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Themes include:

 

Claws, Codes & Constellations (Science Explorations) - Decode the world around you as a Mad Science Sleuth. Send secret messages to your friends. Get a taste for space with an astronaut snack. Explore the universe with your own orbiter and use teamwork to unearth pollution solutions.

 

 

Moving with Science - Discover how things move with science. Take apart pellets to see what an owl cannot digest! Join a team of camper engineers and build bridges, domes, cubes, and pyramids. Assemble and control pulleys, levers, and catapults. Make your own sidewalk chalk and crystal gardens!

 

 

Chemicals, Cells, & Crimes - Use your skills as a chemist to make your own radical reactions with batteries, a chemical close, and more! Compare fingerprints and discover the mysteries of DNA as you fine-tune your secret agent skills. Make "brain goo" and check out your bones as your travel the organ trail.

 

 Rockin' Rockets - Mad Science invites you to launch your knowledge of flight as you build your very own rockets! Experiment with different kinds of propulsion systems as you learn all about the principles and history of human flight. the you will blast off, track and recover different kids of rockets!

Phenomenal Flights - Experience Newton's 'Loco-Motion'! Aerodynamics and Motion are the starts of this fun-filled week. Design and build everything from kites and planes to a miniature hovercraft. Learn about celestial navigation as you go on a tour of our galaxy. Experience the laws of motion.

 

Red Hot Robots - Join us for a week of fun with robots. Learn about the uses of robots in our world. Spend time playing with super-cool red-hot robots. Use your skills to build your very own working robot to take home to 'live' with you.

 

The following is a description of each camp day within the Camp Topic:

Camp No. 1

Claws, Codes & Constellations (SCIENCE EXPLORATION)

(For grades Kindergarten - 6th)

Mad Science invites you to discover claws, codes and constellations with our exciting Camp Number 1. Following are some topics you will explore during this fun five-day camp. These are only a sample of some of the activities that you will be doing each day. The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

 

Mad Messages

Decipher the world around you as you learn
different ways to send mad messages. Use
Morse code to send secret transmissions to
your friends and to interpret secret messages
from them. Discover the mystery of the Mad
Science Message Wheel. Experiment with
cool color-changing goldenrod paper.

Earth Awareness

Learn all about pollution and what it does to our
planet. Determine what big problems a little
pollution can cause with a lake in a bottle.
Unearth pollution solutions and other ways to
help our planet. Bake nachos with solar power
and make your own recycled paper.

Science of Sport

Jump right into the science behind sports.
Test what your toes have to do with tennis and
what your feet have to do with football. Make a
new friend named CG Owl and find out what he
has to say about sports. See how much air
your lungs can hold. Make a helmet for your
own crash test egg.

Nature

Let your nose be your guide on a trail of
scents. Follow the clues on this aromatic
path. Experiment with natural dyes that you
can find in fruits and veggies. Decorate your
own painters cap with all the colors that nature
has to offer. Use jaws and claws to feed your
beastly stomach.

Space Day

Blast off with science as you launch a 'water bottle rocket'. Test soil for "Martian" life. Experiment with space suit design. Get a taste for space and eat like the astronauts when you make your own space snack. Learn how to throw water around and stay dry at the same time. Build your own rubber band powered space shuttle to take home.

Camp No. 2

MOVING WITH SCIENCE
(For grades Kindergarten - 6th)

Move with science in our exciting Camp Number 2. Following are some topics you will explore during this fun five-day camp. These are only a sample of some of the activities that we will be doing each day. The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Jr. Engineers 

Structures are all around you, everywhere
you look and everywhere you go! Join a team
of scientists to inspect the elements of
structures as you build, test; and yes, even
eat some structures you create. Climb
inside a geodesic dome that you construct
with fellow campers. Build a Soma cube
puzzle that may even stump your parents!

Machine Mania 

Investigate the world of simple machines as
you learn that machines are helpful for work or
play! Assemble and control pulleys, levers,
catapults and mega-pinchers! Use the
machines you create to feed yourself and
shoot ping-pong balls! Operating your simple
machines will make work seem like play.

Crazy Chemistry 


Chemistry is part of your everyday life, but
what is Chemistry? Explore this great topic
and use chemistry to make your own
sidewalk chalk and a chocolate candy roll.
Create a crystal garden out of common
household items and use chromatography to
make a camp T-shirt.

Birds & The Beasts 

Study Biology as you become an
ornithologist and discover the unique
characteristics of birds. Investigate feathers
to see how birds fly. Dissect owl pellets to
find out what they eat. Make your own seed
mixture to attract your favorite species of
birds to your own yard.

Shutterbugs! 

Explore the use of light to utilize more than
one form of photography. Make a cool
kaleidoscope with mirrors. Apply your skills
to make a camera obscura that will help you
to understand how a camera works. Get
artistic with a diazzo chamber and create a
print to take home.

Camp No. 3

CHEMICALS, CELLS & CRIMES
(For grades Kindergarten - 6th)

Mad Science invites you to discover cells and crime with our exciting Camp Number 3. Following are some descriptions of topics you will explore during this fun five-day camp. These are only a sample of some of the activities that we will be doing each day. The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Cell City

Take a fantastic trip into cell city. Learn
about cells and the different parts within
them. You will compare the parts of a cell
to a real city as you investigate its different
functions. Build your own take home model
cell out of unique materials. Even your
snack will be a fun cell model you can eat!

The Organ Trail

Do you know the recipe for a healthy body?
You will after you journey down the Mad
Science Organ Trail. Come to camp and
meet Tall Paul! Paul is a torso model that
can have his organs removed and replaced.
Paul’s brains, bones, lungs, heart, and
digestion systems will all be investigated.
Make a gutsy apron and a model lung to
take home.

Scene of the Crime

Team up with fellow campers to solve the
"Great Cookie Caper" crime. Arrive at camp
to find a real crime scene surrounded by
crime scene tape. Walk the grid and
collect evidence to solve the crime. All of
your observation skills will be needed as
you use your new magnifying glasses and
notebooks to record your evidence. Use
your forensic skills to solve the crime and
make your own cookie snack.

Chemical Counting

Get ready for a day in the Mad Science
Laboratory! Turn a lemon into a battery.
Experiment with electrochemical reactions,
as you electroplate a penny and a nickel.
Learn how chemical elements help you to
create chemical compounds. Put your new
chemistry know-how to work as you make
your own "brain goo"!

Radical Reactions

Ready, set, reactions! Learn with hands-on
reactions that matter is never created or
destroyed. Make a rainbow and a chemical
clock in a cup. Experiment with chemical
bonds and whirligigs as you discover
conductivity. Make your own invisible ink to
take home.

Camp No. 4

ROCKIN' ROCKETS
(For grades 2nd - 6th)

Mad Science invites you to launch your knowledge of rockets in our exciting Camp Number 4. Following are some topics you will explore during this fun five-day camp. These are only a sample of some of the activities that you will be doing each day. The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp. We will launch rockets and your child will build several types of rockets. Our camp includes everything your child needs during our camp day. However, if you wish to continue your child’s interest in rocket launches outside our camp, you will need to purchase a launch kit at a hobby shop. This camp does include a $32 supply fee.

Rocket Scientists

Blast your way into rocket science! Learn the Rocket Safety Code, so you can always have safe launches. Build your own rocket made of recycled materials. Launch your own water missile. Experiment with different rocket designs, as you learn what makes a rocket work.

Mission Control

Investigate Newton’s Laws of Motion first-hand. Learn about propulsion with air  propelled miniature rockets. Then design your own! Build your own rocket pinwheel.  Experience your first real rocket launch in Mad Science, when you fire off a rocket like the one you built.

Astronaut Training

Start building a new rocket with a payload tube! Build a model Saturn to take home. Create your own nanorover. Team up with fellow campers in a nanorover relay. Learn the history of space travel and how some space vehicles work.

Mission Recovery

Get ready to recover! Experiment with the best way to recover a rocket. Learn about parachutes, streamers, helicopters, and other types of recovery systems in this fun-filled day. Build a rocket that is powered by chemicals that you may have eaten!

Go for Launch

3, 2, 1, Blast Off! Experience the most advanced launches with your expert rocket team. Master the concept of rocket staging by operating your own staging exercises. Demonstrate the rocket principles that you have learned all week with a launching finale!

Camp No. 5

PHENOMENAL FLIGHTS

(For grades Kindergarten - 6th)

Mad Science invites you to fly with science in our exciting Camp Number 5. Following are some topics you will explore during this fun five-day camp. These are only a sample of some of the activities that you will be doing each day. The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

The Milky Way

Take a trip into the galaxy! Discover the
universe as you build your own planisphere
to take home with you. Make your own
sundial as you discover what the universe
has to do with telling time.

The "Wright" Stuff 

Learn all about the amazing Wright brothers
as you build your own rubber band powered
plane. Experiment with other flying devices
in a wind tunnel. Discover that everything
that flies doesn’t have wings.

Newton’s Loco-Motion

Fasten your seat belt, for a day of motion!
Learn how magicians can pull the tablecloth
out from under dishes! Make your own
inertia stick so that you can better
understand just how stubborn inertia can be.

Gravity Gallery

Gravity is acting on you and everything
around you all the time! Learn what gravity
has to do with everyday life. Defy gravity with
miniature hovercrafts and balloon-powered
helicopters that you make and race yourself.

Up, Up and Away

Design, build and fly your own kite using
ancient flying machines as your guide.
Discover why kites have tails. Have a radical
resistance race with your fellow campers.

 Camp No. 6

RED HOT ROBOTS
(For entering grades 3rd - 6th)

Mad Science invites you to join us this summer in our Mad Science robot world in our exciting Camp Number 6. Learn about the uses of robots in the world. Spend time playing with our super cool red-hot robots. Use your skills to build your very own working robot to take home to "live" with you. Following are some topics you will explore during this fun five-day camp. These are only a sample of some of the activities that you will be doing each day. The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp. This camp does include a $32 supply fee.

Ready for Robots

Roll your way into robot science. Experiment
with different robot designs, as you learn what
makes a robot work. Invent your own robot
designs using recycled materials.

Circuit Science

Discover the world of robots as we investigate
the differences between humans and their
robotic counterparts. What makes a robot
work will be explored during hands-on
activities and discussions.

Use Common Sensors

Each day some time will be spent perfecting
a real working robot that we will finish and
take home on Friday. We will be using our
fine motor skills and we require that campers
be entering the third grade so they do not
become frustrated with construction.

Robots 101

Hand-on activities will include fun time with
our robots. We will play games and
experiment with super cool robots such as a
soccer robot, a line tracker, a hyper peppy,
and a robotic arm.

Advanced Robotics

Campers will learn how robots discover the
environment they are placed in using sensors
like infrared. Working in groups we will
explore how robots work and how they can
make our lives easier.

 Camp No. 8

YOUNG SCIENTISTS
(For ages 4 - 5) Not always offered in the summer. Please call for details.

This exciting Mad Science camp offers young scientists (age 4 - 5) an introduction to basic environmental science.  Each session is devoted to different aspects of the garden, allowing children to progressively enrich their understanding of how living things grow and how they interact with the environment around them.  During the course of each three-hour session, children will perform hands-on experiments, play themed games and enjoy a snack and story related to the session's themes.  Children will also make take-home projects each day.

Soil and Seeds

Learn where things grow, the different characteristics of seeds, and explore what seeds become. Dissect seeds, learn about the different ways that seeds are planted in nature and how plants travel through their seeds. Make your own seed badge to take home.

Sun, Wind & Rain

Discover what types of weather are vital for a healthy garden.  Learn to identify basic weather conditions, and perform an experiment about water and wind shaping the garden. Make your own sun visor to wear while you work in the garden.

Plants and Leaves

Explore the different parts of plants and leaves.  Learn more about plant characteristics through activities like leaf rubbings and examining plants and leaves under a microscope designed for young scientists.  Make a Budding Bean necklace to take home.

Flowers, Fruits & Veggies

Investigate what plants produce.  Examine the different parts of flowers, fruits and vegetables using your microscope.  Create your very own plants and flowers in your journal and make beautiful art prints of fruits and vegetables to take home.

Butterflies, Ladybugs & Bees

Examine other inhabitants of the garden, including butterflies, ladybugs and bees, and learn how these creatures help the garden grow.  Learn about pollination, how bugs see and basic bug anatomy.  Make a butterfly bracelet to take home along with your camp journal from the week.


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