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JK and SK and Grades 1-6

These are programs specifically designed for children from JK-Gr.6 and take place in schools, daycare centers, or even church basements. They are 45-60 minutes in length and are sure to capture your childrens' attention.  The children also perform experiments, participate in demonstrations and have a take home item at the end of each program.

 

JK and SK (45 Minutes)


MAD MIXTURES:

 

This fun-filled workshop is an interactive introduction to the science of chemistry. Your children will learn about chemical safety and common hazard signs, and play a game to identify common laboratory equipment. The concept of chemistry as ‘mixing things together’ will be explored in hands-on activities when children pour, stir and mix their way to volcanic explosions and colour-changing pH tests. An amazing demonstration opens up the world of polymers, and the class concludes with each child creating their very own pot of Crazy Dough to take home.

SEA, SAND & SURF:

Your children will learn all about the science behind things in the ocean in this hands-on look at the sea, sand and surf. They will see how sand is created and observe shells up close. They will discover what creatures live in the sea and play a game with a model turtle. They will sing an ocean song and even try to speak whale! Children will make their own ocean bottle to take home with them.

SPACE FRONTIERS:

Take your class on a trip through the solar system where they will learn all about the elements of space. Sign up for the “Mad Science Space Mission” as we investigate the cosmos. Students will make their own Mini Rocket to take home with them. 

DIGGING FOR DINOSAURS:

Dinosaurs are always a huge hit with children!  They will be introduced to the differences between meat eating and plant eating animals and will have the opportunity to look at dinosaur teeth up close. They will also work as paleontologists by participating in a mini dinosaur dig that will engage their attention as well as their scientific skills. They will be taking home a Dinosaur Tooth Fossil that they make on their very own.

 

SCIENCE OF MUSIC:

Good vibrations will ripple through your classroom as children experience the wonders of music. The highs and lows of various musical instruments will be revealed and children will discover the music in them when we pump up the volume to create a musical masterpiece. The music will live on when they make their own Musical Jingle Bracelets to take home with them.

COMMON SENSES:

This interactive workshop is a great introduction to the five senses. Comparing each sense to an animal with exceptional skills, children will see how different living things learn about their environment. The class will play a game to test their sense of smell and work together to identify hidden objects and name mystery sounds. The scientist will perform a seemingly-impossible feat, and the children will examine their own taste buds. Each child will make an optical illusion Thaumatrope to take home.

COLOUR LAB:

This vibrant workshop is a fun-filled introduction to the science of colour.  Children will learn about light and colour, and practice identifying various colours in a variety of games.  The concept of colour mixing will be explored in hands-on chromatography activities, and invisible colours will be revealed using special science equipment.  An amazing demonstration opens up the world of colour-changing chemicals, and the workshop concludes with each child creating their very own Rainbow Mixer to take home.


WEATHER WONDERS:

This hands-on look at the weather of our planet will help children identify different types of weather and begin to explore the causes of some of them. The class will play Weather Bingo, see and learn ways scientists measure different weather types, and sing weather-related songs. The children will take part in an interactive story about the water cycle, and discover the spectacular movement of lightning. Children will be amazed to see a rainbow created in their classroom. The children will make a Rain Gauge to continue their investigations at home.

 

Daycare & Library Workshops Topics : Grades 1-6 (60 Minutes)

 

DESTINATION JUNGLE:

During this fun workshop Mad Science will safari Junior Explorers through the exotic, tropical world of jungle life. Children will be energized when we take a closer look at rain, light, insects and plants. Stinky bug juice and our pet “snake” will excite everyone. Children will make a Jungle Paw Print to bring home with them.

SPLASH!:

Splish, Splash, Splosh with our amazing water-themed workshop! Children will discover how water's crazy properties allow life to survive even in the coldest places, and take on our Penny Drop Challenge to test their predictive and scientific skills. An incredible optical illusion captures the essence of light reflection, and a hands-on activity puts students at the helm of their own sonar detection experiment. We'll travel into the depths of the ocean and learn about some weird and wonderful creatures, and test a variety of materials against the Sun's powerful UV rays. No Mad Science lesson would be complete without a little chemical mixing, and we won't disappoint with our bioluminescent chemical flashlight creation! Each child will make a UV keychain to take home.

SLIME TIME:

Investigate the exciting world of polymers & the chemical reactions we use to create them. Transform two liquids into an oozing batch of your very own slime using the secret Mad Science recipe, and then enter your creation in the Slime Olympics! 

SPACE TECHNOLOGY:

Space Technology starts with an exploration of space-related technologies used on Earth. Students will help laser light through a maze, use principles of radar technology to find hidden mountains, and discover the importance of points of reference to depth perception. From there, it's out into space with an examination of potential threats to spacecraft. Children build their own Comets to take home!  

SCIENCE OF MAGIC:

Science of Magic leaves children astounded, amazed, and educated! They learn how magicians use our assumptions and perceptions about how the world works to entertain us. Discovering how to make objects disappear and reappear using optical illusions, polymers, mirrors, as well as hidden compartments, sleight-of-hand, and misdirection are part of the learning experience. The art of escape with Houdini’s chains and the power of perception with the Cup Flip Trick are a few classics. The Mental Card Trick lets children bring home the magic to mystify their friends and family.


DETECTIVE SCIENCE:

Children will step into the role of a detective and discover how forensic science plays a central role in solving crimes. They will create and analyze fingerprints, examine dental records, make teeth impressions and discover how written materials can be analyzed to help solve a crime. Their powers of observation will be put to the test. Everyone will make a Child Identification Kit to record their fingerprints and other vital information.

CHEM-MYSTERY:

Children discover the mysterious wonders of chemical science. They learn the difference between physical and chemical changes through exciting, hands-on investigations.  They watch crystals form in water glass and see acetone reduce foam to a puddle of goo. The class will get their hands dirty with a non-Newtonian fluid and use hydrophobic compounds to keep things dry even when submerged in water! Each student will create a pot of their very own Silly Putty polymer to bring home!

IMAGINE: 

Albert Einstein said, “Imagination in more important than knowledge.” Throughout this workshop, children will be challenged to discover how seemingly impossible problems are solved.  Using our imaginations, we’ll discover answers to questions such as, Can a ball tell if you are a Mad Scientist? Can you blow up a balloon without using your mouth? Can you turn water into juice? Can you launch a teabag into space? Can you walk through paper? Can you make a coin vanish? And much more!

UNDER PRESSURE:

Under Pressure is an exciting immersion in the science of air pressure and Bernoulli’s principle. Children enjoy the exciting tale of the Viking ship while learning about thermodynamics and weather systems. A hopping, hovering ping pong ball lets children experiment with unbalanced air pressure. Air-blasting Air Zookas are a fun way to understand the physics of breathing. Children apply their knowledge to overcome gravity using compressed air, and they will take home their very own Bernoulli Mist Makers.


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