages throughout Wisconsin and the nation.  They also have available educational materials including videos, software, a demo book, and a lecture kit.

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

Shows fill up fast, order your free tickets click here.

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.   Videos are available for purchase or free online streaming here.

Prof. Sprott currently has 30 shows available for viewing on YouTube here.

WANT SOME EXPERIMENTS TO DO AT HOME?

Just For Kids — Here are some Experiments you can try at home 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.  You can even do at home! 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 Department How Stuff Works Science Links for other UW Science Outreach Programs The Wonders of Physics program inspires interest in physics among people of all ages and backgrounds. 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 subscribe 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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 Originally posted 2012.

 

Conservation Poster and Photo Contests

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NACD Close Up Conservation Photo Contest Winner 2013

National Conservation Poster, Speaking, and Photo Contests

The National Association of Conservation Districsts (NACD) and the NACD Auxiliary annually partner to host the National Poster Contest and the Photo Contest.

Contests provide an excellent opportunity for students to enjoy healthy competition while learning about conservation.

Each area has a local district that sponsors the area contests. Not all districts sponsor Poster, Photo, and Speaking Contests.  Please check over all the contests and details. You’ll need to contact your local conservation district for entry information on each of the contests. Depending on your local area conservation district, the deadlines and entry requiremnts may vary.

2015 Poster Contest

2015 NACD Conservation Poster Contest

The annual National Conservation Poster Contest provides K-12 grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art.

The contest is open to public, private or home school students. Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level. Individuals and teachers with questions regarding district contests should contact their local district. 

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<– * Here’s the link for the Wisconsin  NACD County Offices. *

The top posters in each district for each age category will go on to the state competition, and could even go on to the national competition and win cash prizes!

The posters can use any 2-dimensional media and must be between 8.5″ x 11″ and 22″ x 28″ in size.  “Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators” must be somewhere on your poster.  Have fun creating!

 

2015 Poster Contest Theme: Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators
Poster Categories by grade:          K-1         2-3         4-6         7-9         10-12
The contest is open to public, private or home school students.
Local districts or states may have different categories or rules for their contest.
Rules and Resources for 2015 Conservation Poster Contest
List of rules. |PDF|
List of resources. |PDF|
What Makes a Good Poster? | PDF |
National Visual Arts Standards
Logo in jpeg or tif/gif – Local Heroes Your Hardworking Pollinators

Vernon County residents, please contact  Sarah McDowell at smcdowell@vernoncounty.org  by or before December 1, 2014 if you have any interest in this fun conservation Poster Contest opportunity.  The posters will be due to the Vernon County Land & Water Conservation Department office on Friday, January 23rd  and the state competition is the first week of March.  2015 Poster Contest Entry Form
* UPDATE 10/02/14 —  In addition to the Poster and Photo contests, in Vernon County, there is an option for 5th-12th grade students to participate in a Conservation Speaking Contest.
Vernon County Conservation Speaking Contest
2015 Vernon Speaking Contest Guildlines
Entry Form

2014 Conservation Photo Contest Winner Youth (Lake County SWCD)

2013 Conservation Photo Contest Winner Youth, Indiana

 

Photo Contest
 (2014)

 

 

 

A picture can be worth even more than a thousand words. Good photographs can lend a helping hand to numerous projects: they strengthen publicity for a fund-raiser, make a newsletter more appealing and reveal the beauty of wetlands to children. The Photo Contest recognizes effective use of photography.

This contest is open to any amateur photographer of any age. Enter up to 5 total photos per person in the following four categories: Conservation Practices, Close Up Conservation, Conservation in Action, and Ag/Conservation Across America.  All photos must be taken within your district.

The top three in each age category will receive a prize and will move onto the National Competition.

Vernon County Residents: Vernon County Land & Water Conservation is offering the Conservation Photo Contest this year.  This is a great way to get your students outside so they can catch a snapshot of the beauty of nature and farming that is all around us!  All photos are due by November 1, 2014. All photos must be taken in Vernon County, WI so we can showcase conservation in our area of the state. Contact Sarah McDowell <smcdowell@vernoncounty.org> for the forms and details for Vernon County.
2014 Vernon Co. Photo Contets Entry Form
2014 NACD Photo Contest Details

Conservation Photo Winner 2015 1st Place, Youth, Illinois

2013 Conservation Photo Winner, Youth, Illinois

Astronomy Campout

Consider Thy Heavens Campout Michigan 2014

Consider Thy Heavens Campout Michigan 2014 Hosted by ClassicalAstronomy.com

Jay Ryan, the author of “Signs and Seasons,” a classical astronomy textbook for homeschoolers, is planning to have an astronomy camp-out at a state park in Upper Michigan in August, and all homeschoolers are invited.
Please pass this on to the homeschoolers in your area.

Tahquamenon Falls, Upper Peninsula Michigan

Tah-whatever Falls in the U.P. – very nearby where we will be camping this summer. This is the sort of “biblical” night sky we can expect to experience. Share this with your friends and encourage them to join us this August! – Jay (Photo Credit: Michigan Nut Tahquamenon Falls, Upper Peninsula Michigan)

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth His handywork. – Psalm 19:1

Have you ever seen a truly dark sky? The sky as God created it to appear,
far away from city lights? Then how do you know of the glory it declares?
Why not come find out?

Join us for a “Consider Thy Heavens” Campout during 2014.

It’s simple…
everyone makes their own reservations, brings their own food and gear, and otherwise handles their own arrangements. Enjoy a great weekend of fun and fellowship during the day. After dark, we will host an astronomy
constellation tour, from nightfall til whenever, free to all, at no extra
charge. Kids of all ages welcome! Experience the LORD’s sky, and learn
about the importance and relevance of Classical Astronomy in our daily
lives.

Michigan, Muskallonge Lake State Park (Upper Peninsula)
Wed-Sun August 20-24, 2014 (waning crescent Moon)

This will be an AWESOME event at a remote site, in the darkest patch of
inky black skies in the eastern USA. These are truly “biblical” skies, such
as most modern Americans have never seen from their brightly illuminated
suburbs. Such skies are only available from remote locations, and require
some extra driving for most people. But if families are willing to drive
20+ hours to enjoy the man-made thrills at Disney World, why not travel a
bit off the beaten path to experience the wonders of God’s glory?

Nonetheless, there are lots of daytime activities for families to enjoy,
such as Pictured Rocks Lakeshore, the Soo locks, and the Great Lakes
Maritime Museum. We’re hoping that homeschool families in Michigan will
turn out for this, along with those in Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and
Illinois.

Summer temps can be downright cool in the UP, so why not beat the summer heat by heading way north? Come for a day, the weekend, or the entire event! And tell your friends!

In addition to your own camping gear and food, please bring:

* some quality binoculars, which can also be used for birding and other daytime activities;
* a red flashlight for nighttime activities, since this will not spoil your night vision;
* a blanket for sitting on the ground after dark, maybe even a good tarp in case the ground is damp.

Please send Jay Ryan an email through Classical Astronomy if your family is interested in participating.

NOTE!!! ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (FROM DOCTOR PARSONS)
Notes for Muskallonge Lake State Park Reservations

1. Go to https://www.midnrreservations.com/
2 Choose “Muskallong Lake State Park” under Park.
3. Select arrival and departure dates. (Parsons will be there Wed Aug 20 through Sun Aug 24, but may later extend the stay)
4. Fill out form as indicated.
5. Under “Find Sites” click on the “On a Map” icon. This will take you to a map of the state park with the campground areas highlighted. Please feel free to stay wherever you wish, but if you would like to stay with the group then click on “section 1”. A new map will pop up that shows the individual campsites. Each campsite is individually described and has photos. We are suggesting that participants consider sites in the area of 36 to 51, working from corner of site 51 on down. The Parsons have reserved 51 and the Ryans are in 50. These campsites can accommodate campers and trailers as well as tents.

6. You will need to provide full payment to reserve the campsite, but there is a cancellation option with a fee. The cost is $18 per site per night. There is also an $8 reservation fee.
7. If you are a Michigan Resident then entrance to this and all state parks is free if you have your license plate sticker. If you don’t, the annual pass is $11. Campers from outside Michigan will need to pay an entrance fee. The daily fee is $8.40, however a non-resident annual pass for all Michigan State Parks may be purchased for $31.10. Consider this option if you also plan to visit other State Parks during your visit, such as nearby Tahquamenon Falls State Park.
8. For more information, search the state website and click under “camping and recreation”.
Some nearby attractions to check out:
Oswald bear refuge
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point
Tahquamenon Waterfall
Birding at Whitefish Point
Birding at Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (National Park Service)
Grand Sable Dunes
The Soo Locks at Sault Ste. MarieMackinac Island

consider thy heavens michigan 2014 campout

Consider Thy Heavens Campout Michigan 2014 Hosted by ClassicalAstronomy.com

Epic Debate Live Tonight Creationism Vs. Evolution: Sparking Heated Discussion in the Cold Mid-Winter


The countdown to this hotly anticipated debate has begun and later today, two men – Bill Nye “the science guy” and Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum – will go head to head onstage at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.

The debate will take place at 7:00 p.m. EST and is entitled:

Is Creation a Viable Model of Origins? Bill Nye – Ken Ham Debate. 

Consider the following:

“It began with an online video (August 2012), viewed 6 million times: TV’s ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’ arguing that teaching biblical creationism was bad for children.

That got under the skin of Ken Ham, founder of Northern Kentucky’s controversial Creation Museum, which presents the biblical creation story as scientific fact. Ham fired back with a video of his own, and with the viral buzz growing, the two sides agreed to a public showdown.”  Louisville Courier-Journal 

Nye’s original video is here. Ham’s response video is here.

According to Nye, evolution makes science easy:

“Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. It’s analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You’re just not going to get the right answer. Your whole world is just going to be a mystery, instead of an exciting place….
Your world just becomes fantastically complicated when you don’t believe in evolution.”

The “debate of the decade” has already generated significant attention from national media, and tickets to attend live were completely sold out within two minutes of release.  Millions will likely flood the internet for the live stream on debatelive.org and recorded viewing afterward.

What to expect?

Bill Nye has an engineering degree and has been described as a “science communicator.” He supports the theory of evolution as scientific fact.  Nye’s quick wit cobbled together with science references could win over the casual viewer looking for ways to ease their own cognitive dysfunction from years of being taught evolution in school.

Ken Ham is a young-Earth creationist who advocates a literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis. Ham’s passion and charismatic way of speaking, coupled with his teaching experience could make sense to a lot of viewers who do not have a science background.

Stoking the fire of the ages old fight of science and religion, the debate will likely be smart and civil.  While it may not change anyone’s mind it should be good for business.  Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum have seen more online activity, as has Big Think who arranged Bill Nye’s original video challenging religious mythology and intelligent design that sparked the controversy.  Big Think’s themes include: New World OrderEarth and Beyond21st Century LivingGoing MentalExtreme BiologyPower and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

The Bill Nye-Ken Ham/ Science Versus Creationism debate scheduled for tonight (watch HERE @7PM Eastern)

Interesting stuff, this science.

What’s your world view?
Go ahead let’s stir up the pot. Leave a comment below.

Sources:

CREATION VIEWS THREATEN US SCIENCE – THE BIG STORY

CREATIONISM THREATENS U.S. SCIENCE – HUFFINGTON POST

WHY BILL NYE IS RIGHT TO WARN AGAINST CREATIONISM – FORBES

BILL NYE WARNS: CREATION VIEWS THREATEN US SCIENCE – SALON.COM

‘RELIGION IS THE ENEMY OF SCIENCE’: BILL NYE JOINS BILL MAHER IN …

CREATIONISM CRITIQUE: I’M NOT ATTACKING RELIGION – CBS NEWS

BILL NYE SLAMS CREATIONISM – CNN BELIEF BLOG – CNN.COM BLOGS

CREATIONIST TO BILL NYE – FEATURED ARTICLES FROM THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

BILL NYE WARNS AMERICANS BELIEVING IN CREATIONISM ARE STIFLING …

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“Dig Deeper-Mysteries in the Soil” Conservation Poster Contest Deadline

** NEW** 2015 Poster Contest – Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators 

2013 Winner 6th Grade

2013 Winner 6th Grade

The annual National Conservation Poster Contest provides K-12 grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art.

The contest is open to public, private or http://www.nacdnet.org/education/contests/poster/2014home school students.

Every participant will receive a small prize and the top three posters in each category will receive a Grand Prize!  The top posters for each age category will go on to the state competition, and could even go on to the national competition and win cash prizes!

The posters can use any 2-dimensional media and must be between 8.5″ x 11″ and 22″ x 28″ in size.  “Dig Deeper-Mysteries in the Soil” or “Dig Deeper” must be somewhere on your poster.  Have fun creating!

This year’s theme is DIG DEEPER – Mysteries in the Soil.

Soil is the reservoir on which most life on earth depends, as the primary source of food, feed, forage, fiber, and pharmaceuticals. Soil plays a vital role in sustaining human welfare and assuring future agricultural productivity and environmental stability. The study of soil as a science has provided us with a basic understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological properties and processes essential to such a complex ecosystem. (soils4teachers.org)

Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level.  To locate your local district search our state directory.  District winners advance to the state level. For questions regarding state competitions, districts should contact their state association. Finally, state winners advance to the National Contest. National winners are recognized each year at the NACD Annual Meeting.

“Dig Deeper-Mysteries in the Soil” conservation poster deadlines are coming up. There is still a little time to put one together even if you haven’t started yet.

You must start at your local level to participate.

Vernon County residents, contact Sarah McDowell at smcdowell@vernoncounty.org to make sure you have all the forms.  The posters are due to the Vernon County office on December 20, 2013 and the state competition is the first week of March. The entry form and contestant rules for Vernon County are linked here: 2014_nacd_poster_contest_rulesandresources1.  There is also a Resources Sheet with a Book List and Website links that go along with the theme.

Richland County’s contest deadline is January 10, 2014.

Wisconsin Districts on the Web

Web Link Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association
Web Link Wisconsin USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Web Link Vernon County Land and Water Conservation Department
Web Link Winnebago County Land and Water Conservation Department

Wisconsin (WLWCA) offers a State Conservation Speech Contest as well as the Conservation Poster Contest.

2014 Poster Contest Rules & Resources
2014 Poster Contest Entry Form

2014 Speaking Contest Information and Registration.

The 2014 State Conservation Poster and Speaking Contest will take place on March 10, 2014, in Appleton. Please contact Kim at the WLWCA office with any questions. 



To enter the POSTER contest

Entries at the local and state contest must follow the rules and dates for when your poster is due that is set by local organizers.

Local contests are held by your local conservation district. Rules may differ from the national contest rules. To find your local conservation district, click here.

Each entry for the national contest must have the 2014 Poster Contest Entry Form filled out and signed by guardian or parent to be judged. Posters can only be submitted to the national contest after participating in their local or area conservation district contest. Winners at the local/area level are then sent to be judged at your state level. You must follow the time frame set at the local and state level. Click here to find your local district.

Prizes

The top two posters in each category of the national contest will receive monetary prizes. First place winners will receive $100 and second place winners will receive $75. Prizes at the national level are sponsored by the NACD Auxiliary.
Please note: Only posters judged at the local and state level are eligible for the national contest.

Other Useful Tools and Information for participants to design their posters

Overview and resource list of poster theme, “Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil” | PDF |

What Makes a Good Poster? | PDF |

National Visual Arts Standards

2014 Poster Contest PowerPoint | PPT |

PowerPoint Notepages | PDF |

Questions? Contact Susan Schultz, NACD’s Stewardship and Education Coordinator, at stewardship@nacdnet.org

Soil is an amazing substance.
A complex mix of minerals, air, and water, soil also teems with countless micro-organisms, and the decaying remains of once-living things.
Soil is made of life and soil makes life. 

To the farmer, soil is where crops grow.
To the engineer, soil is a foundation upon which to build.
To the ecologist, soil supports communities of living things.
To the archaeologist, soil holds clues to past cultures.
To the city dweller, soil nurtures grass and gardens.

To the soil scientist, soil is all of these things. 

Soil has been called “the skin of the earth” because it is the thin outermost layer of the Earth’s crust.
Like our own skin, we can’t live without soil.

Source: Soil Science Society of America

http://www.nacdnet.org/education/contests/poster/2014