Partnership for Learning

Partnership for Learning, LLC
611 South 19th Avenue • Hattiesburg, Ms 39401
(601) 544-3549 • Lee WalkerDavid Walker

Partnership is Happy to Announce Brand New Products for Hands-On Investigations Expanded Learning Adventure Programs & Exciting Educator Workshops.

Digging Dinosaurs & Finding Fossils and Newton’s Motion Notions Science Adventures now feature new products that add special depth to the experience.

Field Trips to You Science Adventures

All of our Science Adventure programs come with a cd of handouts, suggested resource readings and internet site notes as well as follow up activity suggestions.

Astronomy: At Home in the Solar System and Beyond

Explore characteristics of the Sun, its planets, Earth’s moon (including phases), gravity, orbits, eclipses, cratering and more. The progression of astronomy dramatizes the growth of science from earliest history and illustrates the powerful impact of scientific thinking and instruments. It is quite likely that the first real scientific instrument was a sundial and we have ideal patterns for student versions.

Newton's Motion Notions

Experience Sir Isaac’s famous three laws of motion in action. Investigate all three and find their interdependence while testing for accuracy and proving their impact in everyday goings on. This is a major venture in thinking like a scientist and builds perspective of the profound nature of physics.

This program/experience now features our new Ultra Low Mass Experimental Car Set for conducting scientific investigation and verification of Newton's Second Law of Motion. Car sets may be purchased directly with full set of assembly directions and experiment manuals that include reproducible handouts for group data gathering and interpretation. Sets are also available at a special discount when combined with the adventure program in which they are used. You can download the experiment manual or the directions for constructing the car.

Magnificent Magnets 1

K-3rd graders enjoy this experience as they discover unique properties of magnets and their link to Earth's magnetic field. Push and pull are the two basic forces in the universe and magnets illustrate them both. Teams magnetize a blunted nail and construct a floating compass that replicates one of the earliest known navigational tools. It really works.

Magnificent Magnets 2

4th-6th graders investigate the relationship of electricity and magnetism. Student-made electromagnets lift nails and small motors turn plastic tubing that spins up generators to produce electricity through motion energy. We replicate a major historic moment in science running a current through a wire next to a magnetic compass in the same manner as Hans Christian Orstead in 1820—a red flag day in INQUIRY history! With a reconstructed copy of Michael Farradays' amazing 1821 “electromagnetic rotation device” students view the birth of electric motors. Small teams use a C cell battery, a coil of wire, and a permanent magnet to construct a little motor that runs. Magnetism and electricity are clearly related. Are they two forms of the same energy?

Light Fantastic

Explore the properties of light and investigate the eye/brain connection that is vision. We break down white light into the colors of the spectrum and create white light with projection of the three primary colors of light. Students pass their hands through this projection zone and see shadows of different colors than even the ones projected. It’s a top notch inquiry starter. Students use long springs to model light wave action and parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Your young scientists work directly with phenomena and are given their own ultraviolet sensitive beads to conduct their own experiments with artificial light sources compared to sunlight.

Fooling around with Sound, properties of sound energy and contrast with light.

Amazing properties of sound energy are explored through numerous experiments conducted by the students. The creation of vibrations and their observable effects in energy beyond sound make for an exciting, unforgettable experience. The use of a replica of an ancient Chinese water spouting bowl demands close scrutiny of visible changes due to increased vibrations as well as the change in sound. The nature of sound as a compression wave is fun to see using the lowly Slinky spring and even an echo is seen bouncing right back down a wave spring. Due to our parallel experience of light and sound in our day to day lives, we stage a race between sound and light to make the dramatic difference unmistakably clear.

Digging Dinosaurs and Finding Fossils

In this adventure our young scientists specialize in Paleontology. Experience the unveiling and assembly of a large scale facsimile prehistoric creature’s skeleton as your room becomes a simulated “dig” site. All eyes focus on the un-named skeletal remains as they are uncovered. There are theories to pose as to the specimen’s nature and perhaps even its cause of death. Compare and contrast the completed assembly to a file of illustrations of skeletons of dinosaurs and other creatures from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. A close match greatly increases the likelihood of correct identification of what quickly becomes a “museum” display. When time allows a favorite activity is searching through supplies of common gravel to find and help identify prehistoric marine fossils. This is a real life experience in finding evidence that much of what is dry land today was at one time the floor of seas teeming with life.

This program/experience now features our new Paleo Pink (Polystyrene) Prehistoric Large Fossil Models for simulated dig and assembly/display. Model sets may be purchased directly with full assembly directions and (the indoor “dig”) manuals that include reproducible handouts. Sets are also available at a special discount as a part of an adventure program & product package.

The Big Six (Simple machines explored and tested along with historic appreciation)

Our large and fully functional simple machines are tailor-made for student investigations that clearly call for data collection. Various devices allow students to feel and measure the force advantage enabled by a variety of the simple machines. While these machines are themselves striking examples of human intelligence and creativity applied in early human history, their initial appearance cries out for speculation on what conditions and possible events may have inspired their first appearance. Along with the science there are wonderful opportunities for creative writing and even dramatic presentation. Observation of the day-to-day use of these machines in numerous identities becomes a natural activity to the budding scientist.


The field trip programs above often feature modifications aligned to the state framework for specific grade levels being served. Fundamentals of the common core are always in place. For example: In Magnificent Magnets 1 for the youngest age groups the electrical-magnetic connection links are not used as that is more appropriate for 4th-6th grade depth of knowledge. Inquiry is an underlying encouragement of young scientists and is a part of both Magnificent Magnets 1 and 2.

These program descriptors are limited for publication purposes. For further details please contact lee@partnershipforlearning.com or davidww51@hotmail.com or just call us at (601) 544-3549. Programs may be modified or mixed over a single whole day visit and geared to the specific individual needs of your school, grades, or group. Individual class presentations are designed for approximately 90 minutes each. This allows 5 groups during a typical school day (suggested group size is approximately 25 students). Other adventures are available and include investigations of flight, energy, and states of matter. Please contact us for specifics you would like to know about these additional Field –Trips-To-You programs..

EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS: NOURISHING WONDER

Partnership for Learning is serious about being your partner as together we strive to help youngsters repeatedly experience what physicist Richard Feynman called "The pleasure of finding things out." Of course this assumes the delight of wondering. Science is based on these twin drives: wonder and the search for solutions. We run into something that intrigues us and that part of us that thinks like a good scientist forms questions and begins to try to figure out how to find out.

Our workshops are designed to be fun as well as effective. If we want to be people who help children delight in discovery it only makes sense that we should be having as good a time as they. Any teacher who knows that the students are going to see a phenomenon occur the next morning, that they will be amazed and curious all at once, and getting better and better at forming questions that lead them to good places, should be able to go to sleep with a smile. If you are reading this then you almost certainly know that this approach to teaching science works. This is about being involved in real science classes, not classes about science. Let’s get our own hands into hands-on.

Inquiry is Fundamental: Loving the Question

A compelling but basic driving force for an upbeat science program is wide ranging exposure to phenomena that puzzle. This workshop explores one such experience after another highlighting discrepant events that dramatize mysteries of energy, forces, gravity, density, displacement, light, sound, and more. Put together materials as take home tools as you work through and compile our set of plans for assembling your own kit of favorites for special inquiry sessions. Develop opportunities for young scientists to ask questions, share rapid speculation with partners, use and value note taking and sketch to aid thinking.

The Project-Based Design Challenge: To Apply Is The Why

Do you ever have a student who wants to know “Why do we need science? Then this is for you. We cover the nuts and bolts of powerful team projects with examples that can be adjusted to multiple grades. Participants brain-storm ideas together for their own potential units. A helpful set of guides as well as illustrated examples of processes our team has seen in actual student sessions goes to each participant.

A vital element in inspiring student understanding of a topic or scientific principle is to grasp its relationship to real world applications. Forming a project design team to address an exciting challenge—such as building a colony on Mars, designing deep sea exploration submersibles, or developing environmentally and energy efficient future communities—excite the curiosity and creativity of students. The Overall Design Goal becomes a reason to pursue related science principles and research. It quickly creates a wide web of topics. The teacher (Project Director) should enjoy guiding the pursuits of students as they research topics with potential application for the project’s development.

Along with the experiments and cooperative learning activities involved, a final product is important to keep student achievement on track. A public presentation of the project with models and appropriate displays is a way to celebrate student learning. Leading tours through a “Project Museum” motivates students to practice their communication skills and promotes community awareness of the students involvement in real science.

We can help students learn to “Think like scientists” by giving them the chance to “do what scientists do”….Projects!

Your Own Custom Designed, One Day, Two Topic Workshop

Pick any two topics from our Science Adventures and we will combine the educator versions to form the base for your custom built workshop. Your selection from many options helps insure a positive experience in trying activities most likely to fit your situation and lead to the development of new resources. The tailor-made workshops help you team make classrooms into even more exciting science learning places for your students. These sessions will include sharing our list of favorite resources used, and suppliers of materials we purchased and have found to be excellent for enhancing students’ enthusiasm and grasp of concepts. Plans for equipment we have fabricated for ourselves are a part of the package.