Inquire, Develop, Explore, Apply, Science Day
IDEAS Day will give children in 1st through 6th grades the opportunity to learn about and participate in hands-on science topics from university professors.
Children in 1st through 3rd grades will have the opportunity to participate in four faculty-led 30-minute sessions of their choosing, while children in 4th through 6th grades will have the opportunity to participate in three faculty-led 45-minute sessions of their choosing. Parents of children in 1st through 3rd grade are required to attend the sessions with their children. Parents of children in 4th through 6th grade are not required to attend the sessions but are encouraged to do so.
Mansfield University Chemistry and Physics Department, Biology Department, Chemistry Club, and Biology Club
Hands-on Science Day for Elementary School Students
Mansfield University's Grant Science Building
Saturday, April 6th 2019, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Sign-in starts at 9:30, brief opening welcome at 10:00.
Use the link below to go to the IDEAS Day registration page. There is a non-refundable $7.50 registration fee for each participating child. Lunch will be provided for the participating child and one attending parent.
Pre-registration for this event is required. There will be no registration the day of the event. Participation in each session is limited so please register early.
ALL SESSIONS ARE CLOSED FOR 2019, THERE IS NO FURTHER REGISTRATON FOR THIS EVENT
Questions can be directed to Dr. Gregory Carson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
First through Third Grade Sessions -
Dr. Elaine Farkas - “Food, Fun, and Physics” – CLOSED
Do you know what food and fun have in common? Physics! Many of the delicious treats we enjoy for dessert rely on basic principles of physics for their unique material characteristics. In this workshop, you will explore thermodynamics, mechanics, and elasticity theory through some yummy experiments. The dog won’t be eating your homework this time!
Dr. Linda Kennedy - "Where is North?" - CLOSED
Did you ever wonder how magnets work? In this session participants will learn about the Earth’s magnetic poles by doing several activities which will allow the magnetic fields of magnets to be seen, the strength of a magnetic field to be determined, and Earth’s magnetic field to be observed.
Dr. Kristen Long - " Bubble or Nothing” – CLOSED
Who doesn’t love blowing bubbles?! But when they pop right away, it’s the worst! So, how can we make our bubbles last longer? We will mix common household materials into our bubble solutions to see what can make our bubbles stronger.
Dr. Robert Maris - "Making Your Own Fossils" - CLOSED
Participants will learn about fossils and create their own examples using a dough made from coffee grounds and other common kitchen ingredients. Fossil objects will include sea shells and plastic dinosaurs. The finished impressions will be lasting reminders of the world of fossils!
Dr. Allison Saunders - “Science with my PEEPS” – CLOSED
Do they sink or float? Can you make them grow? We will test this and other experiments with the marshmallow PEEPS candy.
Dr. Steve Stein - “Amazing Plants” – CLOSED
See, touch, smell, and learn all sorts of amazing, interesting, and important things about plants! In this session, you will grow your own plant that you can take home and continue to grow, nurture and enjoy. This is your starting point to the wonderful world of plants.
Fourth through Sixth Grade Sessions -
Dr. Leslie Clifford - “What Bugs a Betta?” – CLOSED
Do male Siamese fighting fish (Bettas) behave more aggressively towards blue or red competitors? How does the size of a competitor affect aggressive displays? Participants will first learn to recognize different behaviors that male Bettas diplay when competing with other males for territories. Then they will design model betta fish that vary in characteristics of their choosing, and conduct an experiment to see how those characteristics affect display behavior of betta fish.
Dr. Steven Hensley – "You're Just My Type" - CLOSED
The ability to type blood is an invaluable tool in medicine and forensic science. In this session you will learn about the science of blood typing and the procedures used to identify a person’s blood type. You will also get a chance to determine the blood types of simulated blood samples. (No real blood will be used in this session).
Dr. Jeanne Kagle - " “DNA in 3 Easy Steps” – CLOSED
DNA are the chemical instructions to build all living things. Using common household items and just 3 easy steps (DNA: Detergent, eNzymes, and Alcohol) you will extract DNA from yourself and food. In the process, you will also learn the about cell structure, enzymes, and DNA.
Dr. Gregory Moyer - “Title: Project Macro Mayhem!” – CANCELLED
Did you ever wonder what is an aquatic macroinvertebrate? Why are there differences between them? Why are they important? What do they do in addition to providing food for fish? Student scientists-for-a-day will look, touch, inquire and learn about the various critters (macro invertebrates) inhabiting our local streams. The young scientists will also deduce how these lowly critters without backbones provide key insights for the health of our streams.
Dr. Lee Stocks - “Cry Me A River!” – CLOSED
Have you ever wondered where rivers come from? Can you change a river? Will your house be flooded? In this session you will find the answer to all of these questions.
Mr. Mark Thompson - "Fingerprints Point the Way” – CLOSED
Fingerprints will be used to solve a crime! Students will examine and classify their own fingerprints. They will then recover, classify, and compare latent fingerprints from evidence left at a crime scene. The fingerprints will be used to identify a suspect.
Sixth Grade Only Session -
Dr. Gregory Carson - “LEGO™ Robotics” – CLOSED
*** Cannot Register for any other sessions ***
In this day-long session, participants will use LEGO Mind Storm EV3 robotics kits to build and program one of 16 possible robots, or participants may opt to “freestyle” and create robots using their own imagination. This session will be highlighted by participation from PA Tioga County 4H leaders Kelly Carson and Andy Tice.
This event is supported, in part, by the generosity of:
- Corning Incorporated
- FirstEnergy Foundation
- PA Space Grant Consortium
- The Mansfield Foundation
- Mansfield University