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Additional adult helpers recommended! All classroom presentations require 2 tables, a garbage can, electrical outlet, access to water, and a white surface or projection screen. Nametags are required for all students.

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Science in Motion

Our outreach team will deliver high-energy science programming right to your classroom! If your school is over 100 km from Edmonton, let Science in Motion (SIM) come to you.

2019-2020 SIM Program Guide (printable PDF)

Fill out the Online Booking Form, or call the Bookings Office at 780-451-3344.

Using Alberta’s science curriculum as our guide, SIM can provide a variety of exciting science programs, activities, experiments and demonstrations to your students - making science fun, dynamic and easy to understand.

SIM will tailor programs that engage your students imaginations and pique their interests. We offer a variety of classroom, assembly and community presentations to reach a wide audience of students, adults and families.

Community presentations can be hosted either by your school or other organizations, such as public libraries.

SIM enhances your student's science experience by bringing our exciting, affordable and convenient programs to your community.

To have SIM move in your direction, or to receive more information on this exciting program call the Bookings Office at 780-451-3344.

NEW K-4 Programs

Ready, Set, Move! – K-1

Movement of Living Things and Objects

Get your students ready to expel some energy! From moving objects to moving bodies, students will explore the different ways that living and non-living things can be moved, and the forces needed to do so.

1 hour

Camp Quest – Grade 1

Exploring Materials

Students will embark on a camping adventure! Along the way they will encounter challenges that require them to make physical changes to everyday materials.

1 hour

Feel the Force – Grade 2

Magnetism

Feel the pull... or the push! In this hands-on program, students will use various materials to investigate different types of magnets, their strengths and discover the forces of attraction and repulsion.

1 hour

Thrill Rides – $20 surcharge

Building and Testing

Creativity is in full force as your students design and build their own model roller coaster! Join them in exploring the science of energy and motion as they…

Grade 2 – Construct a device that is capable of moving a load!

Grade 3 – Construct a stable structure with a variety of materials!

Grade 4 – Apply the benefits of simple machines to the design of their masterpiece!

75 mins

Jurassic Giants & Cretaceous Kings – Grade 3-4

Animal Characteristics and Adaptations for Survival

Students are transported millions of years back in time through the lens of a palaeontologist to discover what characteristics and adaptations dinosaurs had to enable their survival. Student Paleo Kits of fossil evidence will provide clues to a variety of dinosaurs. What will the sedimentary life of a dinosaur reveal?

1 hour

It’s Not Dirt – Grade 4

Soils and Stewardship of the Land

Imagine growing a Championship Pumpkin! It all starts with soil. Students work as soil scientists to explore different properties of soils – colour, texture, particle size, pH and more – and learn how healthy soils help sustain life.

1 hour

Kindergarten

Bubble, Bubble

Can you blow the biggest bubble? Student ‘bubbleologists’ use everyday tools to create amazing bubble masterpieces and discover the fun of bubbles through hands-on experiments.

1 hour

Chilling Out

Get ready for some cool science! Students explore ways in which humans and animals prepare themselves for cold weather. We also make a tasty cool treat using liquid nitrogen.

Allergy Alert: Ice cream – homogenized milk, whipping cream, sugar, vanilla extract, ice cream cones (contains gluten).

1 hour

Powerful Patterns

Be amazed by the power of patterns! Students work through a series of stations to explore patterns in objects all around us, investigate patterns in nature, and create their own patterns using a variety of instruments and materials.

1 hour

GRADE 1

Colour Light

Creating Colour

What is colour and how do we see it? Students discover the spectrum that makes up white light and experiment with colour mixing and separation.

1 hour

Cold Adapters

Seasonal Changes • Needs of Animals and Plants

How do polar bears stay warm in the cold Arctic climate? Students discover some heat keeping secrets and investigate how different animals adapt to extreme changes in temperature. We also make a tasty cool treat using liquid nitrogen.

Allergy Alert: Ice cream – homogenized milk, whipping cream, sugar, vanilla extract, ice cream cones (contains gluten).

1 hour

Sensational Senses

Senses

Our five senses give us the ability to interpret and interact with the world around us. Students tickle each sense through a variety of experiments including learning the first letter of their name in Braille, listening to a wordless story, and tasting with their nose plugged.

Allergy Alert: Jelly Belly® jelly beans – none contain nuts as an ingredient; however, they are produced in a plant that processes peanuts. Jelly Bellys do not contain gelatin but do contain beeswax.

1 hour

Build It

Building Things

Help the three little pigs escape the wolf with three building challenges. Your students will build a house, tower, and a creature using a variety of creative materials. Student models will be tested using our shaker table.

1 hour

GRADE 2

Boats & Floats

Buoyancy and Boats

What floats and what sinks? You may be surprised! Students help Captain Clancy Buoyancy save his treasure by building a sturdy and stable boat. Students learn the basics of buoyancy and density through hands-on activities and demonstrations.

1 hour

Sub Zero

Hot and Cold Temperature

What keeps hot things hot and cold things cold? Students explore the ins and outs of insulation and experiment with the effect of heat on cold air molecules. We also make a tasty cool treat using liquid nitrogen.

Allergy Alert: Ice cream – homogenized milk, whipping cream, sugar, vanilla extract, ice cream cones (contains gluten).

1 hour

Splish Splash

Exploring Liquids

Students explore and describe liquids according to a variety of properties including differing degrees of viscosity and density. Students also learn about the water cycle as they watch liquids become solids and gases right before their eyes!

1 hour

Feel the Force

Magnetism

Feel the pull… or the push! In this hands-on program, students will use various materials to investigate different types of magnets, their strengths and discover the forces of attraction and repulsion.

1 hour

GRADE 3

Gravel, Grit and Grime

Rocks and Minerals

How is graphite different from hematite? As geologists, students learn to identify minerals through observation and testing. Students also examine a variety of rocks to understand their formation.

1 hour

Sounds Around

Hearing and Sound

Can we make noise in outer space? Students explore how sound travels and how it is heard. Students learn about sound waves and observe the pitch and volume of their voices on an oscilloscope.

1 hour

Thrill Rides - $20.00 surcharge

Building with a Variety of Materials • Testing Materials and Designs

Creativity is in full force as your students design and build their own model roller coaster! Join them in exploring the science of energy and motion as they construct a stable structure with a variety of materials!

75 minutes

GRADE 4

Light Fantastic

Light and Shadows

How does light travel? Students use a variety of optical devices to reflect and refract light. Students also learn how the eye sees colour and experiment with coloured shadows.

Additional Program Requirements: a room that can be darkened and 2 or more electrical outlets.

1 hour

Simple Machines

Wheels and Levers • Building Devices and Vehicles that Move

What are simple machines and how are they useful in our world? Students use LEGO® Technic Kits to construct model machines that incorporate a variety of simple machines to get the job done.

1 hour

Thrill Rides – $20.00 surcharge

Building Devices and Vehicles that Move

Creativity is in full force as your students design and build their own model roller coaster! Join them in exploring the science of energy and motion as they apply the benefits of simple machines to the design of their thrilling masterpiece!

75 minutes

GRADE 5

Complete the Circuit

Electricity and Magnetism • Mechanisms Using Electricity

As electricians, students learn how to draw the diagrams for simple, series, and parallel circuits. They build each circuit on an electrical “house” to activate lights, a doorbell, and a window alarm.

Additional Program Requirements: 2 or more electrical outlets

1 hour

Weather Works

Weather Watch

What are the driving forces of weather? What makes the wind blow? Students get a taste of meteorology as they discover how the sun influences weather patterns, the effects of air pressure, and make their own cloud in a bottle.

1 hour

Who Haz What?

Classroom Chemistry

Can your team identify the mystery spill? As members of an emergency response team, students test several “hazardous” substances to determine their physical and chemical properties, and identify the unknown substance from a truck spill.

1 hour

GRADE 6

All About Flight

Air and Aerodynamics • Flight

How are aircrafts able to take flight? As engineers, students build gliders and other flying machines while learning about the properties of air and aerodynamics.

1 hour

Heavenly Bodies

Sky Science

What can you see in the night sky? The night sky is recreated inside our inflatable mobile planetarium where students learn to navigate their way through a variety of celestial phenomena including seasons, stars, constellations, moon phases, and planets.

Additional Program Requirements: needs to be booked in a gymnasium to accommodate our Mobile Planetarium

1 hour

Forensics Lab

Evidence and Investigation

A crime has occurred and Science in Motion needs your students to help! Students act as forensic scientists by analyzing fingerprints, soil samples, and comparing tire tread patterns to help capture the prime suspect. The game is afoot!

1 hour

GRADE 7

Heat it Up!

Heat and Temperature

Armed with infrared laser thermometers, students have the opportunity to investigate thermal energy. While exploring the particle model and the applications of heat transfer, students also learn about the differences between conduction, convection, and radiation.

1 hour

Roller Coaster Science – $30.00 surcharge

Structures and Forces

Which team will design the best gravity-defying roller coaster with loops, curves, and drops? Students study how the design and mechanical elements of their roller coaster affect the kinetic energy of the system.

90 minutes

GRADE 8

Eyes on Optics

Light and Optical Systems

Focus your students’ attention on the nature of light using laser mazes, diffraction gratings, and an array of optic tools. Students test the refraction indices of different materials, recreate Newton’s optical spectrum experiments, and reflect on how optics light up the world around us.

Additional Program Requirements: a room that can be darkened and 2 or more electrical outlets.

1 hour

Pump Mechanics

Mechanical Systems

How can pressurized air help create moving parts for simple machines? Students use LEGO® Pneumatic Kits to study the basics of pneumatics.

1 hour

Roller Coaster Science – $30.00 surcharge

Mechanical Systems

Can your team harness the potential energy of gravity to build a fast and exciting roller coaster? Students study how the design and mechanical elements of their roller coaster affect the kinetic energy of the system.

90 mins

GRADE 9

Power Up

Electrical Principles & Technologies

Students learn the many ways energy can be converted into electricity, and their applications. Students use thermoelectric cells, solar cars, and even make a pickle glow to better understand energy transformations.

Additional Program Requirements: 2 or more electrical outlets

1 hour

Exploration Generation

Space Exploration

Learn more about how we can explore the universe – without ever leaving the Earth! Students are surrounded by the stars in our inflatable mobile planetarium dome. They discover space theories from the past and technologies that have helped us overcome the challenge of space travel, as well as what new hurdles we face on our way to Mars and beyond.

1 hour

Senior High

Roller Coaster Science – $30.00 surcharge

Physics

Look at physics from a practical and fun perspective. Students learn real world applications of the three laws of motion, forces of gravity and friction, and the conservation of gravitational potential energy to kinetic energy as they apply to roller coaster rides.

90 minutes

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Important Information

Additional adult helpers recommended! All classroom presentations require 2 tables, a garbage can, electrical outlet, access to water, and a white surface or projection screen. Nametags are required for all students.

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