Our Grades K-2 Workshop Themes


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.



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.



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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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