2021 Digital Event

Hands on Paper Plane
& Coding Projects


by Little Ivy Academy
10:30am - 1:30pm

Your child can participate in some science & fun when they create with us by either folding & flying paper airplanes or coding their own mini games!

MakeCode Arcade


By Microsoft

Learn how to code your own video game. Discover fundamental coding concepts. Publish your game and get a URL.

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Schedule of Live Events


Opening & Welcome

Super Science Saturday Committee welcomes guests


Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium – Exclusive Behind the Scenes Zoo Experience

Join the zoo for a VIP virtual backstage tour and see what it takes to run one of the best zoos in the world


Ridgewood HS Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam

The Ridgewood High School Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam is a group of eleven students who were chosen as one of thirteen teams in the country to receive a grant from this prestigious engineering program. They are currently in the process of building a new water bottle that purifies water using sunlight and a special electrode. They are excited to share with you all their progress!


NASA ICESat-2 Mission Presentation

Learn all about NASA's ICESat-2 mission and how they measure ice on Earth from Space.


Trenton Renewables & Ridgewood Recycling

Trenton Renewables will give us an exclusive tour of their facility showing us what happens to all your food waste. We will learn how food waste turns into premium compost, organic fertilizer and renewable biogas.


Rocket Launch Presentation and Q&A

Who doesn't love rockets?! As always, Super Science Saturday will go out with a bang - a rocket launch! Join us to see the model rockets up close and learn about how they work! We will feature a Q&A session where you can ask any question you've ever wanted to ask about rockets!




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General Tips on Recording

Advice on Setup

  • Record one or two short tests before trying out your presentation so you can adjust lighting, sound, angle, etc.
  • When you have your camera set up, look at your test video and try to avoid overhead and back lighting. Using as much natural light as possible is best.
  • Find a quiet spot with as little background noise as possible
  • Try to stand about 3 feet from your camera and at least 6 feet from your background. Also, speaking of backgrounds, plain, not distracting one are best!
  • Use either headphones or earbuds with a built-in microphone to record audio or make sure not to stand more than 3 feet from your recording device (of course, if you have an actual external microphone or headset, use that!)
  • Place your phone or laptop on a stable surface to avoid shaky footage
  • Place your phone or laptop so you face the camera straight on - not at an angle (especially bad is when the camera is "looking up at you!" Not even movie stars look good this way).
  • Most smartphones will have higher quality cameras than built-in laptop cameras - but if there's no place to put it or friendly hand to help out, a stable video is always preferred to holding the phone yourself!

Advice on Presenting

  • Try to think of a "hook" or opening line to catch people's attention
  • Take your time speaking and if you stumble, keep going! You can always edit the video afterwards and the more natural the whole thing is - the more people will enjoy watching it
  • Consider writing a script and practicing your presentation so you know exactly what you want to say when you record
  • Don't rush to start your presentation as soon as the device starts recording - take a deep breath and start talking when you are ready and anything before that can be edited out after (by a helpful Super Science Saturday volunteer)!
  • Have fun with it! That's what Super Science Saturday is all about and it makes for an even better presentation when the audience can tell you're also enjoying yourself

Recording on Your Phone

For iPhone Users

  • Take advantage of the grid option to make sure your footage isn't tilted
    • Go to Settings > Camera > Grid
  • Make sure the video is being saved as an MP4 rather than the default HVEC format which is not as adaptable
    • Go to Settings > Camera > Formats > Change to "Most Compatible"

For Android Users

  • Options differ for Android phones, so check in Settings or the Camera app to make sure you are using a high enough quality video format

Recording on Your Computer

  • Check what the capabilities of your laptop camera or external webcam are, to see if you can get a high enough quality recording with it. See below for recommended Technical Specifications.
  • Make sure to look at the camera or webcam (and not at the screen) while recording

For Mac Users

  • Quicktime, Photobooth, and iMovie (all installed by default on Macs) can be used to record videos as well as edit them
    • Quicktime automatically saves files as .MOV, be sure to convert to .MP4 if possible
    • iMovie has the most editing capabilities, but you can import videos recorded elsewhere into the application to edit them

For Windows Users

  • The Windows 10 Camera application can also record and minimally edit videos, with different capabilities depending on your computer's specs and Windows version. There are many free options for software to do this. You can find a reputable list of apps here: https://download.cnet.com/video-record-capture/windows/.

Technical Specifications

  • Videos should preferably be in MP4 format , ratio should be 16:9 (not 4:3)
  • Videos should preferably be at least 1080p at 24 or 30fps, higher resolutions like 4K at 24 or 30fps can provide much better quality but do take up more storage space on your device

Editing Your Video

  • If your lighting or sound didn't turn out quite right, you can try making slight adjustments during editing rather than re-filming


  • What are some guidelines for the best length of my video?
    • 3-8 minutes is best!
  • How do I get the videos to Super Science Saturday when I'm done?
  • When do you need my recording by?
    • February 22 @ 5pm EST
  • Don't be discouraged if it takes some time (and a few tries!) to get things looking how you want them to :)