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  • come to your classroom and eliminate the hassle of waiver forms and transportation.

  • are available for Grades 1 - 6.

  • are one hour in length for groups of up to 30 children.

  • are hands-on & interactive.

  • are linked to the curriculum.

  • encourage the pursuit of STEM careers.

  • are led by experienced instructors with professional materials and equipment.

  • reinforce science concepts & methodologies.

  • are perfect to introduce a new science topic or to further explore one already being taught.

  • are great for weekly meetings with Brownies, Sparks, Cubs, Beavers and Scouts.

  • are great activities to supplement programming at Libraries, Day Cares, After-School Care Programs, Summer Camps, with Home School Groups or at meetings for Cubs, Beavers, Scouts, Sparks, Brownies and more!  If you are looking for something fun and educational for children between the ages of 3 - 12 Mad Science has something unique to offer!  

  • Please click here to view programming for children age 3 - 5.


  • Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to Laboratory Luke for the great presentation he did for our Kindergarten students today. He was FANTASTIC! The students were completely engaged and thrilled to be working as scientists to figure out how toys work.
  • "I just wanted to let you know that our beavers had a blast night. I have never seen them so excited and everyone learned something and our new favorite word is "sublimates."
  • "...very engaging and interactive for the children."
  • "...the room was buzzing with excited kids..."
  • "...the enthusiastic oohs and ahhs could be heard throughout the whole library."
  • "The educators loved the presenter, she was dynamic and great, the children were absorbed by the presentation for the whole hour."



Complement Building ThingsBuoyancy & BoatsBuilding with a Variety of MaterialsTesting Materials & DesignWheels & Levers and Building Devices & Vehicles that Move.  



GRADE 1 - The following workshops will complement Creating Color, Seasonal Changes, Senses and The Needs of Plants & Animals:
  • Lights, Color, Action!...:  Blend colors, produce white light, separate light into colors, & experiment with prisms & diffraction glasses.  Students will take home a Techni-Color Blender.
  • Walloping Weather:  How & why do seasons change, measurement of weather, the good & bad of UV rays, thunder & lightening and the water cycle.  Students will take home a Sun-Bead Kit.
  • Seeking our Senses:  Students will explore the 5 senses by deconstructing a giant eyeball, experimenting with vibrations, identifying objects by touch, testing the sensitivity of their taste buds and giving their nose a scent-filled workout.
  • Mmm...Taste:  Students will learn how our taste buds detect & identify the 4 different tastes of sweet, sour, salty and bitter while exploring the tongue's basic biology.
  • Life in the Sea:  Discuss & explore the diversity of the ocean's ecosystems, how animals adapt, what they need to survive and compare plants to animals.  Students take home a 3D Anaglyph Puzzle.
  • All About Animals: Look at habitats, methods of camouflage, animal tracks, animal behaviour, & what teeth can tell us about an animal.  Students take home a Mad Science Animal Track.
  • Dinosaurs:  Examine real fossil casts and the differences in the teeth of herbivores & carnivores.  Be a paleontologist in a mini excavation and then stain a Mad Science fossilized T-Rex Tooth to take home.

GRADE 2 - The following workshops will complement Magnetism, Hot & Cold Temperatures, and Small Crawling & Flying Animals:

  • Magnificent Magnets:  What is the largest magnet in the world?  Explore the invisible forces of magnets & their effects on different objects.  Learn how electromagnets work & try our magnetic paperclip challenge.  Students will each receive a Mad Science Magnet Lab to continue experimenting with forces after class.

  • Dry Ice:  Make an ice cube in less than 1 minute, learn how cold dry ice really is and what makes it dry,  taste our Mad Science Burp Potion, learn if dry ice is an acid or a base through color changing reactions and see what happens when we mix dry ice with liquid soap!

  • Bugs:  Explore the diverse word of insects, their habitats, how they adapt to their environment, & how they protect themselves.  Students will take home a Mad Science Insecta-Vision.

GRADE 3 - The following workshops will complement Rocks & Minerals, Testing Materials & Designs, Hearing & Sound and the Animal Life Cycle:

  • Mineral Mania:  Have fun looking at all sorts of rocks & minerals, learn how they are formed, do a streak test, learn how a volcano is made and make a volcano, pan for gems and take home your treasure.
  • Super Structures:  Explore the world of architecture & engineering while learning about foundations, weight distribution & the science of arches.  Students will take home a Mad Science Super Structure Bridge.
  • Good Vibrations:  Investigate the science of sound.  See sound waves move through our wave generator, hear sound through your mouth & feel sound through your fingertips.  Students will take home a Mad Science Sonic Horn to further experiment with sound vibrations after class.
  • All about Animals:  Learn about habitats, methods of camouflage, how animals protect themselves, what teeth can tell us about an animal, animal tracks and what they can tell us about behaviour, the animal life cycle, and the differences between vertebrates & invertebrates.  Students will take home a Mad Science Animal Track.

GRADE 4 - The following workshops will complement Wheels & Levers and Light & Shadows:

  • Mad Machines:  Students will learn how wheels, levers, axles & pulleys make our lives easy and fun.  Students will get to experiment with each type of simple machine and will take home a Mad Science Drag Racer.
  • Lights, Color, Action...:  Students will see how colors blend to produce white light and how white light can be separated into individual colors.  Students will also get to experiment with prisms and Mad Science Diffraction Glasses and take home their own Mad Science Technicolor Blender.

GRADE 5 - The following workshops will complement Electricity & Magnetism, Mechanisms using Electricity, Classroom Chemistry and Weather Watch:

  • Magnificent Magnets:  Find out what the largest magnet in the world is.  See the invisible forces of magnets & their effect on different objects.  Learn how electromagnets work and try our magnetic paperclip challenge. Students will each receive a Mad Science Magnet Lab to continue experimenting with forces after class.
  • Radical Robots:  Find out about some robots we use daily, the difference between robots & humans, power sources used by robots (batteries, water & the sun) and then program a robot to move through a maze.  Students will take home a Mad Science Robot Hand.
  • Electricity:  Students will excite some electrons as they construct some serious circuits and test the conductivity of different materials.
  • Playing with Polymers:  Learn about the most fascinating and beneficial molecule known to man kind...Polymers.  Learn how polymers are held together, how their bonds can be broken and mix up some Mad Science Slime to take home.
  • Kitchen Chemistry:  Learn the difference between chemical and physical reactions, about acids, bases & neutral liquids.  Learn about indicators, how they can be used to detect different substances and how our bodies change starches to sugar.
  • Dry Ice:  Students will make ice in less than 60 seconds, learn what dry ice is made up of, taste our Mad Science Burp Potion, learn if dry ice is an acid or a base and see some color changes as dry ice is mixed with different liquids.  Students will also see what we can do with dry ice and liquid soap.  Its fun-tabulous!
  • Walloping Weather: Learn how and why seasons change, how weather is measured, the good and the bad of UV rays, how to protect our skin from UV rays, what causes lightening & thunder and about the water cycle.  Students will take home a Mad Science Sun Bead Kit.

GRADE 6 - The following workshops will complement Air & Aerodynamics, Flight, Sky Science and Evidence & Investigation:

  • Science of Flight:  The Wright brothers would be proud as we learn the fundamentals about flight, drag, gravity, lift, and thrust.  Students will take home a Mad Science Skyhawk Plane.
  • Planets & Moons:  Students explore the solar system by impersonating the planets to compare their sizes and distances from the sun.  Students will learn the difference between a solar and lunar eclipse and how space probes harness the gravity of distant planets to use less fuel.   Build and keep a Mad Science Gravity Assisted Launcher.
  • Sun & Stars:  Investigate the sun and distant stars and galaxies.  Explore the stellar life cycle and create new solar systems and constellations.  See real star dust created right before your eyes!  Students take home a Mad Science Cosmic Disc, a pocket night-sky map with reusable stickers.
  • Discover Detection:  Students are introduced to several science techniques used to investigate and analyze crime scene evidence such as handwriting, fingerprint and footprint anaylsis.  Students will take home a Mad Science Personal Profiler.
  • CHECK OUT THE FORENSIC LAB an in-depth (5 classes total), in-class field trip for the Grade Six Unit Evidence & Investigation.

All though our workshops will complement your classroom's curriculum, we do have several workshops that are super popular just because they are so much fun such as:

Slippery Science: Children will learn that science can be slippery, squashy, stretchy and slimy.  Experiment with squishy putty to discover why some materials stretch and some break, see if a needle can pass through a balloon without bursting and stir up some Mad Science Slime to take home. 

Dinosaurs:  Children love to be a jr. paleontologist during our Dino-Dig and will stain their own Mad Science fossilized T-Rex tooth to take home.  Children will get to examine real fossil casts and we will explore the differences between herbivores and carnivores by looking at their teeth.

Dry Ice:  It looks hot, but it's REALLY cold!!!  Children will learn about the 3 different states of matter and then be amazed as we create a Mad Science Burp Potion and fluffy bubbles with our Mad Science Shower & Bath.



Laboratory Luke teaching our Dry Ice Workshop to Koinonia@Home Students.


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