Science to Grow On™ is an opportunity for transactive experiences for children in kindergarten through third grade. In these classes children learn about science by questioning, experiencing and investigating. Participation of parents or adult caregivers is encouraged, but not required.
Each session meets every other week. Class periods are made up of over an hour of activities focusing on inquiries in science and art. Following the programs, there is time to enjoy a snack and experience Explora’s exhibit activities together.
Chemistry of Clay
Saturday, Jan 18
Use microscopes to examine and compare natural clay, polymer clay and craft dough. Test each material's strength and stretchiness and invest your own playful putty to take home.
Rolling Up and Down
Saturday, February 1
Put your engineering skills to work as you use different materials to make objects roll. Compare rolling systems. Test different shapes and materials on a variety of surfaces and explore friction.
Saturday, February 15
Explore the amazing properties of mirrors and light. Discover the images and patterns you get when angles and symmetry come into play. Build your own colorful kaleidoscopes to take home.
Saturday, March 1
Experiment with the powers of magnets as you try to repel and attract different materials. Explore magnetic pendulums, use a magnet to race a car, and draw with iron filings.
Saturday, March 15
Test different foods to find out which ones have carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Investigate the difference between baking soda and baking powder, create your own snack, and more.
What’s in a Fingerprint?
Saturday, March 29
Explore your fingerprints and look at your hair under microscopes to find out what makes you unique. Try your hand at being a forensic scientist as you investigate “who did it” by comparing the evidence!
Art of Math
Saturday, April 12
Tessellations and triangles won't leave you in a tangent! Investigate lines that become shapes and turn digits into designs. We'll also experiment with musical math and geometric art.
Saturday, April 26
Become a scientific illustrator as you use grids, stencils, symmetry and more to draw your favorite animals and plants. Investigate how science and art work together, using magnifying glasses to examine insects and plants as you illustrate them.
Under the Sun
Saturday, May 10
Test different sunscreens to find out which one is the best for blocking the effects of the sun. Test the effect of the sun on UV beads and create your own photographic image using light from the sun.