LEAP Into Science: Mirror, Mirror

Chapman

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The LEAP into Science series is a time for kids to learn the basics of how to be a scientist through inquiry-based after school workshops. The series is presented by the Natural History Museum of Utah.

Mirror, Mirror
Wed, May 14, 4pm

Everything we see, we see because of light! When light bounces, it is called reflection. Light travels in a straight line, unless an object gets in its way. Light reflects off different objects in different ways depending upon the surface it hits. If an object is smooth and shiny, a beam of light will bounce off of it in a predictable direction. You can use this phenomenon to play with light and aim it at a target of your choice.



COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF LEAP INTO SCIENCE EVENTS



Get the Facts
Wed, Oct 9, 4pm

We are surrounded with more and more information every day. How do we know what to believe? It is critically important that students are able to differentiate fact from opinion, distinguish between essential and non-essential information, and make inferences from text. These skills are important for science and reading and can be reinforced in fun ways! By helping students learn the difference between facts, which are statements based on evidence, and inferences or opinions, statements that express judgments or ideas, they will be better able to evaluate what they read, hear, view and write.

Science of a Simple Sort
Wed, Nov 13, 4pm

People naturally sort or group things in order to find, display, or compare them more easily. Scientists have sorted or classified living things so that we can better understand our complex natural world. For example, distinguishing a bird from a fish is easy once you’ve learned to look for feathers, not fins. As we go about our daily lives, we sort and classify things all around us, keeping homework separate from other papers and sorting dirty clothes from clean clothes. Using observation and classification skills brings order to our hectic lives.

Measure Up
Wed, Dec 11, 4pm

If you wanted to know how far you could jump, you might jump from one place to another and then measure the distance with a ruler or tape measure. BUT what did people use before tape measures? How did they measure distances, lengths, or widths? This lesson invites children to explore non-standard measurement as a way of learning how and why people developed standards for measuring things.

Magnet Magic
Wed, Jan 8, 4pm

Have you ever wondered how your refrigerator magnets stick to your refrigerator? It seems like magic, but it’s actually science! Magnets have forces that allow things to pull together, or push apart. In this workshop, children explore the magic of magnetic forces and even create their own toy using magnets!

Sound Sleuths
Wed, Feb 12, 4pm

Sounds are a part of our everyday experience. The vibrations that cause them can be felt, heard, and seen. A keen observer can learn a lot from using her senses to explore sound – and children will do just that! Children may start off as noisemakers, but they will quickly progress to sound sleuths who can listen to and describe all of the things they see, feel and hear vibrating. That is Sound Science!

Balance Schmalance
Wed, Mar 12, 4pm

We balance all the time with little thought. We bend over to pick up a stone, walk along curbs, run up and down hills and steps, and manage to carry heavy book bags on one shoulder – all without falling over. By understanding and manipulating balance, even a clothes pin can stand on its head. Balance is something to celebrate and explore!

Make a Splash
Wed, Apr 9, 4pm

Water is all around us. It’s in our showers and baths, in our drinking glasses, in the clouds, and in oceans and lakes. Have you ever wondered about why water forms droplets when it rains, or on your skin after you come out of the shower? Or why it clings to your windows after a storm? In this workshop, children will have fun exploring and testing the unique properties of water.

Mirror, Mirror
Wed, May 14, 4pm

Everything we see, we see because of light! When light bounces, it is called reflection. Light travels in a straight line, unless an object gets in its way. Light reflects off different objects in different ways depending upon the surface it hits. If an object is smooth and shiny, a beam of light will bounce off of it in a predictable direction. You can use this phenomenon to play with light and aim it at a target of your choice.

Location: Chapman Branch

Contact Information: 801-594-8623