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ELEMENTARY-AGE SUMMER WORKSHOP PROGRAMS


BUGS

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 the world from a bug’s point of view!

CHEM IN A FLASH

Hop on board the chemistry express for a high-speed science experience! Perform instantaneous experiments in this fast-paced class on split-second reactions that go like mad! Pick up an Action Flask and have a blast!

 


DRY ICE CAPADES

è 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 grand finale!

 

 

EARTHWORKS

Students will discover what the Earth is composed of and how various forces combine to create rocks and minerals.  They will get to explore what lies inside an ordinary-looking piece of rock to discover the beauty that lies beneath its surface.  They will learn about the forces that create earthquakes, the natural faults in the Earth’s crust and what makes volcanoes explode!

“FUN”- DAMENTAL FORCES

Gravity... Inertia... Centripetal force... who could ever imagine that an introduction to physics could be so much fun? We’ll experience these awesome forces for ourselves and build cool devices and watch them at work! 

 

MAGNETIC MAGIC

Students will investigate the powers and daily uses of magnets!  In this class, the children will learn about polarity, will visualize magnetic fields, and see how a compass is made.  They will even use invisible magnetic fields to levitate magnets!


SCIENCE OF MAGIC

Magic?  No, it's science!  Mini magicians will learn the science behind famous magic tricks as they pull a handkerchief out from their thumbs and make a pretend rabbit disappear with the wave of a wand.  Children will also learn how water can vanish right before their eyes; even Harry Houdini would be amazed!


SLIME TIME

Ooze into a gooey hour of sliming around!  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.  Child will create slime using the Mad Science recipe, and then enter the Slime Olympics!   Children even make their own slime that they get to take home and keep!


SONIC SOUNDS

Discover the exciting properties of sound in these sonic sixty minutes.  Children will learn how sound travels and how household items can be used to create amazing movie effects.  Junior scientists will end their auditory adventure by making a kazoo to take home!

 

WALLOPING WEATHER

Welcome to the wild world of weather! Investigate why it rains, what causes lightning and even how weather is predicted. Children learn about the effects of the sun and how it plays a role in evaporation. Create your own tornado tube and watch weather whirl! 


PRESCHOOL-AGE SUMMER WORKSHOP PROGRAMS


Bug Buddies

Get up close and personal with creepy, crawly bugs! Your preschoolers will learn how to tell the difference between bugs and insects, and how to answer questions like “how many legs does an insect have?” and “are all bugs pests?”  The kids will even get to make a bug buddy to take home - don’t worry it’s not alive!

Digging for Dinos

Your kids will be little paleontologists in this exciting class! They will learn about when dinosaurs lived, what they ate, and how scientists know they existed. Your kids will participate in a dig for the “fossil remains” of a mystery dinosaur, and they will even cast their own T-Rex tooth to take home.

 

Listen Closely

Preschoolers love to make noise!  In this noisy class, children will learn that sound travels in waves and can be heard in a variety of pitches.  They will see and feel the vibrations that generate sound, and they will discover with their own ears that sound can travel through many mediums.

 

Mad Mixtures

Exploration into the world of chemistry is the theme for this class. Through our Exploding Colors, Liquid Lasagna, and other experiments the children will gain an understanding of chemicals, chemical reactions and density.  Then we’ll mix up a batch of play dough for them to take home!

 

Playing with Polymers

Giant molecule chains called polymers are vital to everyday life; and they can be lots of fun for kids.  In this stretchy, slimy class, we will explore, create and play with the most entertaining and useful molecule known to science, and discover its many shapes and forms.

 

Sea Life

Don’t forget your scuba gear!  We will take an imaginary trip to the beach where we’ll discuss how sand is made and meet some creatures that live in the ocean.  We will examine different shells, a starfish, and a sponge; and we’ll talk about how different sea creatures live.  We will even make a tiny ocean that the kids can carry home in their pockets!

 

Shapes and Structures

This class will shape the outlook of your preschoolers.  Using felt boards and “magnatiles,” your kids will combine shapes to make 2-D pictures and 3-D structures.  They’ll get to build and take home their very own structures made of cornstarch noodles and a little creativity!

 

Smoke & Bubbles

This workshop is really “cool.”  Your kids will be mesmerized when we use dry ice to make bubbling potions, shivering quarters, popping corks, and a thrilling carbon dioxide shower.  They’ll even learn that the “smoke” from dry ice tastes just like a soda burp!

 

Water Works

This science class is definitely not dry!  This hands-on class will let your preschoolers learn about what floats, what doesn’t and why.  They’ll take a plunge into the science behind liquids, absorption, and surface tension.   Each child will get to go home with a shimmering water tube.

 

Weather Wonders

Whether you’re young or old, you know that the weather is important to everyday life.  This class is an introduction to the science behind the weather.  Your kids will begin to understand how temperature, water, and wind affect weather patterns.  They’ll get to make their very own “wind- socks” so they can check the direction of the wind at home.


 

PRICING

1 Preschool-age workshop: $173.00.      Each back-to-back preschool workshop: $119.00
1 Elementary-age workshop: $195.00.   Each back-to-back elementary-age workshop: $144.00.

 


 

 

 


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