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Did you know we also offer Pre-K and middle school classes as well?  
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Fall 2019: Natural Energy (non-solar)
Explore the sources of energy in our environment such as water, wind, static electricity, and magnetism. How do we see this energy every day?

Grades K-1 or K-2: Motion Commotion

Learn what makes things move! How does a tightrope walker balance? How well do you smell? How does color move and change through absorption? Make a butterfly fly and paperclips levitate using magnetic power. Race static magic cans and make a hygroscopic fish wiggle in the palm of your hand.

Grades 2-3, 1-3, or 2-4: Action Attraction
Join the shocking adventure and explore static electricity and magnetism! How do you test if an object has a static charge? Which poles attract, which repel? Discover the science behind water and gravity using a spinning turbine and mix colors using capillary action. Make a static testing electroscope, slimy magnetic goo, and experiment with mini submarines!

Grades 3-5 or 4-5: Invisibilia
Discover the science behind invisible forces! Observe a magnetic field using iron filings, make an electroscope to test static charge, and use solar panels to make a buzzer buzz. Connect conductive copper to make a colorful piece of LED light art! It will be a bright adventure while you learn about solar and wind energy, fossil fuels, and magnetism!

Engineering
Grades 2-4: Building Big and Small

Build a miniature green roof and life-size tipis. In this hands-on series, children will stretch their understanding of what makes structures strong, learn and apply geometry and measurement concepts, and learn new history, vocabulary, and craft skills.

Robotics
Grades K-1 or K-2: Introduction to Robotics and Coding 
Learn coding, logic, and loops by programming a KIBO robot. What are the essential commands for any program? How can you command KIBO to make noise, avoid obstacles, shine its light, dance, and then do it all over again? Write your code, test it out, and revise as necessary. Use the light, sound, and distance sensors to create conditional statements. Lego® build-ons and catapults make KIBO endless fun. Become a KIBO master!


 

Winter 2020: Mechanical Energy
Explore the potential and kinetic energy that make things move and create ‘work’. How does the motion and position of objects affect energy?

Grades K-1 or K-2: Incredible Forces
What does friction have to do with a rolling YoYo? How do wheels and axles work together? How does the size of a wheel change the distance it covers? What can you move with a pulley? Make a circuit bug out of a clothespin and learn how a Bristle Bot moves?

Grades 2-3, 1-3, or 2-4: Invention Convention
How far can you send a cotton ball with your catapult? How can you make a pulley to send messages? How fast can your Bristle Bot move? Can a potato complete a circuit? Construct fun machines using simple materials to explore wheels, levers, wedges, inclined planes, pulleys, screws, and circuitry.

Grades 3-5 or 4-5: Gadgets and Gizmos
Be an inventor! Make your own electric PlayDoh. Build a battery out of pennies and lemon juice, make a microphone out of a matchbox and paint, and construct a steady hand tester. Try your hand at copper plating and a device that looks as if it’s defying gravity. Explore Bristle Bots and Color Bots.

Robotics
Grades K-1 or K-2: Introduction to Robotics and Coding 
Learn coding, logic, and loops by programming a KIBO robot. What are the essential commands for any program? How can you command KIBO to make noise, avoid obstacles, shine its light, dance, and then do it all over again? Write your code, test it out, and revise as necessary. Use the light, sound, and distance sensors to create conditional statements. Lego® build-ons and catapults make KIBO endless fun. Become a KIBO master!


 

Spring 2020: Solar Energy
Explore the forms of the sun’s energy and how we can use them here on earth.  Constellation wheel enlarged for Solar Energy Kits.

Grades K-1 or K-2: Bubbles to Rainbows
Explore our very own star! How can we eat sunshine? How can you make ultraviolet beads change colors? What happens when bubbles heat up? How does a sundial work? Create your own sun print pictures with light sensitive paper. Find rainbows in your very own sun bouncer. Check out the heat keepers and what shadows tell us.

Grades 2-3, 1-3, or 2-4: Hot Stuff
Crash, boom, bang! What was that noise? Produce sound effects with a thunder clapper. Split light with your own crystal prism and rainbow glasses. Use shadows to tell time. Dehydrate food and heat water with the sun’s help. Use your thermometer to see which material heats up most quickly. Will your plant respond phototrophically through a maze?

Grades 3-5 or 4-5: Solarific
How can we use the sun to tell time and location? How can we use the sun to see how fast the earth spins? Can the sun making drinking water from the ocean? Prepare for star gazing with a constellation finder and luminosity tester. Fracture sunlight through a crystal and spectroscope. Create solar art with sun print paper and explore the world through your periscope.

Engineering
Grades 2-4
: Eco-Kid
Each week young ecologists design and construct amazing habitats and explore plant and animal life cycles. Students in ECO-Kid take a deep dive into one project a week. Over the course of the session they will create a nesting cache, a grass scape, a wick-fed farm, and a salt water habitat for their own brine shrimp, among other projects. This program introduces students to the themes of sustainability, extinction, and biodiversity.

Robotics
Grades K-1 or K-2: Introduction to Robotics and Coding 
Learn coding, logic, and loops by programming a KIBO robot. What are the essential commands for any program? How can you command KIBO to make noise, avoid obstacles, shine its light, dance, and then do it all over again? Write your code, test it out, and revise as necessary. Use the light, sound, and distance sensors to create conditional statements. Lego® build-ons and catapults make KIBO endless fun. Become a KIBO master!

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