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The Design, Make, Play approach fosters problem-solving and critical thinking skills with inquiry-based experiences that are student driven and lead to materials literacy, divergent solutions, meaningful reflection and creative collaboration. This special series reinforces science content, correlates to standards, and strengthens literacy and 21st-century skills. Feel free to select any private professional development to book from the list below.

If you would like to request a private PD for your group or for more information, contact Georgette Williams at (718) 595-9114 or gwilliams@nysci.org

 

Motion, Magnets, and More!

Recommended for Educators who teach grades Pre-K – 2
Explore the scientific principles of force and motion, magnetism and more while learning how to incorporate hands-on activities for early elementary students. NYSCI staff will model creative techniques and sensory rich exploration from racing vehicles down zip-lines to painting with magnets. Learn how to incorporate hands-on engineering activities for early learners that are aligned to Common Core and NYC Science Scope and Sequence.

 

Exploring Earth Materials

Recommended for Educators who teach grades Pre-K – 2
From soil exploration and using flowers and fruits for natural dying to recreating the rock cycle using colorful playdoh, participants will use scientific processes and tools to explore the qualities of earth materials and build science inquiry skills including observation, making predictions, experimentation and communication. Learn how to incorporate hands-on activities that introduce earth materials science to early learners. Connections will be made to the Common Core standards and the NYC Science Scope and Sequence.

 

Amazing Animal Adaptations

Recommended for Educators that teach grades K – 4
Learn how to incorporate playfully and interactive activities for early elementary students that demonstrate animal adaptations across various biomes. Participants will learn how to utilize designing and making strategies that investigate the differences in animals including predator/prey relationships and how animals are adapted to survive in the environments that they live in. Connections will be made to Common Core and NYC Science Scope and Sequence.

 

It’s Electric!

Recommended for Educators who teach grades 3 – 8
Explore different types of electricity, investigate how to use everyday materials as an avenue into understanding conductivity, and engage in hair-raising, design-based activities that effectively demonstrate and engage students in learning about electricity. Special emphasis on connections to Common Core ELA, NYS 4th Grade Performance Exam and the NYC Science Scope and Sequence.

 

Biologically Inspired Design

Recommended for Educators who teach grades 3 – 8
Discover how biology and nature can inspire inventions by exploring form, function, and adaptations of plants and animals through a series of hands-on, design-based challenges. Conduct various activities that illuminate how animals adapt to their environment and how these adaptations can be used in a series of engineering challenges. Connections to Common Core ELA and the NYC Science Scope and Sequence will be made.

 

Strong Structures

Recommended for Educators who teach grades 3 – 8
Using an assortment of simple materials, participate in a series of challenges to build and design strong stable structures. The structures built will range from large freestanding structures to small tabletop structures that test weight, durability, and ability to withstand extreme environmental conditions. Special emphasis on connections to Common Core ELA and the engineering design process will be made.

 

Force & Motion

Recommended for Educators who teach grades 3 – 8
Learn how to apply concepts of forces and motion to meet a variety of engaging design challenges including marshmallow catapults, “ski jump” rollercoasters, and launching straw rockets. Explore how these activities help students better understand Newton’s Law of Motion and how they can be modified for various grade units. Connections to Common Core ELA, NYS 8th Grade Performance Exam and the NYC Science Scope and Sequence will be made.

 

Seeing the Light

Recommended for Educators who teach grades 3 – 8
Explore various design challenges that can be replicated in the classroom to learn about the properties of light (including reflection, absorption, refraction and diffraction) and how light interacts with different types of matter. Connections to Common Core ELA and the NYC Science Scope and Sequence will be made.