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GET YOUR STUDENTS EXCITED ABOUT SCIENCE!
BRING MAD SCIENCE INTO YOUR CLASSROOM! 
 

 

MAD SCIENCE WORKSHOPS...
  • 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!  

  • Scroll right to bottom of the page to see ALL of our classes.  There are tons of them!!!

     

     

    BRIXOLOGY ENGINEERING STEM WORKSHOPS WITH LEGO® BRICKS

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

    Choose from 8 different one hour classes that involve critical thinking & cooperation.
    Each class includes a take home project with further suggested experiments to try later on.  

    Aerospace: Launch your imagination to new heights as you explore aerospace engineering! Discover the secrets of working in space – efficiency and compact, modular design. Create a trussed space station module, then connect it with others to create a massive modular spacecraft. Finally, assemble, test and take home your own *Mad Science® Astro Lander – it’s a space capsule with a parachute that you can launch!

    Boats: Children create a sea-worthy vessel as they set sail with nautical engineering! They build and test a paddle wheel boat powered by potential and kinetic energy. Then they try changing specific variables to improve speed, buoyancy, and stability. Finally, they assemble, test and take home their own *Mad Science® Wave Rider – an elastic band-powered boat!

    Bridges: How can you build the strongest bridge? In this class, children work together with their fellow civil engineers to build and test different bridge designs. They learn about strong shapes and structures, and use what they learn to create the strongest bridge possible. Then they test and improve their designs for strength and stability. Finally, they construct their very own *Mad Science® Truss Bridge that they can take home to continue their investigations.

    Carnivals: Children feel the thrill of a carnival as they build a spinning swing ride! They learn about the forces and mechanical engineering concepts behind some of their favorite amusement park rides. Then, they improve and test their designs to create an even wilder ride. Finally, they assemble, test and take home their very own * Mad Science® Viking Ship Ride model!

    Creatures: Children discover nature’s engineering secrets as they investigate bio-mimicry and bio-mechanics! We can learn a lot about efficient design by observing plants and animals. In this class, children build a walking insect machine then test different ways to help it climb up the steepest incline. Then, they each build and test their own Mad Science® Peacock Puzzle – a walking wind-up that they can take home!

    Machines: Engineering is creative! Children learn how gears, wheels and axles, and levers are useful tools for mechanical engineers. They combine simple machines with art and design to create and test a motorized drawing machine made with LEGO® bricks. Finally, they each build their own Mad Science® Sky Roller – a zip-liner they can take home to continue tinkering!

    Towers: Reach for the sky! Find out how structural engineers use ideas from physics to solve construction problems. Children collaborate and build a structurally sound tower with a working elevator made with LEGO® bricks. Then they test and improve their designs for strength and stability. Finally, they try to create the most stable tower possible using their very own Mad Science® Sky Beams that they can take home.

    Vehicles: Get in gear as an automotive engineer! Children build a motorized vehicle and learn how to optimize it. They use gears, wheels and axles to reduce friction and make work easier. Then they shift things into a higher gear to get a hands-on understanding of transmissions and gear ratios. Finally, they each build and test their own Mad Science® Hovercraft XS – a vehicle model they can take home!

     

     

     

     TRIED, TESTED & TRUE WORKSHOPS 

    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 lifecycle, and the differences between vertebrates & invertebrates.  Students will take home a Mad Science Animal Track.

    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.

    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.

    Discover Detection: Students are introduced to several science techniques used to investigate and analyze crime scene evidence such as handwriting, fingerprint & footprint analysis. Students will take home a Mad Science Personal Profiler.

    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!

    Electricity: Students will excite some electrons as they construct some serious circuits and test the conductivity of different materials.

    Energy Burst: Got Energy? This class is full of it! Several forms of energy are explored with a focus on potential (stored) and kinetic (motion) energy. Children will participate in several experiments using rubber band-powered gadgets, bouncing poppers, jumping bugs and bouncy boinks to learn about storing and releasing energy. Take Home Project: The Mad Science Catapult. *NEW!

    FUN-damental Forces: Find out what makes the world go around in an edu-taining introduction to the basic concepts of forces. Sir Isaac Newton would be proud as we investigate his Law of Inertia. Explore mass, balance, centers of gravity, vortex and centripetal force. Take Home Project: Mad Science Gravity Game. *NEW!

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Playing with Polymers: Learn about the most fascinating and beneficial molecule known to mankind...Polymers. Learn how polymers are held together, how their bonds can be broken and mix up some Mad Science Slime to take home.

    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.

    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.

    Seeking our Senses: Students will explore all 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.

    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.

    Sun & Stars: Investigate the sun and distant stars and galaxies. Explore the stellar life cycle and see real star dust created right before their eyes! Students take home a Mad Science Cosmic Disc, a pocket night sky map with stickers.

    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.

    Under Pressure: This class introduces children to the exciting science of air pressure and a series of associated scientific concepts including aerodynamics, the science of flight, thermodynamics and Bernoulli’s Principle. Children will learn that air is all around us and vital to life on earth. Take Home Project: Mad Science Air Blaster. *NEW!

    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.

     

   

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