Learning with Hands-On Activities

PhotosFor years educators have stressed that students learn better "by doing" - especially in the sciences. Students of all ages learn more science-content and skills when they engage in investigation and discovery using everyday materials and the basic equipment of science.

How can this learning take place?
Our carefully designed inquiry centered lessons that involve children with hands-on activies which capture children's natural curiosity, stimulate their interest in science and teach them important science topics along with critical thinking skills.

It's unique!
Our unique Science Club program is designed to meet the needs of children in grades K-6. Club Scientific lessons help engage students in observation, measurement, identification of properties, and experimentation involving life, earth and physical science concepts. The units are rigorously researched by science educators with the help of teachers and children. The results are lessons that students can enjoy and genuinely learn from. Science was never this much fun!

Dozens of program topics!
Rocketry, Chemistry, Paleontology, Forensics, Weather, Flight, Technology and many other disciplines of science. All Club Scientific lessons are designed to help with the development of the following scientific process skills: observing, classifying, comparing, measuring, critical thinking, predicting, hypothesizing, sequencing and experimentation.

Club Scientific believes in parental involvement. In every Club Scientific class, your child will receive a lesson card describing the lesson with some suggestions for extending the learning experience at home. After each semester session, students will receive a science medal to recognize their Scientific achievements.

Each science enrichment SEMESTER lasts for fourteen classes(approximately fourteen weeks. Classes meet once a week for approximately 60 minutes. Class size is 8-10 students, per instructor, with the cost of $210.00 - $225.00 per student per Semester.

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2013-2014 After-School Program Semester Descriptions

Fall Semester

Fourteen projects starting August, 2013

The Physics Hypothesis!
Have you ever wondered how a satellite stays in orbit? Or, how the Mars Rover can travel all the way to Mars? Students will study and play with Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion to explain why objects move the way they do. Students will also experiment with the properties of liquids and why some objects have magnetic properties and others do not.

Topics cover: Newton’s Toy Box, Looking at Liquids, and Electromagnetism.

Spring Semester

Fourteen projects starting January, 2014

The Life Cycle Protocol!
It is time to discover the secret to life! Your little scientists will discover how fungi are in a kingdom all by themselves. Growing yeasts they will investigate their energy source and how they are affected by temperature. Students have great fun exploring fossils and dinosaurs as they develop their own classification systems. Finally, they will also come to understand how every bite they take is part of a giant worldwide food web.

Topics cover: The World Of Fungi, Dinosaurs and Fossils, and Food Chains and Webs.


2013-2014 After School Program Session Descriptions

Fall Semester-The Physics Hypothesis will feature:

Newton’s Toy Box! Students experiment with familiar toys and objects. As they explain their observations, they prove Newton's three laws of motion. The path of a tossed basketball, the flip of a grasshopper toy, and the endless swing of clackers reinforce the concepts of inertia, gravity, acceleration, mass, force, and momentum. Students engage in races, games, and challenges that emphasize the laws of motion that govern everyday tasks and cosmic interactions.

Looking at Liquids! Students investigate the properties of liquids beyond how they look, smell, and feel. They will understand concepts such as cohesion, adhesion, absorption, density, water pressure, and evaporation. Students will examine the sizes and shapes of different drops, design an apparatus to compare the “skin” on liquids’ surfaces, and predict how soap will affect surface tension. Using balances and batons, they explore liquid density and its effect on buoyancy. To conclude, students use litmus paper to categorize liquids as acidic, basic, or neutral on a pH scale.

Electromagnetism! Students are introduced to magnetism and the conversion of energy from one form to another by means of electrical currents and magnetic fields. Students will review the properties of magnetism by observing the interaction between ferrous and non-ferrous materials. They will also construct a compass, a telegraph, and a buzzer.

Spring Semester-The Life Cycle Protocol will feature:

The World Of Fungi! Students compare various fungi with plants by extracting pigments to test for chlorophyll. They discover that fungi—with no seeds, roots, stems, leaves, or flowers—are in a class (actually, a kingdom) by themselves. They dissect mushrooms to investigate spore reproduction. Students also grow mold gardens in different cultures to test fungicides. Many activities focus on the one-celled fungi, yeast. Students observe yeast growth, budding, and fermentation while controlling food and temperature variables. Based on the activities discussions, students debate the benefits and hazards of fungi.

Dinosaurs and Fossils! Students explore prehistoric life by simulating the way real scientists learn about dinosaurs by examining their fossils and their footprints. After spanning the millennia with a geological time line, students create, bury, and unearth imitation fossils, the backbone of dinosaur research. They try to reconstruct dinosaur skeleton models and speculate about the animals' appearance and behavior, based on their bones. They investigate dinosaur footprints and make inferences about size, speed, and stride. Using dinosaur models, students become familiar with various dinosaurs' physical features. They develop a classification system and learn the meanings of dinosaur names.

Food Chains and Webs! Every bite we take connects us to a complex network known as a food web. Because most food webs begin with plants, students first explore plants as food producers. They experiment with soil and light to find the best growing conditions, and plant ryegrass in terrariums. Then they introduce crickets, earthworms, and anoles, and watch what happens. Students are soon able to classify each animal as a primary, secondary, or tertiary consumer, or decomposer, based on what it eats.


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