A Tumblehome Learning Mystery Science Workshop is a 90 minute program for students in grades 4 to 6 that includes a guided book discussion and hands-on science learning activities. A copy of the book selection for each child will be delivered two weeks ahead of the event for the students to read in advance. Four workshops are currently available:
- The “Diamond Semiconductor Microchip” Workshop (See affiliated book here)
- The “Fraudulent Fossil & Evolution” Workshop (See affiliated book here)
- The “Viral Vaccine & Medical Microbiology” Workshop (See affiliated book here)
- The “Hacking, Computers & Networks” Workshop
Other options: For greater depth, sign up for three 45-minute sessions rather than a single 90-minute session. ($5 additional per child). Or sign up for more than one book event and get a discount of 10% per session. Larger groups and alternate event times can also be accommodated. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and registration.
Rationale for the Tumblehome Learning approach:
By combining great stories steeped in scientific concepts with hands-on reinforcement, we aim to enhance students’ enjoyment of both reading and scientific exploration. The Common Core standards call for increased reading across the curriculum and increased non-fiction reading. Our fiction is based on strong, up-to-date science content that extends the usual school curriculum. We also introduce features of non-fiction reading with short biographical sketches of famous scientists and with scientific explanations couched in dialogue.
Our multicultural stories frame the history of science in mysteries, teach about the processes of science and invention, and invite students to identify with the role of scientist. Related hands-on activities strengthen that identification, increasing students’ motivation and their retention of science and engineering concepts.
Recent Parent Testimonial from April, 2013 “Vicious Case of the Viral Vaccine” Workshop, held at the Discovery Museum:
I just wanted to send a quick note to say that my son loved the program
yesterday afternoon. It was a topic that was not familiar to him, but
he came home so interested and energized on the topic. Our whole family
did the disease transmission experiment last night and he couldn’t wait
to set up his agar plate! I even heard that he wants to become a
scientist! We’d love to see more great programs like this, geared for
the 8-12 age group. It was fantastic! Thanks so much!
- Parent of a THL Workshop Participant