Summer Catalog (Grades 4-8)

All grades are the grade the student is entering for fall 2017.

Strike-through course are full, but you can click through to be put on a wait list.

 

 

3... 2... 1... BLAST OFF!

$330 TMSC members/$350 Non-members

Register for Jul 17

 

Launch new video rockets!! Watch yourself from onboard video as these rockets lift off into the sky. Experiment with rocket design and propulsion systems. See how rocket design has changed over the decades. Build your own rocket and launch it to measure how high it goes! Maybe you'll become the next Dr. Goddard and lead the world into the next space frontier.

 

ANIMATION

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members

Register for Jul 17

 

From classic cels to the latest motion-capture systems, we'll show you how the pros work. You'll create original short animations using hand and computer tools, stop-action and "tweening" tools. You'll showcase your final masterpiece on a DVD and in our web gallery!

 

ARDUINO

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members 

Register for Jul 10

 

Want to get under the hood of today’s electronics?  Build circuits that can be used to power gadgets, games, prosthetics and robots?  You’ll use an Arduino project board, LEDs, sensors, motors and all the parts you need to create cool stuff.  Additional purchase of a SparkFun Arduino kit ($49) at registration.

 

BEAM ME UP

$345 TMSC Members/$365 Non-Members

Register for Jul 24  

 

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what's out there? Well, a multitude of objects are available to observe through telescopes of modest size, you just need to take the opportunity to do so. Join us to use telescopes to look at the Sun and planets, and all of the other wonders out there. All participants will receive a "Galileoscope" to build as part of this program. (Cost of the telescope is included in the cost of the program).

 

BIOENGINEERING TECH

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members 

Register for Jul 31

 

Learn about the chemistry and physics that keeps you being you, find out how bones, muscles and prosthetics work, 3D print skeleton parts, experiment with foods and exercise, and use some cool tech to check out your heart, lungs and muscles. 

 

COMPUTER GRAPHICS

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members

Register for Aug 7

 

Unleash your artistic side in computers - great graphics, powerful pictures, 3-D scenes, and fantastic scenes from out-of-this-world! You'll use the power of professional graphics tools to create a portfolio full of your original artwork and your own private gallery on the web!

 

COMPUTERS: GAME MAKING

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members

Register for Jun 26 or Jul 24

 

Explore the world of computer gaming by building your own! Work on one of several platforms and game tools to create original characters, stories and worlds. You'll end up with your own game to play and share with your friends. Yours could be the next Mario!

 

CONNECTICUT'S OWN SAFARI

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members

Register for Jul 24

 

Did you know that there are bobcats, bears, coyotes and six foot snakes in our own backyard? You don't have to go on safari to some far flung corner of the globe to learn about the world around you, because it's right here in all its splendor on Talcott Mountain! If you love the outdoors and want to know more about it, this is the course for you. (Remember, you may not see all of the wild animals mentioned above, but you might!)

 

EXPLORERS

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members
(Week of Jul 3: $256 TMSC members/$276 Non-members)

Register for LIFE: Jun 26 or Jul 24;  PHYSICAL: Jul 3 (4 days) or Jul 31; EARTH: Jul 17 or Aug 14; SPACE: Jul 10 or Aug 7

 

Do you like all sorts of science subjects? Do you want to explore to the max? Join us as we delve into all facets of Life, Earth, Space and Physical Sciences! Each week will focus on one of these areas of study. Select one (or all) of the week(s) that interest you most.

 

GENETICS

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members 

Register for Jul 17

 

Extract DNA, do DNA fingerprinting, see how bacteria can hurt and help, find out how family trees work, explore genome mapping, genetic medicines, and track your own genetic traits.   

 

GEOCACHING TREASURE HUNT

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members

Register for Jun 26

 

There are hidden treasures waiting to be found tucked away in the mountains, forests, waterways, deserts, cities, or parks near you!  It's a high-tech hide-and-seek, a modern version of a scavenger hunt. Around the world, people have hidden small "caches" of items, and it is your job to find them! It's a great way to get outdoors and get some exercise in a fun and rewarding way. Learn about GPS, and create and find some caches. It's the game that makes you the search engine!

 

GIRLS ROCK!

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members

Register for Aug 14

 

And they can do a lot of other neat sciences too! Fun and challenging activities will stress investigation skills and build confidence in young female scientists. Experiment with chemistry, electricity, technology and much more.

 

GREEN ENERGY

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members

Register for Jul 31

 

How can the Sun work for you? Can you cook with sunlight? Find the answer to these questions and others as you switch on to solar energy! Discover how electrons energize lamps, wires and motors as you build simple circuits. See how the sun can generate power through the use of photovoltaic solar cells.

 

INVENTIONS:  Camp Invention® "LAUNCH!" K-3 and 4-6

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members

Register for Aug 14

 

We're partnering again this summer with Camp Invention from the National Inventor's Hall of Fame (which includes a Talcott Alum!) This year you will take-apart, create, team up and brainstorm inventions and new ways to use things.  Activities include Duct Tape Billionare, Mission Space Makers, Have A Blast and Operation Keep-Out.  The course includes all materials, and there is a K-3 strand and a 4-6 strand for the week.  

 

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! (a 2-week course)

$560 TMSC Members/$580 Non-members

Register for Jun 26

 

Ever dream of being a TV producer, director, or star of your own production? Now is your chance to do it all! Explore the video medium and produce your masterpiece using the Science Center's production studio, editing and post-production equipment.  iPads and iMacs allow you to have your own editing suite and post and take your movies home!  

 

MAKERlab: 3-D PRINTING

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members

Register for Jul 31

 

3-D printers have opened up a world of do-it-yourself design and manufacturing, from game pieces to prosthetic arms.  Using tools including Blender, SketchUp and MakerWare, you’ll be able to design, build and print your gadgets and 3-D models!  

 

MARINE SCIENCE

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members

Register for Aug 7 

 

Discover the lure of the ocean - the weather, animals and plants, the secrets to navigation, the amazing creatures of the deep, how we explore "inner space" with salt tanks and live speciens to observe and collect.

 

RASPBERRY PI

$256 TMSC members/$276 Non-members)

Register for Jul 3 (4 days)

 

Learn how to build, 3D print a case for it, and program your own Raspberry Pi 3 computer.  It runs Raspbian Linux, complete with a desktop interface, USB ports, HDMI to your big screen TV, Java, Wolfram Mathematica, GIMP graphics software and Minecraft!  Additional merchandise purchase ($39) at registration for the computer board. 

 

ROBOTICS:  MINDSTORMS EV3 for 4-8

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members 
(Week of Jul 3: $235 TMSC members/$276 Non-members)

Register for Jul 3 (4 days) or Jul 17 or Jul 31 or Aug 14

 

Let your mind go with LEGO Mindstorms EV3. We'll show you how to build and program the latest from LEGO. You'll work with a team in contests and challenges designed to test your skills. Get thinking outside the 'bot to make new robotics creations and contraptions!

 

ROBOTICS:  VEX for 4-8

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members

Register for Aug 14

 

Step up to larger scale, metal-chassis robots under radio or programmed control, to create rugged robotic rovers, soccer champs, maze masters and firefighters. Hone your programming skills in VEX's C-like programming language and professional-level tools.

 

COOL CONTRAPTIONS!

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members 

Register for Aug 7

 

Engineer and build with a chain reaction contraptions made with a wide variety of supplies.  Create a fun complex contraption to do a simple task, and use a lot of physics and engineering along the way.

 

SCIENCE SLEUTHS / CSI

$256 TMSC members/$276 Non-members

Register for Jul 3

Find out how scientists take on the role of detective - finding clues that can be supported with evidence, using technology to uncover secrets, and how they can help solve crimes!  There will be hands-on investigations and puzzles, teamwork and sleuthing galore!

 

THE SCIENCE OF MAGIC

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members

Register for Jul 10

 

Discover the science behind some great tricks and some cool science that can fool your friends! Use high tech and the web to learn some amazing illusions, plus free admission to our semi-annual Magic Show! Have a great time perfecting your magic tricks and science experiments. Conjure up wondrous illusions, feats of prestidigitation, and legerdemain.

 

WILD WEATHER!

$320 TMSC members/$340 Non-members

Register for Jul 10 

 

How would you like to forecast the weather? Use computers to access current information and images, look back at Earth from the GOES satellite and use live Doppler radar just like the experts! You will build your own weather instruments to record atmospheric phenomena and probe the uncertainties of weather; then take them home to continue monitoring the weather!