Our After-School Program Themes
Using LEGO® bricks, kids build a different engineering-themed project in each class. They explore different engineering fields including mechanical, structural, aerospace, nautical, and bioengineering. They use critical thinking and creative problem-solving to test and improve their creations.
NASA Academy of Future Space Explorers
NASA and Mad Science collaborate to educate the next generation! Children go on a voyage of discovery with unique hands-on activities, and amazing demonstrations that explore the sun and stars, space technology, rocket science, the atmosphere, planets and moons, and more!
Welcome to the world of chemistry! Children make gooey slime, experiment with different reactions and learn to use the tools that chemists use. Polymers and catalysts are only two of the fascinating concepts young scientists explore in this thrilling trip through the chemistry lab!
We’ll examine the world children interact with through fun and hands-on experiments, discovering the scientific principles behind it all! Your young scientist will be wowed by amazing activities and quality projects every week, exploring topics ranging from chemistry to magnets, taste buds to sound, lightning to rainbows, and so much more!
World of Wowology
Students will learn all about the science of flight and the forces that are involved in the process. They will discover the basic scientific principles of magic and see how it can be logically explained. Their reasoning skills will be put to the test as they become Junior Engineers, building and testing magnificent structures! The children will also explore the amazing properties of water.
Students test their forensic skills and explore the amazing world of insects, learning how these fascinating creatures live. Each child will construct a propeller-driven race car as they learn about the power of mighty machines. We raise the curtain on the mysteries of movie making and special effects. Students explore the weather, investigating the power of wind, thunder and lightning.
These fun, hands-on, one-hour science programs spark imaginative learning. Children engage in exciting hands-on activities, watch spectacular demonstrations, participate in inquiry-based discussions and take home things that they have made themselves. Topics: Adventures in Air, Colour Lab, Eye to Eye, Keep in Touch, Butterflies, Mad Mixtures, Magnetic Attraction, Space Frontiers
These fun, hands-on, one-hour science programs spark imaginative learning. Children engage in exciting hands-on activities, watch spectacular demonstrations, participate in inquiry-based discussions and take home things that they have made themselves. Topics: Bugs, Dinos, Animal Friends, Human Body, Listen Closely, Mad Seasons, Common Senses, Weather Wonders
These fun, hands-on, one-hour science programs spark imaginative learning. Children engage in exciting hands-on activities, watch spectacular demonstrations, participate in inquiry-based discussions and take home things that they have made themselves. Topics: Fluttering Birds, Sea Sand & Surf, Lights On, Worms, Shapes and Structures, Healthy Choices, Science of Music, Water Works
Atmosphere and Beyond
Explore the atmosphere of Earth and planets beyond. Keep Arnie the Aquanaut dry during an underwater walk and create a model sunset. Build a Meteorological Station to investigate wind, pressure and light at home.
Sun and Stars
Investigate the Sun, distant stars, and the galaxies they form. Create your own constellations and take home a Cosmic Disc.
Create your own impact craters and observe model meteors. Learn about reflected light in a friendly game of satellite tag and make a working model of the James Webb Space Telescope to take home.
Living in Space
Set out on a mission to investigate life in space! Participate in the construction of a model space station and go home with a Spacewalk Challenge to continue your astronaut training.
Rocket Science I & II
This two week class follows a detailed construction plan to build your very own model rocket while exploring the science of rocketry. Play a fun game illustrating the four forces of flight.
Race balloon rockets and devise a balloon-powered rocket car. Build a Space Copter to take home. Soar to new heights with a model rocket launch!
Help laser light through a maze, use principles of radar technology to find hidden mountains, and launch a satellite into orbit. Take home a Stereoscopic Viewer to explore planet surfaces in 3D!
In this whirlwind class, learn how a lab works, manipulate laboratory equipment and take home your very own Graduated Gear!
Identify chemical change clues, recognize physical and chemical reactions, and mix up ingredients for WOW results! Explore physical and chemical reactions with the Dynamic Dish.
Explore the pH extremes while discovering which household liquids are acids and bases! Build a Reaction Tube.
Ooze into a gooey hour of sliming around! Enter the Slime Olympics! Take home your own concoction of Mad Science Slime!
Discover the amazing properties of light and explore glow-in-the-dark technology. Use your UV Bead Key Chain to alert you when UV rays are strong!
Matter of Fact
Investigate the ingredients of the universe. Create a tiny world of atoms and electroplate a real nickel. Construct molecules from Atomic Coins!
Super Sticky Stuff
Stick it to the walls, and push the power of tape to the limit. Build a bond with glue and become attached to Professor Beakerdude!
Chem in a Flash
Perform instantaneous experiments on split-second reactions that go like mad! Pick up an Action Flask and have a blast!!
Take a trip on the electron freeway! Investigate conductors, insulators, and other elements in the world of circuit electricity. Plug into science and technology with your very own Circuit Maze.
Defy gravity! Conduct cool experiments with centripetal force, inertia, and gravity. Bring home a Balancing Bird.
Science of Magic
Learn the science behind illusions, read minds, and perform a Houdini-style escape! Amaze and amuse friends and family with the Curious Cube. It’s not magic—it’s science!
All aboard for a Mad Science flight! Explore the fundamentals of flight. Assemble a Delta Dart and Sky Hawk Foam Plane.
Be a junior architect and engineer! Test shapes and materials for strength. Build and test a Roman Arch. Construct a structure from scratch with the Bridge Basics kit.
Join Bernoulli as we take an exciting look at the science behind air pressure. Create a vortex with an Airzooka! Launch foam rockets with the Air Blaster
Learn about our food sources and discover the secret science of baking. An explosive reaction demonstrates the hidden energy of a marshmallow! Stay healthy at home with your own Step-O-Meter.
Splash into a world of waves, density, and buoyancy! Realize the impact of oil spills on our environment. Build your own Rescue Diver.
Explore the amazing world of creatures that fly: creatures that creep and creatures that crawl! Get bug-eyed at home with an Insect-A-Vision kit.
Help crack a case. Inspect fingerprints, mystery powders, ink samples, and teeth impressions. Use the Personal Profile to build an identity kit.
Dig into Earth Science! Layer by layer expose how and why rocks are formed. Create a volcanic eruption and an earthquake. Put together your own Sedimentary Stackers.
Blow up a balloon with yeast. Go on a nutrient hunt. Act out digestion from start to finish. Make your own Crazy Dough from common household ingredients.
Launch with levers, secure with screws, and work with wedges. Use pulleys to move heavy objects with ease. Wind-up the Drag Racer for some zooming action.
Create cool sound effects. Toy with 3-D technology. Make motion pictures come alive. Sketch a short feature in the Cartoon Creator flipbook.
Get weather-wise. Create three-day weather forecasts. Stage a statically-charged indoor storm. Spot the sun’s invisible UV rays with the Sun Beads kit.
Science of Toys
Test, play and ponder the inner workings of your favourite toys while discovering the science behind them. Bring home a yo-yo.
Charge up on static electricity. Make indoor lightning and conduct hair-raising experiments with an electro-static generator. Use your Static Stick on electrons at home.
Explore the power of magnets. Control a compass needle, investigate how magnets and electricity interact and grab a Magnet Lab for some at-home research.
Work against your eyes. Trick your brain with lines and coils. Discover how mirrors and their reflections can play tricks on what you see. Make a Periscope to see above and beyond.
Catch some cool colours and make a rainbow out of white light. Examine the electromagnetic spectrum and reveal numbers with colour filters. Colour the world with the Technicolour Blender.
Explore one of the most exciting and fundamental sciences as you watch water turn into juice and liquids turn into solids. Make our famous Mad Science Putty!
Uncover the source of sound! Tap into sound waves and fill your ears with vibrations. Create sound effects and change the pitch of your voice. Use your Sonic Horn to make some noise.
Use your sense of taste. Magnify your taste buds and unplug your nose. Discover the secrets of Super Tasters. Sort out the scents with the Taste Test Take-Home.
Take-on temperature! Identify exothermic reactions and heat things up with friction. Feel how hot and cold can change at a touch. Apply your red-hot knowledge to your Heat Sheet.
Adventures in Air
Discover that air is powerful! It moves things, slows things down, is invisible and always surrounds you. Take-home: Pinwheel
Introduce children to the beautiful world of colour, the colours of the rainbow, colour mixing and primary colours. Take-home: Rainbow Mixer
Eye to Eye
Learn about the sense of sight. Experiment with magnifying glasses, kaleidoscopes, binoculars and optical illusions. Take-home: Magnifying Glass
Keep in Touch
As they feel their way through this workshop, children will be asked to identify objects using only their sense of touch. Take-home: Feeling Handy
Erupting volcanoes, melting foam, lab equipment, and crazy chemistry are this class’s highlights. Take-home: Mad Science Crazy Dough
The power of magnets and an introduction to polarity. Children put common objects to the magnetic test. Take-home: Fridge Magnet
A class trip through the solar system! Sign up for the “Mad Science Space Mission” as we investigate the cosmos. Take-home: Air Rocket
This hands-on look at butterflies explores how caterpillars change into butterflies and how butterflies eat. Take-home: Noodle Bug
Children will discover how birds are different from them, what they eat, and how they communicate with each other. Take Home: Rockin’ Robin
Sea, Sand, Surf
During our trip to the beach we will discuss shells, creatures of the sea, salt water and the magnificence of a whale. Take Home: Ocean Bottle
Explore the mysteries of light, colour and rainbows. We will answer: How is a shadow made and can it be caught? What exactly is light? Take Home: Rainbow Glasses
Shapes and Structures
Children will learn about shapes and structures as they search for hidden shapes in structures from around the world and try out the Puzzle Box challenge! Take Home: Sailboat
Science of Music
Boom, tap, smack, cha-cha-cha! Children will feel, hear and see the vibrations that help create music in this hands-on exploration. Take Home: Jingle Bracelet
Children will learn all about the different properties of water and will experiment with floating, sinking and density. Take Home: Glitter Tube
Children will discover where their food comes from and investigate which foods they need to stay healthy. Take Home: Menu Planner
World of Worms
Children will get up close and personal with nature’s wiggly composters. They will learn about the lives and habits of worms. Take Home: Pet Worm
Discover your inner animal! Identify animal sounds and learn about baby animals and their parents. Take Home: Hippopotamask
Explore the amazing world of creatures that fly, creatures that creep and creatures that crawl! Take Home: My Bug, My Buddy
Make fascinating discoveries about the senses of sight, sound, hearing, touch and smell. Take Home: Thaumatrope
Understand the science of weather, the power of air, cycles of nature, seasons, days, years and months. Take Home: Pet Tornado
Learn about muscles and body systems and listen to a human heart beat. Take Home: X-Ray Hand
Digging for Dinos
Discover which dinosaurs are meat eaters and which are plant eaters. Participate in a dinosaur dig. Take Home: Dinosaur Tooth
Experiment with a Wave Motion Model and discover the science of sound. Take Home: Mini Ear
Investigate water cycles, weather patterns and how rainbows form. Take Home: Rain Gauge
Launch your imagination to new heights as you explore aerospace engineering! Discover the secrets of working in space-efficiency and compact design. Create a trussed space station module. Then, connect it with others to create a massive modular spacecraft. Take-home: Astro Lander
Feel the thrill as you build a spinning swing ride! Learn about the forces and mechanical engineering concepts behind some of your favorite amusement park rides. Then, improve and test the design to create an even wilder ride. Take-home: Viking Ship
Discover nature’s engineering secrets as we investigate biomimicry! We can learn a lot about efficient design from observing plants and animals. Build a walking insect machine then test different ways to help it climb up the steepest branch. Take-home: Peacock Puzzle
Get in gear as an automotive engineer! Build a motorized vehicle and learn how to optimize it. Use wheels, axles and gears to reduce friction and improved its efficiency. Then, shift things into a higher gear to get a hands-on understanding of transmissions and gear ratios. Take-home: Hovercraft XS
Reach for the sky! Find out how structural engineers use ideas from physics to solve problems. Work together to build a structurally sound tower with a working elevator. Then, test and improve your design for strength and stability. Take-home: Sky Beams
Create a sea-worthy vessel as you set sail with nautical engineering! Build and test a boat powered by potential and kinetic energy. Then, try changing specific variables to improve speed, buoyancy, and stability. Take-home: Wave Rider
How can you build the strongest bridge? Work together with your fellow civil engineers to build and test different bridge designs. Then, use what you’ve learned to create the strongest bridge possible. Take-home: Truss Bridge
Engineering is creative! Learn how gears, levers, and pulleys are useful tools for mechanical engineers. Then, combine them with art and design to create and test a motorized drawing machine. Take-home: Sky Roller