Our Grades 3-6 Workshop Themes
Acids & Bases
Uncover the secrets of chemistry and the effects acids and bases have on our daily lives. Learn to test for acid rain, make your own fire extinguisher, and watch as a film canister pop using an acid and a base!
Black and Blue Oceans
Students devise and test techniques to handle the aftermath of an oil spill, in an oil spill simulation, and discuss how to clean up and prevent the pollution that plagues our oceans.
Kids study the science of their insides by learning about the major systems of the human body. They learn about how their food is digested, how their blood flows through their bodies, and how their brain controls all of these parts.
Cells & Grossology
Celebrate cells and unravel the mysteries of the basic building blocks of all living things. Explore the gross science of our own body systems by making brain goo, mucus, and other fun yucky stuff. Create a cool and slimy cell model to take home!
Take a tour on the electron freeway! Conductors, insulators, transistors, and other elements in the world of circuit science will introduce you to the wonderful world of electricity. Kids will be amazed and shocked…not literally…by our electrifying experiments.
Take some worms, add some food scraps, and what do you get; fertilized soil and a whole lot of fun! This workshop breaks down the science of decomposition and reveals the work of worms and other decomposers.
Discover how science is used to solve real crimes! Watch as the classroom is transformed into a crime lab for this exciting exploration of the fundamentals of forensics including analyzing fingerprints, teeth impressions. It's so much fun, its criminal!
Dry Ice Capades
Manipulate matter in all of its three states! Melt metal in boiling water and freeze water with just a breath of dry ice! Use your Thermocolor Cup™ to test the temperature of liquid matter in your home!
Students will explore the 3 main classifications of rocks, and how they are related and connected through the rock cycle. They will also recreate the process of rock and landscape formation through modeling volcanoes and weathering and erosion.
Electricity & Lasers
Students excite electrons as they construct some serious circuits during this program all about electricity. They test various materials for conductivity with space-age plasma balls. Finally, they play a game of laser limbo and have a laser dance party!
Students investigate the interconnections present in nature. They build ecosystem models, explore the elements of energy webs, reflect on how humans impact ecosystems, and use field journals for everyday explorations, and more.
Explore the energy of motion (potential versus kinetic energy), with boinks, catapults and rubber-band powered cars and catapults. Build a rattlesnake egg –full of potential energy to scare your friends.
Gravity... Inertia... Centripetal force... who could ever imagine that an introduction to physics could be so much fun? We’ll experience these awesome forces for ourselves and build some cool devices to watch them at work!
Amazing discoveries will come to light in this class on things that glow bright in the dark! Probe the properties of light and explore some unusual applications of glow-in-the-dark technology—including the printing of money!
Discover the incredible power of heat! Students will observe an underwater volcano, experience hand boilers, experiment with ice cubes and make some sweet science- cotton candy!
Life in the Sea
What is life like under the ocean's surface? Examine and investigate various sea creatures, explore the deep, dark depths of our oceans and learn about buoyancy and adaptation. Make your own Cartesian Diver to take home!
Levers, wedges, incline planes, wheel and axles, and pulleys, oh my! Find out how simple machines make our lives easier through various hands-on activities. Construct the coolest lever ever: your very own catapult to take home!
Matter of Fact
Students explore molecules and the forces that hold atoms together. They see the dramatic differences between physical and chemical changes, as they mix up a batch of their very own Mad Science Putty to take home.
Explore nutrition, fitness and other essential components of a healthy diet and lifestyle as we understand what our bodies really need. Take home Step-o-Meters™ and a mileage log offer a fitness tool to start measuring steps taken on the road to a healthier life. We challenge you to get healthy!
Learn all about the forces behind the movement of planes, trains and automobiles. Perform a series of experiments to learn more about friction, inertia, and other forces that affect the way things move. Build your very own inertia kit to continue experimenting at home. Let’s get moving!
Students explore the physics of optical illusions. They learn how our eyes can trick our brains as a twisting coil climbs up and down without moving, and a towel turns into a dog! Students manipulate flexible mirrors and explore the world with inverted vision. Hands-on laminates provide students the opportunity to create their own illusions.
Playing with Polymers
Students discover the chemical and physical properties of plastics. They explore the plethora of physics principles that play a role in our daily lives.
In this session the focus will be on technology – Robotics! Explore how robots can be used to make our lives easier. Experiment with robots that can do some extraordinary tasks, infrared robots, robotic arms, light and sound sensing robots and more!
This is your chance to be a rocket scientist! Investigate the four forces of flight with the help of a Unique Flying Object! Explore the science involved in rocket construction as you build your own Air Pressure Rocket that you can take home!
Science of Magic
Is it magic? No…It’s science! You’ll discover the secrets behind famous magic tricks that you can recreate for yourself! Make things disappear, escape chains, read minds, and more! Build your own production box to take home!
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 originally designed for use in space! Take home a spacey Stereoscopic Viewer™ to see why two cameras are better than one!
Sun & Stars
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 a constellation flying disk!
Super Power Sources
Discover the science behind renewable energy resources – the power of the future. Create an amazing sunspot with solar power, follow the flow of electrons through a turbine, create wind energy and experiment with a car powered by water? Power a flashlight with your own hand.
Explore electricity, its properties and its role in natural phenomena. Make indoor lightning while conducting hair-raising experiments with our electro-static generator.
Where’s the Air?
This dynamic class explores the concepts of air pressure and buoyancy through hands-on experimentation and thought-provoking demonstrations.