The Science and History of Fun: ToyTime
A Teacher Workshop in Integrating Science, History and Culture into the Curriculum.
Jun 13, 2013
from 09:00 AM to 03:30 PM
|Where||Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site|
|Contact Name||Anne McGaugh|
|Contact Phone||(936) 878-2461|
Albert Einstein described play as "the highest form of research." When we play, we learn to solve problems, make decisions, express ourselves and communicate with others.Toy Time, an interactive exhibit of fifteen life-sized versions of the most popular action folk toys from around the world. Participants will explore, observe, describe and construct explanations to identify various science principles (ie. gravity, inertia, resonance, centrifugal force, etc.) and understand the mechanisms that help the exhibit components work. They will also discover how methods of play reflect the history and culture of the time when the toys were popular. Participants will design lessons/activities within and across disciplines that teach strategies for nurturing creative and critical thinking in students through project-based learning.
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Participants will also:
• visit Barrington Living History Farm to see the same basic principles of science utilized in the museum exhibit at work through the tools being used on the farm.
• visit Independence Hall, the site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence, to gain additional insight to the time period and lifestyle of the mid-19th century.
The scientific, historical and cultural concepts involved will demonstrate basic principles that are universal and timeless.
Teachers may elect to receive six hours credit towards the TAGT Awareness Certificate for Gifted/Talented training in Creativity and Instructional Strategies or six contact hours of Continuing Professional Education credits from Blinn College.
The cost of the workshop is $50, which includes lunch.
Workshop hours are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.
For more information, please contact Anne McGaugh, Curator of Education, at (936) 878-2461, ext. 237 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms are available at www.starmuseum.org/registration2013.pdf or can be faxed upon request.
Deadline for registration is Friday, June 7. Space is limited!