Parent Workshops

Learn how to support your child's STEM learning at home

Parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. This year, we want to make sure that parents who are taking a more active role in their children’s education have the support they need. These workshops are designed to provide parents with an overview of grade-level science standards and science background. We’ll work through easy hands-on activities that parents can do at home with their kids. Parents will receive activity handouts and links to pre-recorded content created by Museum Educators. Materials kits will be available for a small additional fee. While parents are in the workshops, we’ll have activities for kids in a separate space.

Member Discount: $1 off all workshops

In-Person Parent Workshops | 2 Hours
Small Group Sizes: Program spaces will be limited to 10 participants. Larger groups will be split into multiple program spaces. Restroom breaks will be staggered to limit contact between groups.
Hygiene Protocol: Program spaces and furniture will be sanitized before each program. Supplies (scissors, glue sticks, etc.) will be sanitized before use and will not be shared.
Masks: Masks must be worn covering the nose and mouth at all times when inside the building.

Emergency Contact Form
We will hold all forms electronically to minimize contact touch with educators.
● The Emergency Contact Form can be printed off at home, signed, scanned, and emailed in.
● If you do not have access to a computer or printer, you can request to have a form mailed to your home. Please request printed forms by email at education@sloanlongway.org. You can also request forms by phone at 810‐237‐3409.
● If you mail in or drop off your signed form to Longway Planetarium, we will scan forms into our system.

If you have any questions, please call 810-237-3409.

October Workshops

Kindergarten Parent Workshop

Forces and Motion
Date: Monday, October 19
Time: 1:00–3:00 PM OR 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $15 per person
Member Discount: $14 per person

These standards focus on how forces (pushes and pulls) change motion. We will think about how we can describe motion and explain how the motion of an object changes when pushes or pulls are applied.

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First Grade Parent Workshop

Light and Sound
Date: Wednesday, October 21
Time: 1:00–3:00 PM OR 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $15 per person
Member Discount: $14 per person

Light and sound are forms of energy. We will investigate the need for light in order to see objects, we’ll use different materials to explore shadows, and we'll show that vibrations make sound and sound makes vibrations.

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Second Grade Parent Workshop

States of Matter
Date: Thursday, October 22
Time: 1:00–3:00 PM OR 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $15 per person
Member Discount: $14 per person

See how different states of matter can exist and how these states of matter relate to heat energy.

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Third Grade Parent Workshop

Forces and Motion
Date: Monday, October 26
Time: 1:00–3:00 PM OR 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $15 per person
Member Discount: $14 per person

We will investigate balanced and unbalanced forces and use patterns of motion to predict an object’s future motion.

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Fourth Grade Parent Workshop: Energy

Energy
Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 1:00–3:00 PM OR 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $15 per person
Member Discount: $14 per person

There are different forms of energy and energy can be transformed from one form to another and transferred from one place to another. We will explore types of energy and how they change and move.

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Fifth Grade Parent Workshop

Matter
Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 1:00–3:00 PM OR 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $15 per person
Member Discount: $14 per person

Matter can be changed in many ways. We will explore physical and chemical changes and conservation of matter.

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