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Summer Workshops

ELEMENTARY-AGE SUMMER WORKSHOP PROGRAMS 
 

 

DRY ICE CAPADES 

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! 

JR. REACTORS 

Students will create a tiny world of atoms, using your very own set of Atomic  Coins! Learn to recognize chemical reactions and mix up a few reactive  ingredients for some sensational results! 

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 

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 TRAVEL 

This is your chance to be a rocket scientist! Investigate the four forces of flight as you race through space.  We will even see the principles of propulsion at work in a real 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! 

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!

SPACE PHENOMENA 

Space Phenomena introduces students to phenomenal space events. Students investigate asteroid impacts and meteors, learn to differentiate the lights of airplanes from those of satellites, and explore the composition and nature of comets!

STUNT PLANES 

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.


PRESCHOOL-AGE SUMMER WORKSHOP PROGRAMS 

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.

Energy & 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. 

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!  

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! 

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.

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.

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! 

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!

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!  

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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