Saturday, May 20, 2017

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Free with admission. Free for Members.

A child examines a blue paint mixture from an eye dropper.

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For 3–5-year-olds with a participating adult

In this workshop, your child will explore the properties of common substances and experiment with how to change and transform those properties. In the process of experimenting, they will encounter dissolving, changes in texture and consistency, and color mixing. They will engage in experimentation like scientists by observing, predicting, comparing, and using scientists’ tools (such as magnifying lenses, eyedroppers, and measuring spoons).

Experimenting with everyday ingredients from the kitchen is a great way to engage young children in early chemistry experiences. And adults will learn how they can best support their children’s investigations and how to help them gain the most from these experiences.

Ellen Blinderman headshot

Ellen Blinderman directs early-childhood programs at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science (the Hall), where she has shared her passion for science exploration and discovery with young children and their families for over 25 years. She has developed curricula for the Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) teacher guides, as well as for the Hall’s varied school and family programs. A key focus of Ellen’s work is the integration of school readiness skills and literacy with early science learning. She is currently project director on a National Science Foundation grant to develop and teach preservice teachers at the community college level through an innovative early-childhood science and math methods course.

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