Our Grades K-5 Workshop Themes
Kids take home a science-themed toy each class!
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. For grades K-2.
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. For grades 2-5.
Where’s the Air?
This dynamic class explores the concepts of air pressure and buoyancy through hands-on experimentation and thought-provoking demonstrations. Bring home your own “Mad Science Skyhawk Foam Plane”. For grades K-1.
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. For grades 1-5.
Discover sound, sound waves, and use ordinary objects to create a sound symphony! Use our multi-effects processor to alter your voice, resulting in lots of cool special effects. Electronic distortions link shifting frequencies to voice alterations and bring home their very own “Mad Science Sonic Horn” resonance chamber! For grades K-3.
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”. For grades K-3.
Cook up a chemical reaction! Blow up a balloon with yeast. Go on a nutrient hunt. Act out digestion from start to finish. Finally, get a glimpse of your guts-in-action with the “Mad Science Digestor Inspector” Take Home. For grades K-3.
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. For grades K-3.
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 Gravity Assisted Launcher”! For grades K-3.
Science of Toys
Did you know that some of your favorite toys work using basic science principles? Use yo-yos and other classic toys to discover the science of motion through fun hands-on activities. Find out how various toys and String Things work and bring home a glowing “Mad Science Yo-Yo”. For grades K-3.
Lights, Color, Action
See all the colors in white light by using Newton's color theory concepts with a color wheel and spectrum-splitting prisms. Use spectroscopes, ultraviolet light and witness the wonders of chromatography! Children build their own “Mad Science Technicolor Blender” to demonstrate Newton’s color wheel invention. For Grades K-4.
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.
In this exciting and interactive class, learn how taste and smell are interrelated. You will then be treated to a demonstration of how your favorite sodas are carbonated. Children bring home the “Mad Science Taste Test Kit” – a kit that challenges the sense of smell to explore scents! (Not recommended for groups with food allergies, diabetes, or kosher concerns). For grades K-4.
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! NOTE: There is an additional $10.00 material fee for this workshop. For grades K-5.
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 Spacewalk Mission”! For grades K-5.
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! For grades K-5.
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! Children will bring home a “Mad Science Curious Cube” to continue their magic tricks! For grades K-5.
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”. For grades K-5.
Explore the concept of persistence of vision and how we are able to see movies. Take the continuity challenge and see if you have what it takes to help make a movie. Discover how 3-D images are made. Finally, put your movie making skills to the test to create your very own animation with the “Mad Science Cartoon Creator Flipbook." For grades 1-5.
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 while watching a real model rocket launch, and build your very own “Mad Science Space Copter” to fly to the skies! For grades K-5.
Discover the world of static electricity! 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”. For grades 1-5.
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”. For grades 2-4.
The Wright Brothers would be proud as we follow in their footsteps and learn the fundamental principles of flight. There's a mix of conceptual and hands-on learning, which will introduce us to the basics of aerodynamics. Learn about the forces that affect flying machines. Bring home your own “Mad Science Skyhawk Foam Plane”. (We need access to a safe, uncluttered area). For grades 2-4.
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 devices to watch forces at work! Bring home your own force experiments with the “Mad Science Gravity Game”. For grades 2-4.
Children use thermometers and watch demonstrations with thawing blocks and a heat gun. Interactive heat-induced experiments show the relativity of temperature. Temperature increase is induced by friction, and children explore materials that transfer heat at different rates and take home a “Mad Science Heat Sheet”. For grades 2-4.
Build your own “Mad Science Periscope” while learning about optics, reflection and sight. Trick your brain through your eyes and learn the physics behind optical illusions! Seeing is not always believing...as this fast paced and very entertaining workshop demonstrates. For grades 2-4.
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 Meteorological Station”. For grades 2-4.
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. Find out if you would make a good witness! Take home a “Mad Science Personal Profiler Kit” where you can test your forensic science skills. For grades 2-5.
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". For grades 2-5.
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 $3.00 material fee per child for this workshop.\n\nFor grades 2-5.
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, find the secrets of the Vikings’ ships, and take home the famous “Mad Science Air Blaster”. For grades 2-5.
Science of Sports
One very energetic hour filled with activities and experiments to demonstrate the science behind the interaction of our bodies and sports. Explore center of gravity and 3-D vision concepts and see electrolytes in action. Test your reaction time with a “Mad Science React-o-Meter” take home. For grades 2-5.
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 $1.60 material fee per child for this workshop. For grades 2-6
Black & Blue Oceans
Learn about and test oil spill cleaning techniques in a mock oil spill. Learn how water pollution can affect our environment. Create and take home a “Mad Science Wave Modulator” to replicate ocean waves in your home. For grades 3-5.
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! For grades 3-5.
Explore chemistry, one of the most exciting and fundamental sciences! Demonstrations of crystals growing in water glass, and acetone reducing foam to slime! Children will get their hands dirty with non-Newtonian liquids and hydrophobic marble masterpieces! Do experiments at home with the “Mad Science Dynamic Dish”. For grades 3-5.
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."
Excite some electrons as you construct some serious circuits. Test various materials for conductivity with space- age plasma balls. Learn how the build up of electrons can cause static electricity with the “Mad Science Static Stick” take home. For grades 3-5.
Recreate the process of rock formation and learn to identify and classify rocks and minerals. Experience the thrill of panning for gems and take home your very own “Sample Gems” for further study and identification. For grades 3-5.
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 personal “Mad Science Reaction Tube”. For grades 3-5.
Act like junior architects and engineers! Discover the strengths of triangles, cylinders and arches. Learn how combinations of these shapes make for sturdy homes and skyscrapers! Test compression, strength, and tensions with hands-on experiments! Construction continues with the “Mad Science Bridge Basics” take home. For grades 3-5.
Children make waves with Wacky Water and immerse themselves in some WET and wonderful science! Hands-on experiments covering density and pollution introduce students to the fascinating fluid – Water. Learn properties of water and apply when you build and take home your very own “Mad Science Rescue Diver”. For grades 3-5.
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”. For grades 3-6.