Our Elementary-Level Workshop Themes

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Taste Buds

Kids put on their lab coats and stick out their tongues, as they discover the delicious biology behind their taste buds.


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Seeking our Senses

Kids explore all five senses. They test their vision with optical illusions, experiment with their hearing, and try their hand at reading braille.


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Body Basics

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.


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Decomposers

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.


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Dinosaurs

Kids examine fossil casts and explore the differences in the teeth of herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs. Students participate in a mini dinosaur excavation and make a cast of a dinosaur tooth to take home.


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Slippery Science

This class demystifies one of the most beneficial molecules known to humankind…polymers!


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Sound Basics

Kids surf sound waves in this “offbeat” class. They will explore how sounds are created and transmitted.


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Magnificent Magnets

Kids discover the invisible fields surrounding magnets with our iron filings. They devise and perform experiments to test magnetic strength.


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Where’s the Air?

This dynamic class explores the concepts of air pressure and buoyancy through hands-on experimentation and thought-provoking demonstrations.


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Measure for Measure

Children learn all about the metric system of measurement and trek through a treasure trail.


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Playing with Polymers

Kids discover the chemical and physical properties of plastics. They explore the plethora of physics principles that play a role in our daily lives.


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Exploring Ecosystems

Kids 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.


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Photosynthesis

This workshop provides kids with an introduction to photosynthesis, including an understanding of the chemical processes at work in plants, plant respiration, and the role of plants in food webs.


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Matter of Fact

Kids 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.


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Good Vibrations

Kids investigate the science of sound in this hands-on introduction to the basics of vibration, frequency, and pitch. They discover how instruments use vibration to make music and are amazed as they hear bells ring through their fingers.


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Electricity

Kids 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 create and play a buzz-making electric game.


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Mischievous Magnets

What makes some metal magnetic? What shapes do magnetic fields invisibly form around different-shaped magnets? Can compasses really help you find your way? Kids discover the answers to these questions and many more.


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Invention-ation

Who gave us Morse code? How about earmuffs or the light bulb? Children are guided from observation through experimentation on their journey to becoming a great inventor.


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Mineral Mania

Kids recreate the process of rock formation and devise ways to identify and classify rocks and minerals. They experience the thrill of panning for gems; the gems they find, they can take home for further study and investigation.


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Black and Blue Oceans

Kids 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.


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Turn Up the Volume

Kids are introduced to the scientific process involved in the measurement of volume, through a series of activities and experiments. They fill-up on the physics of liquids and practice techniques fit for a lab tech!


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Be Tobacco Free

Be Tobacco Free is designed to educate on the direct & indirect effects of tobacco use on the body.


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MISSION: CODE

In this 10-part workshop series, kids develop computational thinking and problem-solving skills in an online game environment. They use programming concepts to help a robot get to the next level in the most efficient way; acquiring programming skills for life!


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