Through the course of Discovering Inspired Science, children will uncover the vital role that science plays in detective work, examine the science behind popular toys and get a buzz out the amazing world of insects! Your Mad Scientists will explore earth science, weather phenomena, and they will experiment with some kitchen chemistry! Children will build their own Mad Science Machine, and create their very own short animated cartoon! Class order will vary.
Discover how science is used to solve real crimes! In this program you will watch as the classroom is transformed into a crime lab for this exciting exploration of the fundamentals of forensics. Children will even take home their very own Child Identification Kit. It's so much fun, it's criminal!
Cooking is all about chemistry! Students will be introduced to the virtual laboratory we call a kitchen in a novel and practical application of science! Dinnertime will never be the same!
Science of Toys:
Did you know that some of your favorite toys work using basic science principles? Learn about bouncing balls and other classic toys to discover the science of motion through fun hands-on activities. Find out how vector toys and string things work and how fun they can be!
Students will get an opportunity to explore the world of insects. How do they defend themselves? What is their role in the ecosystem? These questions and more will be answered with fun, hands-on activities that will introduce them to these fascinating creatures that are found everywhere!
Mad Science Machines:
Peek into a class to watch elementary-age engineers hard at work with pulleys and levers. They will design, problem-solve, and have a whole lot of fun! Students will even take home a cool Mad Science Machine that they build themselves!
Grab your popcorn but don't sit back, we're going to learn first-hand how advances in science and technology make our favorite special effects possible! It's Einstein meets Spielberg in a class of 3...2...1...action!
Children conduct hands-on experiments to understand how and why weather occurs. They find out that seasons change as the Earth tilts toward and away from the sun. Children learn that air affects weather. They perform experiments to prove that air has mass and takes up space. After learning that water in the air affects the weather, children recreate the water cycle and mimic a rain cloud. They try out meteorology measurement tools and act like weather reporters. Children learn that ultraviolet light can cause sunburns. They make and take home a colorchanging ultraviolet light detector.
Children are introduced to the science of geology. They examine three different rock types and learn how and where they formed. Children investigate tectonic plates and learn how their movements cause stress on the Earth. They discover that these movements can cause mountains to form, earthquakes to occur, and volcanoes to erupt. The children make and take home a sedimentator. It reinforces the concept of sedimentary rock formation learned in class.
Take-on temperature. Build a thermometer and heat things up with friction. Feel how hot and cold can change at a touch. Apply your red-hot knowledge to your Heat Sheet.
Lights, Color, Action:
Catch some cool colors. Make a rainbow out of white light. Split your name with ink and reveal numbers with color filters. Color the world with the Technicolor Blender.
Explore the power of magnets. Create electromagnets and control a compass needle. See a magnetic accelerator in action. Grab a Magnet Lab for some at-home research.
Step into some healthy habits Put together a food pie and lay out a perfectly proportioned meal. Burn calories and shake up an emulsion. Clip on your Step-O-Meter and walk on.
Work against your eyes. Trick your brain with lines and coils. Discover how mirrors and their reflections can play tricks on what you see. Make a Periscope to see above and beyond.
Uncover the source of sound. Tap into sound waves and fill your ears with vibrations. Create sound effects and change the pitch of your voice. Use your Sonic Horn to make some noise.
Science of Illusion
Magic? No… It’s science! You’ll learn the secrets behind famous magic that you can recreate for yourself! Mother nature has some tricks of her own, and we’d like to show you what’s up her sleeve!
Charge up on static electricity. Make indoor lightning and conduct hair-raising experiments with an electro-static generator. Use your Static Stick on electrons at home.