“Melissa earned English and Chemistry degrees from the College of William and Mary in 1993 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina in 1998, then conducted research in Melbourne, Australia. She obtained Australian citizenship before returning to Durham in 2002. A CAPS artist since 2009, Melissa is a scientific editor with Durham-based American Journal Experts and has published four science-based children’s books and numerous stories and poems. http://www.melissarooneywriting.com  REQUEST MELISSA ROONEY


GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 56 7 8 9 10 11 12

Workshop
*Eddie the Electron* and Your Future in Science

After reading her book, *Eddie The Electron*, to the class (which receives a copy to keep), students will experiment with electronic snap circuits and magnets, while discussing how a STEM-based education can help them do what they *want* to do.

Max Participants: 25 (negotiable)

Duration: 60 minutes

Special Requirements: 6-8 small tables or adequate floor space for students to play with individual sets of circuits, magnets, etc.; The teacher (or an assistant) will be in the room during the workshop to help maintain order if need be.

Fee: $150.00 per class

GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Workshop
Your Water Resources and *The Fate of a Frog*

After reading her book, *The Fate Of The Frog*, the class (which receives a copy) will make plush tadpoles from recycled materials and discuss watersheds, stormwater management, and how the vitality of tadpoles indicates water health. Great for EarthDay and Seuss events!

Max Participants: 25 (negotiable)

Duration: 60 minutes.

Special Requirements:
6-8 small tables or adequate floor space for students to make tadpoles.; The teacher (or an assistant) will be in the room during the workshop to help maintain order if need be.

Fee: $150.00 per class



GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Workshop
The Australian Didgeridoo and the Science of Sound

Experience and discuss the science of sound-waves, frequencies, and resonance via the Australian Didgeridoo and home-made instruments. Discuss the 75,000-years-old, living culture of Australian Aborigines and the importance of music and art to human survival. If desired, make dot-art paintings (extra time needed).

Max Participants: 25 students (negotiable for large groups)

Duration: 45-90 minutes

Special Requirements: 6-8 small tables or adequate floor space for students to play with individual instruments and paint (if desired); The teacher (or an assistant) will be in the room during the workshop to help maintain order if need be.

Fee: $150.00 per one-hour workshop (no painting)
$200.00 per 1.5 hour workshop (with painting).