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Our in-class workshops are ideal for children from Kindergarten through to grade 6. Each workshop is accompanied by a Teacher Resource Package to help educators maximize the learning experience before and after each Mad Science workshop.

Here are just a few of our fun and interactive workshops that focus on science and engineering practice:

Fundamental Forces

Teaches: Force, Motion, Energy
Introduces students to the basic concepts of forces. Allows children to encounter their own force of gravity And to see what happens to objects when different forces are applied; this helps to illustrate things like gravity, racetrack, centrifugal, and centripetal force. Children also get a chance to experiment with gyroscopes and loops.

Current Events

Teaches: Force, Motion, Energy
Students problem-solve to create simple circuits that will light a bulb. Hands-on activities also allow them to explore more complex series of circuits. They experience a nerve-tester, Mad Science electricity labs, and our amazing Tooth Tunes device. They also observe how electricity flows through wires and water.

Electricity

Teaches: Force, Motion, Energy
This workshop introduces students to the fundamental concepts of electricity: circuits, conductors, insulators, and how electricity is converted for everyday uses. Students get to create different circuits, interact with plasma balls, discover “sticky” static electricity and make their own static energy chambers to take home.

Ecosystems

Teaches: Living Systems
Students learn about the interconnections that exist between all living things in an ecosystem, including humans. The nature cycles, food chains and energy webs (producers, consumers and decomposers) within different environments are explored before we make mini-ecosystems that students can observe in class for a month.

Photosynthesis

Teaches: Life Processes
This workshop provides an introduction to the chemical processes in a plant, plant respiration, and the role of plants in food webs. Students get a chance to examine the role of light in the process, test for starch, and then create a mini greenhouse to observe in class or take home.

All About Animals

Teaches: Living Systems
How do animals feed themselves and their young? Which animals hibernate and which ones migrate, and why? How do animals use camouflage and behavior to protect themselves from predators? Students gain a better understanding of the adaptations and characteristics of animals which live in different habitats and environments and then make an animal print to take home.
 

Workshops have a base length of 45 min. They can be single sessions, a series of sessions, or back-to-back workshops that can cover the same topic for various classes/grades, or different topics for the same class. The possibilities are endless, and whether you're studying space, chemistry, or the science of everyday objects, Mad Science Workshops will deliver just the kind of exciting, hands-on, interactive learning that will help maximize the effectiveness of your lessons.

 

Bugs!

Children will learn about the world of Entomology. Analyzing real specimens and models, they will learn about the anatomy of an insect, learn that they are Anthropods, and the parts of an insect's body that sets them apart from other Anthropods. Children will use a habitat match-up activity to learn about how insects adapt to their environment, and why they have evolved to look and act the way they do. They will learn how insects defend themselves, pollinate plants, and even see!

Science of Toys

Children test, play, and ponder over what makes toys work. They are introduced to the science of toys by playing with them and seeing what they do. The next step is understanding how they do what they're meant to! They'll discover how motors make some toys move. They'll play with tops to learn about potential and kinetic energy. Balancing toys will be explored to learn about centre of gravity. They'll learn about magnetic forces and that opposite poles attract with our magnetic toys. We'll give the children a chance to discover the science behind fun!

Kitchen Chemistry

Children will get clued in to the reactions that occur when they prepare, analyze, and digest their food. They'll be introduced to the difference between physical and chemical reactions. The class will get cooking with colour-changing solution displays, and separate common kichen activities into physical and chemical reaction categories. The children will test food samples for nutrients, starch, protein, and they'll learn that some foods give our body what it needs to develop and grow. Then it's on to digestion! They'll learn what happens to our food when it is digested, and how our bodies get the nutrients that keep us alive!

Movie Effects

Children will be put in the director's chair and learn that the real star of any movie is science! This is an exciting introduction to the science involved in the spectacular special effects and technology that are behind motion picture magic! They'll discover and use the science behind various special effects from the chemistry of movie snow, to the accoustics of cartoon sound effects, to the optics of 3-D technology. Armed with this new found knowledge about how to make a huge blockbuster hit, maybe one of our young junior scientists will go on to create these entertainment giants!

Mad Machines

Children will be introduced to basic physical science, and will investigate mechanics and the role that they play in our everyday lives. They will learn, through hands-on activities, about the 6 different types of simple machines that have made many other human advancements possible: The screw, the lever, the inclined plane, the wedge, the pulley, and the wheel and axle. They'll get the chance to see how they can lift very heavy objects through our pulley system. This lesson really shows the children that anything is possible if you put your mind to it!

Detective Science

Children will use science to crack a case! The crime happens just before the Bustertown bake- off. Mr. Baker’s big, fat, chewy, chocolate chip cookie is sabotaged and his recipe is stolen. The case kicks off with a crime scene investigation. The children examine fingerprints, mystery powders, ink samples, and teeth impressions. They also practice their memory skills to create a composite! Analyzing all the evidence is what helps pinpoint the perpetrator. Finally, the children will work together and compare their findings to catch the crook and put them behind bars!

Earthworks

The children will be introduced to the science of Geology. They will learn the types of rocks there are, and how, where and when they are formed. They will use this knowledge to inspect several rock samples to try to find out what kind of rock they're dealing with and where it was formed. They'll learn about the layers of the earth, how plate tectonics make the earth's crust move, and stress, and they'll discover how mountains are formed, volcanoes erupt and earthquakes occur.

Walloping Weather

Children will get weather-wise in this climate controlled class! They will conduct experiments to understand how and why weather occurs, and what causes the seasons. They will prove that air has mass and takes up space, and through an experiment, they'll discover that air is everywhere. After learning about air and water's role in weather, they will mimic a rain cloud, create an in-door storm, and use their new found knowledge to create forecasts and act like weather reporters. Finally, they'll learn that nothing would be possible without the sun's energy giving light. 

Atmosphere & Beyond

Children will learn about the properties of air and the atmosphere, and why it's so important for life on earth. They will explore what air is and that, though invisible, it has mass like everything else around us! The discussion will then shift to light. Why are sunsets red? Why does the moon change size? and Why is the sky blue? These are all questions that the children will explore. The lesson continues to outer space! Our planet is not the only one with an atmosphere! The children will learn about the various gasses that make up the atmospheres of other planets and why we can't survive there. Finally, Children will learn why, when they look up into the night sky, stars "twinkle"

Sun & Stars

Children will learn about stars, galaxies, and the life-cycles of these magnificent heavenly bodies. We're in a galaxy, and our sun is a star! They will learn that stars have a life-cycle, just like people, that galaxies come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and that they move through space, never staying in one place. The 3-Dimensional aspect of space and constellations will be explored along with what's inside a supernova!

Planets & Moons

Children will learn about the planetary bodies in the Solar System. They will learn the names of the various other planets that are our neighbors and their respective sizes and distances from the sun and each other. They will have a chance to learn about what makes up the various planets, and why they were created the way they were. Finally, they'll get to see a very rare event! An Eclipse!

Space Phenomena

Children will learn about the phenomenal events that take place in the night sky. What can we see when we look up at night? There are all kinds of fascinating things. Children will learn how they can distinguish planets from stars. They'll learn that stars create their own light, and planets only reflect it. Planets aren't the only things up in space that reflect light. What exactly is a shooting star? Children will learn the difference between a Meteoroid, Meteor, and Meteorite. They'll create craters, watch a Meteor burn up in the atmosphere, predict if it will land or not, and see the effects of all kinds of cosmic phenomena that we don't always get to see.

Rocket Science & Space Travel

Children will learn about thrust, and rocket propulsion. They'll try out different methods of thrust. They'll use rocket balloons to simulate it, launch a rocket car across the class, and learn how a rocket engine works. Burning gasses is not the only way to fly! They'll learn that you can create thrust by moving the gasses as well as burning them. They'll then learn about the safety involved with rockets because afterall, to get the kind of thrust to leave the earth, you need to burn alot of rocket fuel and make careful preparations to make sure your mission is a success!. They'll then learn about the parts of a rocket and what their role is in a successful misson into outer space, the stages of any space mission, and they'll learn about various missions that have made amazing advances in the past. We'll show the children where rockets are launched and finally, we'll take the class outside, and prepare to launch our own SkyBlazer II™ Rocket!

Living in Space

Children will learn about the many challenges that face astronauts as they strive to get to space and survive in space. They'll learn that astronauts must be very fit, and train hard. Astronauts need air pressure around them and need to be protected from the cold of space in a very strong suit, but at the same time they need to be able to move so they can do their job. Gravity keeps us on the ground, and pushes our bones downward. In a micro-gravity environment like the one on the International Space Station, astronauts will have a tendency to stretch as their bodies are not being pushed downward by gravity. The children will learn about weightlessness through aquatic weight tests, and then they'll team up to learn what it takes to build a space station! Finally, they'll learn that precise calculations must be made and things done on time in order to make any space mission a success. An astronaut's life is very difficult, but it's all worth it in the end. Afterall, how many people get to go out into space and see our planet revolve beneath them?

Space Technology

Children will learn about the various technologies that are used on earth and during space travel. They'll learn about lasers, light, radars, satellites, and much more as they search for the things that have made it possible for us to go out into space and even to the moon! Children will learn about the difference between focused and unfocused light, and how light reacts to changing mediums like air or water. They'll learn about radio waves, that light has a speed, and that it takes time for light to reach places. They'll learn about depth perception, and try to thread the eye of a needle while wearing an eye-patch. Radar is used to map the earth's surfaces, and the children will learn how this technology enables us to see the surface of the moon, and in the future, the surface of other planets. Finally, they'll learn about the speeds in space and how we can move around while in space.

Current Events

3, 2, 1, Charge! Everyday humans use electricity in countless ways, but have you ever wondered how the flick of a switch turns a light bulb on or off, or how a radio is powered? In this “electrifying” kit learn all about electricity and how it is used to power the world around you. Through experimentation and problem solving, create electrical circuits, discover the relationship between metal and electricity, and build your own Circuit Maze with which to test your friends and family.

Fun-Damental Forces

“Now entering the Center of Gravity; unless forced, please remain stationary” – In this forces themed kit find out what makes the world go around, how gravity affects all objects all the time, and why a push or a pull is called a force. Take part in exciting hands-on investigations to discover your own center of gravity and experiment with how a force can change an objects direction, speed, or shape. Let’s get forceful!

Under Pressure

Air is under a lot of pressure. Just think about all of the responsibilities it has. It makes up the Earth’s atmosphere. It is vital for the survival of life. It enables birds and planes to fly through the sky. We should recognize it for all that it does. In this air pressure themed kit learn all about the science of air and its involvement in a variety of other scientific concepts, from thermodynamics to weather systems to aerodynamics. By the end of the afternoon, you will be cheering for all that air does!

Lights, Colour, Action!

Come along on this illuminating adventure and explore the science of light. In this light and colour themed kit take part in exciting activities that let you explore the colour spectrum and investigate the differences between mixing coloured paint and coloured light. Also, experiment with tinted lenses to observe how colours would appear if you were colourblind or if you had the eyes of an animal. Let’s shed some light on this fascinating science..

Magnetic Magic

Attract, repel, connect, direct – A magnet does it all. In this magnet themed kit delve into the science behind magnet magic and magnetism mysteries. Using compasses and other magnet employing devices, you will discover the important roles of magnetism in our everyday lives. Be ready to get magnetized!.

Sonic Sounds

Are you ready to wave to your ears? Then open your mouth and make some noise. In this sound themed kit become an Acoustic scientist as you explore the properties of sound. Through experimentations and demonstrations, you will discover how sound travels from on point to another, create a sound symphony with everyday objects, and use a pitch machine to alter your voice. It will be a melodic treat for your ears.


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