Our Grades K-6 Workshop Themes
All About Animals
Carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, oh my! Learn to identify sounds of the wild and domestic animal world. Explore paws and claws and the animals that use them to survive. Learn about animal adaptations as you explore the animal kingdom.
Atmosphere and Beyond
Slip off your moon boots and take a break from outer space! Focus your attention on the very planet we call home! Earth is the only planet in our solar system that can sustain this variety of living organisms and all of this is possible because of our atmosphere. Discover what makes our air so special!
Examine a world within our own! Hear the buzz about the world’s most abundant inhabitants. Learn the parts of an insect as well as how they defend themselves. Find out exactly what it means to be bug-eyed.
Chem in a Flash
Hop on board the chemistry express for a high-speed science experience! Perform instantaneous experiments in this fast-paced class on split-second reactions that go like mad!
Eliminate the mystery in chemistry! Explore one of the most exciting and fundamental sciences as you grow a crazy crystal garden and make your own “chemical” soda pop!
Take a tour on the electron freeway! Conductors, insulators, transistors, and other elements in the world of circuit electricity introduce themselves to you via the tingle in your fingertips and the twinkle in your eye.
Discover how science is used to solve real crimes! Watch as the classroom is transformed into a crime lab for this exciting exploration of the fundamentals of forensics.
Manipulate matter in all of its three states! Freeze water in a matter of seconds, produce dense clouds of vapor and make metal sizzle! Melt metal in boiling water and freeze water with just a breath of dry ice!
Take a voyage to the center of the Earth! We’ll investigate the powerful process that shapes our planet and forms remarkable rocks, magnificent minerals, and glittering gems.
Explore the energy of motion. Learn how to make mechanical energy fun!
The Wright Brothers would be proud as we follow in their footsteps and learn the fundamental principles of flight. Learn to control the air surfaces and build your own loop-flying stunt plane. You’ll be a Top Gun after this class.
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.
Using smoke signals is just not practical in today’s world. It is definitely easier to just use your cell phone! It’s all about communication as we explore the science of telecommunications.
Amazing discoveries come to light in this class on things that glow in the dark! Probe applications of this technology including the printing of money!
Witness a mini-rocket launch while learning the properties of heat. Really understand why heat rises and why heated molecules take up more space and why friction makes molecules move faster.
Get to know your chemical reactions on an atomic level! Junior Reactors will give you a crash course in constructing the elements and substances we encounter in our everyday lives.
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...
Bubbling beakers and graduated cylinders! Master the techniques of a first-rate Mad Scientist on your own student-safe lab equipment.
Life in the Sea
Swim through the warm sunlit zones of the ocean, meander into deeper waters and finally dive deep down into the abyss. Explore the technologies – man made and biological – that can take us there!
Lights, Color, Action
Uncover the hidden components in ordinary light and attend a spectacular chemical energy display! Take a journey through wavelengths and prisms to shed some light on science! Perform experiments that mix colors of light together and then separate them again! Build a machine that can create white light from the colors of the rainbow!
Living in Space
Imagine waking up on a space station orbiting 240 miles above the Earth. What would you eat for breakfast? What kind of pajamas would you wear? Spend a day in the life of an astronaut and learn how living in space can be quite a challenging mission!
Study the world of Simple Machines. Become a junior engineer and experiment with axles, levers, and wheels.
Investigate the invisible power of magnetic fields! Learn about the Earth as the largest magnet and put magnets to the test during the electromagnetic tug-of-war.
Matter of Fact
Matter, matter everywhere, but why does that matter to me? Take a closer look at the nuts and bolts of the universe! Construct a model molecule and build, touch, and feel some wild and wacky polymers!
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to discover the component of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Explore life-size food replicas to learn how carbohydrates, proteins, and fats fuel your body and what role exercise plays in your energy level.
Mix it Up
Can you keep two liquids separate in one container? Learn the advanced techniques of chemists and experience hands on how the professionals investigate the properties of mixtures and solutions. Don’t forget to put on your gloves and safety goggles!
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!
Discover the science behind movement! Learn how friction, inertia and other forces attract movement. Explore Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion and how they apply to the world around us. An object in motion remains in motion while a Mad Science classroom in motion leads to fun!
Build your own periscope while learning about optics, reflection and sight. Watch celebrity images change before your very eyes! Seeing is not always believing.
Slide down the colorful pH scale and dip into the world of acids and bases! Explore the pH extremes with your Reaction Tube Kit in what is sure to be a popping experience.
Planets & Moons
Take your place in the grand orbit of our solar system! Circle the sun and weave through rocky planets and gas giants while creating solar and lunar eclipses. This class will have our junior space cadets shooting for the moon!
Pulleys & Gears
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, NO, it’s a pulley! Lifting tall buildings with a single pull or creating force with the turn of a pedal, pulleys and gears help us out and make our work easier.
Welcome to Robotville! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to learn about and experiment with sophisticated robots and articulated automatons. Linus the Line Tracker and Be-Bot Robots will be your guides!
Discover the dynamics of rocket flight. Take part in a safe, NASA style launching of model rockets that soar into the air and then return to earth by parachute.
Science of Magic
Magic? No, its 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!
Science of Toys
Did you know that some of your favorite toys work using basic science principles? Use classic toys to discover the science of motion.
Perform various precarious experiments with Mad Science’s fundamental polymer – Slime! Concoct a variety of chemical formulations and put them to the test in our Slime Olympics. Make and take home the winner as your very own “Perfect Slime.”
Sound vibrations are constantly being produced all around us, they travel in waves and bounce off objects! Get a glimpse into the science of sound as you create vibrations using different instruments. See the effects of sound using plasma and distort your voice through sophisticated machinery!
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a meteorite! Space Phenomena like comets, asteroids and meteorites can produce very dramatic effects. Join the Mad Scientist and recreate some of these effects right in your classroom!
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\na real rocket launch, and build you very own Shuttle Copter to fly to the skies!
Find out what happens when the latest in technological advances take to the skies. Space Technology will transform your classroom into a futuristic, space-bound laboratory using fiber optics and laser emitters.
Suns & Stars
For centuries astronomers have studied the skies to learn about the stars: how they twinkle, how far away they are and how they appear to move across the night sky. Find out what scientists are talking about in this fun-filled stellar exploration. You may even get to create a galaxy or two!
Super Sticky Stuff
Stick it to the walls, and push the power of tape to the limits in this adhesive hour on things that cling! Build a bond with glue and get attached to Professor Beakerdude!
Discover the strengths of triangles, cylinders, and arches. Learn how combinations of these shapes make sturdy homes and skyscrapers! Build your own super structures as well as an earthquake-proof building!
Join Bernoulli and Newton as we take an exciting look at the science behind aerodynamics and the properties of air...under pressure. Create air pockets with a punch, and levitate ping-pong balls in defiance of gravity.
Re-create the motion of the ocean in our Mad Science Lab. Explore the power of density to make things float. Will you sink or swim?
The forecast calls for meteorological mayhem in the form of thunderbolts, heavy winds, and the occasional tornado – all produced in the safety of our laboratory.
Learn about electricity, its properties, and its role in natural phenomena. Make indoor lightning while conducting hair-raising experiments with our electro-static generator.