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Summer Camps: Ages 7-12


Chemicals, Cells and Crime
 
Get ready for a day in the Mad Science Laboratory! Children turn a lemon into a battery. They discover electrochemical reactions as they electroplate a penny and a nickel. They learn how new compounds are created from chemical reactions. They then take a fantastic trip into “cell city” and the human body. They learn about cells and the different parts and functions of a cell. They investigate the different organ systems and make a gutsy apron and a model lung to take home. They team up with fellow campers to solve the “Great Cookie Caper” crime. They walk the grid and collect evidence to solve the crime. They test their forensic skills to solve the crime and make their own cookie snack. There is so much to explore during the day!

 


Rocking Rockets and Aerodynamics
 
This camp takes the children through the principles of flight and aerodynamics. They build airplanes, hovercraft and balloon copters. They discover what makes things fly and how different types of flying devices fly. They explore the role that wind and the movement of air plays on simple flying devices such as kites, hot air balloons and parachutes. What is the Milky Way and how do we know what’s up there? Children explore the celestial sphere, learn about celestial navigation and build their own sextant, sundial, planisphere and even a refracting telescope while discovering the wonders of the Milky Way. This is a camp that takes children to exhilarating heights all summer long!

 


Secret Agent Lab 

Suspects, schematics, and sleuths… oh my! Connect the dots using science to help solve a crime in this hands-on investigation of the science of sleuthing. Children use the ‘scene solver’ to reconstruct the scene of a crime. Using the ‘whodunit-kit’, they can practice their skills of recall and observation—matching character descriptions to reconstruct the face of the culprit! 
Look out 007—the Mad Science spy academy is in session! From decoding messages to metal detectors and night vision, children have the opportunity to check out spy equipment and even create their own edible messages! They use the ‘secret code breaker’ to communicate in code, like real spies. With the ‘undercover observer’, children step into the shoes of spies in action.  It will be a week of camp to remember! Children take home a detective tool at every session!

 


LEGO Mindstorms Robotics 

Children explore the exciting world of robotics!  They learn the mechanical aspects of robots such as  gears, torque, hydraulics and pneumatics. They discover electrical circuitry as it powers robots at work.  They then learn the robot’s principal components and  identify, compare, and test many toy robots. They form small robotics teams to build  programmable robots using the Lego NXT Mindstorms systems. Children work with ultrasonic, touch, color and motion sensors which collect information around them. The program interprets this information and make the robot respond to its environment. Children make the robots move in a dancing fashion, identify colors, follow a line and avoids objects around. These future roboticists will learn teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking skills, and develop the value of self-motivation and resourcefulness. Each child will build his own 6-in-1 solar robot to take home.

 
Summer Science Extravaganza
 
Come, join, and soak up this summer in our deluge of science fun! Learn the science behind the spectacular special effects and technology behind movies.   Discover optical illusions using mirrors and build a periscope to take home. Build natural curiosity that leads the way to inquiry 
based learning as children as children ask, “How did they do that?” in the “Science of Magic”.  Other equally amazing themes to blow your summer hat away include: radical robots, the science of toys, detective science, heat energy, lights and color, magnificent magnets and sonic sounds. 

 


Journey Into Deep Space

From our Earth’s atmosphere to the outer reaches of our solar system, this camp sends young astronauts on a quest for exploration! Explore the farthest reaches of our solar system and create a lunar eclipse in this “mad” planetary tour! Make a comet using common kitchen ingredients and understand a comet’s composition. 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 that were originally designed for use in space!  Use your Bead Dipper™ to create a 3-dimensional glow-in-the-dark constellation! Then, it’s your chance to become a rocket scientist! Investigate the four forces of flight, and explore the science involved in rocket construction.Then all campers build their own shuttle copters to take home. 

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