Our Grades 3-6 Workshop Themes
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Where’s the Air?
This dynamic class explores the concepts of air pressure and buoyancy through hands-on experimentation and thought-provoking demonstrations.