Energy. Passion. Excitement. A dash of humor. A sprinkle of yuck-appeal. And a smattering of artifacts (fossils, snake skins, tree guts). That is what you'll get with Heather's programs & lesson plans.
"Heather is a female version of Bill Nye with the energy of Richard Simmons." - Fyffe School Media Specialist
Faced with bizarre bugs and anomalies from nature, students practice their observation and thinking skills. This fast-paced session will have them buzzing with questions. Curiosities will soar!
Hot pink millipedes, slime-shooting worms, see-through frogs... glimpsing into scientists' journal entries, students make their own wild discoveries through careful observation and descriptive writing!
Presented with wacky animals and stories of hands-on research -- in the form of a snake dissection -- students discover the fun side of research. Nature artifacts stimulate their own research questions. (150 students per group.)
(Grades 4 - adult)
Poop, puke, and phew! A deep dive into dissection offers a new perspective on an under-appreciated step of writing. Rethinking revision as "re-vision," writers discover the power of perspective and experience a new-found freedom as they approach the writing process.
How does a scientist think? How do they discover information? What kinds of questions do they ask? Do they write too? Students will trace the development of one of Heather's works, inquire about the science, and discover the parallels with the writing process.
Science detectives track down answers to nature's mysteries -- poop-shooting caterpillars, freaky frogs, brain-slurping bugs -- or at least they try. Students "get" the scientific method as they engage in a mystery themselves. They pose questions, make hypotheses, examine experiments, analyze data, experience surprise!
Inspired by the detective aspect of science, students will get their hands dirty observing, comparing and contrasting soil samples. They will practice using precise language and domain-specific vocabulary. Discovering the mineral components, they will thrill at making face paint from soil! (Group size limited to 100) .
Designing bridges, making art from dead parts, doing the math to save mamas?!? When people get steaming mad about animals smooshed on the road, their science, math, technology, and art skills come out full force. This geek-friendly talk shares roadkill prevention measures and includes an engineering activity. (Group size limited to 50.)
Workshops are designed for the needs of each audience, but always include high energy, hands-on observation of weird, wacky nature artifacts. Session may also include: speed inquiry, documenting details, sound maps, and - -ideally -- ultimate outdoor journalling experiences.
(Group sizes limited.)
Virtual Visits (Special offer during epidemic)
*Starred sessions work well virtually
Full Day $700
Single Session $200
Q & A (30 minutes) $75
Full Day $1300
Single session (schools) $400
Keynote (conference, festivals, etc.) $600
(plus travel from Ardmore, AL)
Half Day $800
Full Day $1500
(plus travel from Ardmore, AL)
Presentations are adapted to the needs of the audience. Signings available after presentations.
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