Discovery Place Science

Discovery Place Science

One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place Science provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage people in the active exploration of science, technology and nature. The Museum brings relevant, contemporary science to life through groundbreaking exhibitions,

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ENERGETIC CONTRAPTIONS

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Program description

Kinetic and potential energy are on display as students design, build and test their very own contraptions. Put engineering design concepts into practice in this hands-on class.

Program Detail

Program type: Day Trip, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Multi-discipline
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Subject: Engineering, Other, Science
Population served: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Monday – Friday

Available times:

Times are customizable.

Length of program: 50 minutes
Location(s):

Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

Fees / Ticketing:

$14.50 per student (includes museum admission) plus any applicable sales and use taxes. 1 chaperone per 10 students required and admitted free. Additional chaperones, booked in advance, are admitted at the $8.50 school rate.)

EDUCATION STANDARDS

NC Standard Course of Study:

R1- Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text (in our case follow written instructions to complete activities and experiments and make conclusions).

R7 -Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words (in our case participate in hands-on activities and experiments that result in observations and conclusions).

R10 -Read and understand complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently, connecting prior knowledge and experiences to text (in our case science and technical writing).

SL1 – Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively (in our case working in groups, sharing ideas and communicating ideas and findings with others).

SL2 – Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally (in our case participation in labs and programs where ideas and questions are presented using various media).

SL4 – Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience (in our case working in groups, sharing ideas and communicating ideas and findings with others).

NC Essential Standards:

3.P.1.1 Infer changes in speed or direction resulting from forces acting on an object.

3.P.1.3 Explain the effect of earth’s gravity on the motion of any object on or near the earth.

5.P.1.1 Explain how factors such as gravity, friction, and change in mass affect the motion of objects.

5.P.1.4 Predict the effect of a given force or a change in mass on the motion of an object.

7.P.1.1 Explain how the motion of an object can be described by its position, direction of motion, and speed with respect to some other
object.

7.P.1.3 Illustrate the motion of an object using a graph to show a change in position over a period of time.

7.P.2.1 Explain how kinetic and potential energy contribute to the mechanical energy of an object. 7.P.2.2 Explain how energy can be transformed from one form to another (specifically potential energy and kinetic energy) using a
model or diagram of a moving object (roller coaster, pendulum, or cars on ramps as examples).

7.P.2.4 Explain how simple machines such as inclined planes, pulleys, levers and wheel and axels are used to create mechanical
advantage and increase efficiency.

 

Qualifications

Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes

References

Available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation notice of three weeks is required for a full refund. Cancellations with less than three weeks’ notice are non-refundable but may be rescheduled for a visit within a 12-month period. There is no fee for rescheduling as long as the class or visit is rescheduled within one week of the cancellation date and the visit is completed within the 12 months of the originally scheduled date. Changes to the number of attendees must be made three days prior to the program or visit to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued the day of the visit, and no refunds will be issued for amounts of $10.00 or less.