The RIDER Institute is committed to helping science education at all levels, including giving presentations and developing innovative curriculum materials for a wide range of topics. Please contact us if you are interested in scheduling a paid presentation or in inquiring about other educational services we offer.
Dr. Rider has over 30 years of experience teaching and running science education programs, including:
Conducting classroom presentations, auditorium lectures, and hands-on lab activities for grade levels K through 12. Dr. Rider has visited over 100 schools and can be booked for individual presentations or entire courses.
Developing curriculum materials, running teacher workshops, and training presenters in subjects including biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, engineering, math, and archaeology. Curriculum materials developed by Dr. Rider have been used by Science News, the Broadcom MASTERS national science fair, MIT, the National Science & Technology Medal Foundation, Science Club for Girls, and other organizations.
Creating and running the MIT Science on Saturday program 2006-2018. Science on Saturday hosted up to 5,000 students and parents per year with on-stage demonstrations and hands-on activity tables on topics ranging from underwater robotics to neuroscience. Dr. Rider can provide single shows or a series of events for other organizations that are interested in similar programs.
Judging science competitions, including the Broadcom MASTERS national middle school science fair, high school International Science and Engineering Fair, Lemelson InvenTeams national high school competition, Massachusetts state middle school and high school science fairs, and Massachusetts Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. Dr. Rider is available to help judge, advise, or run other science competitions.
Developing and presenting university courses and adult community education courses on topics in a wide range of scientific fields, as well as on the broader societal implications of scientific discoveries and inventions. Dr. Rider can be booked for individual presentations or entire courses.
Summarizing university-level science and engineering courses in readable overviews of 100 pages or less.
Advising and mentoring students who are interested in conducting science fair projects. Dr. Rider can offer advice on everything from project ideas through experiments to display boards for students who would like to aim for awards in state and national science fair competitions.
Some feedback from students:
Dr. Rider gives the best lectures and runs the best labs which I credit with laying the groundwork for my current success in organic chemistry. He really helped me develop and deepen my love of science, which has led me into a STEM major.
Dr. Rider’s articulate teaching and engaging classes—infused with a healthy dose of pop culture—made science truly enjoyable. His lectures and hands-on laboratories gave me a foundation in a wide variety of scientific disciplines that I still employ to this day.
I loved Dr. Rider’s biology class; it was hands-on and eye-opening! I’m now pursuing biotechnology because of it and its impacts. I can’t recommend his courses enough!
I have taken a few of Dr. Rider’s classes and they never failed to be exciting and very informative, while maintaining a friendly atmosphere. He would always bring interesting things to class, and there was a strong focus on active, hands-on learning. We even got to play with Geiger counters one day!
Dr. Rider was a very positive, helpful, and funny teacher. He was very nice, and more than willing to answer questions or have conversations with you after class if your curiosity still wasn’t sated. His teaching has done wonders for me, and continues to give me opportunities and skills I wouldn’t have had otherwise.
Dr. Rider is an outstanding teacher. I have taken many of his classes, including Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Physics. Dr. Rider’s focus on hands-on learning and experiments really make his classes stand out. His presentations are always excellent, engaging and informative. I highly recommend his courses!
Thank you so much for everything you have taught me. I appreciate all of the extra time and effort that you have expended. You have been a major influence in my love of science, and career aspirations.
Some feedback from parents of students in our educational programs:
We’ve attended most of the presentations over the past year or so and enjoy it every time. Great program. Thanks so much for the effort and time that goes into each session.
We attended the Science on Saturday… and it was fabulous! Son Justin is 10 and was thoroughly engrossed with the presentations and the hands-on time afterwards.
Absolutely LOVE this program. We have been to two sessions and plan to go to as many as we can… Honestly I love the series myself. As an adult it is such a nice way to spend the weekend learning about amazing things that are the positives of mankind!
Just wanted to let you know that this was the highlight of our weekend — THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
It was a great experience to attend the Science on Saturday presentation and hands-on activities with my ten- and six-year-olds. Thanks a lot and looking forward to more such initiatives!
We went to the program on Saturday. It was my kids’ first time, and they loved it. Thank you for having the program.
Todd, thank YOU for organizing this wonderful event! Both the kids and parents were having a lot of fun, and I was very happy with the amount of interest in the superconductor demo. I can’t wait to do more like this!
Another great presentation on Saturday… As the teacher in the group, I’m always looking for ideas I can steal and bring back to my classes; this time it was the ink drop in glycerin. The kids got the biggest kick from the Van de Graaff generator and pictures they took of each other’s hair standing up.
I would like to thank you and the sponsors for the lively, interesting Science on Saturday shows that you present. My daughter is 12 years old and she loves science. We’ve been coming to SOS since last year… They bring science to life! There’s nothing like watching someone using a mallet to smash a watermelon frozen with liquid nitrogen to get an audience’s attention… Thank you for showing kids these possibilities in such a fun and accessible manner.
Examples of university-level science curriculum materials
1. Applied Mathematics
2. Classical Mechanics
3. Electromagnetism & Acoustics
4. Nonrelativistic Quantum Physics
5. Statistical Physics6. Special & General Relativity 7. Relativistic Quantum Physics
8. Mechanics of Materials9. Fluid Mechanics & Aerodynamics
10. Thermodynamics & Propulsion11. Heat Transfer
Nuclear Engineering:12. Nuclear Physics13. Fission Power14. Plasma Physics & Fusion
15. Analog & Digital Circuits
16. Semiconductor Devices
17. Solid State Physics
18. Optics & Quantum Electronics
19. Inorganic Chemistry
20. Organic Chemistry
21. Materials Science
Biology:25. Cell Biology26. Biochemistry
27. Molecular Biology & Genetics28. Microbiology
31. Cardiopulmonary & Renal Physiology
32. Gastrointestinal Physiology
33. Neuroscience & Sensory-Motor Systems
35. Reproductive & Developmental Physiology
36. Miscellaneous Tissues
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Please contact us if you are interested in scheduling a paid presentation or in inquiring about other research or educational services we offer.