Invite Golden Kite and American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award winner and former NASA flight controller MARIANNE DYSON to share her enthusiasm for space and writing.
Physical Science InService/Retreat
Dyson shares simple hands-on demonstrations and experiments that will allow teachers/homeschool parents to confidently share physical science concepts including forces and motion (push/pull and Newton's laws), gravity, energy (light/sound/electricity), and magnetism with students. All activities conform with national and state (math and) science curriculum standards for grades K-8. Workshop takes either a morning or afternoon, and can be offered as a weekend retreat or in conjunction with a library or school visit.
Show Me Space!
Why do people float on the space station? What causes the phases of the Moon? Parents and Teachers are shown ways to answer common questions like these and demonstrate science concepts using inexpensive supplies and made-at-home models. Learn what it feels like to go into space, what freefall is, why gravity doesn't pull the station to the ground, how to weigh a weightless rat, how to compare the size/mass of the Earth/Moon/Mars, how far you can jump on the Moon, how far away the Moon is, why modules are round in space, how to pick things up in space, and where the Apollo missions landed on the Moon. Workshop takes 60 to 90 minutes.
Please see my Author Visit Checklist prior to a scheduled presentation.
Book SalesHosts are encouraged to offer Dyson's books for sale in conjunction with their event. Please see Books for Author Visit for ordering information.
HonorariumNOTE: Fees valid for 2015-16 school year. Discounts available for multiple bookings, referrals, and nonprofits.
$900 for a full day retreat. Travel expenses are in addition to this fee.
$500 for a half-day retreat. Travel expenses are in addition to this fee.
$300 for Show Me Space science workshop. Half price for public libraries and churches.
$50 for 30-minute Skype live "Ask the Author" question and answer session.
Expenses. Travel expenses are in addition to honorarium. Author will make accommodations. Hosts are responsible for presentation equipment and workshop supplies. Coordinate details with author.
Fill out (as much as you can) and email/fax/mail Appearance Agreement to:
15443 Runswick Drive
Houston, Texas 77062
281.486.4747 (land line: no texting!)
To Book an Appearance, Contact: Marianne Dyson.
Columbia Quotes - Quotes from the Columbia crew, families, VIPs, kids, and an explanation of what happened.
Remember Columbia - photos & information.
tguide.htm - Space timeline, chapter stories (by Dyson, though no byline given), & teacher resources.
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/ - Astronaut bios and photos by name.
www.astronautix.com - Encyclopedia facts and photos about space vehicles, missions, people.
microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov - Fly on the Vomit Comet! NASA Student Flight Opportunities Program.
http://www.scoop.it/t/teaching-science-fiction - David Brin's list of materials for using science fiction in the classroom.
www.marssociety.org/ - Enter contests, go on trips, support space via the Mars Society.
www.nss.org/ - Look for a local chapter and join the National Space Society.
www.hobbyspace.com/index.html - Find books, collectibles, interest groups, all kinds of space hobbies.
http://iwasm.org/wp-blog/ - International Women's Air & Space Museum
Nonfiction Book Reviews - children's space books reviewed for science accuracy.