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FEBRUARY BREAK STEM WORKSHOP

AM/PM workshops for students in grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8
$25/per student/class - 10% discount for members! Seats are limited, Register Today! 518-382-7890 

*Online Registration closes the day before the start of class or when online seats are filled. If a class is listed as full, please call to register. There is a separate registration form for each class. If you are registering a student for more than one class, it may be helpful to keep longer form responses saved so they do not need to be retyped.  

Monday, February 20th: "Glow Day" 

Glow World Glow:  9am-12pm / Morning / K-2nd
How do fireflies glow? Can rocks glow? Discover bioluminescence and experiment with chemistry to create your own glowing toy. FULL

Under the Sea: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / K-2nd
What lurks deep in the ocean? Take a journey underwater and learn about ocean layers, sharks, and underwater volcanos. Discover the properties of water and experiment with water pressure. 
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Bioluminescence: 9am-12pm / Morning / 3rd -5th
Discover the difference between chemiluminescence, phosphorescence, and fluorescence. Investigate why and how animals, plants, and rocks glow. Experiment with chemistry to create your own glowing toy. CALL TO REGISTER

Lights and Lasers: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / 3rd -5th
What are lasers used for?  Discover how to split a laser beam and investigate the properties of light and color. Make a spectroscope. register>>

Tuesday, February 21st: "Building Big Day"

Design, Build, Create, KEVA!: 9am-12pm / Morning / K-2nd
Use your imagination to build amazing structures with KEVA planks. FULL

Movers and Shakers: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / K-2nd
Let’s get moving and explore different kinds of movement, from animal motion to optical illusions. Make a toy that flies! register>>

Castles and Catapults: 9am-12pm / Morning / 3rd -5th
Design your own castle out of KEVA planks. Then build a catapult to launch in a battle against your classmates! FULL

Engineering Challenge: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / 3rd -5th
Learn some basic principles of engineering and science.  What makes a structure sturdy? Can you design a building to withstand an earthquake?  A lunar lander for the moon? Test your building skills as a junior engineer! register>>

Wednesday, February 22nd: "More Than Meets the Eye Day"

Bugs Eye View: 9am-12pm / Morning / K-2nd 
What’s the difference between a bug and an insect? A butterfly and a moth? Become an entomologist and visit our butterfly house to explore this fascinating world. FULL

Frozen Science: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / K-2nd
Investigate states of matter and the properties of water. Build a boat and experiment with buoyancy. Explore density, surface tension, and water cohesion.  Discover what capillary action can do! FULL

Buggin’ Out: 9am-12pm/ Morning / 3rd -5th
Visit the hidden world of insects. Learn about their anatomy, adaptations, and live cycles. Explore the life of the butterfly with a visit to our butterfly house. Discover how the structure of butterfly wings help scientists to make great strides nanotechnology. register>>

Optical Illusions: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon  / 3rd -5th
Learn how visual stimulus can trick the eye. Make your own optical illusion and participate in a cow eye dissection! register>>

Thursday, February 23rd: "Tiny Tech Day"

Peek @ Nano: 9am-12pm / Morning / K-2nd
How small is nano? Join us to find out how nanotechnology is all around you! Experiment with kinetic sand, materials that repel water, and oobleck! FULL

Fizz, Pop, Boom: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / K-2nd
Have a blast and create mind-blowing reactions!  Experiment with air pressure, chemical reactions, and bubbling potions! FULL

It’s a Small, Small Nano World: 9am-12pm / Morning / 3rd -5th
Get your hands-on this tiny technology. Learn how small nano really is! Experiment with polymers, liquid crystal displays, and hydrogel. register>>

Tangible Tech: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / 3rd -5th
Explore the world of technology and coding in our Tinkering exhibit. See a 3D printer in action. Experiment with a MaKey Makey and make a banana piano! register>>

Nanotechnology: 9am-12pm / Morning / 6th -8th
What does it mean to be nano-sized? Smaller than a blood cell? An atom? Find out! Explore nanotechnology through hands-on experiments with electroplating, graphene, and liquid metal.

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Friday, February 24th: "Physics of Space Day"

Magic of the Force: 9am-12pm / Morning / K-2nd
Soar into the science of Star Wars movies. Will the force be with you? Learn how forces act on Earth and in outer space. Investigate the magic of invisibility and the power of lights and lasers. FULL

Twinkling Stars: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / K-2nd
Star light, star bright, what are stars made of? Join us as we investigate outer space. Identify constellations and explore the planets in our solar system.  Play some gravity games and design a moon lander! FULL

Physics of the Force: 9am-12pm / Morning / 3rd -5th
Calling all Jedi’s. Determine if the science in Star Wars movies is real. Investigate the laws of physics and light properties to determine if lightsabers, holograms, and levitating vehicles could really exist. FULL

Notion of Motion: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / 3rd -5th
Discover how motion is all around us in our everyday life from gravity to the movement of the planets. Conduct experiments in physics to learn about Bernoulli’s principal and Newton’s laws. Design and race a toy car. register>>

Meteorite or Meteorwrong: 9am-12pm / Morning  /6th -8th
Each day over 100 tons of meteoroids (small rocks and dust) come crashing through Earth’s atmosphere Some of this material makes it to the ground as a meteorite. Join us as we learn about the properties of meteorites, where meteorites come from, and how to test a rock to see if it truly came from outer space! register>>

APRIL BREAK STEM WORKSHOP

AM/PM workshops for students in grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8
$25/per student/class - 10% discount for members! Seats are limited, Register Today! 518-382-7890 

*Online Registration closes the day before the start of class or when online seats are filled. If a class is listed as full or as not having enough spots remaining, please call to register. Every registration needs at least two spots (one for the parent and one for the student). There is a separate registration form for each class. If you are registering a student for more than one class, it may be helpful to keep longer form responses saved so they do not need to be retyped. 

Friday, April 14th: It IS Rocket Science! 

Blast Off with Rockets:  9 AM - 12 PM / Morning / K-2nd
Create and launch rockets with pressurized air and chemical reactions. 
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Rocketry Workshop: 9 AM - 12 PM / Morning / 3rd-5th
Discover how rockets are launched. Create and launch rockets with pressurized air and chemical reactions. register>>

Monday, April 17th: Superpowered Science!

Superb Superhero: 9 AM - 12 PM / Morning / K-2nd
Be a science superhero! Experiment with the mysterious power of light, chemical reactions, and flying forces. Design your own superhero toyregister>>

Mystery Solvers: 1 PM - 4 PM / Afternoon / K-2nd
Become a crime solver! Learn about fingerprint patterns. Inspect a mysterious substance, experiment with chromatography, use a microscope, and crack a code. register>>

CSI Crime Lab: 9 AM - 12 PM / Morning / 3rd-5th
Use your detective skills to solve a crime! Investigate the technology of forensic science with fingerprinting, chromatography, DNA, and code breaking. register>>

The Science of Superheroes: 1 PM - 4 PM / Afternoon / 3rd-5th
Explore the science behind superhero powers. Delve into aerodynamics, forces, and energy. Invent your own superhero and make your own comic book. register>>

Tuesday, April 18th: To Infinity and Beyond!

Our Friend the Moon: 9 AM - 12 PM / Morning K-2nd
Use your senses to explore our nearest astronomical neighbor—the moon! Learn about the geographical features of the moon. Play with simulated lunar soil and rocks to explore what it’s like to be an astronaut visiting the moon. register>>

Space Academy: Cosmic Kids ($35): 1 PM - 4 PM / Afternoon / K-2nd
Play the role of a NASA Astronaut on a highly-specialized crew and design an experiment to understand your space mission. Next, travel aboard the International Space Station to a Space Craft and conduct scientific experiments. register>>

Space Academy: Exploration Station: ($35): 9 AM - 12 PM / Morning / 3rd-5th
Imagine you are a science team working to launch a probe into a comet! Join an elite crew of engineers and astronauts who conduct a variety of experiments, and discover how NASA personnel must work together to succeed in their space missions. register>>

Solar Explorer1 PM - 4 PM / Afternoon / 3rd-5th
Learn about our sun, what it’s made of, and how it moves across the daytime sky. Safely observe the sun through a telescope (if the weather permits), and made your own model of the sun- solar flares and sunspots included. register>>

Wednesday, April 19th: Shockingly Good Science!

The Wonders of Magnets: 9 AM - 12 PM / Morning / K-2nd
Understand how magnets work. Experiment with magnetic force. register>>

Easy Electricity: 1 PM - 4 PM / Afternoon / K-2nd
Enjoy this hair-raising workshop and discover the power of electricity! Connect circuits to light up a bulb, and make a motor turn. Experiment with static electricity. register>>

Magnets: What’s the Attraction:  9 AM - 12 PM / Morning / 3rd-5th
What makes magnets attract? Explore the mysterious forces of magnets. register>>

Circuit Connection: 1 PM - 4 PM / Afternoon / 3rd-5th
You’ll be shocked to learn how electricity and circuits are connected. Experiment with circuits, lights, sounds, and motors. Learn the difference between a series and a parallel circuit. register>>

Thursday, April 20th: Astronomy, Airwaves, and AI...Oh My! 

Robots!: 9 AM - 12 PM / Morning / K-2nd
What is a robot? Compare robots in science fiction movies, cartoons, and in the real science world. Experiment with robot hands, and build your own simple motorized robot. register>>

Gizmos and Gadgets: 1 PM - 4 PM / Afternoon / K-2nd
Create unique science contraptions that fly, spin, and bounce. Investigate the movement and engineering behind toys and gadgets. Make your own catapult to take home. register>>

Radio Communications: 9 AM - 12 PM / Morning / 3rd-5th
Learn about how radio waves are used to talk to people far away. Build your own crystal radio. register>>

Radio Astronomy: 1 PM - 4 PM / Afternoon / 3rd-5th
Learn how astronomers use radio waves to “see” things in our universe that are not visible to human eyes. Create a paper radio telescope. 
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Friday, April 21st: Water and Out-of-this-World Wonders!

Bubbleology: 9 AM - 12 PM / Morning / K-2nd
Create art with bubbles and learn how to make huge bubbles. Discover why bubbles are rainbow-colored. register>>

Wonders of Water: 1 PM - 4 PM / Afternoon / K-2nd
Complete amazing experiments with water and discover its importance in the human body and on Earth. register>>

Scaling Our Solar System: 9 AM - 12 PM / Morning / 3rd-5th
Explore the size and distance between objects in the solar system and create a solar system that fits in your pocket. register>>

Supernova!: 1 PM - 4 PM / Afternoon / 3rd-5th
The biggest stars in the galaxy end their lives as supernova explosions! Learn about how the largest stars die in supernova explosions and which stars will explode next. Make a pulsar to take home. register>>

SUMMER HANDS-ON STEM CLASSES

Half-day workshops on Thursday, July 6th and Friday, July 7th - $25/student/class.
Week-long classes for students entering first through eight grades. July 10th - September 1st. Classes run 9 am - 4 pm and cost $220/student/class. Space Academy Classes with Challenger Learning Center Missions cost $250/student per class. Already participated in a mission? Not a problem - students will be placed in new crew positions for entirely new mission experiences. 

Before and aftercare is available for $35/student/week. Pre-registration is required.

Limited scholarships may be available.

Call 518-382-7890 x228 to register. Online registration will be available soon.

Thursday, July 6th - Half-day workshops

Robots! 9am-12pm/ Morning / 1st-2nd
Explore the technology and real world of robots.

Hidden Power 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / 1st-2nd
These activities highlight concepts of energy, electricity generation, and efficiency. Find out about renewable energy and discover how energy is harnessed from nature! Learn about tidal energy and biofuel.

Hidden Power 9am-12pm/ Morning / 3rd-5th
These activities raise awareness of energy materials and their applications and build understanding of the invisible forces at work. Find out about renewable energy and discover how energy is harnessed from nature! Learn about tidal energy and biofuel.

Synthetic Biology 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / 3rd-5th
Design a “super organism” to solve a problem, extract DNA from wheat germ, and discuss which future technologies you would support. Discover how synthetic biology is interconnected with our society.

Friday, July 7th

Sun Power 9am-12pm/ Morning / 1st-2nd
Students will explore the energy produced by the sun and how plants, animals and humans on Earth use this energy in life.

Wind Energy 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / 1st-2nd
Discover how power is harnessed from wind. Learn about the evolution of wind energy from windmills to turbines.

Solar Energy 9am-12pm/ Morning / 3rd -5th
Students will explore why the sun shines, the type of energy it emits and how humans on Earth can harness this solar energy.

Wind Energy 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / 3rd -5th
Discover how power is harnessed from wind. Learn about the evolution of wind energy from windmills to turbines.

July 10th - July 14th - Robotic Code Week

Inside Robots - 1st-2nd grade
What is a robot? What makes them work? Connect Little Bits to learn about the inner workings and connections in robots. Discover the many kinds of robots there are in the world and uncover the creative tinkerer in you!

LEGO Robotics Level 1 - 3rd-5th grade
Build and program cool robots with LEGO’s Mindstorms EV 3 kits as you work in a team. Learn about coding through Little Bits, Minecraft Hour of Code, and Makey Makeys. No experience necessary.

July 17th - July 21st - Grossology Week

Grossology for Kids - 1st-2nd grade
Discover the yucky world of slimy science! Learn about the human body and gross facts about the natural world!

Grossology for Juniors - 3rd-5th grade
Discover the yucky world of slimy science! Learn about the human body and gross facts about the natural world!

LEGO Robotics Level 1 - 3rd-5th grade
Build and program cool robots with LEGO’s Mindstorms EV 3 kits as you work in a team. Learn about coding through Little Bits, Minecraft Hour of Code, and Makey Makeys. No experience necessary.

July 24th - July 28th - Bioluminescence Week

Glow World Glow - 1st - 2nd grade
Explore the glowing world of bioluminescence and more! Use chemistry to create glowing worms. Discover why stars shine and how some rocks glow!

Bioluminescence - 3rd - 5th grade
Discover magnificent glowing creatures from the deepest depths of the ocean and forests from around the world. Experiment with glow-in-the-dark slime. Learn what it means to be fluorescent, chemiluminescent, and phosphorescent.

LEGO Robotics Level 2 - 3rd - 5th grade
Continue to build on your knowledge of coding LEGO Mindstorms EV3 bricks. Build and program cool robots to perform advanced tasks. Learn about coding and robotics with Little Bits, Scratch, and Makey Makeys. Experience with LEGO Robotics required.

July 31st - August 4th - Space Mission Week

Space Academy: Crater Kids - 1st - 2nd grade
Embark on a journey of a lifetime! Students will prepare for a trip to the moon by learning about and building rockets, travel to the moon. Once there, complete mission critical experiments before traveling back to Earth. End the week with a mission in the Challenger Learning Center.
*Mission – Cosmic Kids

Space Academy: Explore Earth - 3rd - 5th grade
Study our home planet from space! Explore interactive hands - on activities related to space exploration, geology, and the solar system.  Activities include exploring Earth’s distance from other planets and comparing geological characteristic on Earth to other planets. End the week with a mission in the Challenger Learning Center. *Mission – Exploration Station

LEGO Robotics - 6th - 8th grade
Build and program a robot using LEGO’s Mindstorms EV 3 kits to perform various tasks. Students will be grouped based on experience. No experience necessary. Learn about coding and robotics with Little Bits, Scratch, Minecraft Hour of Code, and Makey Makeys.

August 7th - August 11th - Working Robots Week

Robots @ Work - 1st - 2nd grade
Discover the inner working of robot jobs! Explore the technology and real world of robots. See a 3D printer in action and learn about the new jobs 3D printer do. Use a Makey Makey to play the piano with a banana. 

LEGO Robotics Level 1 - 3rd - 5th grade
Build and program cool robots with LEGO’s Mindstorms EV 3 kits as you work in a team. Learn about coding through Little Bits, Minecraft Hour of Code, and Makey Makeys. No experience necessary.

Space Academy: Expedition Mars - 6th - 8th grade
Mars Explorers wanted! Do you have what it takes to tackle the final frontier. Be a part an effort to discover life on Mars. Solve problems on Mars just like Mark Watney in The Martian. End the week with a mission in the Challenger Learning Center.
*Mission- Expedition Mars

August 14th - August 18th - Celestial Objects Week

Bubbleology - 1st - 2nd
Create art with bubbles and discover the secret to how to make huge bubbles! Discover why bubbles are rainbow colored. Learn about the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st!

Space Academy: Comet Mystery - 3rd - 5th
Explore interactive activities related to astronomy and space exploration with a focus on some of the smaller bodies in our solar system- COMETS. Learn about the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st! End the week with a mission in the Challenger Learning Center.
*Mission – Exploration Station

Space Academy: Our Spot in the Universe - 6th-8th
Students will learn about planets, stars and galaxies and how our Earth fits into the Universe. We will explore scale models of the solar system and galaxy, learn how astronomers use telescopes to study objects in space, and investigate other Earth-like planets beyond the solar system. Learn about the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st! End the week with a mission in the Challenger Learning Center.
*Mission- Rendezvous with a Comet

August 21st - August 25th - Rockets Week!

Space Academy: Crater Kids - 1st - 2nd grade
Embark on a journey of a lifetime! Students will prepare for a trip to the moon, travel to the moon by learning about and building rockets. Once there, complete mission critical experiments before traveling back to Earth. Safely view the solar eclipse happening on Monday with solar glasses! End the week with a mission in the Challenger Learning Center.
*Mission – Cosmic Kids

Space Academy: Rocket Specialists - 3rd - 5th grade
Build and launch and rockets! This class provides a week-long exploration of interactive, hands on activities related to space flight, aeronautics and the physics of flight. Safely view the solar eclipse happening on Monday with solar glasses! End the week with a mission in the Challenger Learning Center
*Mission – Exploration Station

LEGO Robotics Level 2 - 3rd - 5th grade
Continue to build on your knowledge of coding LEGO Mindstorms EV3 bricks. Build and program cool robots to perform advanced tasks. Learn about coding and robotics with Little Bits, Scratch, and Makey Makeys. Experience with LEGO Robotics required. Safely view the solar eclipse happening on Monday with solar glasses!

August 28th - September 1st - Chemistry Week

Potion Commotion - 1st - 2nd grade
Use chemistry to create potions that bubble, glimmer, and pop. Learn about chemical reactions by mixing, stirring, and measuring your own concoctions.

CSI Crime Lab Chemistry - 3rd - 5th grade
Put your detective skills to work to solve a crime, complete a scavenger hunt, and use forensic science! Investigate the technology of forensic science with fingerprinting, chromatography, DNA, and code breaking!


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