3-2-1 Blast Off!: Weeks of June 24 and August 5
Take to space in this action-packed week focused on rockets and the physics of rocket flight! After learning the model rocket safety code, campers build a variety of different rockets and participate in the launching, mission control, propulsion, and recovery of the rockets they build. In addition to hands-on rocketry and the history of space travel, campers also discover how space vehicles work and learn about Newton’s laws of motion. Divided into the groups of altitude trackers, launch preparers, and launchers, each camper will have an opportunity to try all three positions. Campers have a blast exploring the world of rockets and the solar system that they could one day explore on their own!
Forensic Fundamentals: Week of June 17
Mad Science introduces you to the foundations of forensics in the form of organs, cells, and chemistry! Discover how the science behind life can help solve a crime. Uncover the secrets behind batteries, and design marshmallow molecules! Conduct electricity, and power a Mad Science whirligig. Use ooey-gooey ingredients to build a model cell, and use your own traits to decode & decipher your DNA. Campers apply what they learn to solve a sticky crime!
Science Mysteries!: Week of July 8
Explore the mysteries of earth, space, sports, secret codes, and the animal world! As young astronauts, campers explore the mysteries of the solar system and how astronauts live and work in space. Learning goes beyond the sun, moon, and stars on this Mad Science space mission! Campers also use Morse code to send secret messages to their friends and learn the basics about water pollution, acid rain, and the benefits of solar energy. By using recyclables, campers get to make their very own paper to take home. They discover the relationship between science and sports and make helmets for their own crash-test eggs!
Science in Motion: Week of July 1
Discover how things move with science! Campers discover the unique characteristics of birds and take apart pellets to see what an owl cannot digest. They act as a team of engineers to inspect and build bridges, geodesic domes, soma cube puzzles, and pyramids. In addition to investigating simple machines, campers assemble and control pulleys, levers, catapults, and mega pinchers. They also view the world through a camera obscura and make their own sidewalk chalk, crystal garden, and chromatography-dyed T-shirts.
Provider: Mad Science is the world’s leading out-of-school science enrichment provider for children (dc.madscience.org).