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Regional Center for Science and Math
This program can be used as a catalyst to create, enrich and broaden a strong interest in both science and math.  The Regional Center for Science and Math program provides opportunities that will enhance the experiences of students both in and beyond the classroom. The base service includes use of the Portable Planetarium, and access to the science and math kits collection. Additional time for the Portable Planetarium can be purchased in 10 day increments. 
 
Base service includes:
  • Portable Planetarium - Subscription to this service entitles each participating school districts to the use of the portable planetarium for two weeks. The operator must be trained by BT BOCES in the use of the portable planetarium before borrowing it.

  • Science and Math Kits- There are over 80 science and math kits to select from including a large variety of Lego® kits for all grades, magnets, microscopes, teaching tanks, a human torso, animal and insect specimens, math manipulatives, weather kit, egg hatching kit, electricity kit, and much more.  Kits are loaned out for two weeks at a time on a first-come, first-serve basis and are transported through bus mail.
  • Robotics Kits - Currently, there are three robotics kits that are available through the Regional Center for Science and Math. Choose from Dash and Dot, Cubelets, or Ozobots robots. For more information, click here.
Portable Planetarium

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The Portable Planetarium is a full featured mobile planetarium that allows a teacher/class to explore the solar system, milky way galaxy and beyond with a handheld remote. You can zoom in on the moon’s mare, the rings of Saturn, the Omega nebula or points in-between. As well, select videos are available for projection in the dome:

Two Small Pieces of Glass
 

While attending a local star party, two teenage students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Their conversation with a local female astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe.
While looking through the astronomer's telescope, the students, along with the planetarium audience, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn's rings, and spiral structure of galaxies. During their conversation with the astronomer, they also learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others.

 

Oasis in Space*

Oasis In Space transports your class on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy and solar system in search of liquid water - a key ingredient for life.. Oasis In Space will delight viewers of all ages and might be particularly helpful for teachers wanting to address:
Science education standards supported include: Grades K-4, Earth and Space Science Content Standard D; Grades 5-8, Earth and Space Science Content Standard D; Science In Personal and Social Perspectives Content Standard F (partial); Grades 9-12, Earth and Space Science Content Standard D.
 

 

Under the Weather*

From the far reaches of outer space, from the bright orange planet Zula, comes the Zula Patrol.  Based on the #1-rated NBC Saturday Morning TV series, “The Zula Patrol.”  The video is designed for children ages 4-9.

The story: the stalwart heroes of the Zula Patrol are on an expedition collecting samples of weather for scientist Multo’s research. When the Zula gang inadvertently hurts their loyal pet Gorga’s feelings, he decides to leave Zula and find another planet to live on. Villain Dark Truder then tricks Gorga into helping with his latest nefarious scheme to rule the Universe.  The Zula Patrollers find out and go after him – in the process learning all about weather, both terrestrial and interplanetary
 

STARS*

STARS focuses on the lives of the stars, how they are born, how they die, and how human understanding of the stars has changed over time. From Native Americans to Newton, from the electromagnetic spectrum to Einstein, audiences will explore nebulae, star clusters, pulsars, black holes, and more.
This dramatic program features the voice talent of Mark Hamill. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Albert-George Schram.  Recommended age(s):  elementary
 
 
Contact Information
For more information on Classroom Enrichment Resources, please contact:
 
Kathy Harasta, Program Assistant 
Phone: (607) 766-3731
Email:
 
Nicole Waskie-Laura
Phone: (607) 766-3730
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