School Age Workshops

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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. Take-home: Jungle Paw Print


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Glow Show

This exciting workshop concentrates on how we perceive light and its effect on objects. Through hands-on activities, students will discover the amazing properties of light and explore glow-in-the-dark technology. The nature of fluorescence and phosphorescence are unveiled in a black light demonstration. Chemiluminescence is demystified using a flashlight analogy. Take-home: UV Keychain


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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! Take home: Slime


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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. Take home: Mini Comets


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Invention-ation

Inventing means observing, building, thinking, and discovering. Inventions past and present are explored, and children will discover that earn a Mad Science Patent Award? No workshop would be complete without a little potion-making. Students will be challenged to use all their new-found knowledge to create a musical instrument. Take-home: Harmonica


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Lights! Colour! Action!

Catch some cool colours and make a rainbow out of white light. Children observe demonstrations that blend colours to produce white light, and others that separate white light into colours. Experiments with prisms and diffraction lenses give children the opportunity to explore the colour spectrum of various light sources. Take-home: Newton's Peephole


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Science of Toys

In this energizing workshop students will learn all about the toy! Students will test, play and ponder the inner workings of your favourite toys while discovering the science behind each of them. An investigation into potential and kinetic energy will allow students to understand how toys move. Students will create a human circuit to activate a chirping bird. Take-home: Ball Catch Game


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Under Pressure

Under Pressure is an exciting immersion in the science of air pressure and Bernoulli’s principle. Children enjoy the 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. Take-home: Bernoulli Mist Maker


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Earthworks

Dig into Earth science exploring the amazing natural world of geology! Children are introduced to the Earth’s layers and will examine rock samples to find out how they were made and where they were formed. Tipping Tremors will wobble a tower in an investigation of tectonic plates and then things get explosive with a volcanic eruption! Take-home: Sedimentary Stacker


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Chem-Mystery

Children discover the wonders of chemical science. They learn the difference between physical and chemical changes. 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! Take-home: Silly Putty


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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. Take-home: Child ID kit


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Bugs

Children will examine the anatomy of insects up close and divide a container of creepy crawlers into insects and non-insects. They will learn how insects adapt by building insect puzzles at habitat stations. Activities will illuminate how insects see, how they spread pollen, and their different types of defense mechanisms. Take-home: Model Insect


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Fundamental Forces

Children conduct cool experiments with centripetal force, inertia, and gravity. Find out what makes the world go around in an introduction to the basic concepts of forces. Sir Isaac Newton would be proud when young scientists investigate his law of inertia. Children experiment with mass and balance using their own centers of gravity. Take-home: Balancing Bird


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True North Science

We take children on a tour of Canadian science! Beginning in the Northern Territories we'll discover how animals and humans have adapted and invented their way to survival in cold weather. Jr. scientists will conduct amazing chemical reactions, discover the secrets behind a sliding hockey puck, build and test a working Canadarm model. Take-home: Canadian Snowball


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