Mad Science can enhance your science program with inquiry-based workshops that meet state and provincial curriculum requirements!
Structured as an in-class field trip, a Mad Science workshop is a convenient way to offer students a hands-on science experience without leaving the school.
With professional lesson plans, unique equipment and animated instructors, Mad Science workshops offer preschool to sixth grade children truly engaging learning experiences. Dozens of workshop topics are available.
BUGS - Best for Grades 2-5 -This class will introduce students to the realm of insects when they learn about their fabulous flying abilities, their unique eyesight, and the way they defend themselves against predators. Students will get an opportunity to see how camouflage works and see how chemicals combine to create the same reaction that makes fireflies glow in the dark!
CALL OF THE WILD: All About Animals brings children into the amazing animal kingdom! Children learn about diverse, astounding creatures on earth as they experiment with camouflage and get hands-on with real tooth and claw replicas. Children see what’s inside animals and discover which animals are truly spineless! Organizing a wide range of creatures teaches how scientists classify everything from elephants to arachnids. The real circle of life is revealed as children explore and compare animal life cycles. The Animal Tracks Take-Home lets children create casts of animal tracks just like real naturalists
CHE-MYSTERY - Best for Grades 2-5 (Requires Electricity) - Children will explore one of the most exiting and fundamental sciences as they grow their own crystal gardens. They will also learn how to break polymer bonds and create soda pop.
COSMIC SPACE — These are the voyages of young inquiring minds on a quest to discover Space! Their mission: to take an exciting look at planets, moons, comets, and the stars to boldly go where bright young minds love to go. (Space suits not required.) Children will return from their mission with their own piece of the skies!
CURRENT EVENTS - Best for Grades 3-5 - Take a tour on the electron freeway! The class will learn about conductors, insulators, transistors, and other elements in the world of circuit electricity. After learning the basics, students will be challenged to work in teams to complete a circuit and light up a bulb.
DETECTIVE SCIENCE - Students will become science sleuths as they investigate how chemistry provides evidence at the scene of the crime. During this hands-on detective work, children will gather and test 'crime scene' clues, make and analyze their own fingerprints, decipher codes and encrypt messages.
DRY ICE - (Requires Electricity or Hot Water) - Children will be introduced to the scientific concepts of phase changes and states of matter. They will witness the phenomenon of sublimation as we demonstrate the unique properties of dry ice and the spectacular "smoke" it creates. The children will learn that dry ice is really frozen carbon dioxide and will experience the Mad Science burp, a display of bubbling potions and, finally, a thrilling cemetery scene.
EARTHWORKS — Take a voyage to the center of the Earth! We'll investigate the powerful process that shapes our planet and forms remarkable rocks, magnificent minerals, and glittering gems! Children will take home Ultraviolet Detectors which they build themselves!
HARNESSING HEAT - Fast moving molecules are the main attraction in the exploration of energy and heat. Children will see Boyle's Law in action, as we show how air behaves when heated or cooled, and will also learn the role heat plays in phase changes. To wrap it all up, the children will build their own working thermometer and practice testing relative temperature.
LASER LIGHT (Requires Electricity & Darkened Room) - In this class, students will be introduced to the world of lasers, light and optics. The Mad Scientist will explain the properties and types of light, as well as how light travels. The class is then introduced to the laser, how it works, how its beam can be manipulated and what its practical applications are. For a grand finale, the children will be treated to a laser light show!
LIGHTS...COLOR...ACTION - Using a Newton's color wheel that they have built themselves, students in this class will prove that white light really is made up of all the colors of the rainbow! They will witness the wonders of chromatography in an exciting demonstration and will then be introduced to the concept of diffraction. Children will then experience this first hand wearing "rainbow" glasses.
MAD SCIENCE MACHINES — Peek into a class to watch elementary-age engineers hard at work with pulleys and levers. They will design, problem-solve, and have a whole lot of fun! Students will even take home a cool Mad Science Machine that they build themselves!
MAGNETIC MAGIC - Best for Grades 3-5 - Investigate the powers and daily uses of magnets! In this class, students will learn about polarity, will visualize magnetic fields, and will learn how to magnetize ordinary metals. They will also see how to make a compass.
MATTER OF FACT - In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of chemistry. They will construct their own marshmallow molecules, learn to distinguish between physical & chemical changes, and even get to play alchemist for a day by turning a nickel into a penny (well, almost). To finish up, children are introduced to the basics of polymers and get to make their very own polymer putty to take home!
MOVING MOTION: Children catapult into Newton's three laws of motion! They yank a cloth from under dishes and send crash test dummies flying. They adjust the mass of two identical cars and learn how heavier objects need a bigger push to move the same distance. Children drop two plastic eggs (one heavier than the other) and find out they hit the ground at the same time! They see action-reaction forces at work as a fan cart races across the room and mini-rockets launch through the air. They twil into action with the Newton Spinner Take-Home.
OPTICAL ILLUSIONS - Best for Grades 1-5 - In this program, students will learn about the eye, how we see, and why our eyes are so easily tricked. They will also discover that water drops can mimic lenses, which can be used to magnify or shrink images. The use of mirrors in optical illusions is easily understood after students build their own periscopes.
PH PHACTOR - Slide down the colorful pH scale and dip into the world of acids and bases! Explore the pH extremes with your Reaction Tube in what is sure-to-be a popping experience! Discover whether liquids found in your home are acids or bases using your personal pH Paper!
ROCKET DEMO - In this class, students will learn the basic principles of rocket flight. They will learn about forces & propulsion through fun, hands-on activities and demonstrations. The Mad Scientist will then prepare a rocket for flight, explain pre-launch safety procedures and then head outside for the grand finale…the Rocket Launch!
SCIENCE OF MAGIC - The secrets of magic are explored in this fun class. The children will watch as the Mad Scientist changes water to grape juice and back again as well as several other captivating tricks. The classl get to experience Houdini's chain escape first hand and make their very own magic trick to take home and amaze their family!
SCIENCE OF TOYS - Did you know that some of your favorite toys work using basic science principles? In this class we use bouncing balls, and other classic toys to discover the sceince of motion through fun hands-on activities. Find out how cool vector toys and string things work and make your own super balls!
SLIME: PLAYING WITH POLYMERS - Best for Grades K-4 - Giant molecule chains called polymers are vital to modern civilization. In this program, we will explore, create and play with the most entertaining and useful molecule known to science, and discover its many shapes and forms. Children even make their own slime that they get to take home and keep!
STUNT PLANES & FUNDAMENTALS OF FLIGHT — This class is a wonderful mix of conceptual and hands-on learning, which will introduce your students to the basics of aerodynamics. Kids will learn about the forces that affect flying machines, and will build a football glider, a Delta Dart and even a loop-flying stunt plane.
SUPER STRUCTURES — Discover the strengths of triangles, cylinders and arches. Learn how combinations of these shapes make for sturdy homes and skyscrapers! Use teamwork to build your own super structures as well as an earthquake-proof building!WATTS-UP - Requires Electricity & Darkened Room Children will learn about the phenomenon of lightning, how it was discovered and how to avoid meeting with it up close! They will experiment with static electric charges they have created and will then learn & observe how the Van de Graaff generator does it so well. Children will have the opportunity to collect static charges & watch this hair-raising experience with delight!