Mad Science encourages a child's love of STEM with fun science activities for children of all ages. Dynamic instructors with professional lesson plans, equipment and materials bring science to life through spectacular demonstrations and exciting hands on activities.
Classes take place at Shenantaha Creek Park Pavilion
Summer Camp Programs with Mad Science
Week long camp to encourage your scientist to have fun with science.
Moving with Science
Ages 6-9 6/28-7/2 9:00am-12pm
Day 1 Jr. Engineers
Check out shapes and why they are so strong! Investigate arches, and geodesic domes. Discover why an egg’s shape is so strong and how you can find this shape in buildings. Test loads and build some bridges when you put on an engineer’s hat and learn about structures.
Day 2 Machine Mania
Find out how wedges, screws and levers help us with our daily lives. Use simple machines to complete different tasks like lifting weights and launching marshmallows. Run through an obstacle course and use teamwork to show how useful simple machines can be.
Day 3 Crazy Chemistry
Become a Mad Science chemist as you learn all about the chemistry things that you encounter everyday in your house and school. Discover how chemical reactions are everywhere and how you can figure out if a chemical change has occurred right before your very eyes. Mix, mush and brew together different chemicals to create things that you can use in this hands-on outdoor chemistry lab.
Day 4 The Birds & The Beasts
Where do owls live and what do they eat? How do some bugs walk on water? How do ants collect all their food? These questions and more will be answered with a walk on the wild side of things to explore owls, birds and all kinds of bugs.
Day 5 Shutterbugs!
How does a camera work? What does a lens do? How do our eyes work? What is a camera obscura? How does film capture light and store an image? How did the idea of motion pictures start and how did early filmmakers figure out how to make images move? All these questions and more will be answered in this hands-on program wherein campers get to experience all aspects of photography.
Red Hot Robots Camp
Ages 7-11 8/23-8/27 9:00am-12:00pm
Day 1: Ready for Robots
Children will explore the fundamentals of robotics and discover how robots are used through activities and games. They will begin assembling their very own Kingii Dragon Robot that they will take home at the end of the week. What do gears and spirographs have in common with robots? Find out along with how a co-op-a-walk works with your friends. Take home your very own squiggle ball and watch it do crazy turns.
Day 2: Circuit Science
Children explore the “nuts and bolts” of robots as they build simple circuits, test them, and discover how switches work. Try out a real robotic arm and mini plasma ball too! Construct your own scribble bot from scratch to take home.
Day 3: Use Your Common Sensors!
See how a neodymium magnet makes a ball fly further. Discover the world of robots is at your command as they follow the line or listen to your words. Build a system of snap circuits and play games that use your senses to communicate. Take home your very own circuit maze you can build.
Day 4: Robots 101
Learn about Asimov’s Law of Robotics and its application to robot technology. Go on a bug hunt to learn how robots’ movements are similar to those seen in nature. Watch a model car drive right up the wall and practice with a real robotic arm. Take home a springy robot-like hand that you work with your fingers.
Day 5: Advanced Robotics
Children will complete their Robot and test it in our obstacle course. Campers will use their imaginations to create their own robot designs and recycle materials to make a model of their design. Race our remote control cars and discover how robots are programmed via a sequence of commands. Take home your Robot to continue your exploration of the world of robotics.
Mad Science Winter Camp Eureka
Instructor: Margaret Liberti-Wiegert
Inspire the inventor and scientist in your child during this 4-day camp. Each day will explore a different topic.
Rock Paper Scissors- Investigate the awesome inventions created before modern science had begun. Learn about Leonardo da Vinci and discover how his ideas predicted future inventions. Explore catapults, trebuchets, and more of his amazing inventions during this action-packed camp day.
Shipwrecked- Imagine finding yourself on a deserted island with only a few supplies. What better way to inspire your own creations? Add into the day a tsunami and volcano and see how resourceful you can be using Ben Franklin’s inventions and inspiration.
Think Fast-Inventors have always searched for a way to take flight. On today’s journey we will use early inventors like the Wright brothers to launch into the wild blue yonder. The adventure starts on the ground and travels into space. Take flight during this fun-flying camp day.
Whiz Kids- Team up with your fellow camp inventors to explore the inventions of others-such as kids, women, Rube Goldberg, and Thomas Edison. Draw inspiration from the “wacky” and the practical! The goal of this camp day is to understand that we have no limitations. Our dreams will inspire invention.