SparkPoint News

Hello Minnesota!

To kick off our move into Minnesota, we offered a special “sneak preview” for parent organization groups. We were pleased to have not just one, but four schools take us up on our offer!

We had so much fun teaching Orbit Earth Expo to students, teachers, and parents who had never seen the program before. Orb and the SparkPoint team are so grateful for all of the feedback the teachers and parents provided us – our goal is to make Orbit Earth Expo JUUUUUUUUUST right for Minnesota schools. (Just like our earth is in the perfect location relative to the sun to be juuuuuust right for life on earth!)

SparkPoint is excited to officially “launch” into schools beginning in September – we will be accepting bookings early, so let us know if you want to get your school on the schedule. In the meantime, tell your friends! Pass us along! We can’t wait to bring these bigger than life models to your school next fall!

Greenwood Elementary

May 22, 2017

Centennial Elementary

May 23, 2017

Oak Point Elementary

May 24, 2017

Rogers STEM Elementary

May 25, 2017

A Total Eclipse? Orb Cannot Wait!

An eclipse as viewed from space - we can show this to students using our model!

At SparkPoint Innovations, we are so excited for the total solar eclipse taking place on August 21, 2017! We teach these concepts every day using our huge, inflatable earth model and scale sized moon to students across the country. 

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Our in-school field trip, Orbit Earth Expo, is aligned to state standards in grades K-8 in states across the country. Students and teachers alike love our huge, unforgettable teaching models that bring science to life. Students manipulate our models to figure out how solar and lunar eclipses happen, how often, and when! The program also covers such topics as moon rotation, seasons, phases of the moon, wind, patterns in the solar system, and more! 

Our programs are affordable, usually around $3 per student, and cover more information that you could imagine in a single class period. Programs vary by students’ age and grade and are taught by certified, experienced teachers who gear the programs until it’s just right for your students. 

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Where have Orb & Rocky Been? April Edition

Testing Round-Up: A Fresh Take on Test Review

Once the countdown to spring break has hit zero, the next countdown – to standardized testing – begins.

I don’t think I’ve ever met a teacher who enjoyed preparing students for testing. It is no small feat to review an entire year worth of curriculum while maintaining student interest, especially if they are preparing for reading, math, and science tests!  You have probably put aside (hoarded?) paper all year just so you could copy those review packets. Just as the weather warms up and students want to run and play, we make them sit and rehash what they’ve learned. It’s tedious, it’s boring and, dare I say it? It’s ineffective.

Even if you’re lucky enough to avoid the multiple choice packets, your students can only sit through so many Jeopardy games, vocabulary reviews, or testing review websites before losing interest.

So why not try something new?

Instead of closing our doors and buckling down to choose A, B, C, or D, let’s collaborate! Gather your best teaching partners and your best ideas. Divide and conquer the curriculum! Make your science review into a Day of Science, and move students from station to station. Each teacher plans one or two stations, bringing their best materials and ideas to the day. Your students will love moving from room to room and topic to topic. They will think they’re getting a fun day, but really, they’re learning!

How can we help?

No Day of Science is complete without a visit from The Big Canyon Balloon or Orbit Earth Expo! We customize our program to your state’s science standards and your grade level. Add us as a station and let Rocky or Orb do the rest! We can meet with groups as large as 4 classes/100 kids or as small as 1 class/25 kids for each session! You can even invite other schools to join you and share the cost (and their station ideas!). Here’s an example of how that works:

School A is the HOST school. Schools B & C bus their students over for the canyon or earth sessions. Let’s suppose there are six classes at each school. The number of sessions and session lengths can be adjusted for schools B & C, based on travel time.

Of course, this is just ONE possibility. Take a look at the standards that we cover and contact us to plan your own Day of Science!

After the Test….We Can Keep Learning?

Hey, Orb?

Wait, you mean there’s more? We can keep learning after the test is done? I love that!

We get to keep teaching all the way until summer! 

 

Yes, Rocky. 

We’ve talked about this. Schools love to have us out all through May and even into June! There’s not a lot of other programs teachers can bring in that are as curriculum aligned as us.

 

Springing to Summer!

After the test, everyone can let their hair down a little, but it’s important to keep things in line with our standards. (But no one is going to mind if we have a little fun while we’re learning, right?) Orbit Earth Expo or The Big Canyon Balloon are perfect for some end of the year science fun! 

Even though we’re still extensively covering difficult to tackle topics in astronomy and geology, we’re also dancing, singing, and having a good time! Wait until you hear the one about my sun George – he’s the star of my family! 

Contact us with questions at 470-719-1999.