"K-3" represents the grade your student is entering for Fall 2019.
Dates in RED STRIKETHRU are WAITLIST ONLY - - by adding yourself to the waitlist, you have the opportunity to get into the course should we have a cancellation. Waitlist is first come first serve.
Create animated stories with clay, LEGO® or your favorite toy characters. You’ll work in a team to write a story, set up a stage with your characters and create an original video of their adventures! (We supply the clay and LEGO®, you can supply other toys).
Our 2020 program, Elevate, gives students the opportunity to develop their identities as creators and innovators through hands-on activities. Students will build confidence, persistence and creative problem-solving skills as they use their imaginations, find inspiration from game-changing inventors, explore the world’s ecosystems and bring their biggest ideas to life.
FLEDGLINGS I - HOW DOES THAT WORK?
Does smell help you to taste? What makes an optical illusion work? Exciting activities will help children explore the mysteries of the senses. From bugs to birds, from raindrops to craters, we’ll find out how lots of cool things in nature happen!
FLEDGLINGS II - OUR AMAZING UNIVERSE
Explore our fascinating world, from the tiny to the enormous. Do some cool experiments, observe stars in our planetarium, use microscopes, telescopes to explore life & light, “see” sound, and enjoy the excitement of earth, space and physical science!
Are you an inventor? Like to tinker? Take things apart? Build cool stuff? We have a take-apart lab, a maker lab, we’ll have design contests, speed building, LEGO® prototyping, and new inventions from everyday objects. You can even earn a “Talcott Patent”. Bring your busted stuff from home or use ours!
GREEN ENGINEERING K-3
How can the sun power your house? Your car? Can you cook with sunshine? Find the answer to these questions and others as you switch on to solar, wind and water energy! Discover how electrons energize lamps, wires and motors as you build simple circuits and how to tap into nature for power! How can the Sun work for you? See how the sun can generate power through the use of photovoltaic solar cells.
GIRLS ROCK K-3
Girls Rock! As in geology, and they can do a lot of other neat sciences too! Fun and challenging activities will stress discovery skills and build confidence in young female scientists. Experiment with chemistry, electricity, technology, life, earth and space sciences, with plenty of hands-on investigation and invention!
IT'S A BUG'S LIFE
They creep, they crawl, they fly! They make sure the flowers grow, they clean up our yards. They can lift hundreds of times their own weight, and can fly across the continent! They're bugs! We'll find them, watch them, even use our BugCam to see how they see the world with a bug's eye view!
Learn to code on iPads with easy-to-learn graphical programming apps that let you create graphics, animation, solve problems and create worlds with your drawings and imagination! All apps used are open-source or freeware for use after the course.
Do some hands-on chemistry with everyday materials that you use in your kitchen! From volcanoes to dancing raisins, from weather patterns to rocketry, see some very cool science happen with things right off the kitchen shelf!
From cars to catapults, from motors to Mars rovers, you can explore science and technology with LEGO®. Compete in engineering challenges, build skyscrapers, crazy contraptions and dream machines!
Fun filled sessions for aspiring buccaneers! Learn how to sail the Seven Seas and what to expect in those waters you're sailing over. Practice your map reading skills as you determine where you're going to bury the "treasure." Although we won't actually go to sea, you'll find an ocean of activities to do - so come on board for an exciting week!
ROBOTICS: MINDSTORMS NXT
The most popular, flexible robotic building kit ever, LEGO® Mindstorms™ has decades of robot contests under its belt. You'll build, program and compete on our "Research Roundup!" playing field, solving science problems for robotics bragging rights!
THE SCIENCE OF MAGIC
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 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 & CRAFTY
Discover your creative talents, using materials found in nature. Experiment with natural dyes. Create pictures and weavings with nature's colors and textures. Recycle paper into beautiful stationery tinted by leaves and flowers. What you make is yours to keep!