Community Science Event
Tips For A Successful Event
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Plan and organize and organize and plan
Decide who, what, where and when
Press release to local media
Posters in grocery stores and library
Form partnerships, for example:
Partner with a school/PTA or community organization. Hold a training session for interested parents/families and let them lead the activities during the event.
Partner with 4-H clubs/scouts and have each club or troop lead an activity. They can practice the activity and collect and prepare supplies during a meeting.
The optimum site will include a source for water and water disposal , large tables with space around the tables, places for cleaning hands and restrooms.
Find a local sponsor such as a grocery/department store or newspaper. Sponsors may provide funds or in-kind contribution of supplies.
Charge a per family fee for the event to cover costs.
If partnering with a school they may have PTA funds to cover supplies.
Plan for your event to last no more than two-three hours.
The event may be an evening function (6-8:00 p.m.) or Saturday morning or afternoon.
Variety of Activities|
Know your audience. Will your audience include only elementary age youth or will the event be for the general public. Make sure that you include activities that are appropriate for K-3 and upper elementary. Activities in this packet that are most approp
riate for K-3 include Color Chemistry, Good Vibrations, Floaters and Sinkers, Sounds Around The Kitchen and Wee Cyclo Saurus.
- Make and Take type activities are very popular as they allow the child to take something home.
- Take Home Activities - provide the families with copies of activities so that they can repeat and continue the activities at home. You might also consider making copies of any of the activities that are part of this packet that you don't use as part
of the event. Another take home resource is the Family Fun Pack handout from the Magic School Bus Family Fun Pack. Contact E-SET to receive copies of the Magic School Bus Family Fun Packs.
- Other Resources
- Magic School Bus Family Fun Packs
- Magic School Bus Activity Guides
- National Science & Technology Week Packets - note home/community connection activities found on pages 11, 17, 24, 33, 43.
- E-SET Fizz, Bubble and Goo Summer Camp Curriculum
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