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Students get an overall introduction to biology and related chemistry through our proven, hands-on activities. Students will explore the living world, including learning to use microscopes to examine a variety of plant and animal specimens, begin to understand the periodic table and experiment with a variety of chemical interactions.

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WED - 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Skill Level


Grade Level

Gr 3-5

Session 1

WED: Sep 11, 2019 - Oct 30, 2019 [4:30 - 5:30 PM]

The Living World


Week 1:

Tiny Worlds: Students will learn how to properly create slides and use a microscope, while examining various biological specimens.

Week 2:

Cells, The Building Blocks of Life! Students learn cell structure by building an animal or plant cell using various shop materials.

Week 3:

Botanical Wonders! Students learn about some of the stranger species of plants, including the dionaea muscipula, aka "Venus Fly Trap".

Week 4:

Zoological Surprises! Our favorite herpetologist visits with some of his favorite "friends".

Week 5:

Ecological Reactions: Students experiment with how bacteria reacts when introduced to different environmental elements.

Week 6:

What is DeoxyriboNucleic Acid: Students learn to extract DNA from fruit, examine it under a microscope and build a double helix model using edible creations.

Week 7:

States of Matter: Students get to observe how the typical lines between gases, liquids and solids are not so obvious.

Week 8:

Rainbow Tower: Students build a liquid tower, adding liquids of different densities and discussing why they float one atop another.

Session 2

WED: Nov 6, 2019 - Jan 15, 2020 [4:30 - 5:30 PM]
(No class on Nov 27, Dec 25, Jan 1)

All About Animals!

Students are introduced to a wide array of animal topics this session, from learning classifications in the animal kingdom, to getting up close and personal with Madagascar cockroaches, and observing fossil and insect specimens, all while learning the scientific method, techniques to create microscope slides and more!

Week 1:

Do Dragons Exist?: Students learn the scientific method by making observations, testing hypotheses and concluding whether fire-breathing dragons really exist!

Week 2:

The Tree of Life: Students learn the Animal Kingdom classification system to find out where their own family pets fit in.

Week 3:

Who eats what?: The food chain is an important lesson in the animal kingdom - students learn how it all works by role playing as real animals in the wild!

Week 4:

Bones or no bones: Students are introduced to the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates and making "up close and personal" observations of our entomological specimens in the shop!

Week 5:

Dog or cat or hamster, oh my!: Students learn microscope slide techniques by bringing in a hair follicle specimen from home to challenge others what animal it's from!

Week 6:

Fantastic fossils!: Our favorite paleontologist, Howell, visits with his fossils and incredible stories from the Natural History Museum!

Week 7:

Meta-whaaat?: Students will observe two types of real insects and create a diagram illustrating the stages of its metamorphic life cycle.

Week 8:

Polar Gummy Bears: Gummy bear science they can eat! Students use the scientific method and soak their "polar bears" in different solutions to see which one grows the largest!

Session 3

WED: Jan 22, 2020 - Mar 11, 2020 [4:30 - 6:00 PM]

Science Detectives

Students become detectives of the natural world by engaging in a variety of biology and chemisty experiments. They'll learn through real hands-on activities, making observations and arriving at conclusions!

Week 1:

Herba-s, Carni-s & Omnivores: What kind of animals eat what kinds of food? They'll craft a "cootie catcher" designed to help them learn about the different types of "Vores."

Week 2:

Habitats & Food Chains: Students will learn about these concepts with puzzles and card games.

Week 3:

The Human Body: Learning the major systems, including skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems, as well as the major organs through models and games.

Week 4:

Life Cycle of Butterflies: Over the first few weeks, students will study life cycle as our caterpillars morph into butterflies!

Week 5:

States of Matter: Students learn about the 4 main states of matter and engage in fun activities to watch how each manifest.

Week 6:

Atoms in Us: Studying atomic structure with model building activities.

Week 7:

What makes things fizzle?: A study of a variety of carbon dioxide producing chemical reactions.

Week 8:

Vitamin C Testing: Students will conduct a real lab experiment by using iodine to test which liquids have the most Vitamin C.

Session 4

WED: Mar 18, 2020 - May 20, 2020 [4:30 - 6:00 PM]
(No class on Apr 1, Apr 8)

A Design for Life.

Students apply engineering design principles to chemistry and biology! They will use chemistry to create their own products, such as the perfect bouncy ball, explore biology through 3D design, and investigate the physics behind how ocean life survives.

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