Hands-On Opportunities for K-8 Science Learners Project
Funded by the L.P. “Pat” Mullen Fund for Youth Science, Technology and Invention from the Greater Salina Community Foundation
April 01, 2012
K-8 classrooms in Saline County are the beneficiaries of a grant from the Greater Salina Community Foundation—the L.P. “Pat” Mullen Fund for Youth Science—acquired by Smoky Hill Education Foundation. Project Hands-On Opportunities for K-8 Science Learners promotes student involvement with science, technology and invention by providing use of Foss kits from the Smoky Hill Education Service Center Professional Education Library to Saline County classroom teachers, so that students may be involved in hands-on science experiences. Saline County K-8 teachers may call (785.825.9185) to reserve kit use or may register to attend a kits preview that will be held May 23 and May 24, 2012 at 605 E. Crawford in Salina. Register here for the kit preview. Participation will be first come-first served. Thirty FOSS—Full Option Science System—kits and 10 Aviation kits are available in the Smoky Hill Education Service Center Professional Library. The grant will pay for a $25 kit replenishing fee after each use that is a usual requirement of kit check-out. Eighty classroom uses of the kits are provided for by the grant during the 2012-13 school year.
Descriptions of the kits are:
Kindergarten: wood and paper, fabric, trees, animals, solids and liquids, pebbles, sand, and silt, new plants, and insects
Grades 1-8, age appropriate activities in the following areas: air and weather, animals, earth history, earth materials, environments, food and nutrition, human brain and body, ideas and inventions, insects, land forms, levers and pulleys, magnetism and electricity, measurement, mixtures and solutions, models and designs, new plants, paper, pebbles, sand and silt, physics of sound, solar energy, solids and liquids, structures of life, trees, variables, water, wood, planetary science, and balance and notion.
Aviation kits include: helicopters, bubbles, weather and flight, flying saucers, Newton’s laws, May the Force Be With You, Amelia Earhart, Go With The Flow, Two Loops, and The Iceman Goeth.