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 STEM activities taught by an insured, certified Connecticut teacher

Our most popular classes include:
Dissecting Owl Pellets (& Guest Author Workshop), Gotta Brain? Getta Helmet!, Grossology, Barbie Bungee JumpMealworm 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? 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:

6/16 - 3:00pm
Diaper Derby
Huntington Branch Library, Shelton, CT

6/27 - 2:00pm
Dissecting Owl Pellets
Huntington Branch Library, Shelton, CT

6/29 - 12:00pm
Gotta Brain? Getta Helmet!
Wolcott Library, CT

6/30 - 1:00pm
Marshmallow Shooters
Columbia Library, CT

7/5 - 11:00am 
Mealworm Madness!
Pomfret Library, CT

Washington P&R
Shepaug Camp 

7/10 - 10:30am
Gotta Brain? Getta Helmet!
Atwater Library, North Branford, CT

7/11 - 2:00pm
Bungee Jump Barbie
Huntington Library, Shelton, CT

7/13 - 10:30am
Mealworm Madness!
Seymour Public Library, CT

7/17 - 10:30am
Marshmallow Shooters
Atwater Library, North Branford, CT

7/19 - 11:00am
Diaper Derby
Pomfret Library, CT

7/19 - 4:00pm
Diaper Derby
Trumbull Library, CT

7/20 - 12:30
Upcycled Egg Drop
Kent Library, Carmel, NY

7/27 - 2:00pm
Herbal Sleep Pillows for kids

7/28 - 10:00am
Gotta Brain? Getta Helmet!
Trumbull Library, CT

7/31 - 4:00pm
Bungee Jump Barbie
Trumbull Library, CT

week of 7/31 - 9:00-noon
Hands-On Science Camp
Woodbury P&R, Woodbury, CT

week of 8/7 - 9:00-noon
Hands-On Science Camp
Washington P&R, Washington, CT

8/14 - 4:30pm
The Not-So-Good Old Days: hands-on historical program
Huntington Branch Library, Shelton, CT

8/15 - 10:00am
The Not-So-Good Old Days
Camp AHA!, Canaan, CT

9/17 - 2:00pm
"The British are coming!" 
Sybil Ludington dramatization with Dr. Darla Shaw
Grounded Goodwife Farmhouse, Woodbury, CT
Hands-on historical programs for kids