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Howe About Science
parrotInstructor David Howe provides students in grades 4-6 with a fun and motivational opportunity to learn about science. The programs present our national science standards in a light-hearted and engaging way, focusing on themes that are interesting and captivating for kids.

Howe About Science focuses on three themes: Mission to Mars, Investigations in the Rain Forest, and Exploring the Human Body. Although the themes sound very specific, they allow virtually all of the national science standards to be addressed and provide for exploration and comparison with local issues.

Each program will focus on a particular concept and one or more follow-up activities will be suggested to give students an opportunity to explore a topic in more detail.

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Mission to Mars

Mission to Mars:
Lesson 1 - Invent a Tool
Scientist, engineer, tool, technology, and science
Mission to Mars:
Lesson 2 - Ball on Mars
Problem, background information, hypothesis
Mission to Mars:
Lesson 3 - Solar System
Solar System, astronomical unit, channels, carbon dioxide
Mission to Mars:
Lesson 4 - Million & Billion
Millions, billions, and light years
Mission to Mars:
Lesson 5 - Strange New Planet
Orbiter, lander, and rover
Mission to Mars:
Lesson 6 - Seltzer Rockets
Robert Goddard, Isaac Newton, action, and reaction
Mission to Mars:
Lesson 7 - Model Rockets
Thrust, forces of flight, combustion, and oxidation.
Mission to Mars:
Lesson 8 - Build Hovercraft
Drag, friction, aerodynamic shape, and vacuum.
Mission to Mars:
Lesson 9 - Balloon Payload
Gravity and payload
Mission to Mars:
Lesson 10 - Mars Rover
Rover, stereo vision, and entry, descent, and landing
Mission to Mars:
Lesson 11 - Bernoulli's Principle
Atmosphere, Bernoulli's Principle, and airfoil
Mission to Mars:
Lesson 12 - Hot Air Balloons
Density, mass, and volume
Mission to Mars:
Lesson 13 - Flowing Water
Canali, channels, erosion, and sediments
Mission to Mars:
Lesson 14 - It's Alive
Life, environment, stimulus, and chemical change

Investigations in the Rain Forest

Rainforest Module:
Lesson 1 - Biodiversity
Rainforests, biomes, and biodiversity
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 2 - Rainforest Collage
Chicle, rattan, and cacao
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 3 - Rain in the Kitchen
The water cycle, evaporation, condensation and precipitation
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 4 - Coloring Flowers
Transpiration, osmosis, and capillary action
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 5 - Mars Airplane
Mars airplane, solvents, and solutes.
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 6 - Thunderstorm
Radiation, conduction, and convection.
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 7 - Barometer
Warm front, low pressure area, and barometer.
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 8 - Cloud in a Bottle
Cirrus, stratus, and cumulus.
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 9 - Tornado in a Bottle
Tornados, cyclones, vortex, and hurricanes.
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 10 - Tropic Terrarium
Closed systems, ecosystem, biotic, and abiotic.
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 11 - Echolocation
Fruit bats, echolocation, seed dispersal, and pollination.
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 12 - Weaving Web
Food chains, food webs, producers, and consumers.
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 13 - Owl Pellets
Predators, prey, carrying capacity, and owl pellets
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 14 - Infrared Light
Electromagnetic radiation, infrared, and temperature
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 15 - Square Meter
Community, population, and limiting factor
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 16 - Mold Garden
Habitat, the forest floor, and decomposers
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 17 - Fun Fungus
Niche, cellular respiration, and fermentation
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 18 - Wolf Conservation
Endangered species, alpha wolves, gps, and radio collars
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 19 - Make Yogurt
Bacteria, saprophyte, parasites, and hosts
Rainforest Module
Lesson 20 - Bug Lady
Arthropods, insects, and conservation
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 21 - Dirty-Handed
Understory, natural selection, and "antibacterial"
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 22 - Orchids
Orchids, epiphyte, and symbiosis
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 23 - Creepy Critters
Classification, taxonomy, and linnaeus
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 24 - Dichotomous Key
The dichotomous key, species, and scientific names
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 25 - Build a Flower
The canopy, the bromeliad, and the strangler fig
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 26 - Make a Rainforest
The emergent zone, liana, and "prehensile"
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 27 - Habitat Shrink
Habitat destruction, slash and burn agriculture, and sustainable
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 28 - Population Growth
Overpopulation, exponential growth, doubling time
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 29 - Packaging Predicament
Resources, both renewable and nonrenewable
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 30 - Greenhouse Effect
Global warming, the greenhouse effect, and fossil fuels
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 31 - Acid Breath
Greenhouse gases, acid, bases, and the pH scale
Rainforest Module:
Lesson 32 - Rainforest Review
Review of lessons 1 through 32

Exploring the Human Body

Exploring the Human Body:
Lesson 1 - Balanced Tangle

Systems and center of gravity
Exploring the Human Body:
Lesson 2 - Keeping Heat In
Homeostasis and surface area
Exploring the Human Body:
Lesson 3 - Weightlessness
Free fall, weightlessness, Zero G, and microgravity
Exploring the Human Body:
Lesson 4 - Support Structures
Skeletons, endoskeletons, exoskeletons, and truss structure
Exploring the Human Body:
Lesson 5 - Inner Strength
Vertebrae, invertebrate, bone, and cartilage
Exploring the Human Body:
Lesson 6 - Muscle Fibers
Muscle cells, skeletal muscle, smooth muscle, and cardiac muscle
Exploring the Human Body:
Lesson 7 - Prosthetics
prosthesis, amputation, electrode, and myoelectric
Exploring the Human Body:
Lesson 8 - Gravity & Muscles
Posture, center of gravity, and atrophy
Exploring the Human Body:
Lesson 9 - Robot Hand
Robots, engineers, and the remote manipulator system
Exploring the Human Body:
Lesson 10 - Pulse of Life
The cardiovascular system, arteries, veins, and pulse
Exploring the Human Body:
Lesson 11 - Heart Solutions
Catheters, heart catheterization, and transducers
Exploring the Human Body:
Lesson 12 - Map the Brain
The nervous system, stimulus, and response
Exploring the Human Body:
Lesson 13 - Learning the Brain
Dyslexia and epilepsy
Exploring the Human Body:
Lesson 14 - Motion Sickness
Equilibrium, vestibular system, space motion sickness, and decibels