ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Science on the Move program is a collaboration between the Office of Science Teaching Activities and the Department of Physics at Florida State University. The mission of Science on the Move is to make resources, materials, and training needed to conduct high-tech physical science labs available to teachers and students in area elementary, middle, and high schools. The program is offered free of charge for the nine county region surrounding Tallahassee, Florida.
Science on the Move began in 2000, under the direction of Lance King, then continued under the direction of Jonathon Grooms for 2004-2010. Erica Staehling directed the program from 2010-2013. Since 2013, Teresa Callahan has directed the program. In the over 16 years Science on the Move has been in operation, it has impacted the lives of over 75,000 students and teachers.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What costs are associated with having your program make a visit to my school?
Science on the Move is offered completely free of charge for grades 3-12 at Florida schools within a one hour drive from FSU!
How far will you travel?
For regular weekday classroom visits and equipment loans, Science on the Move staff will travel up to one hour from FSU's campus. Due to limited resources, we cannot accommodate normal classroom visits or equipment loans to schools that are more than an hour away, but might be able to make the trip for a weekend science festival or a professional development day for teachers. Events an hour or more from FSU are scheduled on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of the program director.
Is my county part of the nine counties in your service region?
The "nine counties" referred to in the mission statement make up the Big Bend Region of North Florida, which includes Gadsden, Franklin, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Wakulla, Taylor, and Dixie counties. However, for normal weekday school visits, we can only travel up to one hour from FSU's campus. If you are in our "service region," but not within a one hour drive, it may be possible to arrange for Science on the Move to be present for a weekend science festival or a professional development day, but not normal classroom visits. Events more than one hour from FSU are scheduled on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of the program director.
Do you have any programs suitable for K-2 classes?
As of this time, Science on the Move is only offering programs for grades 3-12.
How long do your programs typically last?
The Student Labs are designed to be completed in one normal classroom period, but often benefit from teacher follow-up after the Science on the Move personnel have departed. Timing can be adjusted to fit within your school's schedule, but activities typically require at least a full 45 minutes per class (not accounting for transitions between classes) and 60 minutes is preferred.
Is it ok if we double up classes so that you see 50 students at a time?
No, for the same reason there are state mandated limits on class size! Science on the Move labs cannot safely accommodate more than 25 students at a time.
Do I (the teacher) need to be present for the duration of the activity?
YES! Science on the Move personnel are content and pedagogy experts, but are not necessarily licensed to teach in Florida, so legally the presence of a licensed teacher is required at all times. Furthermore, we like getting to know the teachers as well as the students, and we hope that you too will get something out of being involved in the activity.
Am I eligible to borrow equipment?
Please see the Equipment & Inventory section of our website for more details on our equipment loan program.