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Engaging Workshops

Would you like to enhance your science programming?
With professional lesson plans, unique equipment, and animated instructors, Mad Science Workshops are an ideal way to reinforce core science concepts.  Workshops are great at schools, libraries, recreation departments, club houses...wherever kids are found!



School-Age Workshops: Ages 5-12


  • Group Size: 12 - 20 children 
  • Duration: 45-60 minutes 


Preschool Workshops: Ages 3-5


  • Group Size: 10-15 children
  • Duration: 30 minutes 

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School-Age Workshop Topics:


  • BUGS!

    Children get engrossed in entomology!  They find out that insects are arthropods and inspect authentic insect specimens. Insect anatomy is introduced and examined up close. A container of creepy crawlers is divided into insects and non-insects. An ultraviolet powder demonstration lights up the truth on how insects spread pollen.

    Children learn how insects adapt by building insect puzzles at habitat stations. They examine a bag of insect defense representations and choose the one they want.



    Take the mystery out of chemistry as we introduce children to this fascinating subject. Children explore one of the fundamental sciences by experimenting with and observing various chemicals, potions, and solutions in action. They explore the difference between physical and chemical reactions, watch Styrofoam reduced to a

    puddle of goo, and see camphor provide the chemical equivalent of an outboard motor -all chemistry in motion!



    Explore the exciting elements of electricity!

    Children really use their heads while exploring the existence of a transferable electrical charge as an electroscope, a balloon, and a head are needed for this experiment! They tackle the challenge of creating a circuit that will light a bulb, and then turn to a hands-on exploration of more complex series circuits.


    Children 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. 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!



    Children probe the shifting states of matter! We warm up with a molecular movement exercise to learn about the three states of matter. Next, they observe melted and re-solidified metal — a shift of states from solid to liquid right before their eyes. Dry ice is used in a series of tests under the guidance of the instructor to explore theproperties of matter at extreme temperatures. Children use balloons to help visualize the volumetric difference between matter in solid and gaseous states. Then the class rolls toward a grand finale that engages the group in catching a cloud!



    Children dig in to Earth science! Earth’s layers are introduced with a spotlight on its outer rocky layer. Children check out three rock samples to find out how they were made and where they were formed. They inspect minerals with an ultraviolet light to see them fluoresce. They model the moving plates that cause bends and breaks in the Earth’s solid rock layer. Tremors are created to tip a tower, and then things get rocky with the Experi-tube Take-Home.



    Children explore the energy of motion (potential versus kinetic energy), and how energy can be conserved.

    They pop, jump, and flip with hopping, swimming, and swinging toys. Children check out the kinetic energy in rubber band-wound gadgets and reach their potential with a kinetic marble-bounce take home.



    This workshop will fly the children through the basics of flight and aerodynamics before making practical use of this knowledge when students build their own stunt planes and gliders, including a mind-boggling football plane and awesome loop-flying stunt plane. Children learn about the four forces that affect a plane in flight: drag, gravity, lift, and forward thrust. They witness, experience, play with, and use these forces to their advantage in the construction of incredible paper planes.



    Children find out what makes the world go ‘round in an entertaining introduction to the concepts and basics offorces. Gravity, inertia, centripetal force - Who could ever imagine that an introduction to physics could be so much fun? The children will get to experience some of these awesome forces for themselves and experiment

    with some cool devices to watch these forces at work!



    Have you ever wondered how inventors work and come up with some famous inventions? Through group brainstorming and an invention activity, children learn that anyone of any age can be an inventor. They learn about Rube Goldberg’s unique machines and plan some outlandish machines of their own. This class provides an opportunity to develop scientific skills through inquiry-based instructional methods and each child will take home an Inventor’s Notebook to continue planning their inventions at home.



    Children get clued in on the chemical reactions that occur when they prepare, analyze, and digest their food.

    The class gets cooking with a color-changing solution display. Children divide common kitchen activities into chemical and physical reactions. A balloon blow-up demonstration helps them discover that yeast makes bread rise. Children test food samples in search of nutrients, starch, and protein.



    Dive on in as children discover ocean habitats by experimenting with seawater and its unique properties. They will identify creatures that inhabit the oceans and some characteristics that make them able to live a watery life.

    This workshop provides an understanding of processes at work in the ocean such as food webs and adaptations.



    Get up close because we are about to take an exciting look at the world of light, colors, and more! Using Newton’s color wheel, children observe and create white light, providing the background for an exploration of color accomplished through several different demonstrations. Children are introduced to the visible spectrum through a chromatography experiment. They also discover both the infrared and ultraviolet components of the spectrum - always an enthralling portion of the workshop!



    Find out how simple machines make our lives easier. Children try out different types of simple machines: levers, screws, incline planes, wheels and axles, and pulleys in this excellent introduction to basic physical science.

    They learn about the role that simple machines play in everyday life.



    Experience the pull of magnetism! Ever been an atom in a magnet? Find out exactly what magnets like to “hang” out with. Visit the North and South poles and frolic in invisible fields. Children build cool magnet chains and playwith some of the wildest forces in the universe; and each child will bring home a cool magnet contraption!



    Peek beneath the Earth’s crust and uncover what it’s made of! Children discover the world of geology, including geological formation, classification systems, and the fundamental characteristics of rocks and minerals. They recreate the process of rock formation and devise ways to identify and classify rocks and minerals. They experience the thrill of panning for gems; and the gems they find, they’ll get to take home and keep for further study and identification!



    This workshop gives children a chance to sit in the director's chair and discover why science is the real star on the big screen. Exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities allow children to discover the science behind the amazing sound and weather effects from their favorite movies. Children investigate 3-D technology, and experience how this effect can make them feel like part of the action. Motion pictures come alive with a spinning praxinoscope. Children use the Cartoon Creator to make their own mini movie flipbooks that they can take home.



    Children catapult into Newton’s three laws of motion! They yank a cloth from under dishes and send crash test dummies flying. They adjust the mass of two identical cars and learn how heavier objects need a bigger push to move the same distance. Children drop two plastic eggs – one heavier than the other – and find out they hit the

    ground at the same time! They see action reaction forces at work as a fan cart races across the room and minirockets launch through the air.



    Children become wrapped up in a world of robotics! Volunteers act out a robot, remote control device, and an automaton. A reading and writing robot draws shapes, detects objects, and tracks lines. Children circulate learning centers to control an automaton through sound, move a robot through a maze, and use wireless controls to move bug-like devices! A soft, snuggly robotic seal pup is passed around for all to pet.



    How’d they do that? It must have been magic! No - it was the clever application of scientific knowledge and known phenomena! Children are dazzled by a little “magic” in our exciting opener… But is it really magic?

    Children employ their minds and senses to determine the explanation for our tricks, and they learn the secrets behind some famous magic that they can recreate for themselves. Water can defy gravity? How’d they make those crazy diaper commercials? Want to see a card trick? This class shows that with examination, and by applying our senses and rational faculties, we can discern a rational, scientific explanation for sleight of hand.



    This sense-ational workshop introduces children to how our senses work and function. Through hands-, eyes-, and ears-on demonstrations and activities, children learn to be sense-ative. Children test their vision with our mind-boggling illusions, navigate their nerves, and give their ears a hand by amplifying sound with our very own Mad Science megaphones. They will test their tasters and learn just what their noses know.



    Goop, ooze, and slime are three words sure to put a smile on any child’s face! This workshop introduces children to the world of polymers! Children explore several different polymers, from common Tupperware to our “Mystery Polymer” and ooze that seems to defy gravity. They get to touch, observe, and talk about what makes up a polymer, and best of all, each child will make his or her own batch of colorful, ooey- gooey Mad Science Slime to take home!



    This workshop introduces children to the dynamics of rocket flight. The class learns about the basic parts that make up a rocket in a discussion that lays the foundation for the exploration of the three parts of a rocket flight.

    To both illustrate and entertain, children have a fun balloon-rocket race. We’ll learn about basic pre-launch safety procedures, and then children get to witness the grand finale—the launch of a model rocket!



    This workshop gives children insight into the world of architects and engineers. Children discover the strengths of triangles, cylinders, and arches. They see how triangles and arches provide the greatest support in construction as they experiment with these two shapes and use them to strengthen and reinforce structures.

    Then they embark on an exploration of the rigidity and stability of structures, from the Dixie cup that supports dozens of times its weight to teetering Jenga towers. Finally, children have a chance to apply their new knowledge when they attempt to build an “earthquake-proof building”.



    When you throw something out, what happens to it? Where does it go? How does it affect you? In this workshop, children examine common materials and discover the rate at which they decompose. They have a chance to study materials that don’t decompose, and their new, environmentally-friendly counterparts. Finally,

    environmental consciousness will be raised when we explore a “lake”, and the things that could end up in it when people aren’t careful with their garbage! Each child will make and take home environmentally friendly art.



    This workshop introduces children to aerodynamics and a host of associated scientific concepts, including air pressure, the science of flight, Bernoulli’s Principle, and Newton’s laws of motion. Children stop and consider air, its effects on our surroundings, and its significance to us and life on earth. The focus then turns to air pressure with a fun demonstration that illustrates the concept of imbalanced pressures. Children enjoy an enthralling story of the Viking ship, and witness and reproduce the phenomenon of the amazing leaping Ping-Pong ball.



    Children get weather-wise in this climate-controlled class! Welcome to the wild world of weather! Children investigate why it rains, what causes lightning, and how weather can be predicted with meteorology. They step into the shoes of a meteorologist and create some of their own regional weather forecasts. They also make a UV bead bracelet to take home so they can continue to explore the amazing world of weather.



    Children explore aerodynamics and a host of associated scientific concepts – including air pressure and buoyancy. Children will be challenged to stop and consider air, its effects on our surroundings, and itssignificance to us and life on Earth. The focus then turns to air pressure, beginning with a fun demonstration that

    illustrates the concept of imbalanced pressures and all sorts of neat stuff involving Bernoulli’s Principle.






Preschool Workshop Topics:



    This workshop helps children discover the invisible world of air!

    Children explore the uses and properties of air using Vortex Generators, a Bernoulli bag and pinwheels. Like “magic”, a ping pong ball will seem to float in midair!



    Young children will love this workshop all about animals. They learn about animal babies and parents.

    They also explore the different sounds and noises animals make, and the different types of coverings animals have, such as fur, scales and feathers.

    Children take home their own animal masks they decorated using what they learned about animals.


  • BUGS!

    Welcome to the realm of insects!  Children are introduced to the world of creepy, crawly creatures that they find beneath their feet. They learn about insects’ unique eyesight, and the way they defend themselves against predators.  Children use their new knowledge to build their very own model insect to take home. 


    Take the mystery out of chemistry!

    Children explore one of the fundamental sciences by experimenting with and observing various chemicals, potions and solutions in action.  They begin their exploration by watching Styrofoam reduced to a puddle of goo -chemistry in motion! Children apply their knowledge of chemical processes to make their own “Crazy Chalk” to take home.  


    Children become Paleontologists and learn about excavating and recovering fossils!

    We uncover facts about dinosaurs—what they were, what they ate, and theories on where they went. Children examine real fossil casts and explore the differences in the teeth of plant-eating and meat-eating dinosaurs. They also participate in a mini dinosaur excavation and make a cast of a dinosaur tooth to take home.



    Take an exciting look at the world of dry ice through a series of fun experiments! Children learn about the three states of matter and a lesser known phenomenon called “sublimation,” where a solid turns directly into a gas.

    They learn the secrets behind the bubbling potions found in Mad Science’s laboratories while answering the question, “What do you think this weird ice cube can do?” Children are amazed by this “cool” class and take a thermo-color-changing cup home for the experiments to continue!



    Children are introduced to something right in front of their face — their eyes! They explore the parts andfunction of their eyes and go on to experiment with magnifying glasses, kaleidoscopes, and binoculars. Children also interact with a variety of optical illusions to illustrate that your eyes can sometimes play tricks on you.

    Children not only walk away with a pair of their very own binoculars, but also with a better understanding of how their bodies work.



    Children explore their sense of touch and discover that fingers can tell us things our eyes can’t. We discuss safety and how some things shouldn’t be touched. Children test out their nerve endings and learn how to read without using their eyes. Using a liquid crystal board, they see how the heat from our hands creates rainbow colors. Each child will mold and create a masterpiece using their hands and sense of touch.



    What color is light and what makes a shadow? Children discover the answers to these questions and more through a series of hands-on activities! With the use of some cool equipment, children get to meet and capture their shadows, and learn how to change the color of light. They also get to continue the exploration at home with a device that splits light into a rainbow of colors!



    Invite children to listen closely to the sound of science! Getting hands-on with a sound wave and seeing how sound can make cereal dance is just the beginning. Children learn how our ears let us tune in on the world around us and test their listening skills by comparing and analyzing sounds. They also are treated to a glimpse into Hollywood, where they see how some common sound effects are created, and they go home being able to imitate birds using their very own warbling bird call.



    Children get to mix things up and observe the fascinating world of chemical reactions! Bubbling beakers, colorful chemicals, and liquids that float on top of each other will introduce children to the properties of various substances. Children get to put their knowledge to use as they mix up a tasty, fizzy treat, and get to whip up their very own Mad Science Dough, to go!



    Discover Planet Earth! Peek beneath its crust and uncover what it’s made of. Children discover the world ofgeology, including geological formation,classification systems, and the fundamental characteristics of rocks and minerals. They experience the thrill of panning for gems; and the gems they find, they’ll get to take home and keep for further study and identification!



    Preschoolers learn all about the science behind life in the ocean through hands-on activities and interactive

    discussions. They see how sand is created and observe seashells up close. Children also discover what creatures live in the sea and play a game about conservationists and predators! Then they get to take home their very own Ocean-in-a-Bottle!



    How’d they do that? It must have been magic! No - it was the clever application of scientific knowledge and

    known phenomena! Children are dazzled by a little “magic” in our exciting opener...but is it really magic? We’ll challenge them to employ their minds and senses to determine the explanation for our tricks. How’d they make those crazy diaper commercials? Want to see a card trick? Each child will learn a very neat magic trick and take home the crayons they’ll need to do it!





    Preschoolers turn into Astronauts in Training for our out-of-this-world workshop! Children learn why we can’t see stars during the day like we can at night. Then they learn about the star of our solar system — the sun! We explore what order the planets are in and how they are always spinning, all while orbiting the sun. Children finish up their Astronaut Training with a mock take-off and get to use robot-like arms to collect “moon rocks” asthough they were really in space. They get to take home a mini squeeze rocket, propelled by air and their imaginations!



    Whet children’s curiosity about water with this fun workshop! They learn why some things float and others sink and will soak up an understanding of absorption! They discover how water has surface tension and run an experiment to see if they can effect change. We know that raindrops come from the sky, but how are they made? Finally, children create and take home a sparkle tube — a scientific way to play with and test density and viscosity!



    Today’s forecast: a chance of curiosity with a downpour of fun! Children have fun with this interactive and handson introduction to weather. They try some experiments to see how wind, water, and heat help to make weather. Finally, children get to make their very own windsock to take home and cherish as it blows in the breeze.












































































































































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