Presentations for schools and libraries:
Get to Know Kira Bailey!
For younger audiences: Learn about American Girl's Girl of the Year 2021 - Kira Bailey! We'll head to Australia and learn about its many habitats and unique animals. We'll talk about biodiversity and why it's so important for a healthy planet. I'll share my experience taking care of koalas and wombats and kangaroos during my visit to an Australian wildlife sanctuary and we'll brainstorm ways we can keep habitats safe. K-2, 3-5
For upper grades: Learn about the science behind American Girl's Kira Bailey, an aspiring animal conservationist. I'll share how current events and my research trip to Australia shaped Kira's story. We'll talk about the devastating bushfires of 2019/2020 and the role climate change has in environmental disasters. We'll discuss how students can take an active role in conservation and make a real difference to our planet. Grades 3-5, middle school
Go behind the scenes of Luciana!
Get to know Luciana, American Girl's Doll of the Year. See her story from behind the scenes and discover the three things that surprised me the most while writing the books. Find out why hydroponics, neutral buoyancy and microbiology are important to the space program. Learn how astronauts train and what it's like to go to Space Camp.
Grades: 3-6; can also be adapted for K-2
Group size: Any!
The Truth about Being an Author:
It’s awesome! We’ll talk about what it looks like to be an author and how a book is made. We’ll also talk about how hard work and perseverance can make a dream into reality and how important it is for kids to dream big.
Grades: K-2, 3-6
Group size: Any!
Relying on Research:
Research is a crucial part of being a scientist and working in the lab, and it’s also a crucial part of writing a book! We’ll talk about the extensive research that goes into writing a book and how it can shape a story. I'll share how writing has brought me on many adventures including going to Space Camp and diving into an underwater astronaut trainer to write Luciana and encountering several surprises while visiting The Great Dismal Swamp to write Survivor Girl.
Group size: Any!
For larger groups: A short presentation followed by a science demonstration we can do together as a group.
Grades K-2, 3-5
For smaller groups up to 30: For budding scientists looking to perform their own scientific investigation. After a short presentation, the group will be divided into lab teams to perform their own experiments, creating and testing their hypotheses. Grades 2-5
Putrid Petri Dishes:
What are germs? Are all germs bad? We'll learn more about germs and then using the scientific method, we'll run an experiment together as a group. Where is the dirtiest, most putrid, place in your classroom? Is it the floor? The teacher’s desk? Your own dirty hands? We will make predictions and swab different areas of the classroom and watch bacteria and fungus grow on petri dishes.
Microscopes are one of the oldest tools used in science. We’ll learn how taking a closer look at something can solve mysteries and lead to new discoveries. We'll explore everyday things with a digital microscope, making predictions and asking questions. An interactive demonstration full of exploration and investigation!
We'll refresh our memories about the different states of matter, solid, liquid, and gas and then take a closer look at the mysterious properties of dry ice. A fun hands on exploration of the process of sublimation.
Classroom and small group activities:
Students will break up into small groups and work together as a team of scientists. Each group will receive a rock and soil sample from a mystery planet. It's up to them to investigate their sample and determine if their mystery planet is capable of supporting life. Students are encouraged to sort their samples based on size, color, and characteristics and can further their exploration using a digital microscope. ** Goes great with the Behind the Scenes of Luciana program!
Grades: K-2, 3-5
Think Like a Scientist!
I will share how being curious as a kid made me the scientist I am today and how the same curiosity sparks inspiration in my writing. We’ll explore everyday things with magnifying glasses and digital microscopes and learn how taking a closer look at something can solve mysteries and lead to new discoveries.
Grades: K-2, 3-5
Write Like a Scientist:
We’ll learn how writing is important in science and we’ll practice writing our own standard operating procedures (with a twist!) that are similar to what scientists use when doing experiments in a laboratory.
Schools (in-person): $550 for half-day (2, 1hr presentations); $900 for full-day (3-4, 1hr presentations)
Public Libraries: $250 (1hr presentation)
*Visits more than 60mi outside of Loudoun County, VA may require additional travel and lodging expenses.