Our discussions range over a wide variety of scientific inquiries and topics. Listed here are some core concepts, explored in one hour segments.

  • Sea Shells and Ocean Life – In this program residents will learn about the vast variety of ocean life. We will also explore the nature of coral and discover how early fishermen located schools of fish. They will hold an examine a star fish, barnacles, coral, purple percin shells and a coach shell. We will watch and discuss a 30 minute video, and participate in an experiment to demonstrate the make-up of a shell. Finally we will answer the question, “Can you hear the ocean in a shell?”
  • Volcanoes – Residents will learn trivia such as: “What U.S. state was formed by volcanoes?” and “Are volcanoes ever really extinct?”  They will hold and examine samples of volcanic rock. After watching a 30 minute video on volcanoes, they will, if they choose, assist in making a model top volcano ‘explode’ with safe materials of baking soda, vinegar and water.
  • Oceans – In the ‘Ocean’ program residents will learn about the oceans that cover 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, as well as which is the largest ocean on earth, and why oceans are salty. They will hold and examine preserved samples of sea life including a blowfish and jaw of a small shark. After a 30 minute video, they may assist in a demonstration of how ocean waves change the shoreline, and see how a squid escapes a predator.
  • Fossils – Here residents will learn how scientists discovered fossils and reconstructed the history of prehistoric life. Trivia include – “Which American president was fascinated by ancient life?” and “How did the belief in the look, size and behavior of dinosaur change?” The residents will hold and examine petrified wood, shark teeth and a fern fossil. After a 30 minute video, they will take part in a fossil making demonstration  to show how fossils form and how archeologists piece together history.
  • Rocks and Minerals – In this program residents will learn how the Earth formed and how it continues to change every day. We will discuss the formation of diamonds, and how the Grand Canyon was shaped. Residents will hold and examine rock samples. Following a 30 minute video, residents will take part in an experiment answering, “Are there rocks that float?”
  • Earthquakes and Tsunamis – Residents will learn how the movement of the Earth’s plates continually re-shape the planet and change the form of the continents. We will watch a 30 minute video and examine samples of earth. They will ‘feel’ an earthquake tremor in a safe way – using a tabletop method available for residents either seated or standing – and assist in a demo of how earthquakes and tsunamis appear if you were watching them happen at the source of the event.
  • The Moon – In this program residents will learn how the moon was formed and discuss the landing of the first man on the moon, the most recent moon landing, and the question “Is there water on the moon?” Residents can also ‘feel’ what it is like to be in a spacesuit through use of  a simulated jacket. After a 30 minute video, they will take part in a demonstration of how the craters of the moon formed.
  • The Solar System – Here we will discuss how the solar system was formed, and questions such as “Why is Pluto no longer a planet?” and “Where is the best chance of discovering life beyond Earth?”  After a 30 minute video, we will examine models of the planets and take part in a demonstration illustrating the distance between planets.
  • The Sun – In this program residents will learn how the sun was formed as well predictions of how it might end. We will examine solar batteries, learn how much energy the sun generates, and answer questions such as “Can you really fry an egg on the sidewalk on a very hot day?”  After a 30 minute video, residents will assist in a demo of how the Earth’s tilt opposite the sun causes the changes in our seasons.
  • Plants – Residents will learn about plant life and we will consider when and where on Earth the first flower grew, as well as what tree rings tell scientists. We will watch a 30 minute video, examine different seeds, and take part in an experiment demonstrating how flowers draw water and why plants die in frost. We will also discuss why some trees change  color in the fall while others remain evergreen.
  • Birds – In this program residents will learn about winged creatures, and fascinating trivia such as “When did the earliest bird live on Earth?” and “Why do birds fly in a V-formation?” We will watch a 30 minute video and take part in an experiment explaining the formation of eggs.
  • Global Warming –Here residents will learn how the rising temperature of the Earth will change coastlines, affecting both people and animals. We will investigate the speed at which arctic ice melting, and we will explore if and when Earth experienced similar changes in the past. After a 30 minute video, residents will take part in an experiment that demonstrates how polar bears stay warm in frigid waters, and how rising sea levels will change US cities.
  • The Amazonian Rainforest – During this hour we will learn how the rain forest cleans the Earth’s atmosphere, and is home to millions of species. We will discuss the foods and building materials used every day in the U.S. which come from the rainforest.  After a 30 minute video ride on the Amazon river, residents will take part in an experiment demonstrating why spiders do not stick to their webs.
  • Pollution – Here we will learn how pollution from cars, factories and fuel plants impacts our planet, and we will explore questions like “Which engine is more polluting, a car or a lawnmower?” We will examine one month of cloth exposure in an urban setting versus a forest setting. After a 30 minute video residents will take part in an experiment determining the acid content of rainwater.
  • Dogs – *** This program requires that your facility have a friendly cooperative dog on site! Residents will learn how dogs hear and smell far better than humans. We will look at the history of the human & dog connection, and at the origin of the phrase “the dog days of summer.” After a 30 minute video, residents and the dog will take part in an experiment showcasing the canine’s sense of smell!
  • Space Travel – In this discussion, residents will learn about the human desire to travel to the stars, and we will discuss quesiotns like “Why did the U.S. wait so long to put a woman in space?” and “What are NASA’s plans for the future?” After a 30 minute video, residents will examine the model of a space shuttle and participate in an experiment demonstrating the pull of gravity as a space craft leaves Earth.
  • Weather – In this program residents will learn how tornadoes form, and we will investigate weather patterns on our planet. We will learn about the power in a lighting strike, and why each snowflake truly is unique. After a 30 minute video, we will engage in a demonstration of how a tornado works and how clouds form
  • Magnets – In our ‘Magnets’ program, residents will learn how magnets work, how magnets can power a spacecraft, and we will look at the age old question, “Do opposites really attract?” We will examine magnets of different sizes and strengths. After a 30 minute video, residents will take part in experiments demonstrating what household items do and do not stick to magnets, whether magnets work through paper, plastic and water, and, surprisingly, “What food do we eat that contains magnetic attracted material?!”