Planet Earth: Shake, Rattle and Roll
Earth science is a fascinating field, encompassing the study of our atmosphere, oceans, volcanoes, gravity, rocks, soil, and everything else that makes this wonderful planet home. In this course, our students will explore these factors in depth. They will learn about erosion and where sand comes from, study rainbows and light refraction, and even learn to differentiate cirrus, cumulus and stratus clouds. Finally, the causes – and devastating effects – of tornadoes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions will be investigated. Allergies: Fruit roll up, graham cracker, frosting
Life Science: Animals
Students will have an opportunity to explore the animal world in this diverse class! Upon learning the basics of animal classification, students will study major animal groups, such as invertebrates and vertebrates. Students will become fluent in using a micorscope and slides. Additionally, students will investigate animal adaptations and habitats. There will be a study of animal fossils and students will create their own fossils in this exciting lab. Allergies: Dairy and wheat consumed (chocolate chip cookies)
Chemistry: Fizz, Bubble and Pop
Young scientists watch the physical world transform before their eyes as they explore mixtures, solutions, compounds and elements. First, scientists explore the properties of matter: identifying objects just using their senses, learning that air – while invisible to the eye – actually takes up space, and seeing for themselves that water likes to stick together. Students will learn how chemistry affects their everyday lives as they perform experiments on solubility. Allergies: Dairy and wheat consumed (Ice cream, pudding, lemonade, apple juice, skittles)
Space: Exploring the Universe
Blast off into the exciting universe of space exploration! In this fun and challenging hands-on course, students will experiment with the physical properties and laws that control the universe. Students will perform exciting lab activities including: testing flame colors to determine temperature and what elements are being burned, as well as density and gravity experiments. They will learn what planets make up our solar system as well as the differences between comets, meteors and asteroids. After completing this course, students will gaze at the night sky with new wonder and appreciation. Allergies: Dairy, soy, wheat consumed (Oreos, pudding, ice cream, astronaut ice cream (made in nut facility)
Physiology: Incredible Human Body
Students take a look inside the body and learn how things work. By making models of the human heart, students discover how blood circulates from the body to the lungs and back. Students study skeletal muscles by participating in a muscle boot camp, and measure their lung volume while learning about water displacement. We’ll test our senses, our reflexes, and learn why we favor one side over the other when it comes to writing or physical activities. We all have one, so let’s learn about how incredible our human bodies really are! Allergies: Dairy and wheat consumed (saltine crackers and chocolate pudding with milk)
Dinosaurs: Jurassic Playground
Students travel back in time to learn about the living things that roamed the Earth millions of years ago. They discover the ages of the dinosaurs, the geologic periods, and learn that not all dinosaur species were alive at the same time. Students explore the different types of dinosaurs and relatives of the dinosaurs, measuring how big (and small!) they could be. They study real dinosaur fossils, create their own fossils and even build their own dinosaur armor!
Entomology: Creepy Crawly Critters
With over a million species, the study of insects – entomology – is a vast field. Our youngest scientists explore the world of insects by creating models and observing live specimens. Students examine the four metamorphic stages of a butterfly’s life cycle and investigate their feeding process. They immerse themselves in the wild and wooly world of bees, studying the hive’s social structure, the process by which honey is made, and then use beeswax to create their own lip balm. Other topics include the bioluminescence in fireflies, the function of a ladybug’s second set of wings, the incredible structure of a fly’s compound eyes, and the creation of the spider’s awesome hunting tool – its web! Allergies: Apple juice
Superhero Science: Powers, Forces and Gadgets
We may not have been born with mutant powers to fly or been given the power of super strength by a radioactive bug bite, but using the power of our mind and science, we can build our own super powers! In this course, students become like some of the famous superheroes and use science to create their own gadgets and powers, like super strength! They harness the power of magnets to control metals, build a web-slinging device, and create their own grappling hook! Some heroes are born super, others have the powers given to them, but superhero scientists make their own.