Active Learning in Science
How do animals survive in the desert with a scarcity of food, water and habitat? Learn about evaporation and how to get around the water problem. What’s in a desert food chain? Find out if you have adaptations to take the heat! It’s so hot it sizzles!
SECRETS OF SOUNDS
Can a tuning fork ripple the surface of water without touching it? Manipulate a variety of objects to produce sound and identify ways in which sounds differ. Explore how sounds travel through both air and solid. Jive to some good vibrations!
Earth Science and Chemistry
Did you know that one tree could filter up to sixty pounds of pollutants from the air each year? Experiment with plastic bottles, aluminum foil and water. Discover exciting new ways to recycle and conserve. “Drill” for oil and learn what a delicately balanced planet we live on!
Did you know that you can see oxygen? Synthesize substances and manufacture elastic materials. Venture into the various functions of combining compounds. Experiment with evaporation and effervescence. Can you “measure” molecules?
Did you know that the daddy emperor penguin keeps the egg warm on its feet? Visit the emperor penguins’ home of ice and water to investigate what they eat and how they care for their young. Take a closer look at the elephant family to learn about body structures, family life, and social behavior. How can we help animal babies survive?
Why do things not fall up instead of down? Discover the strength of forces and how they push and pull. Find out what would happen if you lived in a world without friction. Investigate vehicles with wheels and rollers. Construct a racetrack, build a go-kart and race your way to fame!
BUZZING A HIVE
Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a honeybee hive? Find out why and how bees dance. Discover real pollen and nectar in flowers and learn to make bee bread. Examine and taste real honeycomb and role-play bee jobs. Find out how busy bees really bee-have?
Did you know that ancient Egyptians used simple machines to build those huge pyramids? Figure out how to control forces and achieve tasks more easily. What is the effectiveness of each machine? Use the force, extreme team!
Is it possible for the skin to sense heat and cold temperatures reliably? What do magnifying lenses and mirrors do? What happens when hot and cold meet? Investigate how energy travels. Delve into the exciting properties of physics!
Hey, what’s in the world up there? Examine our solar system planets in motion. Investigate the Sun’s effect on atmospheric temperature. Find out why Venus is so hot and why Mercury does not cause an eclipse. Build a space shuttle to travel in space. Be an intrigued stargazer!
SKELETONS (OR NO SKELETONS)?
Life Science and Human Biology
Do we have an exoskeleton or an endoskeleton? Take a close look at invertebrates and vertebrates. Explore their movements and find out where they live. Relate to some predator and prey situation. It’s charade time!
CRAZY ABOUT CHEMISTRY
Explore the world of chemistry! Mix potions to test, and watch mysterious powders appear and disappear before your very eyes! Can you perform the trick of the disappearing eggshells without touching them? The most common phenomenon, when looked at with fresh and curious eyes, often turns out to be the most fascinating.