Providing quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) based enrichment programs to CT elementary schools.
Experiential Educators of Connecticut (EE of CT) is dedicated to providing quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) based enrichment programs to Connecticut elementary schools.
Our programs are designed to engage student interest in STEM through inquiry-based, hands-on activities that have student teams utilize the scientific method and the 5 E Model of Instruction,- Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend and Evaluate.
Our STEM programs are presented specifically to each grade level, complement your existing curriculum and are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.
Students will conduct experiments with electricity and magnetism. Students will learn the difference between Alternating and Direct current. Students will learn the parts of a simple circuit and will observe a simple circuit at work. Students will discover the differences between a series and parallel circuit. Students will learn the parts of an alkaline battery and how batteries work. They will construct a simple, series and parallel circuits using labeled circuit boards and will measure the voltage in each circuit by using a voltmeter. In experiments with Lenz's Law, they will learn how a moving magnet creates an electric force and how moving electrons generate a magnetic force. Teams will observe an electromagnet at work and will then construct an electromagnet in a timed challenge using an electromagnet circuit board.
Students will learn the external and internal anatomy of the human eye and the form and function of each the part. By examining a 1925 Eastman Kodak Camera, they will discover how the parts of a human eye are analogous to a camera. Students will conduct experiments to find the blind spot in their eye and learn how their eyes work together to share information. Experiments with afterimages and a Benham disk will demonstrate the role of rods and cones in vision. Students will learn how light enters the eye and how images are projected onto the retina in reverse. Each student will construct a "camera obscura" project that demonstrates this principle. Students teams will then dissect a preserved cow's eye. Teams will first identify the external anatomy, fat and muscle tissue, cornea, sclera, optic nerve and will then dissect the eye to identify the iris, pupil, lens, cilliary bodies, aqueous and vitreous humour retina, tapetum lucidum and the optic disc.
Students will learn about Newton's Three Laws of Motion and how they affect our world through interactive experiments with rockets, race cars and force and motion apparatus. With Newton's First Law, teams will conduct experiments with inertia and discover how forces determines whether an object will remain at rest or why it will stay in motion. Newton's Second Law will have student's off to the races as they use wooden race cars to investigate the relationships between force, mass and acceleration, F=mxa. Student's will then launch into Newton's Third Law by using rockets, super balls and accelerators to prove that any force action causes an equal and opposite reaction.
Students will learn about the properties of the four common states of matter, Solids, Liquids, Gases and Plasma. Student teams will conduct experiments and observe the phase change of a solid to liquid, a liquid to a gas and a gas to plasma. Students will measure temperature during phase changes by using a handheld infrared thermometers to verify that energy is required to change matter. Students will conduct experiments with density and will discover why an object sinks floats or "flinks". Teams will then be challenged to recover a sunken treasure with a Cartesian Diver. The presentation will conclude with an "enlightening" experiment with plasma as they illuminate a fluorescent bulb with the touch of their hand.
Students will learn about the rock cycle and the three groups of rocks, Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic through a hands-on exploration of 12 Connecticut rock samples. Students will discover the history of rock and mineral use in Connecticut. An examination of unique rock and mineral samples gathered throughout the United States will stimulate student interest in geology. The program will conclude with a hands-on mystery rock identification challenge.
Students will learn the properties of minerals by using a mineral test kit containing a magnifying glass, streak plate, plate glass, penny, nail and a steel file to test and record the results of mineral hardness, streak, color, fracture, luster, specific gravity and more with a collection of 16 mineral and ore samples. Students will discover the many uses of minerals in our daily lives.
Students will learn about light as a form of energy. Students will learn how light travels as they observe transverse waves in action. Students will conduct experiments with the properties of light scattering, absorption, transmission, refraction, reflection and interference to discover how light is affected by various states of matter. Teams will learn about the color spectrum and by using a prism and a quantitative light spectrometer will observe that visible light is composed of different color wavelengths. Teams will use color mixing paddles and light mixing boxes to demonstrate subtractive and additive color mixing. Teams will learn how lasers work and will conduct an experiment that will send a reflected laser beam across the classroom.
Students will learn about sound as a form of energy. Students will observe how sound travels as compression and standing waves. Student teams will conduct experiments with wave energy using a Standing Wave Machine to demonstrate changes in wave frequency. Students will conduct resonance experiments and will learn how vibrations create sound and how sound can cause materials to vibrate. Students will observe how sound is created by experimenting with a balloon 'Vuvuzela', Thunder Drums, Singing Rods, Resonance Bowls, and Bullroarers. Teams will conduct experiments with tuning forks to discover that sound and vibration can be sensed by hearing, touch and sight. Experiments with tuning forks and Boomwhackers will demonstrate the differences in frequency and pitch. The program concludes with a team challenge of 'Match that Note!' where teams must match a Boomwhacker's frequency with that of a tuning fork.
"Mike has presented several labs /programs to our fifth graders, including Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, and, most recently, Density. His knowledge base is expansive, and he is amazing with the students. Mike brings his passion for science and his enthusiasm for teaching to everything he does. The labs are aligned with science standards. More importantly, however, Mike shows the students how their learning is relevant to the world around them. There is a perfect balance between his sharing information and hands-on experiments. He is a pleasure to work and communicate with. Mike's programs promote a deeper understanding of science and enrich the science inquiry experience."
Kim Jackson, Ed.S. 5th grade teacher, Duffy School, West Hartford
"The Electricity and Magnetism program engaged students in structured, hands-on activities right in our classroom. My students were excited to build several types of circuits, and even create electromagnets! They came away with a deeper understanding of how electricity works, as well as the vocabulary to discuss it."
Laura Hurwitz, 4th grade teacher, West Bristol School, Bristol.
"Your programs on Light and Sound took a challenging topic and effectively brought it to a level first graders could understand. Every minute of the program was engaging. The students had fun and learned so much at the same time. We will definitely be booking your program for years to come to help enhance our curriculum."
Amy Battisto, 1st grade teacher, Harry S. Fisher School, Plymouth.
"Mike Caouette is a passionate educator who is extremely knowledgeable about science content. He is masterful at engaging students in hands on activities that help them understand abstract concepts. He builds both conceptual understanding and vocabulary to extend learning and helps students see the real world applications of what they are doing. We host Mike's programs each year in grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and in each case have found him to be organized, well prepared and reflective. He tailors his programs based on what has been done in the classroom and always provides activities and insights that spark new learning for students and staff. Booking a workshop with Mike is a breeze and he comes with extensive, organized and effective resources that transition easily into the classroom. Mike definitely enhances classroom science instruction."
Kirsten Sanderson, International Baccalaureate Coodinator, Charter Oak International Academy, West Hartford.
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