Astronaut-in-Training (COURSE #: 5910-1)
Oct. 17; 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Prepare yourself for an exciting space mission! Learn about space technology and discover everyday objects that were originally designed for use in space. Guide a laser beam through a laser maze, and find hidden mountains when you learn about radar technology. Live the life of an astronaut as you suit up for space flight. Find out how old you would be if you lived on Saturn, and your weight if you lived on Neptune. Assemble your very own Cosmic Chronometer wristwatch, and bring the excitement home with your own Lightning Launcher.
Codes and Dead Drops (COURSE #: 5910-2)
Oct. 18, 8 a.m.–11 a.m.
Learn the secrets of clandestine communications. Learn many different secret codes and a little of the history behind them. Discover how to hide your writing with special secret invisible inks. Learn how to make your secret message stand out using the right colors and a pair of 3D glasses. Experiment passing your messages using a spy technique called a “dead drop.” Take home your own Secret Code Breaker kit.
Science of Security (COURSE #: 5910-3)
Dec. 7, 8 a.m.–11 a.m.
Learn about the science of security as you build and attempt to defeat several security systems. Make your own tripwire alarm to take home. Test your skills against a series of locks. Crack the science of the safe and make your own Secret Safe to take home. Send an ROV robot on a secret mission.
Funky Forensics (COURSE #: 5910-4)
Feb. 1, 2014, 8 a.m.–11 a.m.
Learn about cells and DNA and how DNA is used to solve mysteries. Extract the DNA from wheat germ and make a model cell. Use microscopes to identify the components of an onion cell.
Sessions Grades K-3
May 3, 2014, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.
What does it mean to be good stewards of our planet? Learn about water pollution and build a water filtration system. Experiment with solar energy, and learn how a greenhouse works. Make you own acid/base indicator strips out of red cabbage and test for acid rain. Rip, tear, mish, mash, and press old paper into recycled paper.