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Our in-class workshops are ideal for children from Kindergarten through to grade 8.

Each workshop is accompanied by a Teacher Resource Package to help educators maximize the learning experience before and after each Mad Science workshop.



Workshop Descriptions

Fluttering Birds- Students will be excited to learn all about their fine feathered friends when they take an up close look at birds. They will discover how to match bird mates, see what eggs are produced by which species; learn how a bird’s beak is a tool and how to identify different bird’s songs.

Invention-ation- Who gave us Morse code?  How about earmuffs or the light bulb?  Children will be guided from observation through presentation on their journey to becoming a great inventor.

Matter of Fact- Explore molecules and how they are held together.  See the dramatic differences between physical and chemical changes as you mix up a batch of your very own Mad Science Putty to take home.

Bugs! Children get engrossed in entomology! They find out that insects are arthropods and inspect authentic insect specimens. Insect anatomy is introduced and examined up-close. An ultraviolet powder demonstration lights up the truth on how insects spread pollen.

Digging for Dino- Examine real fossil casts, and explore the differences in the teeth of herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs.  Students will participate in a mini dinosaur excavation and make a dinosaur fossil to take home.

Journey Into Space- Take your class on a trip through the solar system and sign them up for the Mad Science Astronaut in training program where they will learn all about the elements of space.

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

Energy Burst- Children explore the energy of motion (potential versus kinetic energy), and how energy can be conserved. They pop, jump, and flip with hopping, swimming, and swinging toys. Children check out the kinetic energy in rubber, band-wound gadgets and reach their potential with a kinetic marble-bounce take home.

Lights, Color, Action! Celebrate the science of color! Make a rainbow out of white light and try on diffraction lenses. Color the world with your very own Rainbow Glasses!

Polymer Madness! Learn all about polymers! From Tupperware to balloons, polymers are all around us! Touch a bunch of different polymers before making your very own slime to take home and experiment with.

Fun-damental Forces- Find out about forces by doing experiments on gravity, centripetal and inertia. Check out a gyroscope, make cars fly down a track and do a few balancing tricks to discover how forces shape motion.

Keep In Touch- Students will learn how they understand the world with their sense of touch and will also emphasize that some objects are safe to touch while others are not.  They will be presented with the challenge of identifying a variety of objects using only their sense of touch.

All About Animals- What is an animal? Feathers, fins, fur and more! Children explore the animal kingdom and learn about habitats, anatomy and life cycles of their favorite creatures. They experiment with camouflage, and explore the amazing sounds that animals make. Children step into the shoes of a naturalist and make their own animal track cast to take home.

Scientific Method- Investigate the Scientific Method through use of racecars, while learning about the power of potential and kinetic energy.

Seeking our Senses- Explore all five senses.  Test your vision with optical illusions, experiment with your hearing, and try your hand at reading Braille.

Magnificent Magnets- Explore the power of magnets! Create electromagnets and control a compass needle. See a magnetic accelerator in action. Take home your very own Magnets to continue your research!

Electrifying Electricity- Excite some electrons as you construct some serious circuits during this program all about electricity.  Test various materials for conductivity with space-age plasma balls.  Finally, create and play an electronic game.

Black and Blue Oceans- Students will devise and test oil spill techniques in a mock oil spill and learn all about the pollution that plagues the oceans.

Cells! This hands-on workshop provides students with an introduction to cell structure, including an understanding that cells are the building blocks of all living things, basic cell process and cell division. 

Mineral Mania- Recreate the process of rock formation and devise ways to identify and classify rocks and minerals. 

Body Basics- Study the science of your insides by learning about the major systems of the human body.  Learn about how your food is digested, how your blood flows through your body and how your brain controls all of these parts. 

Measure for Measure- Children will have a unique opportunity to learn all about the metric system of measurement and trek through a treasure trail.

Life in the Sea- The ocean holds many mysteries and deep-sea creatures that seem more alien than earthly. Children learn about the vast range of life found in the sea—from plankton to sponges to whales! Children learn how plants and animals are adapted to their ocean habitats, and find out what humans can do to protect ocean life. 

Weather Wonders- Through this interactive class students will help create a storm and will make in rain inside. They will also learn all about the water cycle and weather patterns.

Sound Basics- Surf sound waves in this “off beat” class.  We will explore how sounds are created and transmitted.

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

Mission Nutrition- Step into some healthy habits! Put together a food pie and lay out a perfectly proportioned meal. See how much energy burning calories can give you.

Science of Magic- Discover how magical science can be and the science behind some basic magic tricks! Try out some Houdini chains, discover the science behind disappearing water and fool your friends with a very cool Curious Cube!

Super Structures- Calling all junior engineers! Test out the basics of architectural design and structural engineering in this hands-on class about structures. Explore how triangles, arches and bridges shape our structures and apply some engineering to your very own bridge.

Detective Science- Children use science to crack a case! The crime happens just before the Bustertown bake-off. Mr. Baker’s big, fat, chewy, chocolate chip cookie is sabotaged and his recipe is stolen. The case kicks off with a crime scene investigation. The children examine fingerprints, mystery powders, ink samples, and teeth impressions. They also practice their memory skills to create a composite

Acids and Bases- Students explore the crazy chemistry of acids and bases in this fascinating one-hour program on the pH scale. The pH Phactors hydrogen and hydroxide give a colorful introduction, and the Phantastic pH test is applied to common household chemicals. Students are challenged to bring a mystery liquid to a perfect pH balance.

Movie Effects- Movie Effects gives children a chance to sit in the director's chair and discover why science is the real star on the big screen. Exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities allow children to discover the science behind the amazing sound and weather effects from their favorite movies. Children investigate 3-D technology, and experience how this effect can make them feel like part of the action.

Dry Ice- The class warms up with a molecular movement exercise to learn about the three states of matter. Dry ice—the star of the show—used in a series of tests, under the guidance of the instructor, explores the properties of matter at extreme temperatures. The class rolls toward a grand finale that engages the group in catching a cloud!

























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