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Charge! Electricity and Magnetism (3-8)
Fermilab scientists know how magnets big and small work and how they apply to our world. Students explore the relationship of magnetism and electricity and have questions answered about the power of these forces.
Next Generation Science Standards — Disciplinary Core Ideas
NGSS DCIs addressed: 3-PS2.B; MS-PS2.B
Preparing for the Presentation

Length of time: 40-55 minutes

Room preference: Single or double classroom or all-purpose room. (Make plans by e-mail directly with your volunteer presenter.)

To help make a Charge! presentation run smoothly, we ask the following:

  1. Make sure the scientist has exact directions to your school and any parking and delivery information.
  2. Please review basic concepts with the students before the presentation. They will understand more if they have these concepts fresh in mind. The classroom presentations are intended to enhance your classroom curriculum.
  3. This presentation is designed for students in 2nd-8th grades. Please let the scientists know of any specific related learning objectives you wish to address.
  4. The presentation is intended for one or two classes. It is most effective if there are no more than 50-60 students in the audience. We want students to be engaged. Questions are encouraged.
  5. If you have scheduled multiple presentations, we request that we stay in the same room for all presentations. It is time consuming to move the set up from room to room. We would like 10-15 minutes between presentations if possible. Two presentations would be a maximum request.
  6. Set up takes 30-40 minutes.
  7. We will need one medium-sized table in the front of the room with an electrical outlet nearby.
  8. Some presentations require AV equipment such as LCD or overhead projectors.
  9. A wireless microphone and sound system may be helpful to ensure that everyone can hear.
  10. Teachers and/or aides should remain with students to assist with student engagement and management while you all enjoy the presentation!


Comments about the Visit

"Thank you again for setting up this presentation! The kids really enjoyed and learned from Dennis! They even asked where they come get science supplies to do experiments at home. It was great to see them so excited about science. My daughter is now researching the Trains in Japan to learn more about how they use magnets. It was a great presentation."

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