July 17 Family Friday

Sensational Science

The Ruff Ruffman Show is a series from PBS designed to help kids ages four to eight learn core science concepts through videos, game-play, and hands-on activities. The series stars canine host extraordinaire Ruff Ruffman, who, along with his assistants, Blossom and Chet, answers questions from real kids, takes on challenges, and learns the value of failure—all while modeling science inquiry skills.

We will be using a journal with all of our activities this week.   You can download and print the journal all at once or you can download and print each section when you get to each activity.  Download the entire journal here.

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Activity One: 

Mix it Up! Playing with Mixtures

Activity Two: 

Material World.  Investigating Material Science.

Activity Three: 

Stick or Slide? Exploring Friction

Activity Four: 

Build it Up! Learning About Structures

Activity Five: 

Finale! End with a Song

Parents' section

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Have you enjoyed exploring our science experiments with your kids?  Here are some more opportunities in the Permian Basin with Basin PBS and the Museum of the Southwest.

Basin PBS:

It is Basin PBS' mission to see that telecommunication and broadcast media are used to advance education, culture and community throughout our Permian Basin home. We're here to empower West Texas' most valuable resource...YOU! Basin PBS serves the Permian Basin with programming and services of the highest quality. We use media and programs like WESTERN PERSPECTIVE to inform, inspire, entertain, educate and express a diversity of perspectives. As a trusted, community-owned, non-profit asset, Basin PBS empowers West Texans to achieve their potential and strengthens the social, democratic and cultural health of the Permian Basin. We, quite literally, belong to you, serve you and need you.  Visit our website for programming information and learning resources for teachers, families, and students.

To see the Ruff Ruffman show and much more from Basin PBS, please visit the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel online: 

https://www.basinpbs.org/kids/ or rescan your channels if on antenna or if on cable/satellite, you can call and request channel 36.2 from your provider.


Dive more into science with the PBS LearningMedia pages for Ruff Ruffman:


The Ruff Ruffman Show: Science Collection



The Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius Collection



Parents/kids/teachers can find all sorts of activities, videos, lesson plans and more on these sites and throughout PBS LearningMedia for all topics, ages and grade levels.

Museum of the Southwest:

Private Household Ticket Packages now available! Enjoy a private visit to the Museum of the Southwest’s Wagner Wing and view our current exhibitions of Lonesome Dove, Buscemi Studios: Unlocking Potential, and Largescapes: Selections from the Permanent Collection. Reserve a one hour block for your household (up to 8 people) to appreciate the Museum’s galleries in an exclusive, socially distanced setting! Only one household is permitted per time slot, masks are required and the Museum will be cleaned between each visit. Free for Museum members and Midland County Library card holders, $15 per household for non-members. July 14-24 is reserved for Museum members only. Visit https://museumsw.secure.force.com/ticket/PatronTicket__PublicTicketApp#/ to reserve your spot.  More opportunities to interact with the Museum of the Southwest will be coming soon!



Lonesome Dove is made possible by Rosalind Redfern Grover, Nancy Gibson, Kay B. Bird, The Piedra Companies, EOG Resources Inc., the Rae Charitable Trust, and by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Buscemi Studios: Unlocking Potential is made possible by the Abell Hanger Foundation.




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02:00 PM - 05:00 PM


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