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    Science Court Explorations
Each of these activities take place on Saturday mornings. There is a month break between April 1 and May 6.

April 1, 2000 - Magnets (computer interactive)
Using magnets and a variety of different materials, students find out how some metals can be temporarily turned into magnets.

May 6, 2000 - Electric Current (computer interactive)
IM Richmanís alarm system has been tripped.  Did Mary Murray attempt to steal his ping pong trophy?  Or is there something about the electric current in Richmanís alarm system?
- Electric circuits
- Electric current
- Conductivity

May 13, 2000 - Water Cycle (Video and hands-on activities)
Meteorologist Maria Hernandez takes the stand as an expert witness in the case of Pip Petersonís leaky pipes.  Are the pipes really leaking?  Or are they victims of the water cycle?
-Water Cycle
-Condensation and evaporation
-States of matter

May 20, 2000 - Living Things (Video and hands-on activities)
Walter Williamson writes poems about dearly departed pets.  But Clara Swindell wants him to write about some very strange things.  Were Claraís things ever alive?
-Introduction to classification
-Characteristics of living, non-living, and dead
-Cells and organisms

May 27, 2000 - Fossils  (Video and hands-on activities)
Jack Jenkins is accused of planting a dinosaur fossil to halt the construction of a new cafe.  Is it a fake or is the puzzling process of petrification involved?
-Types of fossils
-Conditions for fossilization
-Fossil record

June 3, 2000 - Inertia (Video and hands-on activities)
Motion expert Dr. Julie Bean gets help from Stenographer Fred as Science Court seeks to find out why Cramwood gets a bump on the back of his head every time he applies the brakes.
-Newtonís First Law of Motion
-Force and friction
-Mass and inertia

June 10, 2000 
Work and Simple Machines (Video and hands-on activities)
Whoís the laziest worker at Robocorp?  The scientific definition of work may reveal a surprising answer.
-Work
-Simple machines
-Mechanical advantage

If you have any questions or are interested please contact Terri Craft at tcraft@trib.com or 347-9172