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What grades do you perform for?

Our programs are geared toward preschool through fifth grade.

Older and younger children will enjoy the program as well, but we politely request that an adult accompany children 4 and under.

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What size groups for you perform for?

We perform for audiences of up to 300. If you have more than 300 people, please schedule multiple programs. This allows for the maximum amount of audience participation and interaction.

There is no minimum number of children we can perform for! Smaller groups allow for much more interaction and individual attention.

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How long is the program?

Each ScienceTellers program is about 45 minutes long.

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What science experiments do you do?

Each program contains six exciting, visual science experiments that demonstrate concepts in physics and chemistry.

The science portion of the program is designed around various Next Generation Science Standards concepts, so the content of the show corresponds with curriculum in the classroom. For most kids the show will be a healthy mixture of familiar concepts and new material within the fields of physics and chemistry.

Our intention is not to try to replicate or replace the learning the takes place in the classroom. ScienceTellers is just one exposure of many that children will have to this material throughout their academic careers. The ultimate purpose of our program is to demonstrate that science is accessible and fun, and that it is something anyone can do.

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How many volunteers can participate?

Each ScienceTellers program will involve as many audience volunteers as safely possible. Most programs will have about 20 kids help conduct experiments with us. Depending on several factors, your ScienceTeller may, at their discretion, choose to incorporate fewer volunteers for safety reasons.

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Can I get a discount?

Absolutely! If you are an organization like a school or library, you can save money by booking multiple programs on the same day, or by booking together with other schools or libraries in your immediate area. In order to receive the discount, the programs must be performed on the same day by the same ScienceTeller.

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Can I request a specific ScienceTeller?

You can ask in the "details and notes" section of the booking request form, but we cannot promise that your favorite ScienceTeller will be available for a specific date, time or location. What we can promise, however, is that all our ScienceTellers are trained to create an unforgettable experience for you and your audience!

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Can you perform in my area?

If we aren’t in your area yet, please check back soon as we are constantly expanding our coverage. Take a look at our current map here: Locations.

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Where is my invoice?

Our software (HouseCall Pro) automatically emails you an invoice immediately after you book your program with us.

If you didn't receive the invoice, please check your spam folder. If it's not there, please let us know right away: info@sciencetellers.com

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Where do I send the check?

Do NOT give the check to the performer; they aren’t allowed to accept it. You must mail the check to our billing office in New Jersey immediately following the performance. If you prefer to pay in advance, you can mail the check anytime after your booking is confirmed. All checks must be mailed to:

ScienceTellers
P.O. Box 6741
Hillsborough, NJ
08844-6741

Parties and Preschools are now required to pay by credit card on or before the day of the performance. On the day of the show, the ScienceTeller can process your credit card through their secure phone app. If you prefer to pay in advance, you can do so by clicking the link on the invoice you received in your email invoice.

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How do I pay by credit card?

You can pay by credit card anytime after booking. Just click on the link in the email that contains your invoice. We send this email to you immediately after you booked your program. If you prefer, you can pay over the phone by calling the office directly: 908-334-2525.

You can also pay by credit card the day of the performance. Your ScienceTeller will process it through their secure phone app.

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Should I tip the performer?

Gratuity is never expected but is graciously accepted. Most of our ScienceTellers are working actors or balance multiple jobs to make ends meet, so every tip is sincerely appreciated. Please feel free to tip your ScienceTeller if they went above and beyond to provide an excellent experience. For your reference, most people tip between 10 to 20 percent of the program cost. 

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When will you arrive to set up?

Your ScienceTeller will arrive about 45-60 minutes before the start time to say hi and start getting ready.

In the event that your ScienceTeller will be late due to unforeseen traffic or an accident on the roadway, they will call you right away to provide an updated arrival time. This is why it's important to provide us with your cell phone number at the time of booking.

The show can actually be set up very quickly, so even if the performer is delayed, they can often still start the show on time.

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What are your show requirements?

On the day of the show, here is what we need from you:

  1. Two rectangular tables, ideally about four feet long each.

  2. A garbage can with a heavy-duty plastic liner.

  3. An electrical outlet.

  4. Access to a kitchen/utility sink. (The sink does NOT need to be in the same room as the show.)

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What is your preferred room setup?

We are flexible and will tailor our setup to your specific venue and preferences. However, here is our ideal room setup:

  1. Performer on the same level as the audience. (In a raked auditorium with fixed seats, the ScienceTeller may choose to perform on the stage so that everyone can see. However, we strongly prefer to perform in a room where the ScienceTeller can be on the same level as the children.)

  2. Performance area of at least 8 feet wide by 10 feet deep.

  3. Children seated on the floor.

  4. Chairs for adults in the back and/or on the sides.

  5. A center aisle running through the audience. We bring blue painter's tape to mark the performance area and the center aisle (see photo).


Can you perform outside?

For the best possible experience, we strongly prefer to perform indoors. It is much easier for the audience to see and hear, and there are fewer distractions. Also, things like sunlight and wind can negatively impact the experiments.

Of course, if you must have the program outside, we will happily accommodate you. We’ll just need you to provide us with an extension cord so we can power our sound system.

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Do you need a sound system?

Your ScienceTeller will provide their own PA system with wireless microphone. For very small groups or intimate settings, the ScienceTeller may choose not to use the sound system at all, but they will always have it just in case.

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