When we reflect back on our days in school, there are often those lessons or lectures that stand out to us. Those memories, more often than not, usually aren’t the hours of note taking or the classroom lectures, but the days your teacher would divert from the norm. Whether it be a lesson taught outdoors or a hands-on science lab, those are the days that stick with us for years to come.

STEM education is where students loose interest the quickest, so it’s important to present engaging ways for students to learn these subjects. Our STEM Skating Program aims to address this very issue! This program works off of those hands-on and out of the norm teaching principles to help get students excited about education areas like science, technology, engineering, and math. Find out how **Sparkles Family Fun Center** in **Hiram, GA** will spark your child’s interest in these subject areas again!

### ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STEM LESSONS

**Lesson 1: The Science of Roller Skating**– Students will learn about the parts of a roller skate/inline skate and how each part functions to make the skate. They will discuss how surfaces in the rink are made of different materials and how that affects the skate in motion. Students will have a chance to showcase their creativity and design a new feature for a skate. (Topics like: geometry, friction, reverse engineering, design)**Lesson 2: Motion and Skate Design**– Students will receive an introduction into the physics of roller skating by discussing the 4 parameters of motion. Students will answer an open-ended question by inventing their own skate design. (Topics like: motion, physics, design)**Lesson 3: Music, Math and Roller Skating**– Students will learn to count using the beats of the music played in a roller rink and will learn how the type of music affects the speed of a skater. Fourth and fifth graders will also learn how to control the speed of skaters using the beat of the music. (Topics like: sound waves, beats per minute, frequency)**Lesson 4: Super Sound! Acoustics and Rink Design –**Students will explore how sound waves look and how they travel through different mediums. They will discuss sounds that relate to the roller rink including the differentiation in speaker pitch and tones. (Topics like: sound waves, doppler effect, sound system design)**Lesson 5: Science of Lighting**– Students will learn about the speed of light and how light travels. Students will learn the exciting affects of light with the use of reflection and refraction. (Topics like: light waves , electromagnetic spectrum, the speed of light)**Lesson 6: Rocks and Roller Skating**– Students will investigate roller rink materials and classify them based on hardness, color and texture. They will apply skills that are used for rocks and minerals to make observations about the different parts of a skate. (Topics like: Moh’s hardness scale, luster, defining a rock and mineral, texture)**Lesson 7: Formulas, Fractions, and Fun; The Relationship Between Math and Roller Skating**– Students will learn how math concepts can be found all over the skating rink. Students will measure and calculate the speed of a skater, use mean, median, and mode to talk about skate sizes, and study all of the shapes that can be found in a skating rink. (Topics like: mean, median, and mode, geometry, calculating speed)**Lesson 8: Newton’s Laws of Motion**– Students will learn about Newton’s three laws, how they relate to real world experiences and roller skating. They will learn how force and mass play a large roll in motion and construct a ballon rocket. (Topics like: motion, inertia, force)

**MIDDLE SCHOOL STEM LESSONS**

**Lesson 1: The Science of Roller Skating –**Students will learn the parts of a roller skate by reverse engineering one. They will discuss types of friction and how different materials affect a skate in motion. Students will design their own skating rink using geometric shapes. (Topics like: friction, geometry, and design)**Lesson 2: Motion and Rink Design**– Students will discuss the parameters of motion, relative motion and frame of reference. They will learn to calculate the speed of a skater and convert units of measurement. The students will then engage in a design activity. (Topics like: calculating distance, relative motion, functional design)**Lesson 3: Music, Math and Roller Skating**– Students will learn about sound waves and frequency. They will learn how to calculate beats per minute and discuss how that affects the speed and mood of a skater. (Topics like: waves, frequency and speed, beats per minute)**Lesson 4: Super Sound! Acoustics and Rink Design**– Students will gain a concrete understanding of sound waves and how they travel. They will complete a demonstration of different types of waves, frequencies, and pitch. (Topics like: wave explorations, frequency and sound travel)**Lesson 5: Science of Lighting**– Students will learn about how the wavelength of light determines color. They will discuss how refraction and Snell’s Law affects the way light travels. Students will use the Pythagorean Theorem to calculate the height of lasers on the skating rink ceiling. (Topics like: speed of light, refraction, Pythagorean Theorem)**Lesson 6: NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.**

**Lesson 7:****NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME****Lesson 8: Formulas, Fractions and Fun**– Students will learn how math concepts can be found all over the skating rink. Students will measure, compare, and average the speed of several skaters, discover how engineers use geometry in the rink, and discover how statistics relates to roller skating. (Topics like: averages, geometry, statistics)**Lesson 9: Newton on Roller Skates**– Students will learn that each one of Newton’s Three Laws of Motion are present in the skating rink. They will experiment with force and mass and discuss the importance of physics and roller skating. (Topics like: physics, inertia, laws of motion)

### PRICING

$9.00 per student includes Skating and Playground (Laser Tag for Middle School). Students bring their own lunch.

$11.00 per student includes Skating and Playground (Laser Tag for Middle School) and lunch at Sparkles (slice of cheese pizza and small soda).

$15.00 per student includes Skating, Playground and Laser Tag game for each student. PLUS Sparkles Pizza Buffet (1 hour lunch time with unlimited pizza and soda)!

Teachers and parents can skate for FREE.

### YOU PICK THE LESSON!

We have multiple lessons available from Kindergarten to 8th grade and one lesson specifically designed for 9th – 12th grade.

This program is available Monday – Friday morning and afternoon.

### CONTACT

Jessica Cranford at **(770) 943-6080** OR **jcranford@sparklesffc.com**.

## Elementary School Lessons

## Middle School Lessons

(Lesson 6 and 7 NOT available for Middle School at this time)