Frequently Asked Questions
EOTM is a collection of science-related activities, exhibits and demonstrations that the Edgerton Explorit Center brings to you! It includes exciting 30-minute science demonstrations from our award-winning educators. You can also reserve our traveling "Zone", which offers up to 30 hands-on activities and exhibits depending on your needs and available space. While we can present demonstrations only, consider our Science Discovery Day package, including both the Zone and up to six demonstrations -- a great day of science activities for the entire school! And you can extend the science fun into the evening with our Family Night option.
How much space do we need for EOTM?
The Zone fills about half of a standard gymnasium. Demonstrations can be done either in the gym (for large groups) or in a separate location. Band or music rooms work well for class-size demonstrations.
Other than space, the full Zone uses approximately 10 eight-foot-long tables and requires access to electrical outlets. All demonstrations require power, a single six-foot table and some space between students and the presenter. Some demonstrations have additional needs, e.g. a dark room for portions of "Stopping Time."
What time should we start and how late can we go before closing?
We can start our programming at the opening of the school day. If you're offering a Family Night option, 9 p.m. is the latest closing time. Both start and end times will be affected by travel distance, whether Edgerton educators are staying overnight, and other factors.
How much time does it take to go through the Zone?
Groups up to 50 students can occupy the Zone at any one time. We suggest rotating groups through every 30 to 45 minutes. While students can generally visit exhibits at their own pace, Pre-K, K, and 1st graders might visit exhibits in small groups.
We LOVE help, and it's especially welcome at the end of the day. Adult help is preferred, though students can pitch in carrying items to and from the van. Working by themselves, two Edgerton educators can set up (or break down) the Zone in about 90 minutes. Please be mindful of your athletic teams and other extracurricular activities if you have us in a gym or on a stage. We try to avoid taking anyone by surprise or working under time crunches.
Do any Zone exhibits require help or supervision to operate?
Students can work with many Zone exhibits on their own. If kids are too young to read and follow instructions, having extra adult helpers on hand makes a huge difference. A few exhibits need adult supervision, even with older kids. These will be starred on the exhibit sheet. Consider stationing teachers, adult volunteers, etc. at these exhibits.
What do you bring for the Zone?
We bring all the exhibits, table coverings, and exhibit descriptions to go on top of the tables.
Not necessarily! We try to bring new and/or updated exhibits from year to year, as well as bringing back favorites.
Do you require lodging? We are a really long ways away...
We leave Aurora no earlier than 6 am and return no later than 11 pm. Depending on your requests, lodging may be necessary. This cost is additional and is not included in the EOTM price.
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