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Family Science Night Planning Checklist (PDF)
Why Family Science Nights?

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Ways to Deliver Family Science Nights

Michigan Tech Communicating Science Course

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Sample Programs (PDF Files)
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Family Science Night
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Family Science, Math & Engineering Night Program

2016-17 School Year

Each year, family science, math and engineering nights are conducted at nearly all 19 elementary schools in Houghton, Baraga, Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties of Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula. The program is coordinated by the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and Michigan Technological University, with assistance from the Departments of Cognitive & Learning Sciences and Civil & Environmental Engineering.

With assistance from several MTU student chapters, including the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, family engineering nights have also been held at elementary schools in Detroit and Grand Rapids.

Family Science, Math & Engineering Nights usually take place at the school from 6:00-7:30 pm. Students and their parents attend two 40-minute inquiry-based activities led by Michigan Tech students. Elementary students may have to solve a problem, do an experiment, tackle an engineering challenge, conduct an investigation, or do whatever creative lesson the MTU student designs. Family science night programs offer something new and fun for both elementary students and their families.

Many of the Michigan Tech student presenters are enrolled in an MTU 2-credit semester-long course titled "Communicating Science." As part of the course, the university students receive training in teaching methods, classroom management, lesson plan development, and presentation skills.

Why Parents Attend Family Science, Math & Engineering Nights*

1. The kids look forward to it, and it gets parents involved.
2. Interesting and fun for all.
3. Learning by doing is great.
4. Educational, fun, and hands-on.
5. Great chance for parents and kids to spend a fun time together and it's free!
6. Kids get to do hands-on activities.
7. Teaches the kids about science in a different and fun way.
8. Gets the kids away from TV.
9. I get to see how my child learns!
10. Meet other parents!

* These responses were listed most often on parent evaluation forms, when parents were asked why they attend.

Joan Chadde
Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education
115 Great Lakes Research Center
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931-1295
Tel: 906-487-3341 Fax: 906-487-1620

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Modified on: September 6, 2015