SpaceTimeKids

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Basic Information

Address: 10458 E. Parker Rd. Parker, CO 80138
Phone Number: 720-851-7700
Director: Ed Ludka

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Additional Information

Focus: Space Science
Grade Levels: Pre-K, K-5, 6-8
Length: Customized 30 minutes - 90 minutes
Travel:

Denver front range area

Pricing: $119.00 - $279.00
Workshops:

Space science assemblies and in-class workshops. The assembly format is designed for larger audiences and is presented as a high-energy "space show" including props and special effects, with the children participating in the activities on a volunteer basis. These shows make great "edutainment" for back-to-school nights and other school and PTA/PTO functions.

The classroom format workshop is designed for smaller groups of children and provides a hands-on, interactive experience allowing each child to participate in the workshop activities. These programs are designed to tie into and compliment classroom-based curricula and are often associated with science fairs and special space events like meteor showers and space mission launches.

Setup: 10 - 15 minutes
Takedown: 10 - 15 minutes
Equipment: Standard table
Highlights:

As Colorado's premier space science edutainer, SpaceTimeKids makes learning fun and meaningful with programs that not only improve science proficiency and empower critical thinking skills but also Bring in the WOW!!

Our trademark "Focus on Fun" methodology lets kids go hands-on with countless space science gadgets, gizmos and projects that add a layer of fun and excitement to our programs unmatched in the world of science enrichment. From simulating zero gravity to building multi-stage rockets, we take kids on space science adventures that are OUT OF THIS WORLD!

Mission Statement:

Our mission, as Captain Picard of the Next Generation Enterprise would put it, is to ENGAGE!

And by "engage" we mean to get kindergarten through 6th grade kids engaged in science and learning. Though it is certainly a high priority of ours to educate as well, our primary goal is to get kids engaged in and enthused about learning science through hands-on, minds-on educational activities, exercises and demonstrations. And our primary tool for making this happen is our trademark focus on fun methodology, which is built into every one of our programs.

Philosophy/Belief Statement: Focus on Fun: Simply put, SpaceTime's focus on fun methodology is a method of making sure that every program component is fun for the specific age range of children being presented to. It, along with our "Five-E's" learning strategy, is built into the design of every activity, exercise and demonstration in our programs and is an integral component of the extensive training regimen that all of our instructors go through before getting in front of their first class. The reasons we employ this methodology are twofold: First - Countless educational studies, as well as our own years of experience, have shown that, once a child's attention has strayed from what is being presented, refocusing his or her attention back on the presented material is often an insurmountable task for the remainder of the presentation or class. With children in the kindergarten through 6th grade range we have found that simply making every element of the activity, exercise or demonstration fun keeps them engaged and attentive. Second - Presenting science as a fun activity to a child in this age range has been proven to establish a long lasting science "comfort level" within the child. Once this level of comfort is achieved the child becomes much less resistant to new learning whether that learning is in the field of science or other disciplines. Why Space Science? Though our mission is to get kids engaged in science in general, we make it happen through space science-based programs. These programs cover all facets of space science including astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, space exploration science, exobiology, planetary science and stellar science but also include most areas of physical science as well (the Earth is, after all, in space). The reasons we utilized this space science-based approach are, once again, twofold: First - Surveys of children in kindergarten through 6th grade taken in the late 1990s and early 2000s showed consistently that their favorite two areas of science enthusiasm were outer space and dinosaurs. In the effort to get children engaged in learning science we feel it makes sense to emphasize an area of science in which they are already likely to have an interest (nothing against dinosaurs but...see reason two). Second - We're space nuts! Ed Ludka, the founder and co-owner of SpaceTime, is a long time space science and exploration enthusiast and advocate. His passion for space science combined with that of the rest of the SpaceTimeKids' staff are what make our mission a true labor of love. It’s a mission built on the audacity to dream… Why Science in General? For most of the twentieth century the United States has led the world in the area of K-6th grade science proficiency. However, for the last twenty years America has been losing ground in science education. An analysis of the recent Trends in Mathematics and Science Study showed that, between 1995 and 2005, U.S. fourth graders' scores in science dropped six points and their ranking among 15 nations dropped from second to sixth. At the high school level the U.S. now ranks 20th behind Iceland and the Slovak Republic in terms of science proficiency.
Program History:

We have nine years of experience engaging front range kids in space science and exploration.

Testimonials: "Ed lead a wonderful "Sailing the Solar System" assembly for us at our school. This was our second time with Space Time as well as Ed and we couldn't be happier with the assembly received. Kids aged from kindergarten to 6th grade were fully engaged, enthusiastically raising their hands and didn't want the show to be over! Many kids went up to Ed afterwards with more questions because they were so excited about Space and just couldn't get enough. Ed is a fantastic presenter (one of the best I've ever seen), very knowledgeable about the topics, and so much fun to listen to. Kids come away being totally fired up about Space! We will ask Space Time to return every year to our school! Thanks to Ed and Space Time for yet another wonderful presentation!" ~ Sheila H., Ralston Elementary "I observed your I Want to Be an Astronaut program at Swigert-McAuliffe for a group of 100 kindergarteners. Ed did an excellent job of imparting tons of information in a visual, interactive program. His explanation of the criterion of being an astronaut, space travel and its challenges and rewards certainly raised my level of space knowledge. Many thanks for providing a curriculum-rich, fun program!" ~Mary Ann M., Community Resources, Inc. "Thanks so much for the wonderful assembly! The kids LOVED it!" ~ Nancy M., Rock Ridge Elementary School "Thank you for your participation in our final Promenade Kid Day of the summer. Your presentation was top-notch and you were an instant hit with children and adults alike! I look forward to working with you again in the future." ~ Tiffany V., The Promenade Shops at Centerra "SpaceTimeKids is an amazing, entertaining and educational program! We invited them to host a workshop with our third graders and it was a huge hit! And not just with the kids. We will definitely be inviting them back again! ~ Tara K., Parker Core Knowledge Charter School
Additional Information:

Assemblies:

normal" class="MsoNormal">SpaceTimeKids assembly programs are designed for larger audiences and are presented as high energy "space shows" that include space science props and special effects, with the children participating in the activities on a volunteer basis. These shows make great "edutainment" for back-to-school nights, science fairs, scouting events and most other large audience events.

Workshops:

normal" class="MsoNormal">The Classroom Workshop format is designed for smaller groups of children and provides a hands-on, interactive experience allowing each child to participate in the workshop activities. These programs are designed to tie into and compliment classroom-based curricula and are often associated with science fairs and special space events like meteor showers and space mission launches.

Spend your Saturday in SPACE! Throughout the year, SpaceTimeKids offers 2-3 hour long Saturday morning Weekend Workshops throughout the Denver metro area. Each class is built around one of our Space Themes, and the extra time allows for more activities, such as games to find a hidden alien, or a real rocket launch!

Assembly and Workshop themes include:

  • Rocket Blast
  • Space Chase
  • Sailing the Solar System
  • Alien Invasion
  • Interstellar Adventure
  • Destination Mars
  • Space Explorers
  • I Want To Be An Astronaut
  • Mission: black Hole

normal" class="MsoNormal">Assemblies and workshops can also take place at the Noteable Kids Center, our hosting facility in the Denver Tech Center.

Visit our website for more details: www.spacetimekids.com/