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Fusion Science Theater Performance Kits

Fusion Science Theater Performance Kits

Type: D, M    |    Level: Elem

A Fusion Science Theater (FST) show uses elements of story to teach age-appropriate science concepts. FST uses demonstrations, prediction, audience participation, modeling, and embedded assessment to produce demonstrable gains in learning, interest, and self-efficacy. The shows target children in grades 1–5 and can be performed by teachers, students, outreach specialists, and museum educators. The Fusion Science Theater outreach model was developed by Holly Walter Kerby, an award-winning chemistry teacher and playwright.

ICE/FST kits include what you need to plan, rehearse, and present Fusion Science Theater shows. Carefully crafted scripts ensure that FST principles are embodied in each performance. A handbook explains how to set up schedules, memorize dialog, rehearse, and interact effectively with children in the audience. These materials have been used successfully by staff at science centers and ACS undergraduate members across the country.

FST Kits Available

Fusion Science Theater Kit: "Will It Light?" (Click the ICE structure to view the table of contents for Fusion Science Theater Kit: Will It Light?.)

Kit includes script, handbook, CD
A scientist and silent assistant lead this investigation into the nature of conductivity by testing and modeling the flow of electricity through select substances. (25 min)
Concept: Conductivity of pure substances and solutions.

Fusion Science Theater Kit: Two Short Shows—Atoms and Molecules (Click the ICE structure to view the table of contents for Fusion Science Theater Kit: Two Short Shows.

Kit includes two scripts, handbook, two CDs, pair of Happy/Sad balls
Atom in a Solid: An interactive, kinesthetic dramatization of how atoms move in the solid phase.  (6 min)
Concept: Kinetic Molecular Theory.
Bouncemania!: This one-person, street-style show features a “Wrestlemania”-style match between Happy/Sad balls.  The audience predicts which contestant will be crowned “The World’s Bounciest Ball.”   (12 min)
Concept: Molecular structure determines polymer properties.