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Our in-class workshops are ideal for children from Kindergarten through to grade 5.

They may be used as an in-class field trip.   

Here are just a few of our favorite fun and interactive workshops:

Fundamental Forces

Teaches: Force, Motion, Energy


Introduces students to the basic concepts of forces. Allows children to encounter their own force of gravity And to see what happens to objects when different forces are applied; this helps to illustrate things like gravity, racetrack, centrifugal, and centripetal force. Children also get a chance to experiment with gyroscopes and loops.

 

Current Events

Teaches: Force, Motion, Energy


Students problem-solve to create simple circuits that will light a bulb. Hands-on activities also allow them to explore more complex series of circuits. They experience a nerve-tester, Mad Science electricity labs, and our amazing Tooth Tunes device. They also observe how electricity flows through wires and water.


Electricity


Teaches: Force, Motion, Energy


This workshop introduces students to the fundamental concepts of electricity: circuits, conductors, insulators, and how electricity is converted for everyday uses. Students get to create different circuits, interact with plasma balls, discover “sticky” static electricity and make their own static energy chambers to take home.

 

Ecosystems


Teaches: Living Systems


Students learn about the interconnections that exist between all living things in an ecosystem, including humans. The nature cycles, food chains and energy webs (producers, consumers and decomposers) within different environments are explored before we make mini-ecosystems that students can observe in class for a month.

 

Photosynthesis


Teaches: Life Processes


This workshop provides an introduction to the chemical processes in a plant, plant respiration, and the role of plants in food webs. Students get a chance to examine the role of light in the process, test for starch, and then create a mini greenhouse to observe in class or take home.

 

All About Animals


Teaches: Living Systems


How do animals feed themselves and their young? Which animals hibernate and which ones migrate, and why? How do animals use camouflage and behavior to protect themselves from predators? Students gain a better understanding of the adaptations and characteristics of animals which live in different habitats and environments and then make an animal print to take home.

 

 

 

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All About Animals

Suggested Grade Range: K-5

Feathers, fins, fur and more! Explore the animal kingdom and learn about the habitats, special adaptations and camouflage of your favorite creatures. Make your own animal track, and explore the amazing, and sometimes strange sounds animals make.

Bugs

Suggested Grade Range: K-3

Learn the difference between a bug and an insect. How do insects defend themselves?  What is their role in the ecosystem?  What does the world look like to a bug?  Take home your own Insect Vision viewer and find out how a bug sees the world!    

Earthworks

Suggested Grade Range: K-5

Investigate different types of earth phenomena like volcanoes, mountains, and earthquakes.  Learn about the forces of nature that shape our very earth. Go home with your own homemade sedimentary stacker!

 

Incredible Human Machine 

Suggested Grade Range: K-3

Explore the mysteries of the human body. We’ll learn what causes stomach aches and experiment with a working lung model.  Find out how hard the human heart works on a daily basis.  Take home an “anatomy apron” that locates all the major organs of the circulatory, digestive and respiratory systems!  

 

Life in the Sea

Suggested Grade Range: K-5

In this workshop we will explore different kinds of sea life and learn about their adaptations to their environments. We will study the principles of buoyancy and perform our own experiments to learn why fish are such good swimmers. Examine and investigate starfish, sea urchins, shells, and more! 

 

Magnetic Magic

Suggested Grade Range: K-5

Investigate the powers and daily uses of magnets. Test for electromagnetic fields and feel like a magician while using the magnets to levitate cool objects! Take home your own floating magnet set. 

 

Fun with Fossils 

Suggested Grade Range: K-3

Travel back in time and let a stegosaurus explain how and why fossils are formed. Learn about different kinds of fossils and where the best fossil hunting grounds are. Take home your very own fossilized Shark Tooth!

 

 

Mineral Mania

Suggested Grade Range: 2-5

Become a Geologist, look beneath the earth’s crust and discover what lies beneath us.  Learn about the three types of rock formation, the difference between a rock and a mineral, and how to classify and identify minerals. Then put your knowledge to the test as you classify and find out what types of mineral you are taking home!

 

Photosynthesis

Suggested Grade Range: K-5

Without plants we couldn’t breathe or eat! Learn about the role they play in our lives and how plants turn sunshine, water and nutrients into food and oxygen. We’ll explain why leaves and grasses are green, make a model leaf, and even send you home with an Alien Plant Head to help start your own garden!

 

Tantalizing Taste 

Suggested Grade Range:                  

K-5

Find out if you are super taster! Do not let your tongue fool you while exploring how other senses influence taste. Focus on the tongue’s different taste zones and be surprised by sugar content hidden in beverages. Take home you own Taste Test Kit!  

 

Note:  This workshop involves tasting sugar and other small quantities of food.

 

Walloping Weather

Suggested Grade Range:                  

K-5

We bring the weather to you! A cloud in a bottle, is it possible? Hold onto your hats and get ready to brave the elements! Learn about different cloud formations and discover the role of air pressure in the formation of weather.

Bring home your own UV Indicator key chain.

 

 

                       

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Current Events

Suggested Grade Range:                  

2-5

Students will explore the science of electricity. We will be making series circuits and experimenting with conductive and non-conductive materials. Students will learn the purpose of a fuse and watch a crafted fuse bust a balloon! 

 

Energy Burst 

Suggested Grade Range:                  

K-3

In this class students will learn about energy and motion by experimenting with rubber band powered cars, Catapults, and poppers! The kids will use their newfound knowledge of the relationship between potential energy and kinetic energy as they experiment with their own Boink!

 

 

Harnessing Heat

Suggested Grade Range:                  

K-5

Experiment with heat conductive materials and witness a mini rocket launch while learning the properties of heat. Watch an underwater volcano erupt and solve the mystery of a Heat Sheet at home!

 

                                 

 Sonic Sounds

Suggested Grade Range:

K-5

Did you know that sound travels in waves? Are you aware that coat hangers, cups, and water can create a cacophony of amazing sound effects? Investigate the effects of sound waves as they move through the three states of matter. Create an indoor thunderstorm and finally get loud with your own Sonic Horn take home!

 

Under Pressure

Suggested Grade Range:                  

2-5

Explore the properties of air...under pressure. Use a vortex generator to create air pockets with a punch and levitate ping-pong balls in defiance of gravity! Learn Bernoulli’s principle with enormous windbags and take home your very own vortex generator!

 

 

Watts-Up?

Suggested Grade Range:                  

2-5

Learn about static electricity and its role in natural phenomena. Make indoor lightning and conduct hair-raising experiments using a static cup. Make pepper leap, go fishing for feathers and learn how to attach a balloon to the wall using only the power of electrons.  Watch items leap and dance off a Van de Graff generator!

 

Lights, Color…Action!

Suggested Grade Range:                  

K-3

Learn about the properties of white light and rainbows. Explore the visible light spectrum through rainbow peepholes and spectroscopes. Watch light colors separate and blend together with a Technicolor Blender that you can take home!

 

 

 

C h e m i s t r y

 

Che-Mystery

Suggested Grade Range:                  

2-5

Eliminate the mystery in chemistry! Explore one of the most exciting and fundamental sciences as you grow a crazy Crystal Garden and experience the effects of exothermic and endothermic reactions!

 

Dry Ice

Suggested Grade Range:                  

K-5

Explore the 3 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. Bring home your own freezer reaction with a thermo-color cup!

 

 

Slippery Slime

Suggested Grade Range:                  

K-5

Explore the exciting world of polymers, the chemical reactions we use to create them, and their inner workings. Transform two regular liquids into an oozing batch of your very own slime and test the scientific properties of slime at the Slime Olympics!

 

 

 

Chem in a Flash

Suggested Grade Range:1-5

Children take a trip through several fields of chemistry and discover the factors that can change the rate of a reaction! Children will explore crystallization and receive a Take-Home Action Flask kit to perform more experiments.      

 

 

 

 

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Fundamental Forces

Suggested Grade Range: K-5

Learn about the fundamentals of physics including centripetal force, center of gravity and inertia!  Magically balance toy eagles on the tip of your finger and feel the forces in action as you hang onto a rotating bike wheel! 

 

Stunt Planes and Gliders

Suggested Grade Range: 2-5

The Wright Brothers would be proud as we follow in their footsteps and learn the fundamental principles of flight. Build a variety of airplanes and learn how to control their flight using elevators and rudders. Take home your own Sky Hawk plane!

 

Super Structures

Suggested Grade Range: K-5

Discover the strengths of triangles, cylinders and arches. Use teamwork to build your own super structures as well as an earthquake-proof building. Build your own super structure to take home with knowledge of a junior structural engineer!

 

 

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Detective Science

Suggested Grade Range: K-5

Discover how science is used to solve crimes!  Students learn the importance of “trace evidence,” such as teeth impressions and fingerprints, and how to identify unknown substances at crime scenes. Take home your own ID kit! 

 

 

Movie Effects

Suggested Grade Range: K-5

Take a seat in the director’s chair and discover why science is the real star on the big screen. Learn how special effects are created and investigate the concept of 3-D.  Take home your own materials to create your own moving picture!

 

 

Optical Illusions

Suggested Grade Range: 2-5

Learn about optics, reflection, and sight. Use magic mirrors to trick your brain and solve optical illusion puzzles with you group. Take home your own light bending periscope!

 

 

 

Science of Toys

Suggested Grade Range: K-5

Explore the science behind all kinds of toys, from the most common spinning tops, to wacky balancing figures. Investigate wind-up toys by assembling giant gears. Learn about magnetic fields by designing magnetic structures and obstacles. Be a part of a circuit that makes a bird chirp and top it all off by bringing home a Yo-Yo! 

 

Space Travel 

Suggested Grade Range: K-5

Learn about the main parts of a rocket and watch a real water rocket launch! Experiment with stabilizing fins as students participate in balloon rocket race! Students will get to take home their own Shuttle Copter! 


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