Our After-School Program Themes
Using LEGO® bricks, kids build a different engineering-themed project in each class. They explore different engineering fields including mechanical, structural, aerospace, nautical, and bioengineering. They use critical thinking and creative problem-solving to test and improve their creations.
NASA Academy of Future Space Explorers
NASA and Mad Science collaborate to educate the next generation! Children go on a voyage of discovery with unique hands-on activities, and amazing demonstrations that explore the sun and stars, space technology, rocket science, the atmosphere, planets and moons, and more!
Welcome to the world of chemistry! Children make slime, experiment with different reactions, and learn to use the tools that chemists use. Polymers and catalysts are only two of the fascinating concepts our young Mad Scientists explore in this thrilling trip through the chemistry lab!
Sensational Science - System 2
Science is all around us! Using Newton's color wheel, you'll build white light like a puzzle from its component parts! You'll learn how to make your favorite soft drink and even pick up a few magic tricks to fool your friends - all while learning about the science that makes them possible! With a little practice you'll begin to see the science in everything!
Fantastic Physics - System 3
Students will study and apply concepts of real scientists with spectacular hands-on activities, demonstrations, and inquiry-based discussions. Learn the physics of Fun-damental Forces and Super Structures. Have fun solving a Che-mystery and learning the Science of Magic. Explore air in Under Pressure and aerodynamics with Fantastic Fliers. Make waves with Wacky Water and shocking current events.
Science Mania - System 4
Dive into the exciting lab of a Mad Scientist! Investigate bugs and how they help our environment. Become a detective and discover how forensic science plays a role in solving crimes. Be a special effects expert and discover why science is the real star on the big screen. Investigate meteorology and build your own UV detector. discover the science behind your favorite toys with Mad Science!
Launch your imagination to new heights as you explore aerospace engineering! Discover the secrets of working in space efficiency and compact design. Create a trussed space station module, then connect it with others to create a massive modular spacecraft.
Reach for the sky! Find out how structural engineers use ideas from physics to solve problems. Work together to build a structurally sound tower with a working elevator, then test and improve your design for strength and stability.
Feel the thrill as you build a spinning swing ride! Learn about the forces and mechanical engineering concepts behind some of your favorite amusement park rides. Then improve and test the design to create an even wilder ride.
Create a sea-worthy vessel as you set sail with nautical engineers! Build and test a boat powered by potential and kinetic energy. Then try changing specific variables to improve speed, buoyancy, and stability.
Discover nature's engineering secrets as we investigate biochemistry! We can learn a lot about efficient design from observing plants and animals. Build a walking insect machine, then test different ways to help it climb up the steepest branch.
How can you build the strongest bridge? Work together with your fellow to build and test different bridge designs. Then use what you've learned to create the strongest bridge possible.
Get in gear as an ! Build a motorized vehicle and learn how to optimize it. Use wheels, axles and gears to reduce friction and make it work better. Then shift things into a higher gear to get a hands-on understanding of transmissions and gear ratios.
Engineering is creative! Learn how gears, levers, and pulleys are useful tools for then combine them with art and design to create and test a motorized drawing machine.