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Workshop Topic Descriptions 

Anything listed within ** is suggested when considering CA State Standards  

*All About Animals* (Grades K-6) Meets CA State Standards

Feathers, fins, fur and more! Explore the animal kingdom and learn about the habitats, anatomy and life cycles of your favorite creatures. Take home your own animal track to make, experiment with camouflage and explore the amazing — and sometimes strange — sounds that animals make.

Atmosphere & Beyond (Grades 1-6)

We're 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 look in space and take home your own Meteorological Station.

*Black and Blue Oceans* (Grades 3-6) Meets CA State Standards

Environmental disasters are all too frequent in our modern world. This workshop explores two current pollution issues: oil spills and acid rain. Students devise and test oil spill techniques in a mock oil spill.

*Bugs!* (Grades K-3) Meets CA State Standards

Students will explore the world's most abundant animal! Insect defenses and their role in our ecosystems will be explored in fun, hands-on activities that introduce children to these fascinating creatures! 

*Detective Science* (Grades 1-6) Meets CA State Standards

We'll transform the room into a crime lab to collect fingerprints and other clues. Learn how science is used to solve real crimes!

Dry Ice (Grades K-6)

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 Thermocolor Cup to test the temperature of liquid matter in your home!

*Earthworks* (Grades K-6) Meets CA State Standards

Take a voyage to the center of the Earth! We'll investigate the powerful processes that shape the planet and form remarkable rocks, magnificent minerals, and glittering gems! Children will take home sedimentary stackers that they make themselves.

*Energy Burst* (Grades K-3) Meets CA State Standards

Explore the energy of motion. Learn how to make potential and kinetic energy fun with this dynamic class!

Fun-damental Forces (Grades 1-6)

Gravity... Inertia... Centripetal force... who could ever imagine that an introduction to physics could be so much fun? We’ll experience these awesome forces for ourselves and build some cool devices to watch them at work!

*Kitchen Chemistry* (Grades K-6) Meets CA State Standards

Cook up a chemical reaction! Blow up a balloon with yeast. Go on a nutrient hunt. Get a glimpse of your guts-in-action with the Digestor Inspector kit.

*Life In The Sea* (Grades K-2) Meets CA state standards

What is life like under the ocean's surface? What kind of animals and plants are found in the sea? Learn about buoyancy and adaptation. Find out what humans must do in order to explore the deep, dark depths of our planet's oceans.

Living in Space (Grades K-6)

Experience the life of an astronaut as you use teamwork to complete an important space mission and build a model space station! 

*Mad Science Machines* (Grades 1-6) Meets CA State Standards (Additional material fee applies.)

Teams of elementary-age engineers will have so much fun problem-solving, designing and testing that they’ll forget that they’re learning! Children will take home a cool Mad Science Drag Racer they build themselves!

Mix It Up

It’s time to shake up solutions and explore mixture chemistry. Sort out mixtures, clear color from a watery solution and see how useful a suspension can be.

Movie Effects (Grades K-6)

Sit in the director's chair and learn the science of movie-making! Investigate 3-D images and create amazing special effects.

*Moving Motion* (Grades K-5) Meets CA State Standards

Test the scientific principles that affect movement. Examine the inner workings of engines and gadgets!

Planets & Moons (Grades 1-6)

Explore the farthest reaches of our solar system and create a lunar eclipse in this "mad" planetary tour! Learn how the planets stack up. Build a Gravity Assisted Launcher to take-home!

*Radical Robots* (Grades K-6) Meets CA State Standards

Kids explore the differences between robots, automatons, and remote control devices. They’ll interact with toys that drive, write, and respond to sound, touch, and motion. They meet real robots and bring home a goofy, springy, hand!

Rocket Science (Grades 1-6) (Additional material fee applies.)

Investigate the four forces of flight and build your own Skyblazer II Rocket that you can take home!*Note: subject to weather and location for Rocket Launch

Science of Magic (Grades K-6)

Learn the science behind illusions, read minds, and perform a Houdini-style escape! It's not magic- it's science! 

Science of Toys (Grades K-3)

Did you know that some of your favorite toys work using scientific principles? Discover the science of motion through fun, hands-on activities.

Slime (Grades K-6)

Ooze into a gooey hour of sliming around! Create slime using the Mad Science recipe, and then enter your creation in the Slime Olympics! Take home your own concoction of Mad Science Slime!

Space Phenomena (Grades 3-6)

Probe the mysteries of meteors and bounce around satellite light in this phenomenal program on space events! See comets up close as one is formed before your eyes, and take home your very own Space Telescope!

*Space Technology* Meets CA State Standards

Discover technology designed for outer space! Steer a laser beam through a maze, and find hidden mountains using the principles of radar technology!

Space Travel (Grades 1-6)

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 in a rocket launch, and build your very own Shuttle Copter to fly to the skies! *Note: subject to weather and location for Rocket Launch

*Suns & Stars* (Grades K-6) Meets CA State Standards

Watch stardust burn, and journey through a soapy solar system as you investigate the life cycle of stars. Check the constellations on your own Cosmic Disk!

Super Power Sources (Grades K-6)

Embark on a quest for alternative energy sources! Harness the sun's heat and ramp up a power generation station. Act as a "Power Hunter" to search for renewable and nonrenewable resources.

Super Structures (Grades 1-6)

Discover the hidden strength of triangles, arches and cylinders. Use combinations of shapes to build your own super-structure!

Under Pressure (Grades 1-6)

Join Bernoulli and Newton as we take this exciting look at the science behind aerodynamics and the properties of air... under pressure. Use a vortex generator to create air pockets with a punch, and levitate ping-pong balls in defiance of gravity!


 

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