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MISSION: NUTRITION
Learn about nutrition and fitness while focusing on a healthy diet and lifestyle. Stimulate enthusiasm for personal health and cultivate a healthy attitude toward nutrition and fitness. Take home a "Mad Science Step-o-Meter", a real pedometer!

LAB WORKS
Use your hands as a real Mad Scientist in this whirlwind class to experience how a lab works! Learn to manipulate laboratory equipment at your personal lab bench, and take home your very own "Mad Science Graduated Gear" to continue your research.

pH PHACTOR

Use the colorful pH scale and dip into the world of acids and bases! Explore the pH extremes with your Reaction Tube in what is sure-to-be a popping experience! Discover whether liquids found in your home are acids or bases using your "Mad Science Reaction Tube".
 
SLIME TIME
Ooze into a gooey hour of sliming around! Create slime using the Mad Science recipe, and then enter the Slime Olympics! Take home your own concoction of "Mad Science Slime".
 
CHEM in a FLASH
Hop on board the chemistry express for a high-speed science experience! Perform instantaneous experiments in this fast-paced class on split-second reactions that go mad! Pick up a "Mad Science Action Flask" and have a blast!
 
SUPER STICKY STUFF
Stick it to the walls, and push the power of tape to the limits in this adhesive hour on things that cling! Build a bond with glue and get attached to your own “Mad Science Professor Beakerdude” .
 
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 "Mad Science Thermocolor Cup" to test the temperature of liquid matter in your home!
 
GLOW SHOW
Discover amazing things that glow bright in the dark and come to light! Probe the properties of light and explore some unusual applications of glow-in-the-dark technology! Take home and use your "Mad Science Blacklight Writer" to make secret messages that only you can see!
 
JUNIOR REACTORS
Introducing the world atoms. Perform hands-on experiments to learn the difference between physical and chemical changes. Explore how atoms join together and molecules react using your take home "Mad Science Atomic Coins Kit!"

BUGS!
Welcome to the realm of insects! Learn about their unique eyesight, and the way that they defend themselves against predators. See how camouflage works and investigate how bugs can be helpful to our environment. Explore what characteristics insects have and bring home your own “Mad Science Insect-a-vision”.

DETECTIVE SCIENCE
Step into the role of a detective and discover how forensic science works to solve crimes. Create and analyze fingerprints and teeth impressions.  Discover how written materials can be analyzed to help solve a crime. Put your observation skills to the test and find out if you would make a good witness!  Take home a “Mad Science Personal Profile Kit” where you can test your forensic science skills.

EARTHWORKS
Discover what the Earth is composed of, and learn all about rocks and minerals. Explore what lies inside an ordinary-looking piece of rock and see minerals fluoresce before your very eyes. Learn about the forces that create earthquakes, the natural faults under the Earth's crust and how mountains are formed.  Take home the “Mad Science Sedimentary Stacker”.

MAD SCIENCE MACHINES
Find out how simple machines make our lives easier. Try out different types of simple machines: levers, wedges, incline planes and pulleys, through various hands-on activities. See a catapult working, and discover how a simple wedge can be a powerful tool. You’ll take home the awesome “Mad Science Drag Racer”. NOTE: There is an additional $1.00 dollar material fee per child for this workshop.

WALLOPING WEATHER
Welcome to the wild world of weather! Investigate why it rains, what causes lightning, and how weather can be predicted. Step into the shoes of a meteorologist, and create your own regional weather forecast.  Learn about the Sun’s energy and ultraviolet radiation with the “Mad Science Sun Beads” you will take home.

SCIENCE OF TOYS
Did you know that some of your favorite toys work using basic science principles? Use bouncing balls, yo-yos and other classic toys to discover the science of motion through fun hands-on activities. Find out how vector toys and string things work, and bring home a glowing “Mad Science Yo-Yo”.

UNDER PRESSURE
Join Bernoulli and Newton as we take an exciting look at the science behind aerodynamics and the properties of air... under pressure.  Levitate ping-pong balls in defiance of gravity.  Use a vortex generator to create air pockets with a punch, and take home the famous “Mad Science Air Drive Rocket”.

CHE-MYSTERY
Explore chemistry, one of the most exciting and fundamental sciences. Learn how to break polymer bonds and create soda pop. Get your own  "Mad Science Dynamic Dish" to take home.

CURRENT EVENTS
Take a tour on the electron freeway! Conductors, insulators, and other elements in the world of circuit electricity introduce themselves to you via the tingle in your fingertips and the twinkle in your eye.  You’ll leave the workshop with a “Mad Science Circuit Maze”.

FUN-DAMENTAL FORCES
Gravity... Inertia... Centripetal force... Who could ever imagine that an introduction to physics could be so much fun?  Experience these awesome forces and experiment with some cool Mad Science devices to watch them at work! Take home your very own "Mad Science Gravity Game".

WACKY WAVES
Create your own multi density wave bottles while learning about water, waves and the environment. Simulate the effects of an ocean oil spill and develop creative techniques to clean it up!  Take home a “Mad Science Rescue Diver”.

SCIENCE OF MAGIC
Is it Magic? No… It’s science!  Learn the secrets behind famous magic tricks.  Mother Nature has some tricks of her own, and we’d like to show you what’s up her sleeve! Take home you're very own "Mad Science Curious Cube".

FANTASTIC FLIERS
The Wright Brothers would be proud as we follow in their footsteps and learn the fundamental principles of flight. This class is a wonderful mix of conceptual and hands-on learning, which will introduce us to the basics of aerodynamics.  Learn about the forces that affect flying machines, and build a Delta Dart.  Bring home your own “Mad Science Skyhawk Foam Plane”.  (We need access to a safe, uncluttered area to perform this workshop, preferably outdoors)

SUPER STRUCTURES
Discover the strengths of triangles, cylinders and arches. Learn how combinations of these shapes make for sturdy homes and skyscrapers!  Use teamwork to build your own super structures as well as a sweet earthquake-proof building! Take home your very own "Mad Science Bridge Basics Kit"

MATTER OF FACT
Investigate the ingredients of the universe. Construct your own molecules.  Learn to distinguish between physical and chemical changes, and even get to play alchemist for a day by turning a nickel into gold (well, almost).  To finish up, you will be introduced to the basics of polymers and learn our secret formula to make your own “Mad Science Goo”.

WATTS-UP!
Learn about the phenomenon of lightning, how it works, and how to avoid meeting with it up close!  Experiment with static electric charges, indoor lightning, and observe how the Van de Graff generator allows for a hair-raising experience. Make your own “Mad Science Static Stick”. (Requires electricity and a room that can be darkened).

MAGNETIC MAGIC
Investigate the power and daily uses of magnets.  Learn about polarity, visualize magnetic fields, and learn how to magnetize ordinary metals. Find out how a compass works, and test a powerful electromagnet.  Bring home the cool “Mad Science Magnet Lab”.

OPTICAL ILLUSIONS
Build your own “Mad Science Periscope” while learning about optics, reflection and sight.  Watch celebrity images change before your very eyes!  Seeing is not always believing…as this fast paced and very entertaining workshop demonstrates.

LIGHT… COLOR… ACTION!
See the light in this fun-filled class that explores the world of light and color.  Activities involving spectroscopes, ultraviolet light and chromatography provide entertaining lessons on the science of light. Children build and keep their own “Mad Science Technicolor Blender” to play with Newton's color wheel at home and to experience the concept of persistence of vision.
(Requires electricity and a room that can be darkened).

SONIC SOUNDS
Discover sound, sound waves, and the way household items can be used to create amazing movie effects.  Use our multi-effects processor to alter your voice, resulting in lots of cool special effects.  Discover how a “Mad Science Talking Cord or Sonic Horn” works, and bring home your very own! (Requires electricity)

TANTALIZING TASTE
In this exciting and interactive class, learn how taste and smell are interrelated.  Learn how to map out your primary taste organ - your tongue - by experimenting with different kinds of tastes. You will then be treated to a demonstration of how your favorite sodas are created.  We’ll teach you how to make “Mad Science Gum Drops” to bring home.  (Not recommended for groups with food allergies, diabetes, or kosher concerns)

HARNESSING HEAT
Fast moving molecules are the main attraction in this exploration of energy and heat. We’ll show you how air behaves when heated or cooled, and launch a mini rocket to study the properties of heat.  Learn about states of matter turning sugar into floss while making your very own cotton candy to eat or bring home your very own "Mad Science Heat Sheet" (Not recommended for groups with food allergies, diabetes, or kosher concerns) (Requires electricity)

SPACE TRAVEL
Learn what it takes to be a true globetrotter!  Race a balloon rocket and design your own car engine as you learn about thrust.  See the principles of propulsion at work in a real rocket launch, and build your very own “Mad Science Shuttle Copter” to fly to the skies!

ATMOSPHERE & BEYOND
You’ll be on a mission to explore the atmosphere on Earth, and beyond!  Travel to the end of the rainbow and make a sunset!  Mix up various planetary atmospheres, one molecule at a time.  Discover how stars would look in space and see what makes stars twinkle using your very own “Mad Science Shimmering Star”.

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.  Build a “Mad Science Bead Dipper” to create a 3-dimensional glow-in-the-dark constellation!

ROCKET SCIENCE
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 the rocket construction as you build your own “Mad Science Skyblazer II Rocket” that you can take home. NOTE: There is an additional $2.50 dollar material fee per child for this workshop.

PLANETS AND MOONS
Explore the depth of our solar system and create a lunar eclipse in this “mad” planetary tour!  Learn how the planets stack up.  Build and take home the “Mad Science Kepler’s Cube”, a fun and educational 3-D solar system puzzle!

SPACE PHENOMENA
Probe the mysteries of meteors and bounce around satellite light in this phenomenal program on space events!  See comets up close as one is formed before your eyes, and take home your very own “Mad Science Catch-a-Comet”. (Requires electricity and a room that can be darkened). 

LIVING IN SPACE
Experience the life of an astronaut as you suit up for space flight!  Use teamwork to complete an important space mission, build a model space station and bring home a “Mad Science Cosmic Chronometer” to measure the time here on Earth!

SPACE TECHNOLOGY
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 "Mad Science Lightning Launcher™" that will light up the sky! (Requires electricity and a room that can be darkened).

DINOSAURS 
Examine real fossil casts and explore the differences in the teeth of herbivores and carnivores. Students will participate in a mini dinosaur excavation and make a cast of a "Mad Science dinosaur tooth" to take home.

WHERE’S the AIR? 
Learn about the air all around us and discover its amazing strength. This dynamic class explores the concepts of air pressure through thought provoking demonstrations.  (Requires electricity)

SEEKING our SENSES
Sniff out the science of your 5 senses! Hear your heartbeat using a real stethoscope, test your vision with optical illusions, and learn to read using your sense of touch! Take home a "Mad Science Scratch & Match Kit"

 
 

 

ELECTRICITY (Grades 3-5)
Excite some electrons and create some serious circuits.

MINERAL MANIA (Grades 3-5)
Peek beneath Earth’s crust and learn all about rocks and minerals.

BLACK & BLUE OCEANS (Grades 3-5)
Investigate an oil spill and focus on the impact of water pollution.

 

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