Marianne J. Dyson

Science Workshops

Workshop at Cherry Hills, Colorado.
Cherry Hills (Colorado) Middle School Workshop

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.

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.

Space Science Workshop/Camp

Students role-play being astronauts during a simulated trip to the space station and Moon. They experience a launch, assemble a robotic hand, explore the Moon, and plan an investigation.

For camps, students also do interviews, record quotes and experimental data, and plot a story of their adventure. Science topics include gravity, biology, and the scientific method. Group size 12 (K-3) to 24 (4-8) plus 3 adult helpers. For supply lists and photos see Space Activities. Workshop takes 2-4 hours and can be designed as an all-day or multi-day space camp. K-8.

It takes about 4 hours (depending on number of activities) for a workshop and 7 hours for a "camp." (Younger children need more time for activities.) A large room with 3 work areas or three small rooms are needed for a workshop or camp. The first area is "Earth," the second is the "International Space Station," and the third is the "Moon." "Earth" requires one table, chairs for all students, a TV/VCR, and enough space for students to lie on the floor. The ISS room requires 3-5 tables with chairs and easy access to water, a washable floor, and a high ceiling (if used for camp). The "Moon" room requires 3-5 tables with chairs and a place to hang a large poster. A TV with DVD player is optional.

Set-up and Clean-up require 15-30 minutes and are not included in the times above. Breaks are also not included. Therefore, rooms should be reserved for 4.5 hours for a workshop and 8 hours for a camp.

Please see my Author Visit Checklist prior to a scheduled presentation.

Book Sales

Hosts are encouraged to offer Dyson's books for sale in conjunction with their event. Please see Books for Author Visit for ordering information.


NOTE: Fees valid for 2015-16 school year. Discounts available for multiple bookings, referrals, and nonprofits.

$900 for 8-hour camp. Travel expenses are in addition to this fee.

$500 for half-day workshop. Travel expenses are in addition to this fee.

$300 for Show Me Space. Half price for public libraries and museums.

Expenses. Travel expenses are in addition to honorarium. Local visits are $1/mile from Author's home up to about 60 miles. For non-local visits, host must cover airfare, airport parking fees ($10/day from Hobby), hotel, and taxi/rental car if needed to reach final location. Coordinate details with Author.

To Book an Appearance, fill out (as much as you can) and email/mail Appearance Agreement to Marianne Dyson.

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More Information

Columbia Quotes - Quotes from the Columbia crew, families, VIPs, kids, and an explanation of what happened.

Remember Columbia - photos & information.
- Space timeline, chapter stories (by Dyson, though no byline given), & teacher resources.

Marianne visits the new crew vehicle.
Marianne visits the new crew vehicle during a press workshop in July, 2011. - Astronaut bios and photos by name. - David Brin's list of materials for using science fiction in the classroom. - Enter contests, go on trips, support space via the Mars Society. - Look for a local chapter and join the National Space Society. - Find books, collectibles, interest groups, all kinds of space hobbies. - International Women's Air & Space Museum - Encyclopedia facts and photos about space vehicles, missions, people. - Fly on the Vomit Comet! NASA Student Flight Opportunities Program.
- Women in space information.

Nonfiction Book Reviews - children's space books reviewed for science accuracy.

Marianne shows Moon map during Illinois visit in 2004.
Marianne shows kids where the Apollo missions landed during a workshop in Illinois in 2004.

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