2022 Digital Event

Hands on Paper Plane
& Coding Projects

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by Little Ivy Academy
10:00am - 1:00pm

Your child can participate in some
science & fun when they create with us
by either folding & flying paper airplanes
or coding their own mini games!

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or Volunteer to Help

Schedule of Live Events

All day
Live
Stream

Little Ivy Academy LIVE!

R Erich Bassler
All day long, participate in some science and have fun with Little Ivy Academy. Join us to fold & fly a paper airplane or code your own mini games!

10:00am

Super Science Saturday Committee Welcome

10:05am

Dolphin Center Visit

Noelle Belden, Dean of the Dolphin Research Center, will join us live from the dock where we get to interact with a trainer and a dolphin alongside the habitat.

10:30am

RHS InvenTeam - Solar Aqua Tech Water Bottle I & II

Students of Ridgewood High School's Dr. Labowski, Elliott, Emily, Shriya, David, Hailey, Justin, Claire, Theodore, Tate, & Emmet - students from the RHS InvenTeam will explore Solar Aqua Tech (SAT). The SAT water bottle was proven to provide bacteria-, virus-, chemical- and heavy metal-free water in one solar-powered bottle that requires no chemicals, leaves no chemicals, and is completely sustainable.

10:40am

Meet a Baby Giraffe!

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will take us for a VIP virtual backstage tour to meet a baby giraffe at one of the best zoos in the world!

11:05am

FireGone Team - Wildfire Assessor

Students of Ridgewood High School's Dr. Labowski, Alexander, Michael, Praket, Juliana & Zahir, from the FireGone Team, will show us how their Wildfire Risk Assessor alerts park rangers to take action.

11:15am

Arctic Sea Ice

Margie Turrin, Director of Educational Field Programs at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will talk with us about the sea ice in the Arctic, the melt rate and the impact on Arctic species.

11:30am

NASA - Measuring Earth's Ice

Valerie Casasanto, Outreach Lead - ICESat-2 mission, will show us how NASA satellites track melting ice on earth and map Earth's heights!

11:45am

NASA - Build a Microenvironment!

Brian A. Campbell, NASA Senior Earth Science Education and Communication Lead, will show us how to build an ICESat-2 Microenvironment using things you have around your house!

12:00pm

Meet the River Otters!

Nicole Morin, Biologist at The Wild Center, takes us behind the scenes of the Center's river otters exhibit located in the Adirondacks of New York.

12:20pm

Eco De-Icer Team - Remote Control Coffee De-Icer

Students of Ridgewood High School's Dr. Labowski, Anthony, Madeline, Jeremy, Shadman, Ritvik, Maya, Emily, Devyn, & Daniel, will show us how a remote control machine spreads coffee grounds to reduce injury from icy sidewalks with no environmental impact.

12:30pm

Butterfly Camouflage

Dr. Nipam H. Patel, Director of the Marine Biological Laboratory & Professor, University of Chicago and Kyle DeMarr, PhD student, University of California, Berkeley, will explain to us how butterflies use different colors and patterns to protect themselves from predators using camouflage.

12:40pm

Meet a Black Rat Snake!

Shannon Surdyk, Naturalist at The Wild Center, will take us up close with one of the largest snakes in North America - a Black Rat snake!

12:50pm

Rocket Launch Presentation

Kevin McDermott, returns to see Super Science Saturday out with a bang - a rocket launch! Who doesn't love rockets?! As always, join us to see the model rockets up close and learn about how they work! We will feature a Q&A session where you can ask any question you've ever wanted to ask about rockets!

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General Tips on Recording



Advice on Setup

  • Record one or two short tests before trying out your presentation so you can adjust lighting, sound, angle, etc.
  • When you have your camera set up, look at your test video and try to avoid overhead and back lighting. Using as much natural light as possible is best.
  • Find a quiet spot with as little background noise as possible
  • Try to stand about 3 feet from your camera and at least 6 feet from your background. Also, speaking of backgrounds, plain, not distracting one are best!
  • Use either headphones or earbuds with a built-in microphone to record audio or make sure not to stand more than 3 feet from your recording device (of course, if you have an actual external microphone or headset, use that!)
  • Place your phone or laptop on a stable surface to avoid shaky footage
  • Place your phone or laptop so you face the camera straight on - not at an angle (especially bad is when the camera is "looking up at you!" Not even movie stars look good this way).
  • Most smartphones will have higher quality cameras than built-in laptop cameras - but if there's no place to put it or friendly hand to help out, a stable video is always preferred to holding the phone yourself!


Advice on Presenting

  • Try to think of a "hook" or opening line to catch people's attention
  • Take your time speaking and if you stumble, keep going! You can always edit the video afterwards and the more natural the whole thing is - the more people will enjoy watching it
  • Consider writing a script and practicing your presentation so you know exactly what you want to say when you record
  • Don't rush to start your presentation as soon as the device starts recording - take a deep breath and start talking when you are ready and anything before that can be edited out after (by a helpful Super Science Saturday volunteer)!
  • Have fun with it! That's what Super Science Saturday is all about and it makes for an even better presentation when the audience can tell you're also enjoying yourself





Recording on Your Phone



For iPhone Users

  • Take advantage of the grid option to make sure your footage isn't tilted
    • Go to Settings > Camera > Grid
  • Make sure the video is being saved as an MP4 rather than the default HVEC format which is not as adaptable
    • Go to Settings > Camera > Formats > Change to "Most Compatible"


For Android Users

  • Options differ for Android phones, so check in Settings or the Camera app to make sure you are using a high enough quality video format





Recording on Your Computer

  • Check what the capabilities of your laptop camera or external webcam are, to see if you can get a high enough quality recording with it. See below for recommended Technical Specifications.
  • Make sure to look at the camera or webcam (and not at the screen) while recording


For Mac Users

  • Quicktime, Photobooth, and iMovie (all installed by default on Macs) can be used to record videos as well as edit them
    • Quicktime automatically saves files as .MOV, be sure to convert to .MP4 if possible
    • iMovie has the most editing capabilities, but you can import videos recorded elsewhere into the application to edit them


For Windows Users

  • The Windows 10 Camera application can also record and minimally edit videos, with different capabilities depending on your computer's specs and Windows version. There are many free options for software to do this. You can find a reputable list of apps here: https://download.cnet.com/video-record-capture/windows/.





Technical Specifications

  • Videos should preferably be in MP4 format , ratio should be 16:9 (not 4:3)
  • Videos should preferably be at least 1080p at 24 or 30fps, higher resolutions like 4K at 24 or 30fps can provide much better quality but do take up more storage space on your device


Editing Your Video

  • If your lighting or sound didn't turn out quite right, you can try making slight adjustments during editing rather than re-filming





FAQs

  • What are some guidelines for the best length of my video?
    • 3-8 minutes is best!
  • How do I get the videos to Super Science Saturday when I'm done?
  • When do you need my recording by?
    • February 22 @ 5pm EST
  • Don't be discouraged if it takes some time (and a few tries!) to get things looking how you want them to :)