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Fermilab Education Office: Classroom Presentations

Space, Time and the Universe (5-12)
Can you catch up with a ray of light? What happens when things go very fast? Einstein realized that space and time (what are they?) get mixed up. How many dimensions are there? Does gravity have anything to do with electricity and magnetism?
Next Generation Science Standards — Disciplinary Core Ideas
NGSS DCIs addressed: 5-ESS1.A; 5-ESS1.B
MS-ESS1-3, MS-ESS4
HS-ESS1.A
Preparing for the Presentation

Length of time: 40 to 55 minutes

Room preference: Single or double classroom, Auditorium or all-purpose room. Space, Time and the Universe is best presented in a room that can be darkened and lights turned off and on. (Make plans by e-mail directly with your volunteer presenter.)

To help make a Space, Time and the Universe 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. These classroom presentations are intended to enhance your classroom curriculum.
  3. This presentation is designed for students in 5th-12th grades. Please let the scientists know of any specific learning objectives related to this topic you wish addressed.
  4. The presentation is intended for one or two classes. It is most effective if there are no more than 40-60 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 approximately 10 minutes between presentations if possible. Two presentations would be a maximum request.
  6. Set up takes approximately 30 minutes.
  7. We will need one medium-sized table in the front of the room with an electrical outlet nearby.
  8. Space, Time and the Universe is best presented in a room that can be darkened and lights turned off and on.
  9. Some presentations require AV equipment such as LCD or overhead projectors as well as a screen or white wall.
  10. A wireless microphone and sound system may be helpful to ensure that everyone can hear.
  11. Teachers and/or aides should remain with students to assist with student engagement and management while you all enjoy the presentation!


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