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.
Fall 2018 After School Programs
Go Car Go (3-5)
Everyone wants to build a car, right? Join us as we built not one, but several cars! We will learn about the basic principles and engineering of cars as we build our very own cars. We will also explore the different ways cars can be powered, and we’ll build them using different power sources. We’ll also race to see how each power source affects how the car moves: Which goes fastest? Which goes the farthest? Which one is slowest? Be sure to join us!! You don’t need a license to build and drive these cars!
Game Wizards (3-5)
Have you ever wanted to build your own computer video game? Now is your chance! Students will learn how to use ClickTeam Fusion 2.5 to develop their own video game! Their imagination is the limit in this class. Students can create games such as Pong, Spaceshooter and Chocobreak! Who knows, maybe you will program the next great video game!
Roblox Rocks! (Grades 3-5)
In this brand new program, you will be designing your very own Roblox games! Learn the programming language Lua and use the software that the professionals use to code your own game. Dive and dodge from barrels being thrown down a hill and race your friends to the top! Design a game call SnowClones and see how fast you can make it to the top in this fun puzzle game. Learn how to publish your games so friends and family can play the game that you made! Students will be able to pick which games they want to code after learning the basics of coding with Roblox.
Spring is the time when the weather is often downright wild! What better time to learn all about weather? Start by learning about the water cycle and what causes precipitation and evaporation and the part they play in our weather. Next we’ll explore tornadoes and snow storms through hands on experiments. We’ll also explore and create our own weather tools to measure and predict the weather!
Newton's Toybox (3-5)
Discover and learn about one of the world’s most accomplished scientists, Sir Isaac Newton, by creating and experimenting with the Laws of Motion. Learn about acceleration, mass, forces and momentum by engaging in races, games and challenges that emphasize the laws of motion that govern everyday tasks and cosmic interactions! Class projects include screaming balloons, high bounce balls, toy car acceleration, and many more!
Icky, Gross, Spooky Science (K-3)
Color Wizards (Preschool)
Little Lego Engineers
Become an engineer and create a forklift, Monster Truck Crane, bulldozers, and dragsters with Lego Wedo! Not only will you get to build these models but also program them to move with a computer. Your little engineer will learn to build and program Legos while learning about gears, axels and motors!
Robot Adventures (3-5)
Discover the fantastic programming possibilities with LEGO EV3 robots! Using LEGO EV3 software, learn basic and advanced programming. Your camper will start with basic programming to move and steer a robot rover. Quickly advance to learn loops and incorporating touch and ultra-sonic sensors in your programming. Challenges include: programming a robot to run the bases on a baseball diamond and using a color sensor to follow a path.
Robot Rumble (3-5)
Become a robot engineer! Your child will learn about robots and create some homemade robots with basic materials that they will take home with them. Create your own doodle bot and create one of a kind art made by a robot you designed! Design and make your own brush bot. Tinker with your robots to change how they function to create different designs. Learn about how robots are used in space and design your own space robot.
Pull Your Own Weight (K-3)
Your young scientist will explore the science behind weight, mass and levers. Discover how pulleys and levers make difficult jobs easier. Your young scientist will learn about forces and fulcrums by creating pulleys, levers, catapults and cranes. Solve real world challenges by creating prototypes of these objects and testing them in class and at home!
Little Coder (K-3)
Now kids of all ages can be introduced to coding and robotics! Dash and Dot are responsive robots that will open the doors to robotics and programming for your child. Using a variety of apps, students will code these robots to dance, sing, respond to voice commands and navigate their surroundings! You will get to teach Dash and Dot to interact with the world around them, all at your fingertips with coding!
Lego WeDo Meets Scratch Advanced (3-5)
Take Lego WeDo to new levels by coding your creation with Scratch! We are joining together Lego engineering and coding skills. Students will build a Hopping Frog and program it with Scratch. Throughout the session, students will learn to use Scratch to communicate with the motor and sensors on the Hopping Frog and create a story. Code your story in Scratch and synchronize it with the WeDo Hopping Frog assembly that you built and coded with Scratch!
Little Lego Robotics (K-3)
This is a brand new program introducing NEW Lego WeDo model builds! Students will learn how to code and program Lego WeDo robot builds to move. Construct a Giant that awakens when their is movement nearby! Build a racing car and a jumping rabbit all with Legos and coded by you!
Ready, Set, RPG (3-5)
Do you want to be the next master video game creator? Use the same software the professionals use and create your own Role Playing Game! Design your own custom game map, characters and enemies! Your imagination is the limit as you fill your world map with land, oceans, deserts and more! Be the architect and create your own custom buildings and castles! Make your friends and family characters in the game! At the end of the session, you will be able to take home our very own video game that you can play on a PC!
Super(hero) Circuitry! (3-5)
Dive into circuits in this brand new program! Students will gain an understanding of how electricity works as they learn about simple circuits by building their very own Light Saber. As they get more advanced, students will learn about parallel circuits by building Iron Man’s Arc Reactor! Create your own Super Hero with Play Doh and clay and learn how to make your Super Hero light up! Some other projects include a 3D Light-up Lighthouse and a Star Wars Light Saber Card.
The Mystery of Light & Sound (K-3)
What is sound and light? Come discover what creates sound and light! Build your own stringed instrument and a Kazoo with different materials all while learning the science of why and how we hear! Learn how sound moves through different objects! We’ll then give our ears a rest and discover the part light plays in how we see. Why do objects look different in water? Use water to create optical illusions and learn about light refraction. Our experimenting with light and sound will come together as we use Play Doh to investigate both by creating our own circuits!
Come Fly with Me (3rd-5th)
Humans have always been mesmerized by flight. Follow in the Wright Brother’s footsteps as we learn about the principles of flight by designing and experimenting with our own model planes and helicopters. Students will set up their own Mission Control center when they launch the model rockets they build. 3…2…1…. BLAST OFF!
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)
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.
To Infinity & Beyond (K-3)
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.
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.