Grades K & 1
Students do not have to take Little Scientists 1 in order to take Little Scientists 2. If desired, Students can register for both weeks.
Little Scientists 1
Students will be introduced to the world of science. Students will learn how to make an hypothesis and test them. Basic scientific concepts will be taught through discovery and hands on experiments.
Little Scientists 2
This course is independent of Little Scientists 1 (Students do not have to have taken Little Scientists 1 in order to take Little Scientists 2). Students will explore the scientific world through discovery. Students will learn to ask scientific questions and solve scientific problems through hands on experiments.
Grades 2 & 3
The young engineers will explore an array of hands-on science and technology activities. Basic principles of structure, design, engineering and physics will be introduced through fun hands-on activities.
The young scientists will explore a broad range of science topics including kitchen chemistry Bubbleology science, grow-beast measuring and graphing and center of gravity are just a few of the fun activities
Grades 4, 5 & 6
Explore chemistry through hands-on inquiry experiments! Campers will learn the importance of safety, proper use of lab equipment, taking measurements and using the scientific method. Investigate the chemistry of candy, grow a crystal garden, design a flotation device, create LED circuits, fly balloon rockets, experiment with bouncing polymers, synthesize your own bubble gum and much more!
Forensic Science 1
Hands on activities such as fingerprinting, thin layer chromatography of pen inks, microscopy of hair and fibers, document analysis, footprint casting and others. Class will culminate in a mock crime scene where students will document and investigate “evidence” found by creating a final presentation to defend their findings.
Oceanography/Marine Biology 1
Join us in exploring three different marine communities (salt marshes, sandy shores and the rocky shoreline) along the Milford Point Audubon. Trips to the seashore will include using scientific equipment to collect water and specimen samples. Back at the laboratory we will set up our saltwater aquariums for observation, and take a look at the many organisms visible to the naked eye. A trip to the Norwalk Aquarium (Maritime Aquarium) towards the end of the second week, will add to our observations of the marine organisms found along the Milford Point Audubon.
Junior Engineers: Science & Technology
This course will allow students direct hands-on access to science and technology activities. Students will often be split into groups in which they will work together using principles of physics in order to engineer several different projects. These projects include Marble Run Coasters, Duct Tape Structures, Egg Drop Capsules, and more. Students will also learn to use technology to create Scooterbots and several projects from electronic Snap Kits. Emphasis is placed on inventing, problem solving and troubleshooting.
Junior Robotics NEW!
Using LEGO Mindstorm EV3 and software, students will experiment and discover basic engineering basics, while building on teamwork and problem-solving skills.
Sports Science I | NEW!
Students will explore the science behind sports and athletics through interesting experiments and activities. The science of throwing a "curve ball", "jumping" to make that slam dunk, throwing a spiral pass and more will be some of the topics explored.
Grades 7, 8 & 9
Further your explorations of chemistry and physics at an advanced level with computer-based lab probes and other analytical instruments. Design experiments to solve problems. Though-provoking projects will be done. All experiments are designed with safety in mind.
Forensic Science II
This course in forensic science focuses on the activities of the crime lab. Experiments will deal with methods to link suspect, victim and crime scene. Activities include forensic dissection, blood spatter analysis, detailed fiber analysis, DNA extraction, botany investigation as well as additional analytical procedures. A case study and current events approach will be used including textbook cases, as well as high profile cases from the program Forensic Files.
Oceanography/Marine Biology II
Come investigate the Long Island Sound and all the organisms that both live and thrive there. What's it like to live under the ocean water? What animals and plants live there? What life is found near the shore? How do these animals survive and thrive daily? These questions and others will be answered through hands-on activities, (lab dissections and specimen analysis). Specimens will be observed in salt water tanks, set up by the students to replicate their natural environment. Field trips to the seashore will allow for the exploration of the different marine communities found along the Long Island Sound.
Introduction to Anatomy
This course is NOT for the squeamish. Physiology of animals will be explored from a new perspective. This course uses and safely teaches the art & technique of dissection of preserved species to aid in its discussion and education of simple & complex animals, including their internal functional systems & organs. This is a great “warm-up” course for those truly interested in the medical or veterinarian fields.
Mythbusters – Relived
This course will follow Adam Savage and Jaime Hyneman from the popular TV show Mythbusters through many of their most popular experiments. Students will use problem-solving skills and scientific knowledge to determine if the myth is “Busted” or “Confirmed”. Some of the myths we will explore are Mentos and Cola, Walking on Water, the “5 second rule”, and many more. Students will be given the opportunity to create their own "Make-a-Myth", where students form their own myth and conduct an experiment to test it. This course is perfect for students interested in science, as the scientific method will be followed thoroughly through each and every myth.
Senior Robotics NEW !!!!!
This course is designed for the novice Robotics enthusiast. Using teamwork and critical thinking, students will expand on the use and capabilities of LEGO Mindstorm EV3 and software.
Sports Science 2 | NEW !
Advanced approach to the study and science of sports through age-appropriate activities. Some of the topics to be covered include the science behind the many aspects of baseball, football, basketball and more.