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The Classes of STAAR

The System of STAAR Descriptions


The Systems of STAAR workshop series is designed to supplement your school’s current science curriculum by using hands-on experiments and exciting demonstrations to introduce students to the STAAR’s Elementary Science Objectives. The full system is 11 weeks although we will be more than happy to customize to meet your needs: this includes a REVIEW class where we recap the whole program! Multiple experiments and demonstrations, and challenging dialogue is how convey the details of the objectives.


The following Program Descriptions have been compiled to indicate how each class relates to the Objectives.


Dry Ice-Capades

Explore the 3 states of matter. Turn water to ice in 30 seconds, build a giant bubbling potion, carbonate plain drinking water and create the same awesome smoke illusions used in the movies. Related Objectives: 5.5 A, B, D


Wacky Waves

Create your own multidensity wave bottles while learning about water, waves and the environment. Simulate the effects of an ocean oil spill and develop creative techniques to clean it up!

Related Objectives: 5.5 A, C, D


“Current” Events

Take a tour on the electron freeway! Conductors, insulators, transistors, and other elements in the world of circuits and electricity introduce themselves to you via the tingle in your fingertips and the twinkle in your eye.

Related Objectives: 5.5 A, 5.6 A, B


Fundamental Forces

Gravity… Inertia… Centripetal force... Who could ever imagine that an introduction to physics could be so much fun? We’ll experience these awesome forces for ourselves and build some cool devices to watch them at work!

Related Objectives: 5.6 D


Earth Works

Take a voyage to the center of the Earth! We'll investigate the powerful process that shapes our planet and forms remarkable rocks, magnificent minerals, and glittering gems! Children will take home Ultraviolet Detectors which they build themselves!          Related Objectives: 5.7 A, B


Space...The Final Frontier

These are the voyages of young inquiring minds on a quest to discover Space! Their mission: to take an exciting look at planets, moons, comets, and the stars…to boldly go where bright young minds love to go (space suits not required). Children will return from their mission with their own piece of the skies!         

Related Objective: 5.6 C5.8 A


Exploring Ecosystems

Not all webs are made by spiders! See how plants and animals are connected and how they interact with their surroundings. Construct an Eco-Cube and take home your very own Journal so that you can continue your ecology adventures at home!          Related Objectives: 5.8 B, 5.9 A, B, C, D


All About Animals

Feathers, fins, fur and more! Explore the animal kingdom and learn about the habitats, anatomy and life cycles of your favorite creatures. Make your own animal track to take home, experiment with camouflage and explore the amazing — and sometimes strange — sounds that animals make.          Related Objectives: 5.9 A, 5.10 A, B


Energy Burst

Explore the energy of motion (potential versus kinetic energy) and how energy can be conserved. Build a rubber band-powered rattlesnake egg to help learn all about energy — and scare your friends.

Related Objectives: 5.6 A, D, 5.7 C


Walloping Weather

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow will prevent us from enjoying our hands-on exploration of the science of meteorology! Discover how hurricanes, tornadoes and thunderstorms form and how powerful they can be! Equipped with the hand-made weather instrument students made themselves, you may have more reliable forecasts than the local news!                        Related Objectives: 5.8 A, B



Scientific Investigation and Reasoning Skills are incorporated in all of the Mad Science classes:

5.1 A, B, 5.2 A, B, C, D, E, 5.3 A, 5.4 A, B


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