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Wisconsin Spring Primary 2017: DPI Superintendent Race

Wisconsin voters will go to the polls Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 to choose which two candidates will compete for the top post at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in the general election on April 4th.

Voter turnout is expected to be low, because it’s a “Primary” and this is the only race on the ballot in many townships – – so your vote has more weight.

Incumbent Tony Evers, seeking a third term, is being challenged by two longtime educators: Lowell Holtz, a former teacher, principal and superintendent; John Humphries, a former administrator turned consultant; and Rick Melcher, a Racine math teacher running as a write-in candidate.

The position of State Superintendent is a four-year term and will put one of them in charge of the all Wisconsin school districts including the potential to diminish local control of school boards in five of the largest school districts.

Here’s some information about the candidates for Wisconsin DPI State Superintendent and specifically regarding homeschooling…

From the Wisconsin Family Council: Race for Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction is Critical.

From the La Crosse Tribune: Public versus private: Evers faces Humphries, Holtz for state superintendent, Three challenge Tony Evers for the state’s top schools post.

From the Wisconsin State Journal: State superintendent candidates call each other liars,
State superintendent candidate: Challenger offered 6-figure job to drop out of race.


From Stop Common Core in Wisconsin: Recommendations for DPI Primary


In as much as every child learns differently, every child deserves an educational option that works best for them. Parents who wish to remain in control of their child’s education need a strong advocate for educational freedom. If you choose homeschooling as the best option, you should
look for the public instruction superintendent to be supportive of that choice.

Decisions made now effect everyone’s future.


More on the candidates:

 

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.
WOP logo

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.

 

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.

 

 

Back to School: 8 Things to Change the Way We Look at School

Good Morning Boys and Girls.

Did you bring your No. 2 pencil?

As we hstop stealing dreams what is school for  seth godinead back to school, here’s a little video to start the conversation and look at what school is for.

In less than 17 minutes, Seth Godin gives you a brief history of the institution of education in America, and then suggests 8 things that can change how we look at school.

This won’t be on the test.

It’s more important than that.

Because if we don’t get excited about what school is for, we could lose our future and our kids.

“Learning is not done to you, it is something you choose to do.”
Seth Godin, Stop Stealing Dreams

Since Seth Godin first published Stop Stealing Dreams to the web, it’s been shared millions of times.

If you are passionate about learning, forward the video and the manifesto (screen edition) to every parent and teacher you know. (Here’s a printable edition if you want to print it out and hand copies out).

“We need students who can learn how to learn, who can discover how to push themselves and are generous enough and honest enough to engage with the outside world to make those dreams happen.” ― Seth Godin, Stop Stealing Dreams

SWisC Not Back to SchoolAs an aside (this is a homeschool blog after all), home education is a rising trend: According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the population grew by 61.8% from 2003 to 2012.

It doesn’t matter if you’re one of the 2.2. million kids homeschooled across the country, or however else you are learning, quit holding back and go build something interesting!

Wonders of Physics: Battling the War on Science Illiteracy

Plasma Globe Wonders of Physics Instagram

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.

Department of Energy logoNational Science Foundation logo

 Originally posted 2012.

 

Homeschooling: A Growing Option For Many in Wisconsin – One Family’s Story

1.5 million students across the country are homeschooled

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“After completing second grade at a traditional school, Bronwyn asked her parents if she could be homeschooled because she didn’t feel challenged in class and was bullied outside of class.”

Homeschooling isn’t on the fringe of education choices any longer. In fact, it seems to be growing in popularity across the country. The Department of Education estimates the number of homeschooled students has grown at about 7% a year for the past 10 years.

A few weeks ago, SW Wisconsin Community of Homeschools was contacted by Lisa Klein of WKBT-TV Channel 8 in La Crosse, to help her find a family to interview for a news story about homeschooling.  We surveyed local homeschool families and gave Lisa our nominees.  Here’s the story that ran on the La Crosse News last night…

Assignment: Education – Home Schooling
http://www.news8000.com/schools/assignment-education/assignment-education-home-schooling/28093324
Author: Lisa Klein, lklein@wkbt.com

 

Stephanie Hicks had thought she wouldn’t have the patience to homeschool their children.  “We thought. okay we’ll give it a whirl and if we don’t like it we’ll stop. And here we are going into five years.”

The Hicks children are part of nearly 20,000 homeschool students in Wisconsin.

(UPDATED 09/22/14: The video implies that homeschooling is increasing, however the statistics show the percentage of home-based students has been dropping since a peak in 2002; with 2013/2014 figures at 19,104, or 1.89% of the total school population.)

After five years, homeschooling is still working out well for the Hicks family.

The homeschool option.

How’s it going for your family?

 

Open enrollment deadline is April 30

In Wisconsin, virtual charter schools have attracted a number of formerly homeschooled students.  Make no mistake, enrollment in a virtual charter school makes your student a public school attendee; and therefore your child must be registered in your resident school district.

Legislation was passed more than 20 years ago that gave parents the opportunity to have their children attend a public school in a district other than the one in which they live.  The open enrollment application period is the only window of time that this can be done.  With charter schools attracting more and more students each year, the numbers become increasingly more important to the school districts.

Open enrollment applications have grown considerably – almost doubling in the past 6 years.  This has huge economic considerations.  Not necessarily for the home that the student comes from, but rather from the school district.

On February 1, 2012  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation which extended the application period for open enrollment application from February 6 to April 30.  Check the DPI website for the Application.

While the new legislation gives parents more time to determine the options available for school choice, it is creating new headaches for school districts trying figure out the financial forecasts for the next school year, which use the enrollment numbers to estimate state aid,class sizes, and staff requirements.

Parents are urged to apply on line directly from the open enrollment website http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html. The online application will be available until 4 p.m. on April 30, 2012.

How do you get to meet the President of the United States?

SCIENCE!

“This is the kind of stuff, what these young people are doing, that’s going to make a bigger difference in the life of our country over the long term than just about anything. “

Students presented their winning projects and inventions to  President Obama at the White House Science Fair on February 7th, 2012 

The short clip below shows The President meeting an 8th grader named Joey from Phoenix, AZ and the two launch a marshmallow across the State Dining Room with Joey’s science project – an air cannon.

“And as for all the folks who are here, don’t let your robots wander off anywhere.”

Pump it up to 30 psi and here we go!

Raw Video: Marshmallow Launch at the White House Science Fair

“I’m going to make a special plea to the press—not just the folks who are here, but also your editors—give this some attention. This is the kind of stuff, what these young people are doing, that’s going to make a bigger difference in the life of our country over the long term than just about anything. And it doesn’t belong just on the back pages of a newspaper; we’ve got to lift this up. We’ve got to emphasize how important this is and recognize these incredible young people who are doing things that I couldn’t even imagine thinking about at 5th grade or 8th grade or in high school.

And so pay attention to this. This is important. This is what’s going to make a difference in this country over the long haul. This is what inspires me and gets me up every day. This is what we should be focusing on in our public debates.

And as for all the folks who are here, don’t let your robots wander off anywhere.”

—President Obama at the White House Science Fair, announcing a new goal of 1 million more American graduates in science, technology, engineering, and math over the next 10 years.

Wonders of Physics, UW-Madison

Wonders of Physics

Annual presentations of The Wonders of Physics in Feb. – presented free to the general public at UW-Madison.

Wonders of Physics Battles the War of Science Illiteracy

What is Physics?

Physics is the science that studies how the natural world works.
Motion, Heat, Sound, Electricity, Magnetism, and Light are the main areas of classical physics study.

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 annual presentations of their program called “The Wonders of Physics.”

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

Wonders of Physics is a fast-paced presentation of physics demonstrations chosen to be entertaining as well as educational in order to generate interest in physics among people of all ages and backgrounds.

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.
Wonders of Physics, UW-Madison

The 30th Annual Wonder of Physics Extravaganza was a great success.
Watch the program and check out the story in the Wisconsin State Journal!

(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 – held annually in February – are held in 2103 Chamberlin Hall, 1150 University Avenue, Madison, WI.  DIRECTIONS

Free tickets are available (beginning January 1st) using the On-Line Ticket Form.  Alternately, you may call
(608) 262-2927 or e-mail
wonders@physics.wisc.edu.
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.

In addition, a traveling show has been developed and presented by physics graduate students and staff over a thousand times to audiences of all ages throughout Wisconsin and the nation.  A variety of educational tools and materials have been developed 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

Annual Physics Fair 

During the run of the Wonders of Physics program  is a free Physics Fair held in same building.  Check here for the date and time.  The Physics Fair 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 presentations – held annually in February – are held in 2103 Chamberlin Hall, 1150 University Avenue, Madison, WI.  DIRECTIONS
 

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.

Department of Energy logo                   National Science Foundation logoUpdated. Originally posted 2012.

Norskedalen Winter Education Days 2012 ~ Coon Valley

Winter Education Days at Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center
January 26th and 27th from 9am to 1:30pm each day.

Winter Education Days are an ideal way for students to learn about winter wildlife and safety as well as have a time of recreation.

Students move through approximately five stations throughout the course of a day and get an opportunity to snowshoe and sled.

The Thursday date is full but there are still openings on Friday January 27th.

Snowshoeing
***
Snowmobile Safety with Coulee Region Track & Trail
***
Coulee Region Humane Society’s Pet Therapy Program
***
Winter Wildlife
***
Sledding and Hot Chocolate!
$5 per student
1 adult free for every 10 students.
Additional adults $5.50.
Call Norskedalen at 608.452.3424 to reserve your group.


Start Thinking Spring!
Norskedalen Spring Environmental Education Days
April 26th and 27th, 2012

Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center
608.452.342