Rio Americano High School Physics
ExploratoRio Resources


ExploratoRio is Rio Americano High School's annual Open House activity. Rio physics students research and construct exhibits. Local elementary students come to Rio to experience the exhibits and learn from the exhibitors. In the evening, parents of Rio students come to campus and get to experience the exhibits as well.

Bulletin 1 (Four to six weeks in advance of event)
Introduction and detailed information about the event. Includes info on being an exhibitor and on being support staff. Describes how credit is earned and what the commitments are.
Exploratorium Science Snackbook: Exhibit Recipes by the Exploratorium Teacher Institute
Instructions on how to prepare dozens of low-cost versions of Exploratorium exhibits. Student exhibit teams use these "recipes" to prepare their demonstrations.
ExploratoRio Science Snackbook: Exhibit recipes by Dean Baird
I've written several "recipe"-style snacks for my students to use. Some involve use of commercial apparatus we have obtained at Rio.
Exhibitor Team Application
Students must secure permission from their teachers to be out of class on the day of ExploratoRio so they can demonstrate their exhibit to students (big and small) during the school day. This form allows them to get those permissions before adopting an exhibit.
Support Staff Position Descriptions
These are "recipes" for support staff positions, describing the tasks and when they need to be performed.
Support Staff Application
Students must secure permission from their teachers to be out of class on the day of ExploratoRio so they can demonstrate their exhibit to students (big and small) during the school day. This form allows them to get those permissions before adopting an exhibit.
Elementary Class Host Invitation Letter and Info
This is a communication link that students bring to elementary teachers so that time slots can be reserved. The teachers record their information and indicate their preferred time slot. The teachers keep the top portion with info on the event itself.
Bulletin 2 (One week in advance of event)
Reminders and last-minute details as the event approaches.
ExploratoRio Photo Albums
Photos of ExploratoRios Past.
Notes to the Future for Exploratorium Snacks - by Rio Physics Students
This is a very important part of the program. Exhibitors write notes to future exhibitors about the exhibit itself. What needs modification? What worked and what didn't? How do you deal with elementary students and how do you deal with grown-ups?

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