Shapes and Senses
Students will learn how to observe the world around then by looking for shapes and using their senses- just like a scientist or engineer!
Take home: robot puppet
Students will dive into the exciting world of computers and programming without requiring a computer lab.
Take home: paper model of parts of a laptop
Learning to Build
This workshop highlights breaking objects down into basic shapes and analyzing the purpose of each part.
Take home: catapult
Needs of Animals and Plants
This workshop highlights the difference between domesticated and wild animals as well as the requirements for plants and animals to maintain life.
Take home: self-watering bean plant
Boats and Buoyancy
Students will analyze the buoyancy of different objects as explore how to make non-floating objects float.
Engineering challenge: popsicle stick boat that holds a certain weight
Small Crawling and Flying Animals
Students will explore the differences between insects and non-insects, looking at the different types and different techniques used by these animals.
Take home: small crawling or flying animal model
This workshop highlights vibrations, volume, pitch, the difference between sound travelling through solids, liquids, and gases, and how the humans hear sound.
Take home: popsicle stick kazoo
Structures and Design
This workshop highlights the pros and cons of various building materials, strong shapes, and the design and purpose of different types of bridges.
Engineering challenge: popsicle stick bridge that spans a certain distance
Light and Shadows
Students will explore the difference between luminous and non-luminous objects, shadows, colour, and reflection.
Take home: periscope
Students will dive into the world of engineering by looking at wedges, inclined planes, screws, levers, wheels and axles, and pulleys.
Engineering challenge: creating simple machines with K'nex
This workshop explores states of matter, physical and chemical changes of materials, and signs of a chemical reaction.
Experiment: baking soda and calcium chloride chemical reaction
This workshop highlights static and current electricity, conductors, insulators, resistors, and circuits.
Take home: conductivity testing circuit
Evidence & Investigation
Students will solve a mystery by analyzing fingerprints, ink (chromatography), handwriting, and footprints.
Mystery: who is the owner of the winning lottery ticket?
Students will explore air pressure, Bernoulli's principle, and how planes fly.
Take home: paper glider
This workshop highlights the sun and how its light is seen on Earth, the moon and its phases, and stars and their constellation groups.
Take home: planisphere
Students will solder their own circuit board and learn about various components of a circuit. A more advanced circuit board is available for the older grades.
Take home: small circuit board
Heat and Temperature
This workshop explores the particle model of matter, change of state, thermal energy, temperature, and heat transfer.
Engineering challenge: design and build a thermos that retains heat
Light & Optical Systems
Students will explore reflection, refraction, mirrors, and optical devices.
Take home: spectroscope