What costs are associated with having your program visit my school?
Science on the Move in person visits are offered entirely free of charge for K-12 Florida schools within a one hour drive from FSU's campus in Tallahassee. Virtual visits are free of charge state-wide for K-12 Florida schools.
Where is your service region?
Science on the Move primarily serves the Big Bend Region of North Florida. However, we are able to make virtual visits state-wide to K-12 schools in Florida. For normal weekday school visits, we can only travel up to one hour from FSU's campus in Tallahassee. If you are in the service region, but not within a one hour drive, it may be possible to arrange for Science on the Move to be present for a weekend science festival or a professional development day, but not normal classroom visits. Events more than one hour from FSU are scheduled on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of the program director.
Is it ok if we double up classes so that you see 50 students at a time?
No, for the same reason, there are state-mandated limits on class size. Science on the Move investigations cannot safely accommodate more than 25 students at a time.
Do I (the teacher) need to be present for the duration of the activity?
YES! Science on the Move personnel are content and pedagogy experts but are not necessarily licensed to teach in Florida, so legally, the presence of a licensed teacher is required at all times. Furthermore, we like getting to know the teachers as well as the students, and we hope that you will also get something out of being involved in the activity.
Am I eligible to borrow equipment?
For more information see Equipment Loans.
In Person Visits
How far will you travel?
For regular weekday classroom visits and equipment loans, Science on the Move staff will travel up to one hour from FSU's campus in Tallahassee. Due to limited resources, we cannot accommodate normal classroom visits or equipment loans to schools that are more than an hour away but might be able to make the trip for a weekend science festival or a professional development day for teachers. Events an hour or more from FSU are scheduled on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of the program director.
How long do your programs typically last?
The investigations are designed to be completed in one normal classroom period but often benefit from teacher follow-up after the Science on the Move personnel have departed. Timing can be adjusted to fit within your school's schedule, but activities typically require at least a full 45 minutes per class (not accounting for transitions between classes), and 60 minutes is preferred.
Will you provide equipment?
Science on the Move will provide the equipment for the visit. Some investigations may require ice or water and it is preferable for these to be provided on site.
How do virtual visits work?
The Science on the Move staff join your regular virtual classroom (e.g. Zoom room) and/or are displayed at the front of your classroom on a smartboard or similar. The Science on the Move staff will lead the investigation with assistance from the teacher.
How will you connect with my classroom for a virtual visit?
We prefer to visit your classroom via Zoom and can supply a password protected link. However, if another platform is required or preferred, we are happy to discuss these options. In particular, we find it is best to use the platform students are most familiar with.
What will the teacher do during a virtual visit?
The teacher will help with fielding discussion questions, for example, choosing which students to call on or unmuting students on Zoom. The teacher will need to print the handout and/or distribute it to their students electronically as well as preparing and distributing any materials for the lab portion of the visit.
How do lab portions of a virtual visit work?
The lab portion of the visit may be conducted by the students, teacher and/or Science on the Move staff. It is preferable if the students can conduct the lab portion themselves. The teacher or students will need to provide the materials. However, we appreciate that obtaining the materials is not always possible and we have options for this situation. Ways to obtain the materials can be suggested.
How will students collect data in a virtual visit?
Our virtual visits are designed to focus on scientific practices associated with making scientific observations and inferences rather collecting and analyzing data. This allows greater flexibility in the ways in which the lab portion can be enacted, as well as allowing students to participate more readily if doing the lab portion themselves is not an option.
How long will a virtual visit last?
The investigations are designed to be completed in one normal classroom period but often benefit from teacher follow-up after the Science on the Move personnel have departed. Timing can be adjusted to fit within your school's schedule, but investigations typically require at least a full 45 minutes per class (not accounting for transitions between classes), and 60 minutes is preferred. We can organize a "stretch break" for part way through the visit, particularly for students in K-3.