Come see Getting Excited About Science at the ORT showcase at the Lincolnshire Marrott Resort on Sunday January 25. I will have 10% discount coupons on science shows for schools, libraries and parties.
Chicago School Assemblies
The thought of school assemblies usually make you stifle a yawn but what if they are pepped up and flavored differently so that one can smell the magic in the air? Well, Chicago School Assemblies are one of a kind that aim to instill the basic concepts of science in a fun way – blending academics and entertainment to just the right degree.
When you enjoy what you learn, it stays with you for ever and that’s what these School Assemblies aim to do- involve students in science, sustain their interest and inspire them to set about conquering one of the most important fields in academics.
Science, by itself, is fascinating but when it is introduced in a formal setting, it boils down to just learning facts and definitions without enjoying its vitality. Steve Belliveau, who has been recognized by professional teaching organizations like the Chicago Tribune and WGN TV, takes the spirit of science to an inspiring level with a general science show that has students asking for more.
Belliveau’s ‘Getting Excited about Science’ program appears to be ideal for school assemblies, especially for elementary and middle school audiences, and has been acknowledged by the Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago) and Argonne National labs.
You’d think that someone with a university degree in engineering would be staid and professional in his shows; on the contrary, Belliveau has been reducing difficult and hard to understand aspects of science into simple down to earth visible examples that not only make a dent even in the most dull-witted student
but captivate teachers too. Students go on a journey of discovery and begin to think for themselves.
Typically, when students read about air and water pressure or about magnetic and electric fields, they learn by rote, but they can recollect and remember what they’ve read better if they experience these things first-hand. That’s what Belliveau does when he conducts these school assemblies. He uses equipment, music, allows his young audience to participate and drives home easily in minutes what hours of learning fail to do. It’s amazing how children are made aware of the science in the world around them with actual demonstrations that use hovercrafts, exploding balloons and human gyroscopes to name a few. Large, easily seen props are used so that it’s easy for all to see.
The Chicago School Assemblies also offer specific science programs that coordinate well with the school curriculum, and that gives students the added benefit of ‘keeping up with classwork’ as well as steaming ahead. These assemblies have come in for some rave reviews from teachers, parents, educators and even reporters across the Midwest; some of them have even given these assemblies an A+.
Science and math is built into the world around us and there are no contours or boundaries that limit exploration. As Lind (1999) said, “the best way to learn science is to do science.” Students of science can come up with ideas of their own only if their curiosity is stimulated and the Chicago School assemblies appear to be doing a good job on that count.
This October, Getting Excited About Science will be at 25 branches of the Chicago Public Libraries presenting a Science Fair Primer show for school age students. This is addition to other shows that will be presented in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin this October. Busy month.
Science Fair shows will continue in November with shows in northern Illinois. I love to see the light bulbs turn on in the students heads and they sometimes make the light bulbs go off in my head. I have seen some very bright students.
September 20 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Glenview Public Library.
Getting Excited About Science show at 2:00 PM.
This summer had many shows with maximum room capacitiy and standing room only across Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. Here is an article from one of them.
Here is an article about my upcoming River Forest Library show.
This week will have shows across 3 states of all types. Here is a little thing from Chicago Sun Times group about this Saturday’s show.
Summer of 2014 is very busy with shows. Here is a Chicago Tibune Article
This is for Aurora Public Library and SciTech Museum. I have 100 science shows booked for the summer 2014.