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Camp Descriptions

Mad Science of Mt. Diablo

Summer and Vacation Camps

Attention Parents and Guardians:

Please pack a snack for all summer camp attendees!

                                            Mad Science has awesome weeklong summer camps for children ages 4 - 12

OUR CAMPS AND CAMP TOPICS

Pre-School Summer Camps

Jr. Science Academy (Ages 4 - K)

Little Green Thumbs (Pre-k ages 4 - 6)

My First Lab (Pre-K ages 4 - 6)

Water Works (ages 3 - 5)

Youth (6-11) Summer Camps

3, 2, 1... Blast Off! (Best for children entering 2nd through 6th grade)

Adventures in Science (Best for children entering 1st through 6th grade)

Crazy Chemistry (Best for children entering 2nd through 6th grade)

Eureka - The Inventro's Camp (Best for children entering 2nd through 6th grade)

Fun-gineering, Mix-ups & More! (Best for children entering 1st through 6th grade)

How to be a Mad Scientist! (Best for children entering 2nd through 6th grade)

NASA (Best for children entering 2nd through 6th grade)

Red Hot Robots (Best for children entering 2nd through 6th grade)

Rockin' Rockets & Aerodynamics (Best for children entering 2nd through 6th grade)

Science Mysteries (Best for children entering 1st through 6th grade)

Secret Agent Lab (Best for children entering 1st through 6th grade) 

 

 

(Camp topics are not in chronological order and topics may be done in any order)

                                                                                     


Pre-School Summer Camps

Jr. Science Academy (Ages 4 – K)

During this exciting day of fun, hands-on and interactive programming, our professionally trained Mad Scientists will take your kindergarten camper on a thrilling journey of amazing scientific discoveries. Through amazing, hands-on experiments and demonstrations the fascinating world of dinosaurs, chemical reactions & bubbling potions, erupting volcanoes, ooey gooey slime, space and much, much more will be explored. Each day children will make cool take-home activities which they will be excited to bring home to show off.

The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Camp-Day Themes include: My Senses, Our World, Bugs, Engineers, Chemistry.

MY SENSES

Wake up your senses with our whirlwind adventure through the science of your body!  Campers go big with our giant eyeball model and go small with magnifying glasses to see tiny details in everyday objects.  We'll investigate sound with a Wave Motion model and use our Guitar Boxes to experiment with vibrations.  Test your sense of smell and see how animals use theirs, and then learn how your tongue identifies a variety of tastes.  Challenge your class with our Mystery Sock activity and discover why seeing isn't always believing.

This hands-on look at the sense of touch will help children understand that touching is one way of finding out more about the world around them.  The class will identify mystery objects, discuss different words we can use to describe how objects feel and learn how nerves connect our brain and fingers.  The children will investigate right- and left-handedness, and discover the uniqueness of the human thumb.  Thermal paper demonstrates how hands can feel hot and cold temperatures.  The children will make a Feeling Handy card to continue their experiments at home.

OUR WORLD

Take a trip around the Sun with our hands-on workshop on the science of seasons!  Children will discover why we have different seasons and the role that weather plays in our lives.  Models will demonstrate how the movement of the Sun and Earth gives rise to days and years and students will see first-hand how different parts of the world experience the cycle of seasons.  They will learn how humans, plants and people prepare for seasonal changes in very different ways and see water disappear before their eyes!

This hands-on look at the weather of our planet will help children identify different types of weather and begin to explore the causes of some of them. The class will play Weather Bingo, see and learn ways scientists measure different weather types, and sing weather-related songs.  The children will take part in an interactive story about the water cycle, and discover the spectacular movement of lightning. Children will be amazed to see a rainbow created in their "lab".  The children will make a Rain Gauge to continue their investigations at home.

BUGS

Meet the creatures that represent almost 90% of animal life on Earth!  Junior entomologists discover the amazing anatomy of insects - how they breathe, see, move and eat - in a series of interactive experiments with microscopes, giant bug models and insect eyes. We'll learn about predators and check out some crazy defensive moves, including smelling the spray from a Stink Bug!  Insect life cycles and metamorphosis, and the importance of insects to our daily lives, are all covered too.  You'll never look at a bug the same way again!

This hands-on look at butterflies provides your child with an opportunity to find out how caterpillars change into butterflies, how butterflies eat and to even get their own insect vision model to take home.

ENGINEERS

Junior Engineers get building in this action-packed investigation of materials and structures.  Solve the riddle of our Amazing Objects and use all your senses to track the changes in our slime recipes.  Identify natural and human-made structures and learn the importance of choosing the right materials for the job.  Build a Roman Arch then test it with your own weight!

Campers will learn all about different shapes and structures in this hands-on introduction to engineering science. Children will discover what 2D and 3D shapes are, they will get to search for hidden shapes in structures from around the world and try out the Puzzle Box challenge!  They will explore the concept of structures using Magnatiles® and even make their own Sailing Boat to take home using a variety of materials and shapes.

CHEMISTRY

This fun-filled workshop is an interactive introduction to the science of color.  Your child will learn about light and color, and practice identifying various colors in a variety of games.  The concept of color mixing will be explored in hands-on chromatography activities, and invisible colors will be revealed using special science equipment.  An amazing demonstration opens up the world of color-changing chemicals, and the class concludes with each child creating their very own Rainbow Mixer to take home.

Campers become lab scientists-in-training in this whirlwind program on laboratory techniques.  Beginning with lab safety various danger signs and safety practices will be introduced and discussed.  Each child will learn to manipulate an assortment of lab equipment in a series of hands-on activities.  They will learn how to accurately weigh powders, measure liquid volumes and combine materials to create a solution using both simple and complex equipment.  Separating chemicals is another important lab skill, and students will practice filtration and watch an evaporation demonstration.  Campers will receive an Activity Cup and Pipette kit to continue their experiments at home.

 

Little Green Thumbs (Pre-K ages 4-6)

Flowers and minds can’t blossom without STEMs. This camp is specially designed for inquisitive pre-K or Kinder-“Gardeners”. Kids discover how to paint with wind, build a bug model, start their own garden and learn what nature needs to make their plants grow! Non-stop activities keep your little Mad Scientists engaged and focused! Kids give it two Green Thumbs up!!

The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Camp-Day Themes include: Soil and Seeds - Sun, Wind and Rain - Plants and Leaves – Butterflies, Bees and Ladybugs - Flowers, Fruit and Veggies.

 

SOIL AND SEEDS

Learn all about what is under a garden in this fun filled day! You will dissect soil and discover its components. Play a super seed relay game! Observe the life cycle of a seed with hands-on activities. Make your own super seed expert badge!

SUN, WIND AND RAIN

Investigate the elements as you discover what they do for gardens. Make your own sun visor so you will be protected from the sun. Become a weather artist using rain and wind as your tools!

PLANTS AND LEAVES – BUTTERFLIES:

Get ready to grow! Learn all about living plants and leaves. Discover the art of rubbings. Play a leaf sorting game, as you learn about their differences. Grow your own budding bean necklace to take home with you.

BEES AND LADYBUGS

Get ready to see and make some bugs and creepy crawlers. Explore the life of a caterpillar as you discover how it turns into a beautiful butterfly. Make your own bug bracelet!

FLOWERS, FRUIT AND VEGGIES

Discover the difference between fruits and vegetables with your own placemat. Learn super songs to sing about nature. Make a mural of the garden with your fellow campers. Bring home your own journal that you use to keep track of everything you unearthed.

 

My First Lab  (Pre-K ages 4-6)

Junior Mad Scientists dive into the realms of science with non-stop, hands-on fun!  Learn about everything from Air Pressure to Zebras!  This week of discovery introduces kids to all facets of science.  Explore the science of the sea and the fascinating creatures that live there!  Campers become paleontologists by searching for fossils and participating in a mini dinosaur dig.  Then we transform into bubbleologists to learn about the science of bubbles! 

The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Camp-Day Themes include: Creatures, Critters, Adventures in Air, Water & More, Senses.

 

CREATURES

Discover how ancient creatures compare to animals today. Children examine fossil casts of dinosaur teeth and explore the similarities and differences between modern animals and ancient ones. They will get to participate in a mini dinosaur excavation, and make a cast of a dinosaur tooth to take home.

CRITTERS

 

ADVENTURES IN AIR

Your kids will discover what relies on air and how air has the power to both move and slow things down. (Pinwheel)

WATER & MORE

 

SENSES

 

Water Works! (ages 3-5)

Water is more complicated than it looks and through this exciting camp, preschoolers will learn all about the different properties of water.  They will learn about sea life, density and buoyancy!  Children will experiment with dry ice and water, create their very own water art and discover how water can be the most powerful force on earth. We will make our own wave motion modulators, bubble wands and pet tornados to take home! Preschoolers will be amazed at how much they can do with WATER!

The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Camp-Day Themes include: Water Works, Water World, Dry Ice, Life in the Sea, Polymers.

 

WATER WORKS 

Water is more complicated than it looks and through this exciting camp, preschoolers will learn all about the different properties of water.  They will learn about sea life, density and buoyancy!  Children will experiment with dry ice and water, create their very own water art and discover how water can be the most powerful force on earth. We will make our own wave motion modulators, bubble wands and pet tornados to take home! Preschoolers will be amazed at how much they can do with WATER!

 

WATER WORLD

 

DRY ICE 

Explore the 3 basic states of matter. Turn water to ice in 30 seconds, build a giant bubbling potion, carbonate plain drinking water and create some awesome smoke illusions like those used in movies. (Thermo-color cup)

 

LIFE IN THE SEA 

Children learn about the vast range of life found in the sea—from plankton to sponges to whales! Children learn how plants and animals are adapted to their ocean habitats, and find out what humans can do to protect ocean life. (Ocean 3-D viewer) 

POLYMERS

Youth (6-11) Summer Camps

 

3, 2, 1… Blast Off! (--Best for children entering 2nd through 6th grade)

Yes we are Rocket Scientists! And you can be too! Blast to the top of the class with an in depth look at all things ROCKET! This action-packed week will focus solely on rockets and the physics of rocket flight. After learning the model rocket safety code, campers will build a number of different rockets and participate in the launching, mission control, propulsion, and finally recovery of the rockets they build. Campers will be divided into three groups: altitude trackers, launch preparation, and launchers. Every camper will have an opportunity to try all three.

The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Camp-Day Themes include: Rocket Scientists, Rocket Flight, Mission Control, Rocket Propulsion & Recovery, Go For Launch.

 

ROCKET SCIENTISTS

Campers will create a rocket journal that they will use during the camp to record all of their experimental data. They will learn about the parts and functions of a rocket and learn the model rocket safety code. Children will build and launch bog-roll rockets, build Skyblazer rockets and their own altitude trackers during this exciting introduction to model rocketry

ROCKET FLIGHT

This program will explore what makes rockets fly, the parts of a rocket are involved in flight, and how energy gets things moving! Children will make and launch Paper Tiger rockets, experiment with devices called “food flingers” and rocket pinwheels and divide into their launch teams to launch Estes Alpha Rockets.

MISSION CONTROL

Campers will learn about the history of NASA’s rocket program and begin their exploration of the universe by making devices called “nanorovers.” They will build their own galactic mobiles and create lunar prospectors while they talk about how the galaxy can be explored via rocket flight. The children will end the day with launches of Paper Tiger and Airwalker rockets.

ROCKET PROPULSION & RECOVERY

Rockets can travel into space but how are they propelled and how are they recovered? Campers will explore the concepts of propulsion and recovery systems through various hands-on activities. They will compare the features of different types of rockets and even design their own rocket to the moon! The children will prepare and launch X-Ray, Skywinder (or Cosmic Cobra), Quark and Condor rockets at the end of this fun, filled day.

GO FOR LAUNCH

The final day in this week long program will focus on rocket transportation, rocket staging and advanced rocket launches. Campers will discover the advantages of rocket staging –attaching small rockets to the tops of larger rockets, create their own rocket that has two stages, and participate in the launching of Redstone, Snitch, and Echostar rockets.

 

Adventures in Science (--Best for children entering 1st through 6th grade)

Mad Science introduces you to the foundations of forensics as you learn about organs, cells, and chemistry! Discover how the science behind life can help you solve a crime. Discover the secrets behind batteries and design marshmallow molecules! Conduct electricity and power a Mad Science whirligig. Experience blood pumping through the heart and air moving through the lungs. Use ooey-gooey ingredients to build a model cell & use your own traits to decode & decipher your DNA. Finally, apply what you learn and apply some crime scene skills to solve a sticky crime!

The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Camp-Day Themes include: Cell City, The Organ Trail, Scene of the Crime, Chemical Counting, Radical Reactions.

CELL CITY

Take a fantastic trip into cell city. Learn about cells and the different parts within them. You will compare the parts of a cell to a real city as you investigate its different functions. Build your own slimy take home model cell out of unique materials. Even your snack will be a fun cell model you can eat! 

THE ORGAN TRAIL

Do you know the recipe for a healthy body? You will after you journey down the Mad Science Organ Trail. Come to camp and meet "Tall Paul"! Paul is a torso model that can have his organs removed and replaced. Paul’s brain, bones, lungs, heart, and digestion system will all be investigated. Make a gutsy apron and a model lung and mucus to take home. 

SCENE OF THE CRIME

Team up with fellow campers to solve the “Great Cookie Caper” crime. Arrive at camp to find a real crime scene surrounded by crime scene tape. Walk the grid and collect evidence to solve the crime. All of your observation skills will be needed as you use your new magnifying glasses and notebooks to record your evidence. Use your forensic skills to solve the crime and make your own cookie snack.

CHEMICAL COUNTING

Get ready for a day in the Mad Science Laboratory! Turn a lemon into a battery. Experiment with electrochemical reactions, as you electroplate a penny and a nickel. Learn how chemical elements help you to create chemical compounds. Put your new chemistry know-how to work as you make your own brain goo!

RADICAL REACTIONS

Ready, set, reactions! Learn with hands-on reactions that matter is never created or destroyed. Make a rainbow and a chemical clock in a cup. Experiment with chemical bonds and whirligigs as you discover conductivity. Make your own invisible ink.

 

Crazy Chemistry (--Best for children entering 2nd through 6th grade)

Shake up a flask of fun in the lab as a junior chemist! These five half days of chemistry are packed solid with cool reactions. We’ll explore and create exciting chemical reactions, make colorful concoctions and bubbling brews. Amaze yourself with magical temperature changing baggie science or growing ghost crystals.  Study the chemistry involved in not-so-simple things like chalk and soap, and even experiment with the chemistry used by artists, spies and detectives!  Chemists bring home a project each day. Hop on board the chemistry express this summer for a high-speed science experience!

The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Camp-Day Themes include: Scene of the Crime, Crazy Chemistry, Radical Reactions, Chemical Counting, Chem Finale.

 

SCENE OF THE CRIME

Team up with fellow campers to solve the “Great Cookie Caper” crime. Arrive at camp to find a real crime scene surrounded by crime scene tape. Walk the grid and collect evidence to solve the crime. All of your observation skills will be needed as you use your new magnifying glasses and notebooks to record your evidence. Use your forensic skills to solve the crime and make your own cookie snack.

CRAZY CHEMISTRY

We’ll explore and create exciting chemical reactions, make colorful concoctions and bubbling brews. Amaze yourself with magical temperature changing baggie science or growing ghost crystals.  Study the chemistry involved in not-so-simple things like chalk and soap, and even experiment with the chemistry used by artists, spies and detectives!  Chemists bring home a project each day.

RADICAL REACTIONS

Ready, set, reactions! Learn with hands-on reactions that matter is never created or destroyed. Make a rainbow and a chemical clock in a cup. Experiment with chemical bonds and whirligigs as you discover conductivity. Make your own invisible ink.

CHEMICAL COUNTING

Get ready for a day in the Mad Science Laboratory! Turn a lemon into a battery. Experiment with electrochemical reactions, as you electroplate a penny and a nickel. Learn how chemical elements help you to create chemical compounds. Put your new chemistry know-how to work as you make your own brain goo!

CHEM FINALE

 

 

Eureka – The Inventor’s Camp (--Best for children entering 2nd through 6th grade)

Inventing means curiosity, practicality, necessity, cooperating and dreaming! Join us as we take students on a historical journey with a hands-on approach learning about some of the worlds’ greatest inventors from Leonardo da Vinci to Tesla to Thomas Edison to the Wright Brothers. We challenge our class to use their imaginations and creativity to survive on a deserted island by designing devices to capture food and water, by building bridges, shelters and even a boat to make it off the island. We will put our heads together to imagine the future in space focusing on creating inventions to protect space ships from damaging space rays and designing a safety capsules for payloads returning from space. These are only a few examples. While Thomas Edison said “invention is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration|, this camp is 100% FUN!

The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Camp-Day Themes include: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Whiz Kids, Shipwrecked, Think Fast, Science Fiction

 

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS

Investigate the awesome inventions created before modern science had really begun. Learn about Leonardo da Vinci and discover how his ideas predicted future inventions. Explore catapults, trebuchets, and more of his amazing inventions during this action packed camp day.

WHIZ KIDS

Team up with your fellow camp inventors to explore the inventions of others – such as kids, women, Rube Goldberg, and Thomas Edison. Draw inspiration from the “wacky” and the practical! The goal of this camp day is to understand that we have no limitations. Our dreams will inspire invention.

SHIPWRECKED

Imagine finding yourself on a deserted island with only a few supplies. What better way to inspire your own creations? Add into the day a tsunami and a volcano and see how resourceful you can be using Ben Franklin’s inventions as inspiration.

THINK FAST

Inventors have always searched for a way to take flight. On today’s journey we will use early inventors like the Wright brothers to launch into the wild blue yonder. The adventure starts on the ground and travels into space. Take flight during this fun-flying camp day.

SCIENCE FICTION

Join the adventure to infinity and beyond on this fantastic day where science fiction meets science fact. As far back as Jules Verne and as recently as George Lucas, dreamers have explored what the future can hold. Many of those dreams are now reality. Sci-fi meets real inventors to help us explore how fiction can influence reality

 

Fun-gineering, Mix-ups & More! (--Best for children entering 1st through 6th grade)

Join us for a week full of creations, chemistry and cameras! Work together with your fellow engineers to build the best bridge in our shake, rattle and roll challenge. Turn your daily newspaper into a four foot high Geodesic Dome that you can sit in with your friends. Explore the world of birds and beasts with bird house building and our super bug investigation. Mix, mash and brew concoctions to create cool sidewalk chalk and bath fizzers during a day in the chemistry lab. Discover the wonders of photography as you study cameras, light and colours.

The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Camp-Day Themes include: Jr. Engineers, Machine Mania, Crazy Chemistry, The Birds & The Beasts, Shutterbugs. 

JR. ENGINEERS

Structures are all around you, everywhere you look and everywhere you go! Join a team of scientists to inspect the elements of structures as you build, test, and yes, even eat some structures you create. Climb inside a geodesic dome that you construct with fellow campers. Build a Soma cube puzzle that may even stump your parents!

MACHINE MANIA

Investigate the world of simple machines as you learn that machines are helpful for work or play! Assemble and control pulleys, levers, catapults and mega-pinchers! Use the machines you create to feed yourself and shoot ping-pong balls! Operating your simple machines will make work seem like play.

CRAZY CHEMISTRY

Chemistry is part of your everyday life, but what is Chemistry? Explore this great topic and use chemistry to make your own sidewalk chalk. Create a crystal garden out of common household items and use chromatography to make a camp T-shirt.

THE BIRDS & THE BEASTS

Study Biology as you become an ornithologist and discover the unique characteristics of birds. Investigate feathers to see how birds fly. Dissect owl pellets to find out what they eat. Make your own seed mixture to attract your favorite species of birds to your own yard.

SHUTTERBUGS

Explore the use of light to utilize more than one form of photography. Make a cool kaleidoscope with mirrors. Use a camera obscura to help you understand how a camera works. Get artistic with a diazo chamber and create a print to take home.

 

How to be a Mad Scientist! (--Best for children entering 2nd through 6th grade)

Young geniuses will launch us into the future with their rad Mad Scientist skills! It’s time that we make sure our future science super heroes have a good foundation for being a Mad Scientist. Campers will explore how what was once science fiction is now science fact and build a light saber worthy of a battle against the Dark Side. We will experience eerie glowing potions, fabulous fluorescence, and even make glow-in-the-dark slime! Join the Wright brothers and their super scientist mom to test your engineering skills in a fantastic race. Learn about bodacious bionics! Each day campers will take home a project that reminds them to TAKE OVER THE WORLD! MWAHAHAHA! Oh, wait… we mean, they will take home a project that reminds them of what they learned at camp that day. 

The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Camp-Day Themes include: Glow Show + Radical Reactions, Whiz Kids, Fun Forces + Energy Burst, Jr. Engineers, Robot 101 + Mad Machines.

 

GLOW SHOW

In this course students will explore the bright world of light and color! They will learn how the human eye is able to perceive various colors in the presence of white light. Students will also participate in several experiments and activities that teach them about lighting and color concepts like chemiluminescence and fluorescence. Towards the end of the course they will get to conduct an experiment in which they learn how properties in money can be easily detected by light.

RADICAL REACTIONS

What holds atoms and molecules together? What happens during chemical reactions? These questions are answered while campers study physical and chemical reactions in depth. These reactions include those that emit heat (exothermic), those that require heat (endothermic), those that proceed at a very fast pace and reactions that occur in spite of the fact they shouldn’t!

WHIZ KIDS

Team up with your fellow camp inventors to explore the inventions of others – such as kids, women, Rube Goldberg, and Thomas Edison. Draw inspiration from the “wacky” and the practical! The goal of this camp day is to understand that we have no limitations. Our dreams will inspire invention.

FUN FORCES

Find out about forces by doing experiments on gravity, centripetal and inertia. Check out a gyroscope, make cars fly down a track and do a few balancing tricks to discover how forces shape motion

ENERGY BURST

Children explore the energy of motion (potential versus kinetic energy), and how energy can be conserved. They pop, jump, and flip with hopping, swimming, and swinging toys. Children check out the kinetic energy in rubber, band-wound gadgets. (Boinks)

JR. ENGINEERS

Structures are all around you, everywhere you look and everywhere you go! Join a team of scientists to inspect the elements of structures as you build, test, and yes, even eat some structures you create. Climb inside a geodesic dome that you construct with fellow campers. Build a Soma cube puzzle that may even stump your parents!

MAD MACHINES & ROBOTS 

Whether your child loves to build things or destroy them, this week of camp includes lots of both! The junior Mad Science engineers will design and build structures using simple tools and their imaginations. Kids will even construct a geodesic dome big enough for all the campers to sit inside! Then the machine madness starts... Children will discover how many different machines, simple & complex, we use in our daily lives. Campers will design simple machines using pulleys, wedges, screws and levers and have fun learning how catapults work…… then we move on to fun with the Mad Science robots!  Each camper will build robots that you can keep, all the while learning the science of robotics

 

NASA (--Best for children entering 2nd through 6th grade)

Mad Science and NASA have teamed up to bring you the excitement and wonder of space in this new voyage of discovery. From the Earth’s atmosphere to the outer reaches of our solar system, join us and discover the mysteries of space, planets, stars, and more!

Watch star dust burn, and journey through a galaxy as you investigate the life cycle of stars. Explore the farthest reaches of our solar system and create a lunar eclipse in this “mad” planetary tour. Probe the mysteries of meteors and bounce around satellite light as you learn about space phenomena. Learn about the four forces of flight, living in space, and the challenges of space travel. Last but not least, learn about the secrets of rocket science and even participate in a live rocket launch. Join our space academy this summer for some out of this world fun! 

The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Camp-Day Themes include: Earth and Beyond, Astronaut-in-Training, Solar Launch, Eye on the Sky, Space Voyage.

 

EARTH AND BEYOND

Explore the farthest reaches of our solar system and create a lunar eclipse in this “mad” planetary tour! Understand how gravity is used to assist our NASA expedition utilizing your own gravity-assisted launcher. Next, go on a mission to explore the atmosphere on Earth and beyond! Mix up various planetary atmospheres, one molecule at a time, discover how stars would look in space, and make your very own meteorological station.

ASTRONAUT-IN-TRAINING

Discover technology designed for outer space! Steer a laser beam through a laser maze, find hidden mountains using the principles of radar technology, and discover everyday objects that were originally designed for use in space! Bring the excitement home with a stereoscopic viewer that will allow you to see objects in 3D. Live the life of an astronaut as you suit up for space flight! Find out how much you would weigh if you lived on Neptune and how old you would be if you lived on Saturn. Participate in a space mission and make your very own space walk.

SOLAR LAUNCH

This stellar program is your ticket to the stars! Watch star dust burn and journey through a soapy galaxy as you investigate the life cycle of stars! Use your cosmic disk to create your very own constellation. Then, it’s your chance to become a rocket scientist! Investigate the four forces of flight and explore the science involved in rocket construction as you build your own Skyblazer II Rocket that you can take home!

EYE ON THE SKY

Probe the mysteries of meteors and bounce around satellite light in this phenomenal program on space phenomena! Learn how to tell the difference between stars, planets, and satellites in the night sky. See comets up close as one is formed before your eyes and take home your very own James Webb space telescope.

SPACE VOYAGE

Learn all about flight and rocket launches. Race your own rocket balloon using air pressure. Build your own shuttle copter and watch how is uses tension and air to fly around.

 

Red Hot Robots (--Best for children entering 2nd through 6th grade)

Join Mad Science and our Radical Robots for a scientific journey through circuitry and sensors. Explore several different types of robots….robots that follow lines and sounds, robotic arms like the ones you see in the big factories on TV (well, smaller than that, but you get the picture). You will even play tag with robots that you control! Complete the camp by building your own robot to take home!

The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Camp-Day Themes include: Robot Concepts, Robot Basics, Robot Building, Red Hot Robots, Robotic Science.

 

ROBOT CONCEPTS

Roll your way into robot science. Experiment with different robot designs, as you learn what makes a robot work. Invent your own robot designs using recycled materials.

ROBOT BASICS

Discover the world of robots as we investigate the differences between humans and their robotic counterparts. What makes a robot work will be explored during hands-on activities and discussions.

ROBOT BUILDING

Each day some time will be spent perfecting a real working robot that we will finish and take home on Friday. We will be using our fine motor skills and we require that campers at least be entering the second grade so they do not become frustrated with construction.

RED HOT ROBOTS

Hands-on activities will include fun time with our robots. We will play games and experiment with super cool robots such as a soccer robot, a line tracker, a hyper peppy, and a robotic arm.

ROBOTIC SCIENCE

Campers will learn how robots use infrared and other sensors to discover the environment they are placed in. Working in groups we will explore how robots work and how they can make our lives easier.

 

Rockin’ Rockets & Aerodynamics (--Best for children entering 2nd through 6th grade)

Let your imagination take flight as we join Sir Isaac Newton and prepare for aerospace adventures with his laws of motion. Design, build, and test fantastic flying creations including kites, planes, rockets, hovercrafts, and more. Learn all about the Wright brothers and their numerous contributions to aviation. Discover the star secrets of the universe with you own planisphere. Experiment with the laws of physics, gravity and motion during this amazing week of hands-on fun. Join your fellow astronauts as we send an awesome Mad Science rocket to the moon…well at least into the sky! It will be a blast! 

The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Camp-Day Themes include: The Milky Way, The “Wright” Stuff, Newton’s Loco-Motion, Rockin’ Rockets, Up, Up, and Away.

 

THE MILKY WAY

Take a trip into the galaxy! Discover the universe as you build your own planisphere to take home with you. Make your own sundial as you discover what the universe has to do with telling time. Learn how to navigate using the stars with you very own take home sextant.

THE “WRIGHT” STUFF

Learn all about the amazing Wright brothers as you build your own rubber band powered plane and experiment with other flying devices. Learn about the 4 forces of flight and Bernoulli’s Principle. Discover that everything that flies does not always have wings.

NEWTON’S LOCO-MOTION

Fasten your seat belt for a day of motion! Learn how magicians can pull the tablecloth out from under dishes! Use an inertia stick to better understand just how stubborn inertia can be. Have some fun designing your own shirt to take home with you.

ROCKIN’ ROCKETS

Our aspiring rocket scientists master the model rocket safety code and are cleared forlaunch! Campers use stomp rockets, water rockets, and engine-powered rockets to explore the physics of flight. All campers will get to leave camp with their very own rocket!

UP, UP, AND AWAY

Design, build and fly your own kite using ancient flying machines as your guide. Discover why kites have tails. Have a radical resistance race with your fellow campers. Learn how we use heat to make things fly through the air.

 

Science Mysteries (--Best for children entering 1st through 6th grade )

Mad Science explores mysteries of earth, space, sports, secret codes, and the animal world. As young astronauts, we will explore the mysteries of the solar system and learn how astronauts live and work in space. Use Morse code to send secret messages to your friends. We’ll learn the basics about water pollution, acid rain, and the benefits of solar energy. Get in touch with nature by recycling your own garbage and make your very own paper to take home! Discover the relationships between science and sports, including what football players, scientists and ballet dancers have in common. 

The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Camp-Day Themes include: Mad Messages, Earth Awareness, Chemical Counting, Nature, Space.

 

MAD MESSAGES

Decipher the world around you as you learn different ways to send mad messages. Use Morse code to send secret transmissions to your friends and to interpret secret messages from them. Discover the mystery of the Mad Science Message Wheel. Experiment with cool color-changing goldenrod paper.

EARTH AWARENESS

Learn all about pollution and what it does to our planet. Determine what big problems a little pollution can cause with a lake in a bottle. Unearth pollution solutions and other ways to help our planet. Bake nachos with solar power and make your own recycled paper.

CHEMICAL COUNTING

Get ready for a day in the Mad Science Laboratory! Turn a lemon into a battery. Experiment with electrochemical reactions, as you electroplate a penny and a nickel. Learn how chemical elements help you to create chemical compounds. Put your new chemistry know-how to work as you make your own brain goo!

NATURE

Let your nose be your guide on a trail of scents. Follow the clues on this aromatic path. Experiment with natural dyes that you can find in fruits and veggies. Decorate your own painters cap with all the colors that nature has to offer. Use jaws and claws to feed your beastly stomach.

SPACE

Blast off with science as you launch a water bottle rocket. Test soil for "Martian" life. Experiment with space suit design. Get a taste for space and eat like the astronauts when you make your own space snack. Learn how to throw water around and stay dry at the same time. Build your own rubber band powered space shuttle to take home.

 

Secret Agent Lab (----Best for children entering 1st through 6th grade

Look out 007-the Mad Science Spy Academy is here! Suspects! Schematics! and Sleuths! Connect the dots using science to help solve a crime in this hands-on investigation of the science of sleuthing. Uncover the science involved in evidence gathering and analysis and fingerprinting detection. Enhance your recall and observation skills and learn how to use spy equipment. Mad Science Spy Academy camp will help you sharpen your special operative skills as you learn about the secret world of espionage. The key to being a great spy is your ability to use science to “sniff” out your suspects and uncover their secrets. 

The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Camp-Day Themes include: Discover Detection, Spy University, Sleuths on the Scene, Funky Forensics, Science of Security.

 

DISCOVER DETECTION

Use your skills of listening, testing, and observation during this day of detection. We will investigate fingerprints, handwriting, and shoeprints to reveal the identity of our suspects. Listen to an audio crime story to learn clues needed to solve a mystery. Learn to view the story from all angles with a nifty new device.

SPY UNIVERSITY

We will utilize spy gear such as metal detectors, spy ears, and motion sensors to hone our skills. Spies need to understand and use secret codes to pass along important information. Our Mad Science spies will investigate the dancing men code, Braille, and many other ways to share classified information. Use your new skills to write a message and digestively dispose of it before it can get into the wrong hands.

SLEUTHS ON THE SCENE

As a spy you will need to learn how to process clues at a scene. Discover proper procedures as we use all of our senses to study and dissect debris for evidence. Our scientist spies will learn the art of the inflatable fingerprint as they discover perplexing partial and leftover latent prints.

FUNKY FORENSICS

Using forensics to evaluate evidence is a huge part of the spy business. Today we will analyze evidence with chemistry, collection skills, and spy tools. The correct conclusions are critical to solving the crime scene puzzle. We will identify acids and bases as well as synthetic blood samples in our forensic lab. Today all of your analytical skills will be tested.

SCIENCE OF SECURITY

Unlock your spy skill as we tackle the toughest security breaches. We will “pick open” locks, sneak past a whispermeter, and create our own security system. Teams will attempt to crack through each other’s security systems and track a treasure.

 

                                                   


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