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Preschool Program Descriptions:

Mad Science offers an opportunity for preschoolers, ages 3 to 5 1/2, to gain knowledge through an interactive educational experience.  Each 30 to 45 minute workshop provides hands-on, entertaining, and educational activities, plus an exciting take home project.  Our many topics to choose from will encourage interest in a wide variety of scientific fields. 

SYSTEM BLUE   |  SYSTEM RED   |  SYSTEM YELLOW 

 

SYSTEM BLUE

Adventures in Air

How can something invisible have so much power?  In this class, we will use demonstrations and hands-on activities to show the power of air.  We'’ll submerge Mr. Sponge, but air will keep him nice and dry!  The children will get to make their own "“Loop de Loop"” flyers that soar and spin through the air!                                                                   

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.   

Powerful Plants

Get out your gardening gloves!  In this class all about plants, your junior botanists will learn where seeds come from and how they grow. They will discover how wild plants "plant themselves" through very clever adaptations involving wind, fire and wild animals.  They will plant their own seeds to take home, grow, and eat! 

Lasers & Light

This class will light up your life!  Your preschoolers will learn that light travels in waves, and that it can bounce and bend.  They'll discover that white light is made of all the colors of the rainbow.  The children will be astonished as black lights make pictures appear out of nowhere, and as fast-moving lasers make exciting shapes. 

Magnetic Attraction

You'’ll get stuck on this class that's all about magnets. The kids will prove that opposite poles attract and like poles repel.  The will "see" what a magnetic field looks like, and they will find out what materials are attracted to magnets.  They will even learn some magic tricks using magnets! 

Let's Measure

This workshop is tons of fun!  We'’ll explore the many ways in which we measure things every day, including time, temperature, weight, and length.  Your preschoolers will learn all about weight as they balance mini teddy bears on a real scale.  They'll also be introduced to length using a big "foot" that they can take home to keep on measuring! 

Sea Life

’Don'’t forget your scuba gear!  We will take an imaginary trip to the beach where we will 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 will talk about how different sea creatures live.  We will even make a tiny ocean that we can carry home in our pockets!

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SYSTEM RED

Hello Color

In this colorful class, we will introduce your preschoolers to the exciting world of color using chemical reactions and lots of rainbows! Your children will have fun mixing colors and making a rainbow butterfly to take home.

Keep In Touch

We will show your children first hand how sensitive the tips of their fingers are by challenging them to identify objects using only their hands. They'll get to experience how some people read with their fingers, and they'll take home a project that they made using their power of touch.

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 learn how sound effects can be created from ordinary materials.

Mad Mixtures

Exploration into the world of chemistry is the theme for this class. Through our Exploding Colors and Liquid Lasagna experiments (among others) the children will get an understanding of chemicals, chemical reactions, and density.  Then they'll mix up a batch of play dough to take home!

Slime: Playing with Polymers

Giant molecule chains called polymers are vital to modern civilization; and they can be lots of fun for kids.  In this 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. 

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 cemetery scene.  They'll even learn that the "smoke" from dry ice is really carbon dioxide gas.

Stellar Space

Your preschoolers will discover the wonders of space in this exciting and interactive class. We'll learn about, and see beautiful photos of our planet Earth, the sun and moon, and all the planets in our Solar System.  We'll even take a pretend trip to the moon where we'll collect moon rocks and take a moon walk just like real astronauts!  

Wiggly Worms

In this class, children will explore the fascinating lifestyle of worms;  they'll learn where worms live, what they eat & how they see.  Using magnifying glasses, children will examine live worms, up close & personal!

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SYSTEM YELLOW

Energy and Motion

Do you have energetic preschoolers?  This hands-on program will harness their energy as they learn about ... …energy!  Using springs, wind up toys, and tube racers, they'’ll discover that energy can be stored and learn some basics about motion.

Fluttering Birds

Your kids'’ imaginations will soar as they learn about birds' nests, eggs, feathers and flight.  They'’ll learn first-hand how birds eat by using tools that simulate different types of beaks.  They'’ll see pictures, hear calls and learn the names of the feathered friends that live all around us.  This class is not for the birds!

Animal Friends

We'’ll bring the wild kingdom into the classroom!  Your kids will listen to the sounds that animals make; feel some examples of fur, scales, feathers and skin; identify different ways that animals move; and make some animal footprints.  If you think your kids are little animals, this class is for them!

Observation Station

One of the most important ways to learn about the world around us is to take a closer look!  In this class, children will get to use magnifying glasses, mirrors and microscopes, and their own two eyes to discover that things aren't always what they seem!  They'll even make their own optical illusion toy to experiment with at home.

Human Body

Head, shoulders, knees and toes (knees and toes)!   This class focuses on a subject near and dear to us - our bodies.  Your preschoolers will learn all about their hearts, blood, skin and bones with hands-on activities that will engage their minds.  They'll get to see the various parts of skeletons and use real stethoscopes.

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 sructures made of marshmallows, toothpicks, and a little creativity.  

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.

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.

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These workshops are designed specifically for preschool children with safety in mind.  Affordably priced and developmentally appropriate, Mad Science workshops will be a hit with all your little ones! 

We also offer Special Events and Summer Camp Workshops for preschool age children.



Elementary-Age Workshop Descriptions:

Acids & Bases - Best for Grades 2-5 - Uncover the secrets of chemistry and the effects acids and bases have on our daily lives! Children will get to test common household items with litmus paper to determine acidity & alkalinity levels. They will also learn how to make a CO2 fire extinguisher, and discover the power of vinegar & baking soda!

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!

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.

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.

Digging for Dinosaurs - Best for Grades K-3 - Let's be Paleontologists & learn about the creation, excavation and preservation of fossils! In this exciting class children will learn when the dinosaurs lived, what they ate, and how it came to be that we have pieces of them here with us today. The children will examine some really old fossils and learn how to make their own casts so that they can continue to study them at home. Finally, students will participate in a dig to locate, recover and assemble the "fossil remains" of a mystery dinosaur!

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!

Fundamentals of Flight & Stunt Planes - Best for Grades 1-5 - 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.

Harnessing Heat - Best for Grades 1-5 (Requires Electricity) - 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 (Requires Electricity & Darkened) - Room 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 during a spectacular indoor fireworks display!

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, and will build their own electromagnets to take home!

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 gold (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!

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.

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, yo-yos, 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!

Space: The Final Frontier — 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 starsto 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!

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!

Tantalizing Taste - Best for Grades K-3 - In this exciting and interactive class, children will learn how taste and smell are interrelated and will even learn how to map out their primary taste organ - their tongue - by experimenting with different kinds of tastes. Students will then be treated to a demonstration of how their favorite sodas are created and will then put their tasters to the test in the famous taste test challenge!

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!

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