Our exciting after school program meets once a week for five weeks.
Each topic can be geared to either elementary (K-5) or middle (6-8) school students, with different experiments and instruction methods employed specifically to reach students of different ages.
Tentative Schedule of Topics
- The Scientific Method – A fun, messy introduction to creative experimentation
- Animals and Adaptation – Meet real live animals and explore the link between living organisms and their environments
- Chemical Changes and Physical Changes – Students mix, smash and explode various substances to explore how chemical reactions work
- Human Body – With models and unique activities we explore the inner workings of the human body. For older students, or upon request, we offer a dissection of a real dogfish shark!
- Acids and Bases – What are acids? We look in depth at these amazing chemicals and their opposites, bases, and explore different methods of identifying them
- Microscopes and Microbes – Students will explore some of the living creature that are too small to see with the naked eye
- Magnetism – Through experimentation, students will gain an understanding of how magnetism works and will make several different kinds of magnets
- Mixtures, Solutions, and Suspensions – Where does sugar go when you stir it into water? Why does oil float on water? We find out in this fun and messy lesson.
- Sound Waves – Using a Theremin and an Electric Guitar, students explore how sound is generated and how it travels
- Trees and Leaves – Students explore different species of tree and use chemistry to extract and separate the colored pigments from leaves
- Observation and Physical Properties – We make a mess to explore how scientists get information and how they use it
- Atoms, Molecules, and Matter – Students learn how molecules form, how elements differ from one another and witness a series of amazing explosions and reactions
- Motors – Students construct different types of motor and test them to see how they work.
- Fossil Hunt – Here we explore how fossilization occurs and then find real fossils that the students get to keep!
- The Wonders of Flight – We work together to understand aerodynamics and flight by building and testing different flying vehicles
- Plants and Seeds – By dissecting seeds and fruits we learn the functions of both
- Action and Reaction – By launching rockets and other small vehicles students will explore one of the laws of physics
- Bones and Skeletons – Here students will work with bones and skeletons to learn the different purposes they serve in the body and how they fit together
- Electricity and Generating Charges – Students will experiment with electricity by generating charges and becoming human lightning rods!
- Asteroids and Collisions – What happens when two objects crash together? We find out through activities that involve smashing and crashing a host of items
- Inertia – Here we explore a law of physics by launching, tossing, bouncing, spinning and throwing, different materials and objects
- Growing Crystals – Students learn how crystals form and how to grow crystals in a beaker from exotic chemicals as well as simple, safe household materials
- Insects – Student explore how insects develop and what makes them unique
- Waves, Light and Color – Here students conduct amazing experiments with the human eye, light, pigments and lasers
- Density – Why does a huge ocean liner float yet a tiny penny will sink? We explore the concept of density to answer this question and more
- Experiments With Icebergs – Fun experiments that focus on exploring the properties of ice.
- Agar and Growing Bacteria and Fungi – Students will grow germs from classroom surfaces, make microscope slides of their specimens and then observe them with a microscope
- Friction – We explore the force of friction with hands on activities and amazing demonstrations
- Electricity and Circuits – Student will explore how electricity and electrical components work and will then test these concepts by constructing switches, simple circuits and even a radios
- The Science of Bubbles – Participants explore the unique properties of water, surface tension, surfactants and solvents. This is put to use as we create bubbles in a multitude of different sizes, shapes and configurations and then test how they behave, how light travels through them and much more.