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Day Camps in West New Jersey

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*Not all courses are offered at all locations

All programs are aimed at ages 5-12 years old

 

<Mission:Code/Camp>

Discover the world of coding! All digital games, apps, computers, websites, and machines need programs to run; learn to code like real programmers do!  Join in a scavenger hunt, solve puzzles, play tag, unravel the secrets of the Hanoi Tower, and learn coding skills in our online gaming environment.  Collaborate with fellow Mad Scientists, identify problems, test solutions, and debug your programs.  This is your <Mission:Code> should you choose to accept it!

 

BRIXOLOGY Deluxe Camp

Using LEGO bricks designed exclusively for Mad Science, junior engineers team up to construct different projects.  From carnival rides to drawing machines, mechanical animals to truss bridges to space stations, you’ve got to check this out!  Engineering Design Challenges include building a space sail, bobble head, and glider car.  Try your hand at aerospace, nautical, biomechanical, and even structural engineering!  Let the tinkering begin!

 

Eureka Half Day Camp Breakdowns & Descriptions

Week One: Launching with Legends

Anyone can be an inventor!  Discover the work of da Vinci, Edison, Tesla, and Benjamin Franklin and use what you learn to invent solutions to everyday problems, prepare patent proposals, receive a patent certificate, build your own catapult, and even launch projectiles off a large trebuchet!  Budding inventors bring home a model catapult, a mysterious spinning stick, a helicopter, and countless other cool inventions.  Come Open da Vinci’s toy box and more!

 

Week Two: Take Flight to the Future

Calling all innovators!  Bring your imagination and let it SOAR as you create a squadron of paper airplanes the Wright brothers would be proud of!  Explore technological advances in flight: hot air balloons, flying machines, and spacecraft.  Launch a variety of stomp rockets, and even take one home!  Learn about lasers, microgravity, and space stations.  Become inspired by Verne and Asimov and build submarines, brainstorm the telecommunications and transportation of the future.  This camp culminates with campers building their own sci-fi inspired light sabers that they can take home, along with their dreams of the future!

 

Secret Agent Lab Day Camp Breakdowns & Descriptions

Week One: Spies Like Us

Step into the shoes of a detective—uncover the science involved in evidence gathering and analysis. Become a super sleuth and learn clever ways of performing tasks in this hands-on view of the science that spies use. From decoding messages to metal detectors and night vision, campers will have the opportunity to check out spy equipment, and discover the technological tools of detection!

 

Week Two: Forensics Camp

Focus on the science of forensics in this hands-on look at crime scenes. Identify and collect evidence, from fingerprints to tracks to trash! Recreate the scene of a crime using clues and detailed observations. Campers will use science to connect the dots and help sniff out the suspects in this hands-on investigation into the science of sleuthing.

 

Sensational Science I – Super Slimy Smokey Science

Junior Scientists will dive into a variety of scientific fields as they mix and stretch silly putty and slime, copperplate nickels, and investigate the mysteries of optical illusions.  Laser experiments and dry ice demonstrations will capture their attention as they observe how fun and exciting science can be.  Campers will be amazed as they observe a chemical energy display, the world’s simplest motor, and a hair-raising interactive demonstration worthy of praise by Van de Graaff himself!  Through hands-on experiments ranging from circuits to catapults, children will be able to experience the fascination of what happens when you mix science and fun!

 

Mad Machines & Junior Engineers

Whether children enjoy building structure or destroying them, they will be more than satisfied with this summer camp!  Mini Mad Science engineers will design and build skyscrapers using simple tools and intricate imaginations.  Campers will exercise their ability to work together in order to construct a geodesic dome big enough for all of the campers to fit inside!  Children will be given the opportunity to work with pulleys, wedges, screws, and levers, which they will be using to assemble their own catapults, teaching them to understand the science behind simple machines.  Children will maneuver sound-activated robots around an obstacle course, play robot soccer, and even test line-tracking robots during this weeklong camp full of (robot and children) hands-on excitement!

 

Space: The Final Frontier

Throughout the week, campers will explore the mysteries of space from an astronaut’s point of view!  Children will learn about how space explorers embark on a journey throughout the atmosphere and experience “a week in the life” of an astronaut as they explore space and report back to the scientists on planet Earth.  Aspiring astronauts will study gravity, propulsion, and the basics of rocket science as they are guided through hands-on experiments and demonstrations.  Junior Mad Scientists will explore the aerodynamic properties of flying machines by building their own Estes model rocket and prepare for a Mad Science space mission of a grand finale rocket launch! 

 

Radical Reactions & Detective Science

Mad Science brings awe-inspiring experiments paired with thought-evoking detective work to campers, nurturing their scientific interests and evoking their fascination.   Children will learn about chemical reactions as they grow crystals, create sidewalk chalk from scratch, and design chromatography t-shirts to take home.  Campers become trained science sleuths as they investigate the role of chemistry at the scene of a crime.  We spark curiosity by asking children to make thorough observations while dusting for fingerprints!

 

Secret Agent Lab

Look out 007- the Mad Science Secret Agent Lab is in session!  From decoding messages to experimenting with metal detectors and night vision, children will have the opportunity to check out spy equipment and step into the shoes of a detective!  Children will uncover the science involved in gathering and analyzing evidence and the technology behind locks, surveillance systems and alarms.  To test the limits of magnified observation, junior science sleuths will build their own binoculars and develop ways to work together to refine their observation skills.  Campers will use what they have learned as they find, collect, and analyze evidence and connect the dots to solve a simulated crime scene!

 

Red Hot Robots

Join Mad Science for a week of fun with our marvelous machines- robots!  Children will explore the fundamentals of robotics and discover the science of circuits and how robots use sensors to explore things around them.  After experimenting with sound-sensing robots, line-tracking robots, amphibious robots, and even robots that can play soccer, campers will be well-equipped to build a working robot to experiment with at home.  Children will also build simple circuits, test for conductivity, and discover how switches work as they participate in a variety of hands-on activities and games.

 

Space: Infinity & Beyond

If your child is astro “nuts,” he or she will absolutely love this camp!  Children involved in this program will develop an interest for outer space or can expand a previous passion for our sensational solar system.  Using the Scientific Method, campers will investigate the mechanics of unique flying machines, such as balloon-copters, boomerangs, and mini hovercrafts.  Children will be transported to the past as they delve into how early “pilots” navigated throughout space as they create their own sextant and sundial.  Building upon previous experiments and knowledge learned throughout the week, campers will use what they’ve learned to construct an Estes™ Skywinder rocket and have the option of participating in a live launch demonstration. 

 

Junior Physicians’ Academy

In this weeklong camp, children will have hands-on fun as they learn about scientific equipment that is near and dear to them- the human body!  Campers will explore the science behind cells, organs, muscles, and bones as they navigate through the systems that make up our astonishing anatomy.  Microslide viewers will aid in catching a glimpse of the tiny cellular machines that our bodies need to function.  Interactive experiments will develop a further understanding of our organ systems, including our nervous, respiratory, circulatory, and digestive systems.  Children will construct model cells, make “Mad Mucus, build stethoscopes and lung models, and work together to assemble a model skeleton for a entertaining and educational week of camp! 

 

Survival: Predators & Prey

Junior Scientists will get in touch with nature as they learn about how changes in the wind, water, and temperature can affect the Earth’s inhabitants.  As children learn about how animals and insects adapt to life on our planet, they’ll flow through the food chain and discover how predators and prey interact with each other.  Campers will build a real birdhouse to take home and will have creepy-crawly fun building a bughouse and searching for new tenants!   Creating animal tracks out of Plaster of Paris and learning about scent trails will encourage children to take a walk on the wild side! 

 

Sensational Science II – Mad Machines and Rockin’ Rockets

Mini Mad Scientists will delve into a multitude of scientific subjects as they learn about the Earth and its animal inhabitants, simple machines, rocketry and flight, and chemical reactions; there’s something for everyone!  Investigate the layers of the Earth, build and race a car, construct a rocket, also create animal tracks, build a bughouse , and grow your very own crystal gardens to take home! There's so much in store; it's simply Sensational!      

 

 


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