Our Elementary Age Workshop Themes

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Young Wizards

Kids mix up slimy magical goo, watch lightning shoot from the end of a wand, experience a color-changing rainbow potion and many more other wizarding activities. ENHANCED FOR 2020 SUMMER READING THEME!


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Movie Effects

Movie Effects is an exciting introduction to the science involved in the spectacular special effects & technology that are behind motion picture magic. Kids learn the science applications in film-making, from the chemistry of movie snow, to the acoustics of Foley artist sound effects, to the optics of 3-D technology. ENHANCED FOR SUMMER 2020 READING PROGRAMS!


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All About Animals

Kids learn how animals are adapted to their different habitats through specialized feet, fur, & feathers. Tooth & claw replicas provide hands-on experience with the science of zoology. Activities about classification, camouflage, & animal life cycles introduce the diversity of animals on earth. Kids step into the shoes of a naturalist as they create their own casts of animal tracks to take home.


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Chemistry

A series of hands-on workshops on the topic of chemistry! Topics include Lab Works, Ph Phactor, Junior Reactors, Chem in a Flash, The Glow Show, Mix it Up, Che-Mystery, and more! Please inquire for individual topic descriptions.


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Taste Buds

Kids put on their lab coats and stick out their tongues, as they discover the delicious biology behind their taste buds. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Dinosaurs

Kids examine fossil casts and explore the differences in the teeth of herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs. Students participate in a mini dinosaur excavation and will take home some of their finds!


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Seeking our Senses

Kids explore all five senses. They test their vision with optical illusions, experiment with their hearing, and try their hand at reading braille. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Body Basics

Kids study the science of their insides by learning about the major systems of the human body. They learn about how their food is digested, how their blood flows through their bodies, and how their brain controls all of these parts. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Energy Burst

Kids are introduced to the law of conservation of energy. Several energy forms are explored with a focus on potential & kinetic energy. They build and take home a catapult that stores energy in a wound string.


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Decomposers

Take some worms, add some food scraps, and what do you get; fertilized soil and a whole lot of fun! This workshop breaks down the science of decomposition and reveals the work of worms and other decomposers. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Forensic and Spy Science

A series of hands-on workshops on the topic of detective science, forensics and spy gadgets. Note: certain topics may not be available during seasons when Secret Agent Lab is running as an after-school program (currently 2019 Fall). Please inquire for more details, including topic choices.


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Dinosaurs

Kids examine fossil casts and explore the differences in the teeth of herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs. Students participate in a mini dinosaur excavation and make a cast of a dinosaur tooth to take home. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Mad Machines

Mad Machines introduces basic physical science. Kids investigate mechanics & the role that they play in our everyday lives. Kids learn about forces & discover that simple machines make work easier by allowing us to push & pull less strenuously, but over a longer distance.


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Magnetic Magic

Kids discover the invisible fields surrounding magnets with our iron filings. They devise and perform experiments to test magnetic strength. Hands-on experimenting, from swinging compasses to motorized devices, allows kids to explore the role of magnetism in our everyday lives.


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Slippery Science

This class demystifies one of the most beneficial molecules known to humankind…polymers! Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Mineral Mania

This workshop provides kids with an introduction to geology, including an understanding of the geological formation processes, classification systems, identification methods, & physical properties of rocks and minerals. They experience the thrill of panning for gems; the gems they find, they can take home for further study and investigation.


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Sound Basics

Kids surf sound waves in this “offbeat” class. They will explore how sounds are created and transmitted. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Magnificent Magnets

Kids discover the invisible fields surrounding magnets with our iron filings. They devise and perform experiments to test magnetic strength. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Science of Toys

Kids are introduced to the science of toys through toy-themed centers. Both familiar & novel gadgets are investigated. They discover how motors make toys move & play with tops to learn about potential and kinetic energy. Balancing toys are used to familiarize children with the center of gravity. They find out that opposite poles attract each other when experimenting with magnetic toys.


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Slime Time

Slime Time provides an entertaining lesson on polymers & their properties. These relatively complex chemistry concepts are introduced to elementary school-age kids in tactile, visually-engaging experiments. Students create cross-linked polymers based on their observations of the properties of polymers and cross-linking agents.


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Where’s the Air?

This dynamic class explores the concepts of air pressure and buoyancy through hands-on experimentation and thought-provoking demonstrations. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Measure for Measure

Children learn all about the metric system of measurement and trek through a treasure trail. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Sonic Sounds

Kids surf sound waves in this “offbeat” class. They will explore how sounds are created & transmitted. Ordinary objects like handheld horns, metal screws, wooden ratchets & beads transform into a sound-effect symphony. Electronic devices reveal frequency when a pitch-changing machine alters the kid's voices to gruff monsters to happy chipmunks.


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Playing with Polymers

Kids discover the chemical and physical properties of plastics. They explore the plethora of physics principles that play a role in our daily lives. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Space Science

Many of our Space-themed sessions, including our collaboration with NASA, are available as individual workshops. These topics include Space Phenomena, Living in Space, Atmosphere and Beyond, Planets and Moons, Sun and Stars, Space Technology, Space Travel and Alien iMADginations. Please inquire for individual topic descriptions.


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Exploring Ecosystems

Kids investigate the interconnections present in nature. They build ecosystem models, explore the elements of energy webs, reflect on how humans impact ecosystems, and use field journals for everyday explorations, and more. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Tantalizing Taste

This workshop is an excellent introduction to the taste & smell senses. Kids count the taste buds on their tongues to learn about taste sensitivity. The instructor leads a discussion about how taste changes as we age. A flavorful experiment teaches kids how to examine scented test tube samples.


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Photosynthesis

This workshop provides kids with an introduction to photosynthesis, including an understanding of the chemical processes at work in plants, plant respiration, and the role of plants in food webs. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Where’s the Air?

This workshop introduces the concept of air pressure through hands-on activities that encourage students to interact with the principles of air pressure. They are given the opportunity to apply this knowledge while experimenting with their own flying devices.


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Matter of Fact

Kids explore molecules and the forces that hold atoms together. They see the dramatic differences between physical and chemical changes, as they mix up a batch of their very own Mad Science Putty to take home. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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More Topics Available

Can't find what you are looking for? We have many more topics available, please contact the office for more information, 413-584-7243 or events@madsciencewne.com


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Chemistry

A series of hands-on workshops on the topic of chemistry! Topics include Lab Works, Ph Phactor, Junior Reactors, Chem in a Flash, The Glow Show, Mix it Up, Che-Mystery, and more! Please inquire for individual topic descriptions.


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Good Vibrations

Kids investigate the science of sound in this hands-on introduction to the basics of vibration, frequency, and pitch. They discover how instruments use vibration to make music and are amazed as they hear bells ring through their fingers. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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"Current" Events

Students excite electrons as they construct some serious circuits during this program all about electricity. They test various materials for conductivity with space-age plasma balls. Finally, they create and play a buzz-making electric game.


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Electricity

Kids excite electrons as they construct some serious circuits during this program all about electricity. They test various materials for conductivity with space-age plasma balls. Finally, they create and play a buzz-making electric game. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Fantastic Fliers

Fantastic Fliers is an ideal combination of practical and theoretical knowledge, and the perfect introduction to the basics of aerodynamics. Students will learn about the four forces which affect a plane in flight: drag, gravity, lift and forward thrust; and they will witness, experience, play with, and use these forces to their advantage in the construction of incredible paper planes!


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Mischievous Magnets

What makes some metal magnetic? What shapes do magnetic fields invisibly form around different-shaped magnets? Can compasses really help you find your way? Kids discover the answers to these questions and many more. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Forensic and Spy Science

A series of hands-on workshops on the topic of detective science, forensics and spy gadgets. Note: certain topics may not be available during seasons when Secret Agent Lab is running as an after-school program (currently 2019 Fall). Please inquire for more details, including topic choices.


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Invention-ation

Who gave us Morse code? How about earmuffs or the light bulb? Children are guided from observation through experimentation on their journey to becoming a great inventor. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Fun-damental Forces

This program gives kids a vivid & concise understanding of what makes the universe tick: gravity, inertia, centrifugal force, & centripetal force. Kids will encounter and experiment using their own force of gravity. They will visit 4 work stations to learn & experiment with gravity, precession, centrifugal force, & centripetal force.


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Mineral Mania

Kids recreate the process of rock formation and devise ways to identify and classify rocks and minerals. They experience the thrill of panning for gems; the gems they find, they can take home for further study and investigation. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Black and Blue Oceans

Kids devise and test techniques to handle the aftermath of an oil spill, in an oil spill simulation, and discuss how to clean up and prevent the pollution that plagues our oceans. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Invention-ation

This workshop introduces kids to how inventors work and that many inventions happen by accident. Through a hands-on approach, students will learn that anyone, of any age, can be an inventor.


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Matter of Fact

Students explore molecules and the forces that hold atoms together. Through a hands-on approach, they will observe the dramatic differences between physical and chemical changes as they mix up a batch of their very own Mad Science Putty to take home.


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Turn Up the Volume

Kids are introduced to the scientific process involved in the measurement of volume, through a series of activities and experiments. They fill-up on the physics of liquids and practice techniques fit for a lab tech! Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Be Tobacco Free

Be Tobacco Free is designed to educate on the direct & indirect effects of tobacco use on the body. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Optical Illusions

Kids are introduced to the concepts of refraction, science of optics, & biology associated with sight. We use a wide variety of optical illusions like the mirror mirage, twisting coils, & convex &concave mirrors to demonstrate how physics can trick our eyes. Kids will get to make their own periscope to keep & take-home!


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Radical Robots

Radical Robots reinforces the concept that science & technology go hand in hand. Kids discover how robots work in our place & are introduced to several real-life examples. Kids move through station to test & differentiate between robots, automatons, & remote-control devices. They learn how robotic devices use sensors to learn about their environment. Kids will make a coding key chain to take home.


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Rocket Building

90-100 minutes; Additional cost for extra time\nRocket Building introduces kids to the parts of a rocket while building their own model rocket to keep & take-home! 90-100 minutes, there is an additional cost for extra time.\nOPTIONAL: A Rocket Launch is an additional $49, and we will launch 2 rockets.\n


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Slime Time

Slime Time provides an entertaining lesson on polymers & their properties. These relatively complex chemistry concepts are introduced to elementary school-age kids in tactile, visually-engaging experiments. Students create cross-linked polymers based on their observations of the properties of polymers and cross-linking agents.


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Space Science

Many of our Space-themed sessions, including our collaboration with NASA, are available as individual workshops. These topics include Space Phenomena, Living in Space, Atmosphere and Beyond, Planets and Moons, Sun and Stars, Space Technology, Space Travel and Alien iMADginations. Please inquire for individual topic descriptions.


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Under Pressure

Under Pressure introduces kids to the exciting science of aerodynamics & a host of associated scientific concepts including air pressure, the science of flight, Bernoulli’s Principle, Newton’s Laws of Motion, & thermodynamics. Students will be challenged to stop and consider air, its effects on our surroundings, & its significance to us and to life on earth.


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More Topics Available

Can't find what you are looking for? We have many more topics available, please contact the office for more information, 413-584-7243 or events@madsciencewne.com


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Kitchen Chemistry

Kids are introduced to the differences between chemical and physical reactions. We test food samples for starch and protein and learn that certain foods help us grow, develop, and function. We also explore digestion and what happens after we eat.


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MISSION: CODE

In this 10-part workshop series, kids develop computational thinking and problem-solving skills in an online game environment. They use programming concepts to help a robot get to the next level in the most efficient way; acquiring programming skills for life! Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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