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Cobb's Author Appearances
VISITS: Vicki Cobb's "Science Surprises" is a highly entertaining,
fast-paced show guaranteed to captivate kids and their teachers.
She answers the question, "Why science, anyhow?" by showing
how our senses and experiences limit how much we can learn of the
universe and that science is a way of getting past our limitations.
Instead of showing the audience the world of science, Vicki invites
the audience to discover science in their world. Everyone in the
audience experiences illusions and individuals participate in doing
irresistible challenges from her books Bet You Can! and
Bet You Can't! Vicki's program gets kids excited and enthusiastic
about science and creates many openings for teachers to follow-up
SHE REQUIRES FOR SCHOOL VISITS: Name Cards -- Please have each child
hold a large index card with his or her first name printed in large
black letters so she can read them. The kids are to hold up their
name cards, as if at an auction, so she can call on them.
It makes a huge difference to the smoothness and pace of her performance
if she can call on children by name. So please make sure that
the names are readable and don't pin them onto the kids. Also,
please, don't let them decorate their cards, and don't discuss the
contents of this list with the kids in anticipation of her visit.
Carton - For demonstration purposes, she'll need a carton with the
following items: some kind of bell to ring for attention, scissors
(must have two sharp points, blunt ends won't do), 1 sharp pencil,
gallon-sized food wrap size plastic "Baggies" (one for
each presentation), pitcher of water, hanky, broomstick (broom not
necessary), paper towels, empty 2 liter plastic soda bottle, clean
and dry with label removed, funnels (a nest of different sized conical
funnels is best. It's especially good to have a very small funnel),
2 cups cooked macaroni in an opaque covered dish (you should not
be able to see what's in the bowl),food coloring (any color but
yellow), extension cord, power strip, a globe of the world.
Also needed - an overhead projector and VCR for all presentations.
allow one full hour for grades 2 and up; ten minutes are needed
to get settled for a fifty minute program.
She prefers an informal setting to an auditorium, if possible, and
she prefers small groups, but can speak to large groups as well
She brings her own wireless mike that can plug into any speaker
system, portable or built in. If she's not going to be in
a room that has a PA system, please provide some kind of portable
PRESENTATIONS: She speaks to adults as an educator, science author,
and parent. The title of her current keynote address is: "Fun
& Games & Children & Science & Literature &
Education." She has spoken at several conferences, including
the North Carolina Science Teachers Association Conference and the
Michigan Science Teachers Association Conference.
DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS FOR TEACHERS: Vicki offers a one-day workshop
for teacher of grades K-8 with lots of hands-on activities. She
can speak to 60-80 teachers. At the end of the day teachers will
have gained the following: (a) direct experience with fun-filled,
science related "quickies" guaranteed to grab kids' attention;
(b) practice in designing experiments with ordinary things that
can be immediately applied to classroom
use; (c) hands-on experience with a science experiment that demonstrates
how to use empiricism to answer questions; and (d) an introduction
to Vicki Cobb's books as a classroom resource.
EVENING PROGRAM: You Gotta
Try This! A Fun Evening of Amazing Science for Parents and Kids.Vicki
Cobb hosts a free-wheeling evening of discovery for the whole family. Painlessly
shorten your arm, eat chocolate so your mouth feels cooler, throw
raw eggs across the room and much, much more. Vicki is a Pied
Piper leading both kids and parents into discovering why scientists
This should be presented to Ms. Cobb by the end of the last day
of the author appearance. Her fee structure is as follows:
a day, plus expenses for school visits
a day, plus expenses for conferences
a day, plus expenses for teacher in-services programs (about 80
450 for an extra evening performance
OF PRESENTATIONS PER DAY: She can do up to but no more than three
sessions a day.
discuss variations on this fee structure, please discuss with a
BalkinBuddies representative. For
further information, especially about the expenses (travel, hotel,
and meals), click the "Arrange An Appearance" button and
see "General Information on the Cost of an Author Appearance"
as well as the 'Honorariums' section near the bottom of "How
to Plan an Author Appearance."