(Science, Mathematics, Art, Research, and Technology)

30 22nd Street

Wheeling, West Virginia 26003

Phone: (304) 23DINOS (304)233-4667

Robert E. Strong, Director

Richard Pollack, Director of Energy Projects

Elizabeth A. Strong, Program Coordinator


Middle School/High School Science and Mathematics Topics

(5th grade and up)

Science Topics:

Charged-Up Fruit - (Should have done “Magnets and Electricity” first. Students will build chemical cells using various fruits and vegetables. In addition, they will observe the metal electrodes that will result in the largest voltage. (5-8)

Chemical Reactions- Students become atoms as they model the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to produce water. The concepts of limiting reactant and reactant in excess are demonstrated with a real chemical reaction. The physical and chemical properties of hydrogen gas are studied. (5-8)

Star Lab Fantastic Voyage - Enter an animal cell and journey through the organelles. (5-8) (not available at SMART Centre Market only at school site)

Black Holes - Uncover the mysteries of one of the most fascinating subjects in the universe. (5th and up)

Bernoulli’s Principle - What keeps an airplane in the air? Study the effects of air pressure and other moving fluids. (5th and up)

Reebops - Create your own genetic creature. (5th and up)

Nano-Technology - Enter the world of devices built on the molecular scale where the building blocks are individual atoms. (5th and up)

The Special Theory of Relativity - View the universe through the eyes of Albert Einstein. Visualize relative motion and the relativistic effects that are produced. (5th and up)

Mathematics Topics:

Black Hole Math - Ever wonder how big a black hole is? What happens when two black holes collide? Are black holes really black? (5-8)

Percentages and Probability - The world is often uncertain. A measure of its uncertainty is investigated using simple mathematical tools. (5-8)

Why You Can’t Get There From Here - Zeno’s Paradox is explored in this program. Ancient Greek philosophers had proven that motion was impossible. Investigate this paradox and the modern solutions they missed. (5-8)

Scaling the Universe - This program brings the microcosm and the macrocosm together in a tangible way. Compare your size with the largest and smallest objects in the universe. (5-8)

Trig Made Simple - Don’t shy away from this topic - it’s actually easier than you think. This unique presentation renders trigonometry meaningful and approachable. A surprise twist at the end illuminates the world around you.

(5th and up)

Planetary Modeling - Learn ways to model the solar system to scale. How big is the earth if the sun was the size of a basketball? (5th and up)

Drake Equation: Answers by the Number - Are we alone in the universe? Using an updated version of the ideas concerning the existence of other intelligent civilizations in the universe. (5th and up)

Speed of Light - What is a “nanolight second”? This program discusses speed of light concept. (5th and up)

On site programs may be held at SMART Centre Market, 30 22nd Street, Wheeling on Mondays or Tuesday through Friday mornings by appointment. The cost is $3.00 per student for a one hour program, $5.00 per student for a two hour program, and $7.00 per student for a three hour program. Space is limited to two classes of 25 students each.

Off site prices are $300.00 per day for one presenter for most workshop topics, with the STARLAB off site programs the exception at $500.00 per day. Two presenters for a one-day hands-on workshop is $400.00 and three presenters for a one-day hands-on workshop is $500.00. For distances over 50 miles a travel charge of .30 mile will be charged. For programs requiring an overnight stay (over 70 miles away), lodging will be included. For some programs, multiple schools may be included in the same trip and travel/lodging can be combined.

All programs may be custom designed to meet your students’ and teachers’ needs at no extra charge. Please e-mail at least two weeks in advance to schedule your program.

Programs other than the sample topics can be designed for your class or group. All topics are correlated to state standards and objectives.