South Central Service Cooperative and Mankato Area Community Education/Recreation have partnered to bring Mad Science to Mankato! Students in grades K-6 are invited to attend a Mad Science Saturday session. Please see the attached flier for more information.
Sessions for Grades K-2
Feb. 2, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Discover how chemical reactions are everywhere and experiment with some chemical and physical reactions. Mix, mush and brew together different chemicals to create things that you can use. Make sidewalk chalk, tootsie rolls, bath fizzers and some crystals.
March 2, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Explore the world of animals on the land and in the sea. Students conduct hands-on experiments to gain a better understanding of the adaptations of animals that live in different habitats. Make a model magic animal track and an ocean in a bottle to take home.
April 6, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Study the human body and your various senses. Make your own music with our Boomwackers. Participate in some experiments that test your sense of smell and taste and use your sense of touch to identify mystery items. Take home an anatomy apron as well as scratch and sniff stickers.
Sessions for Grades 3-6
Feb. 2, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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 students get to experience early aspects of photography. Make a Krazy Kaleidoscope, Thaumatrope and Camera Obscura to take home.
March 2, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Learn how all sorts of secret codes work and use them to send your top secret information safely. Learn the secret when you discover the science behind invisible inks. Learn the history behind the famous Morse code. Experiment passing your messages using a spy technique called a dead drop. Take home your own Secret Code Kit.
April 6, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Do you know what makes an airplane lift into the air? You will after this exciting camp. Follow the methods of the Wright brothers as you experiment with a lift tester and see how different wing shapes affect the airplane's performance capabilities. Learn why an airplane's wings and tail are so important to lift and control while in flight. Build and fly your own amazing balsa wood stunt plane.