Posted by: Discovery Science Center Blog | August 12, 2010

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Back to Fundamentals with Discovery Science Center

Impacting over 270,000 students per year in Southern California, Discovery Science Center is a cornerstone in the educational community, providing resources for children and teachers alike. Some of the opportunities available through an education partnership with the science center include (1) Interactive field trips to the Center, (2) Science to Go programs and assemblies that are grade-level specific, (3) Free monthly professional development classes for teachers, (4) Free education assemblies with accompanying booklet and/or kits that teach our children how important it is to conserve our resources, and (5) After school instruction aligned with the California Science Content Standards.

In fact, all of Discovery Science Center’s programs align with the California Science Content Standards. So how do you qualify for an education partnership with Discovery Science Center? Just ask. The Center offers a new TEN (Teacher Education Network) membership that awards points to individual teachers who participate in the programs. These points qualify the TEN members to win prizes that will be awarded at the Annual Educators’ Evening of Science event, held at Discovery Science Center on Sept 22, 2010 from 4-7 pm. The TEN Grand Prize at this year’s event is a 3-day, 2-night stay at Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, along with tickets to the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center. However, qualifying TEN members must be present to win.

If you are not yet a TEN member, feel free to attend the Annual Educators’ Evening of Science (the event is open to educators, PTA administrators, and school administrators only; no children please). Learn more about what Discovery Science Center has to offer and the Educator’s Evening of Science HERE .

Try This at Home!

An Apple for the Teacher, Parent, and Child

Some seeds are able to float. How does the ability to float help the seed? (Answer: By maintaining the plant’s population, expanding the range of the plant, and relocating the plant if needed). Some entire fruits which carry the seeds are also capable of floating.

Plan a simple experiment with a few different fruits to see which ones sink and which ones float.

  1. Fill a plastic container or sink half full of water.
  2. Have your child/the students predict whether an orange will sink or float.
  3. Drop the orange in the container (it will float).
  4. Now, peel the orange and test it again (the orange will sink).
  5. Ask: why did the orange float with the peel on? [Answer: An orange’s peel is full of little air pockets and oil that are less dense than water, so the peel helps the orange to float. When the peel is taken off, the orange pulp is denser than water to stay afloat, so it sinks.]
  6. Test an apple, avocado, or other fruit by dropping them in the container of water (no need to peel these). Have your child/the students first predict which might float, then discuss the results with the students.
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