The Education Program
This one-of-a-kind Education program takes learning in the classroom to a new level. Our teaching artists go into Sarasota and Manatee County schools engaging students in key academic subjects including Science, Language Arts and Theater. These inquiry based lessons were developed to New Florida Standards with FSA impact/awareness/results. Designed to include students that have difficulty responding to other traditional forms of instruction, the education program introduces students of all learning levels and learning styles to this unique curriculum. Measurements to date demonstrate consistent benefits to retention rates and test outcomes. We follow the Kennedy Center Arts Integration protocol because it is known that “when students learn through Arts Integration, they are engaged in experiences in which they actively build and demonstrate their understanding of both the art form and the other curriculum area”.
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- Feature Video: Circus Science in the Classroom
Circus, being unique, visual and exciting, offers a solid foundation for learning:
- Provides all students with a safe learning environment that encourages creativity
- Introduces students of all learning levels and learning styles to the circus arts and sciences
- Helps students recognize the importance of science, technology and mathematics through the circus arts
- Provides all students with a kinesthetic interdisciplinary learning experience
- Teaches elementary students that there are alternative creative combinations that can be used to meet various goals and challenges
- Engages students that have difficulty responding to other traditional forms of instruction.
The Marvelous, Miraculous Circus Machine!
The Circus Machine is a creative and engaging educational program designed to provide interactive hands-on experiences that reinforces science. Based on Rube Goldberg’s eccentric contraptions, 5th grade students learn physics and engineering using a STEAM based education curriculum that emphasizes Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. More than 1,500 students in 13 Sarasota County elementary schools were privileged to participate in this program during the 2014 – 2015 school year.
Sarasota and Manatee schools can now build their own circus performance! The Circus Arts Conservatory professional Teaching Artists work closely with classroom teachers to develop circus acts to rehearse and present either at school or, for that true circus look and feel, at the Sailor Circus Arena.
Students develop individual and group skills, exhibit responsible decision making and learn to respect the work of other children. Students experience the thrill of working in a circus ring in front of family and friends. Team work, individual challenge, a vibrant learning format, and presentation skills form the acclaimed foundation of Build-a-Circus.
These one-hour activities are designed to provide interactive, hands-on experiences to reinforce basic concepts in physical science for the elementary student. Using the theme of circus acts and their corresponding physics, the lessons are real-world based. The students work in collaborative groups and develop a 3-ring science presentation that strengthens their understanding of physics.
Although the in-class programs are the most popular, an off-campus exploration at The Circus Arts Conservatory famous Sailor Circus Arena is also available. Through this course, students see and experience circus and physics in action through lecture, demonstration and hands-on participatory activities. Circus Science classes are able to accommodate private, public or homeschool groups.
Mirette On The High Wire
This popular three part exploration process takes a thoughtful look at tight wire walking through the Caldecott Award Winning Children’s book “Mirette on the High Wire,” by Emily Arnold McCully. To enhance the story the students will have the opportunity to walk a tight wire and research circus terms and history.
Walking on a real tight wire is an original and unique experience used to stimulate understanding and writing through team work, creating memories that build learning for future grades.
Throughout the lessons, students are challenged to reflect on heroism, fear, friendship, responsibility, and above all, to consider that even a dream is an achievable possibility.
For More Information Contact:
Karen Bell, Program Manager