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Please pick one available date. The STEM Mobile Innovation Center (SMIC) is available from 8 AM to 3 PM. The SMIC will arrive at least thirty minutes prior to your chosen start time for set up. For booking questions, please call (951) 571-6364.

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The SMIC is available from 8 AM - 3 PM (08:00 to 15:00). Please enter your desired start and end times using military (24 hour) time. Remember to enter a 0 as the first digit before 12:00 pm.
Unneeded Time Slots: *
SMIC activities run from 8 AM - 3 PM in 30 minute blocks. Choose the time slots where there WILL NOT be classes (recess, lunch, etcetera). If all time slots will be filled, ignore this field. To select more than one time slot, hold CTRL/CMD while selecting.
Science Activities:*
Grades K - 3

Demonstration

Science Activities *

Activity Description

Tie Dye Milk Colors of Chemistry (K) Students will create a variety of distinct colors by combining primary colors and discuss the visible spectrum of light.
Oobleck™ Non-Newtonian Fluid Creating Geometric Shapes Using Kinetic Sand (K-1) Students will create basic 3-D geometric shapes using kinetic sand such as a sphere, cone, cube and cylinder.
Lava in a Cup Dancing Raisins (K-2) Students will use raisins and carbonated soda to apply Archimedes’ Principle which states that the buoyant force exerted on a fluid is equal to the weight of fluid displaced.
Match in a Glass King Kong Hands Concept – Gases & Chemical Reactions (2-3) Students will produce the gas carbon dioxide in an Acid-Base chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar inside of a latex/nitrile glove.
Elephant's Toothpaste Creating Your Own Oobleck™ - a Non-Newtonian Fluid (2-3) Students will create a pressure-dependent fluid with properties of both liquids and solids (non-Newtonian fluid).
* These activties are specifically targeted towards certain grades. This restriction does not apply outside of the K-3 science activities.
Grades 4 - 6

Demonstration

Science Activities

Activity Description

Levitating Orb Creating an Electro-Chemical Cell Students will use an Oxidation-reduction reaction to produce electrical energy and static discharge which can be heard through headphones.
Needle Through a Balloon Turning Slime into a Solid (Bouncing Ball) Students will produce a bouncing ball by reacting the polymer in glue with a Borax and water solution.
Homemade Compass Build Your Own Electromagnet Students will construct a magnet in which the magnetic field is produced temporarily by an electrical current.
Grades 7 - 8

Demonstration

Science Activities

Activity Description

Nylon Synthesis Measuring pH Levels in Household Products Students determine the pH of common household aqueous products and classify each based on its acidic or basic properties using the pH scale.
DNA Extraction Procedure Overview DNA Extraction from Fruit – Microscopy Activity Students learn to extract, isolate, and observe the plasmid DNA of a strawberry.
How to Use a Compound Microscope Basic Microscopy – Creating a Wet Slide – (Living Cells: Onion and Cheek) Students prepare a wet slide by isolating cells then examine specimens under a microscope and identify larger structures like the plasma membrane and cytoplasm (onion) and large organelles (cheek).
Transverse Wave Generator Transfer of Energy - Understanding Newton's Laws Students study the transfer of energy from one object to another and experience the difference between potential energy and kinetic energy.
Whoosh Bottle Basics of Thermodynamics – Using a Fire Syringe Students use a fire syringe to demonstrate heat and temperature and their relation to energy and work. Define macroscopic variables, such as internal energy, entropy, and pressure.
Grades 9 - 12

Demonstration

Science Activities

Days Required

Activity Description

Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide Simple DC Motor 1 Students will build a simple DC motor
Like a Salt to a Flame Nylon Synthesis 1 Students will combine two immiscible liquids to create a strand of polymer in an interfacial polymerization.
Activity Preparation Forensics Blood Typing 2 Students will be introduced to some of the techniques used by forensics scientists for analyzing blood. Then apply the concept to screen for potential suspects present at a crime scene.
Activity Preparation Mystery of the Crooked Cell 2 Students will be presented with methods for detecting the mutation that causes Sickle Cell Anemia and will use electrophoresis to separate dyes that represent patient samples.
Activity Preparation Whose DNA was Left Behind? 2 Students will use electrophoresis to compare simulated crime scene DNA left at a crime scene with that of two suspects.

Choose your desired activity:
Select one activity. See above tables for short descriptions of activity objectives and the SMIC demonstrations that will be performed for each activity.
More Info: If you would like to use the Mobile Innovation Center during certain class periods, want to submit additional information, or have special requirements (wheelchair lift, etc), please let us know.
Terms and Conditions: *

By the Terms and Conditions set forth under this on line request to schedule activities through Moreno Valley College’s STEM Mobile Innovation Center, I/WE ACKNOWLEDGE, agree, and represent that I/We understand the nature of the scientific activities and that I/We am/are qualified, in good health, and in proper physical condition to participate in such Activities. I/We further agree and warrant that if at any time, I/We believe conditions to be unsafe, I/We will immediately discontinue further participation in the activity and immediately inform the MVC STEM staff of our intent to discontinue all activities at the school site; namely (INSERT THE NAME OF THE SCHOOL, AS LISTED ON THE ON LINE SCHEDULING FORM).

I/WE FULLY UNDERSTAND that (a) the Activity MAY INVOLVE RISK AND DANGERS OF SERIOUS BODILY INJURY, INCLUDING PERMANENT DISABILITY, PARALYSIS, OR DEATH (“RISK”); (b) these RISKS and dangers may be caused by my/our own actions, or inactions, the actions or inactions of others participating in the Activity, the condition in which the Activity takes place, or the NEGLIGENCE OF THE “RELEASEES” NAMED BELOW; (c) there may be OTHER RISKS AND SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC LOSSES either not known to me/us or not readily foreseeable at this time; and I/We FULLY ACCEPT AND ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS AND ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSSES, COSTS, AND DAMAGES I/We may incur as a result of participation in the Activity by me/us. I/WE HEREBY RELEASE, DISCHARGE, AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE THE RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT, OR ANY OF ITS COLLEGES, its Trustees, officers, employees, agents or volunteers, and if applicable, owners and lessors of premises on which the activity takes place FROM ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, DEMANDS, LOSSES, OR DAMAGES ON MY/OUR ACCOUNT CAUSED BY OR ALLEGED TO BE CAUSED IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE “RELEASEES.” I/WE FURTHER AGREE, that if, despite this RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY, ASSUMPTION OF RISK, AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT I/WE, or anyone on my/our behalf make a claim against any of the Releasees, I/WE WILL INDEMNIFY, SAVE, AND HOLD HARMLESS EACH OF THE RELEASEES from any litigation expenses, arbitration expenses, medical expenses, attorney fees, loss, liability, damage or cost which may be incurred as the result of such claim.

By requesting, on-line, the scheduling of the Moreno Valley College’s STEM Mobile Innovation Center, I/We hereby grant the Riverside Community College District, its legal representatives and assigns, those for whom RCCD is acting, and those acting with RCCD’s authority and permission, the absolute right and permission to copyright and use, re-use and publish, and republish photographs, in whole or in part, singly, or with a group, in composite or distorted in character or form, without restriction as to changes or alterations reproductions thereof in color or otherwise made through any media at RCCD’s studios or elsewhere for art, advertising, promotional, trade or any other related purpose. Furthermore, I/we hereby waive any right(s) to inspect or approve the finished product(s) of the advertising copy or printed matter that may be used in connection therewith or the use to which it may be applied.

Also, by checking the box below, I/We have every right to contract on behalf of our school district, namely the (INSERT DISTRICT NAME AS LISTED ON LINE SCHEDULING FORM) on behalf of the minor children who are students attending (INSERT THE NAME OF THE SCHOOL, AS LISTED ON THE ON LINE SCHEDULING FORM). I/We further attest that all required field trip and required parent/guardian release forms will be disseminated and collected prior to the arrival of MVC’s STEM Mobile Innovation Center to our school campus and that all students at our school participating in the activities held within the STEM Mobile Innovation Center will be cleared for participation prior to the day of the scheduled activities. Furthermore, I/We further agree that students without permission/consent to attend the STEM Mobile Innovation Center activities will not be permitted on the STEM Mobile Innovation Center while at our school site on the date(s) requested on line. Lastly, I/We further agree to maintain all school district release/consent forms and if applicable, will have the forms available for review by the MVC STEM staff if requested.

I/WE HAVE READ THE TERMS AND AGREEMENT AS SET FORTH ABOVE AND FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I/WE HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY HAVING CHECKED THE BOX BELOW FREELY AND WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT OR ASSURANCE OF ANY NATURE AND INTEND IT TO BE A COMPLETE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF ALL LIABILITY TO THE GREATEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW AND AGREE THAT IF ANY PORTION OF THIS AGREEMENT IS HELD TO BE INVALID, THE BALANCE, NOTWITHSTANDING, SHALL CONTINUE IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT.

I/We have read and understand the above terms and conditions and by initialing the box below hereby sign this document freely without any form, type or threat of duress or coercion and without inducement on behalf of both the k-12 school and the representative k-12 school district listed above.


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Terms & Conditions Initial: *
I/We have read and understand the above terms and conditions and by initialing the box above hereby sign this document freely without any form, type or threat of duress or coercion and without inducement on behalf of both the k-12 school and the representative k-12 school district listed above. Please read the Terms and Conditions before agreeing.
Download & Return * These documents need to viewed and filled out (if applicable) and returned to STEM Mobile Innovation Center staff via email or fax. Fax & e-mail info will be supplied in your confirmation e-mail.
STEM MOBILE INNOVATION CENTER GUIDELINES.docx
STEM RELEASE OF LIABILITY FORM -K-12 SCHOOLS GENERIC - Not required for VVUSD/MVUSD.
STEM MOBILE INNOVATION 5 ROTATION ELEMENTARY K-5 BELL SCHEDULER.xlsx (Drag and drop bell scheduler)

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MVC STEM is always looking to improve your experience with the SMIC and Planetarium. After your appointment has been completed, please take the time to complete this short survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MVCSTEM

Riverside Community College District is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation to all District programs and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the program/event organizer, Dr. Tomeko Johnson-Smith at (951) 571-6930 or the office of Diversity, Equity and Compliance at (951) 222-8039.