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Wednesday, March 4 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Dumbledore's Transfiguration Class: Scintillating Science and Magic from Harry Potter

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About Teachers, Mentors, Youth Group leaders: Spice up your wizardry in this special teacher training class on the science behind the magic of Harry Potter with Muggle, Professor Alan McCormack. Alan McCormack has been a full-time science teacher and part-time magical performer for more than 30 years. His life-long quest has been to find ways to incorporate theatrical magic techniques into science teaching to motivate, stimulate imagination, develop science concepts, and invent mind-warping simulations. In this session, Alan McCormack will use episodes from the Harry Potter books as starting points for science lessons. Moaning Myrtle and Fawkes the Phoenix will open doorways to understanding of thermal convection currents. Unicorn Fur will be used as an entree into static electricity concepts. Professor Snape's Potions will provide opportunities to illustrate some principles of chemistry. And, higher-order thinking skills will be stimulated in a demonstration of The Enchanted Teapot. Techniques of showmanship, story telling, and use of highly-visual apparatus will emphasize motivation, concept development, and the potential overall fun involved in merging science lessons with children's literature. Pre-Registration Required Space is limited. While this event is free of charge, you must pre-register online by March 2, 2009 to secure your seat. Click here to register. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. Links Location East County Audience Teachers, Adults Areas Entertainment, Physical World, Arts & Humanities, Science all around us Host organization San Diego State University Tags SDSU, workshop, chemistry, physics

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