SCHOOL PROGRAMS

iSPACE provides the resources for educators to inspire a love of STEM learning in their students. Each of our uniquely designed programs are interactive, engaging, and designed to align with STEM curriculum standards across grade levels.

Choose from field trips at our new iSPACE facility or have us come to your school!

Now Booking Field Trips for  the 2021 - 2022 School Year!

PROGRAM FEATURES

  • Aligned to State Standards
  • Low Student/Teacher Ratio
  • Wide Range of STEAM topics
  • Instills problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills
  • Curricula Efficacy Independently Certified by University of Cincinnati ESC 
  • Hands-on, experiential programming
  • Quality Instruction
  • All inclusive -- no need for schools to provide volunteers or chaperones 
  • Reduced Student Downtime -- Instructions/STEM concepts are incorporated into activities
  • Convenient - iSPACE Staff takes care of everything from Program Set-up and Clean-up 

RESERVATION & CANCELLATION POLICY: 
-  Purchase Order or payment in full is due four weeks prior to program. 
-  Purchase Order balances must be paid in full within ten days of program delivery.
-  If you must cancel a reservation, please call (513) 554-0425.
-  Refunds will not be issued for programs cancelled less than four weeks prior to program.

Interested in after school programs? View our options here.


PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS  (A-Z)

BLAST OFF ROCKETRY

Grades Pre K - 9    

Blast off with Sir Isaac Newton and explore his three laws of motion through rocketry activities! Investigate the aerodynamics of launch vehicles while building and launching your own rocket with our special high-powered air launchers. Guaranteed to be a BLAST!

In this program, students can build either Paper or Straw Rockets:
PAPER ROCKETS: require a large space (outdoors or indoors) for spectacular launches that are always a hit and have wide appeal to a range of grade levels.

We start with our Force and Motion presentation with demonstrations to illustrate how and why rockets fly, and explain Newton’s Laws of Motion.

All the children will then make their own paper rocket and shoot it up to 100 ft. high with our high powered air launchers! The rocket they make is their take-home souvenir from this fun and educational experience.

STRAW ROCKETS:  The small-venue alternative to Paper Rockets, where students will be equally engaged in making smaller rockets from straws.

  • Subjects: States of Matter, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Physics of Earth & Space, Engineering design process
  • Grades Pre K – 9, with program elements tailored to grade level
  • For groups of up to 30 students (can accommodate large groups)
  • Single Session (90 min) allows students to build and test their rocket, and compare their results with their peers
  • Extended Session (90+ min) allows students to build, test, record data, measure & change variables, and more
  • Programs can be held at iSPACE or your location.
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BLUE-BOT PROGRAMMING

Grades Pre K - 1    

Designed for the younger robotic enthusiast, Blue-bots will send students on an exciting journey exploring science. Stories, science experiences, and programming their Blue-bot add up to a ton of STEM fun!

  • Subjects: Programming and coding, Directions (positional words: forward, back), Scientific Measurement & Observation
  • Grades Pre K – 1, with program elements tailored to grade level
  • For groups up to 20 students (larger class sizes may be split in half)
  • Single Session (60-90 min)
  • Programs can be held at iSPACE or your location.
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CHEMISTRY CONCOCTIONS

Grades 4 - 6   

Don your lab coats and safety goggles! It’s time to investigate the fun, freaky, reactions that occur when chemicals combine. Assumptions will be challenged with observations when experimenting with unknown materials.

Along with cool chemistry, students will be introduced to changing states of matter while observing unique characteristics.

  • Subjects: Material Properties, Matter, Scientific process, Mathematics practices
  • Grades 4 - 6, with program elements tailored to grade level
  • For groups up to 30 students 
  • Single Session (90 min) recommended for students in Grades 4-5
  • Extended Session (120 min) recommended for students in Grade 6
  • Programs can be held at iSPACE or your location.
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iDISCOVER 
*FIELD TRIP ONLY*

Grades 4 - 8    

Channel your inner engineer as you inquire, design, build, and redesign to solve an array of problems and challenges! Students will become critical thinkers and problem-solvers in this program, which encourages innovation and creativity!

  • Subjects: Engineering Process, Design Requirements & Constraints
  • Grades 4 - 8, with program elements tailored to grade level
  • For groups up to 30 students 
  • Single Session (90 - 120 min)
  • Programs can be held at iSPACE or your location.

Activities vary dependent on grade level, and range in topics. The iSPACE staff will help you select an engineering design activity based on age and space.

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ENGINEERING DESIGN CHALLENGE

Grades 4 - 8    

Channel your inner engineer as you inquire, design, build, and redesign to solve an array of problems and challenges! Students will become critical thinkers and problem-solvers in this program, which encourages innovation and creativity!

  • Subjects: Engineering Process, Design Requirements & Constraints
  • Grades 4 - 8, with program elements tailored to grade level
  • For groups up to 30 students 
  • Single Session (90 - 120 min)
  • Programs can be held at iSPACE or your location.

Activities vary dependent on grade level, and range in topics. The iSPACE staff will help you select an engineering design activity based on age and space.

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iDISCOVER

Grades 2 - 4   

Attention all STEM Enthusiasts (and curious minds). Have you ever wondered what its really like working the STEM field?

Join our crew in this NEW immersive experience that will have students becoming engineers and scientists, while they explore their way through various challenges. Discover how teamwork and imagination are key requirements for pioneering the future.

(Not available for outreach)

  • Subjects: Problem-solving & reasoning, Hypothesizing & Scientific Method, Engineering design process, Properties on Earth & in Space, Space Travel, Simple Machines
  • Grades 2 - 4, with program elements tailored to grade level
  • For groups up to 30 students 
  • Station activities (90 minutes)
  • ONLY available at the iSPACE facility
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iMISSION: SPACE BASE SIMULATION 

Grades 4 - 9   

Be advised: this is not your ordinary field trip! Students are immersed into the various roles of living and working on a lunar research base and will be challenged to apply STEM skills in this fun and unique learning experience. Problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills become key elements as students work to keep their space base running.

MISSIONs are educational simulations used as dynamic models of workplace activity allowing students to face authentic conditions and problem-solve just as their professional counterparts must. Students apply for their position based on their interests and skills, and perform tasks simulating experiments related to their assigned job.

Students will be immersed into the role of scientist/astronaut where they must rely on their fellow crew members to ensure the success of the mission. Depending on their position, students may be tasked with operating a robotic arm, conducting experiments in a glove box, facilitating mission timeline activities, recording and transferring data, navigating, and much more!

  • Subjects: Problem-solving & reasoning, Hypothesizing & Scientific Method, Engineering design process, Rocks & Minerals, Properties on Earth & in Space
  • Grades 4 - 9
  • For groups up to 20 students 
  • 3 hour program includes simulation and concluding debrief
  • ONLY available at the iSPACE facility
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The Art of LEGO Engineering with (Duplo) Simple Machines

Grades Pre K - 1    

Let the creative juices flow! Students will combine engineering and art by constructing LEGO machines that they will use to craft their own work of art! Students get in gear and build machines using gears, pulleys, levers, wheels/axles and much more. They investigate the principles of simple machines, mechanisms and structures as they work in teams to build simple and compound machines using LEGO Educational kits. 

  • Subjects: Engineering design, Observation of objects & materials
  • Grades Pre K – 1, with program elements tailored to grade level
  • For groups up to 20 students 
  • Single Session (60 min)
  • Programs can be held at iSPACE or your location.
  • LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.
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LEGO Engineering:  Power

Grades 4 - 5    

Power Up some fun as students use LEGO’s Motorized Mechanism kits to build and test vehicles that harness wind energy for power.

  • Subjects: Power, Renewable Energy, Engineering design
  • Grades 4 - 5
  • For groups up to 30 students (larger class sizes may be split in half)
  • Single Session (90 min)
  • Programs can be held at iSPACE or your location.
  • LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.
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LEGO MINDSTORMS:
Robotics or Roboart

Grades 4 - 9  

Robotics Theme:
Will robots replace astronauts in space? What about jobs here on Earth?
See what types of robots NASA is using in space exploration as well as robots that impact our everyday lives. Students program autonomous robots and teach them to make decisions using sensors in order to master a variety of robotic challenges.

Art Theme:
Can a robot create art? Robots are beginning to take their place in both visual and performing arts. Explore how they are making their artistic impressions and program a LEGO MINDSTORMS robots to create a patterned masterpiece!

  • Subjects: Programming, Engineering design, Sensors
  • Grades 4 - 9, with program elements tailored to grade level
  • For groups up to 30 students (larger class sizes may be split in half)
  • Single Session (60-90 min)
  • After School Series (multiple weeks, 60- 90 min each day) any combination of activities, completed in up to 4 weeks
  • Programs can be held at iSPACE or your location.
  • LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.
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LEGO WeDO 2.0 Robotics

Grades 2 - 5    

Get ready to bring the world of LEGO to life! Students will learn about robotics and what it means to be engineers and programmers as they use team work to build and program LEGO models.   

There are several build options for students based on WeDo 2.0 programming and build experience, (staff will assist with choices).

  • Subjects: Programming, robotics, sensors, schematics
  • Grades 2 - 5, with program elements tailored to grade level
  • For groups up to 30 students (larger class sizes may be split in half)
  • Single Session (90 – 120 min)
  • After School Series (multiple weeks, 90 min each day) a selection of WeDo 2.0 builds, completed over several weeks
  • Programs can be held at iSPACE or your location.
  • LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.
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LIVING AND WORKING IN SPACE: ASSEMBLY PRESENTATIONS

Grades Pre K - 5   

Climb aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and discover what it takes to be an astronaut! Students will explore the engineering ingenuity used to design the ISS and understand just what astronauts need to live and work in space.

An iSPACE speaker will explain how our astronauts are transported to the science laboratory in the sky and carry out NASA’s missions, along with a video presentation created by Joe Tanner, an astronaut formerly on the ISS.

Further demonstrations may be requested, including an Alka-Seltzer rocket and Bernoulli bags. We can also dress an attendee, teacher, or principal in our space suit costume to explain each function of a suit during a spacewalk!  Students enjoy seeing someone they know in the space suit and it makes for a great photo opportunity for school newsletters.

Often paired with programs such as Space Stations, Blast Off Rocketry, Engineering Design Challenge, and more.

  • Subjects: Engineering design, Properties on Earth and in Space, Rocketry and space travel, Motion of Fluids (Air)
  • Grades Pre K – 5, with program elements tailored to grade level
  • For one large group (limited by venue space)
  • Recommended for assemblies, family nights, or large groups
  • Single Session (60-90 min)
  • Programs are held at  your location.
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Science Investigations
(Fun with Fizz)

Grades Pre K - 3    

Young scientists will learn about the three states of matter and then experiment with reactions between acids and bases. They’ll learn about what makes soda pop fizz and then make raisins dance.

  • Subjects: States of Matter, Properties of Gases, Chemical Reactions, Density, Scientific Measurement
  • Grades Pre K – 3, with program elements tailored to grade level
  • For groups up to 30 students (larger class sizes may be split in half)
  • Single Session (60-90 min) recommended for students in Grades PreK-1
  • Extended Session (90 min) recommended for students in Grades 2 - 3.
  • Programs can be held at iSPACE or your location.
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SCRATCH PROGRAMMING

Grades 5 - 9    

Transform your students into authentic video game designers as they learn and apply animation techniques and special tricks to create their own version of computer games! They will gain programming prowess, as well as a sense of pride as they share and play video games of their own creation.

  • Subjects: Programming, Computer Skills
  •  Grades 5 – 9
  • For groups up to 30 students (larger class sizes may be split in half)
  • After School Series
  • Programs can be held at iSPACE or your location.
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SHEEP IN A JEEP

Grades 1 - 3

This program uses the silly rhyming story Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw to teach students about forces and motion.

Students will build a LEGO car and test its ability to “go the distance” on our specially designed ramps – testing the effects of weight, tire size, and surface material as they rotate through stations.

  • Subjects: Force & Motion, Scientific Method, Measurement
  • Grades 1 - 3
  • For groups up to 30 students (larger class sizes may be split in half)
  • Single Session (90 min)
  • Programs can be held at iSPACE or your location.
  • LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.
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SIMPLE MACHINES

Grades 2 - 3    

Students will use their engineering skills as they build with the LEGO Simple Machine kits.

Young LEGO maniacs will use gears, levers, pulleys and wheels/axles to build and design models such as a carnival ride, go-cart, catapult and more. As they test their models, students will have fun with the challenges and learn basic engineering design principles!

  • Subjects: Programming and coding, Directions (positional words: forward, back), Scientific Measurement & Observation
  • Grades Pre K – 1, with program elements tailored to grade level
  • For groups up to 20 students (larger class sizes may be split in half)
  • Single Session (60-90 min)
  • Programs can be held at iSPACE or your location.
  • LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.
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SOUNDS LIKE FUN TO ME

Grades Pre K - 4    

Get ready to enjoy some “good vibrations” when experimenting with the science of sound. Use your senses to explore vibrations that allow us to hear, feel, and even see the effects of sound.

Students will develop some “sound” science principles using hands-on activities to learn about waves, frequency, volume, or pitch. A variety of “make and take” items complement this program.

  • Subjects: Sound, Properties of Materials, Matter, Forms of Energy
  • Grades Pre K – 4, with program elements tailored to grade level
  • For groups up to 30 students (larger class sizes may be split in half)
  • Extended Session (90 min) recommended for students in Grades 2-4
  • Single Session (60 min) recommended for students in Grades Pre K-1
  • Programs can be held at iSPACE or your location.
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SPACE STATIONS

Grades Pre K - 5    

Climb aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and discover what it takes to be an astronaut! Students will explore the engineering ingenuity used to design the ISS and understand just what astronauts need to live and work in space.

In our Space Stations activity, students participate in a number of hands-on activities to explore different aspects of living and working in space.  Smaller groups engage in the stations together, while larger groups will be split to rotate through stations.

Stations explore a range of space-related topics, such as food in space, the design of the ISS Canada Arm, how space suits work, and more.  iSPACE staff will help you select stations based on age and location size.

This program can be paired with the Living and Working in Space Assembly Presentation.

  • Subjects: Engineering design, Properties on Earth and in Space, Rocketry and space travel, Motion of Fluids (Air)
  • Grades Pre K – 5, with program elements tailored to grade level
  • For groups up to 30 students 
  • Station activities (between 60 and 90 minutes))
  • Programs can be held at iSPACE or your location.
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STORYBOOK SCIENCE

Grades Pre K - 1    

Engage even the youngest scientists through experiments and hands-on activities, while exploring the science in children’s literature by beloved author Eric Carle.

Topic & Book choices include:
> Life Cycles: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
> Kitchen Chemistry: Pancake, Pancake
> Nocturnal Animals: The Very Quiet Cricket
> Insects: The Lonely Firefly, The Grouchy Ladybug

  • Subjects: Programming and coding, Directions (positional words: forward, back), Scientific Measurement & Observation
  • Grades Pre K – 1, with program elements tailored to grade level
  • For groups up to 30 students (larger class sizes may be split in half)
  • Single Session (60 min)
  • Extended Session (up to 2 hours) allows students to cover multiple subject areas
  • After School Series (multiple weeks, 60 min each day) any combination of books, completed over several weeks
  • Programs can be held at iSPACE or your location.
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