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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

CLICK HERE TO BOOK THE PORTABLE PLANETARIUM

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.
 
Two new portable planetariums have been purchased during the summer of 2018. The older systems have been retired. Training on the new planetariums is REQUIRED prior to first loan.  See calendar below or contact Maureen Smith at msmith@btboces.org for training details. 
 
The following video is available for projection in the planetarium.  Contact Kathy Harasta at kharasta@btboces.org if interested in borrowing it in conjunction with your Portable Planetarium loan.

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.

Contact Information
For more information on Classroom Enrichment Resources, please contact:
 
Kathy Harasta
Phone: (607) 766-3731
Email:
 
Nicole Waskie-Laura
Phone: (607) 766-3730

Regional Science Professional Development
Please view the calendar, with MLP links, below for upcoming Regional Science Professional Development. 
PD & Resources  
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