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. She then conducted electrochemistry research in Melbourne, Australia, and obtained her Australian citizenship before returning to Durham in 2002.
A CAPS artist since 2009, Melissa has authored four science-based children’s books and numerous articles for the Durham News and Highlight’s Children’s Magazine among others. She is an award-winning poet (Burlington Writers Club; Poetry Council of NC) and a senior scientific editor with American Journal Experts. To learn more about Melissa, see http://www.melissarooneywriting.com. REQUEST MELISSA ROONEY
GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
The Australian Didgeridoo and the Science of Sound
Physically experience sound-waves, frequencies and resonance via Dr. Melissa Rooney’s demonstrations on the Australian Aboriginal Didgeridoo and other instruments, traditional and home-made (many from recycled materials). Discuss the fascinating geological and evolutionary history of Australia and the 75,000-years-old Aboriginal culture that continues today. Learn about Aboriginal didgeridoos and dot-art painting and how both have been adapted in modern society. If desired, make your own dot-art paintings using basic supplies provided by the artist. The teacher/organizer determines the direction and how far (s)he wants to go! 45- 60 minutes.
Maximum Participants: 30
Space Requirements: Enough space for 1) each student and teacher to stand and turn around with both arms outstretched; 2) a table and chair (to be supplied by teacher); 3) wall space to display a large map (provided by artist) of the world and tacks or tape (provided by teacher) with which to hang the map; 4) wall space including white- board/chalk-board, or paper-roll and tape for making a writing board (either of which are to be supplied by the teacher). Technical Needs: Note these are preferred but not required: CD player with speakers; Computer/Laptop projection system (for use with a flash-drive). The teacher (or an assistant) will be in the room during the workshop to help maintain order if need be. However, if the class is well-behaved and functions well independently, the teacher can do independent work during this time as long as (s)he checks in throughout the workshop.
Cost: $125.00 per class/per hr. *If painting, $20.00 additional fee per class.
GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
*Hands-On* Science-Based Children’s Book Readings by the Author: Environmental Science, Chemistry, Electronics
Invite a *real* scientist and children’s book author (‘just like Dr. Seuss’) into your classroom! Dr. Rooney’s workshops are based on one of her two children’s books below. In addition to reading her book to the class (which receives a copy to keep), Dr. Rooney will oversee students’ experimentation with the relevant STEM-based activity below. During her visit, the class will discuss ‘careers’ in science and how having a scientific education enables one to do what (s)he *really* wants to do. Choose from the following:
1) *Eddie the Electron* and Your Future in Science: build electronic snap circuits (3 students per kit) and experiment with magnets.
2) Your Water Resources and *The Fate of a Frog*: make plush tadpoles from recycled materials; discuss/experiment with erosion/vegetation; view live tadpoles and discuss how their vitality indicates water health. 45 – 60 minutes. “A great workshop for Earth Week and Seuss celebrations, as the book is written in rhyming verse, ‘just like Dr. Seuss’.”
Maximum Participants: 24
Special Requirements: One long table or two smaller tables for presentation purposes; 6-8 smaller tables or adequate floor area so students can 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. However, if the class is well-behaved and functions well independently, the teacher can do independent work during this time as long as (s)he checks in throughout the workshop.
Cost: $125.00 per class/per hr.
Note: Dr. Rooney’s workshops can be combined for a longer Residency, if desired.