How Cool Is That?! (Hands-On Science)
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Looking for a unique children's 
hands-on science program? 

How Cool Is That?! (Hands-On Science) offers inquiry-based, hands-on/minds-on science activities taught by an insured, certified Connecticut teacher

Our most popular classes include:
Dissecting Owl Pellets (& Guest Author Workshop), Gotta Brain? Getta Helmet!, Grossology, Shampoo Analysis LabMealworm Madness, and Armor-Clad Egg Drop

Because we bring the program to your site, there is no busing expense, and no hassle. 



Velya Jancz-Urban, author of Whooo Eats What?One Lucky Mealworm!, and Acquiescence, taught English and History at Ridgefield High School, and was the elementary Gifted/Enrichment teacher for CT Regional School District #12. She currently lives in Connecticut with her family. 

In 2010, Velya created How Cool Is That?! (Hands-On Science) because of her belief that hands-on learning is for everyone: “When I look back on the classes I remember most, without fail they involved active participation.”
With the new importance placed on standardized testing, there just isn't enough time in a school day for hands-on activities.

Students will not be glued to their chairs doing worksheets. These are hands-on classes and children will be active participants in their learning, not passive observers.

Active investigations nurture curiosity and develop positive attitudes toward science which will last a lifetime. Our programs complement K–5 curriculum and reinforce education standards. 
Meet Margaret the Barn Owl and kooky science teacher Mrs. J.U. from Whooo Eats What?, the first book in a hands-on science series for children!
Upcoming Events:

5/21 - 10:00am - Millbrook Literary Festival
Millbrook, NY

6/1 - Science Day, ACES, North Haven, CT

6/7 - 1:15 - Dissecting Owl Pellets, South Street School, Danbury, CT

6/14 - 6/17 - Hands-On Science Camp, Ridgefield P&R  9:00-12:00 -  Gr. K-2/ 12:30-3:30 -  Gr. 3-5, Ridgefield, CT

6/27 - Dissecting Owl Pellets, Bright Horizons Summer Camp, Glastonbury, CT

7/1 - 1:00 - Owl or Nothing!, Adelbrook, Manchester, CT

7/14 - 9:30-12:00 Owl or Nothing!, Bridgewater P&R, Bridgewater, CT

7/15 - 9:00-12:00, Washington P&R Camp, Washington, CT

7/18-7/22 - 1:00-4:00pm - Shark Tank Camp for Kids,
Washington P&R, CT

7/26 - 3:30 - Seeing Your Own DNA!                      
                         Woodbury Public Library, Woodbury, CT

7/27 - 10:30am - Dissecting Owl Pellets, Seymour Public Library, Seymour, CT

8/1 - 8/5 - 9:00-12:00 - Hands-On Science Camp for Kids, Woodbury, CT

8/3 - 3:30 - Dissecting Owl Pellets, Kent Library, Kent, NY

8/8-8/12 - 9:00-12:00 - Hands-On Science Camp for Kids,
Washington P&R, CT

​8/15 - 8/19 - Hands-On Science Camp, Ridgefield P&R 9:00-12:00 - Gr. K-2/ 12:30-3:30 - Gr. 3-5, Ridgefield, CT

8/23 -Owl or Nothing!, Bright Horizons ESPN Kids Center, Bristol, CT

9/23 - 3:30pm - Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage,      Baltimore, MD

9/24-9/25 - Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore, MD

10/1 -  Collingswood Book Festival, Collingswood, NJ

​Link to Velya's novel, Acquiescence