Learning with Hands-On Activities
For years educators have stressed that students learn better “by doing” – especially in the sciences. Students of all ages learn more science-content and skills when they engage in investigation and discovery using everyday materials and the basic equipment of science. Our carefully designed inquiry-based lessons involve children with hands-on activities, capturing children’s natural curiosity, stimulating their interest in science, and teaching them important science topics along with critical thinking skills. Our clubs also support the current initiative of STEM education.
Our unique Science Club program is designed to meet the needs of children in grades K-6. Club SciKidz lessons help engage students in observation, measurement, identification of properties, and experimentation involving life, earth, and physical science concepts. The units are rigorously researched by science educators with the help of teachers and children. The results are lessons that students can enjoy and genuinely learn from. Science was never this much fun!
Each science enrichment SEMESTER lasts for 8-10 classes Classes meet once a week for approximately 60 minutes. Class size is 10-12 students, per instructor, with the cost starting at $139 per student per class.
Winter 2018 After School Programs
Lego Meets Scratch Advanced (3-5)
Grades 3-5: NEW WeDo Legos Meets Scratch Advanced:
Bring your coding skills to life with Scratch as you learn to code WeDo Lego Robotics. Take Legos to the next level by using this popular coding program. Go beyond the basics and build projects such as a Batmobile, Space Shuttle and more!
Lego Meets Scratch Intro (K-2)
Grades K-2: NEW WeDo Legos Meets Scratch Intro:
Learn basic coding skills with Scratch and use them to code WeDo Lego Robotics. Students will build structures and objects with the Legos they love, and bring them to life by coding the actions using Scratch. This class is a great way to extend your child’s love for Legos and introduce them to the world of coding.
Game Wizards: RPG Edition (3-5)
Grades 3-5: Game Wizards: RPG Edition
Tired of just playing video games? Ever wanted to build your own RPG game? Well now you can! Using professional game-making software, your child will be able to create their own RPG Video Game! They will learn to create characters and worlds and learn to program using RPG Maker.
Under the Sea (K-2)
Grades K-2: NEW Under the Sea – Enamored with the ocean or Chesapeake Bay? Explore unique properties of the oceans and seas, and all the truly special life-forms that live in them! Truly turn STEM into STEAM as we complement our hands-on-science investigations with the addition of modeling projects.
All Lit Up (3-5)
Grades 3-5: NEW All Lit Up
We use electricity everyday and often do not think about where it comes from or how it works. This program gives students the opportunity to explore and investigate electricity hands-on. They will start by creating batteries out of household objects and quickly take their skills to a whole new level as they make light sabers and Iron Man’s Arc Reactor.
To Infinity & Beyond (K-2)
Grades K-2: NEW To Infinity and Beyond!
The sky is the limit with this brand new program. Students will become astronauts and astronomers as they learn about planets, the sun and moon, galaxies, and space through hands on activities and projects. From constellations to rockets to astronaut training, they will have a blast.
Game Wizards: Clickteam Fusion (3-5)
Grades 3-5: NEW Game Wizards: Clickteam Fusion Edition
Do you want to become a video game developer? Become the engineer behind such games as Spaceshooter, Chocobreak, Pong and more. You’ll learn how to use the program Clickteam Fusion and then your imagination is the limit to the games that you can create.
Lego NXT (3-5)
Grades 3-5: NEW NXT Robot Programmer
Robots are not just a thing of the future in this class. NXT Robot Programmer uses Legos to bring robots to life. Students will build and program robots of all types. Learn how robots are a part of the future! Create a dog sled team and travel to Alaska to compete in the Iditarod. Protect your valuables in a combination lock that you build. By the end of the program, students will design and build a robot that can solve one of the problems facing the world today.
Claymation Creation (K-2)
Grades K-2: Claymation Creation
Move over Gumby and Shaun the Sheep. Our movie making wizards are in town! We’ll start by learning about stop motion animation, use our imagination to create characters out of clay, do a little set design, and finish by creating our own stop motion animation movie. You bring the popcorn, we’ll supply the movies!
Lego EV3 Robot Olympiad (3-5)
Grades 3-5: NEW Lego EV3 Robot Olympiad – Using the LEGO® EV3 platform, build and program robots to complete a different task or theme each day! Themes include Athletic Training Center, Basketball, Hockey, Tug of War, Sprint, and Wrestling.
LEGO WEDO Meets KNEX (K-2)
Grades K-2 NEW LEGO WEDO Meets KNEX Another unique first by Club SciKidz. This class will combine new maker products from KNEX to help students understand mechanical movement. In the later weeks of the program we will transfer these skills to LEGO WEDO® models with motorized moving parts. The focus will be on simple machines and how they are used to make robots move—levers, wheels, screws, and pulleys to name a few! You will be impressed by the understanding your young engineer will grasp in this BRAND NEW program.
Forensic Biology Fun (3-5)
Grades 3-5 NEW Forensic Biology Fun—8 Weeks of Biology Based Forensic Experiments in our portable labs. Students will extract their own DNA, solve a mystery of “Who ate the Cheese with DNA Fingerprinting, Bone measurement and analysis, Identify gene movement using electrophoresis, discover how to use Entomology (Bug’s) to solve crimes. This class features real experiments used in crime labs today. Don’t miss the fun and learning—Who knows you might be on the next “CSI – Montgomery County”.
Icky, Gross, Spooky Science (K-2)
Grades K-2 NEW Icky, Gross, Spooky Science—What young scientist doesn’t like a little mess and fun while learning to do science? Kids will use household products to create fake blood and Ph paper from Cabbage Juice. They will also dissect owl pellets and grow bacteria to learn about germs. We won’t save the best for last though, we will concoct our own gravity defying GOO and end with all scientist’s favorite—Fun Fantastic Explosions!