Course Descriptions

Grades K & 1 | New Grade Offering!

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 | New Offering
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 | New Offering
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

Young Engineers | New Offering
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.

Young Scientists
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

Junior Scientists
Welcome to the wonderful world of physical science! Explore chemistry and physics in a hands-on manner through “discovery” experiments. Create Slime, Ice cream (edible!) and crystal gardens! Build a gas-powered car, fly rockets, design and test soda pop and much more! All experiments are designed with safety in mind.

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.

Young Geologists
This Earth Science course will explore the nature of the materials that compose the Earth’s crust. Laboratory activities will allow the student to determine the physical properties of rocks and minerals. Students will also study the forces that formed these materials. Topics to be studied include: The Earth’s interior, plate tectonics, volcanoes, and earthquakes. Field trips include visits to Sleeping Giant State Park, West Rock State Park, Old Mine Park, Redding Garnet Locality. These are all easy hikes that will enable students to examine unique geologic features in Connecticut as well as collect rocks and minerals. The students will also visit the Peabody Museum at Yale University to learn about the geology of Connecticut and view the dinosaur exhibits.

Oceanography/Marine Biology 1
Like to get your feet wet? Join us in exploring four different marine communities along Long Island Sound. Trips to the seashore will include using scientific equipment to collect water and specimen samples, as well as creating your own marine field guide. Back at the laboratory we will set up our own saltwater aquariums for observation, learn how to use a microscope and take a look at the many creatures not visible to the naked eye! We will also venture to the Norwalk Aquarium to add to our observations of marine organisms found in Long Island Sound.

Junior Engineers: Science & Technology
The young engineers will explore an array of hands-on science and technology activities. They will experiment with simple machine kits, pulleys, wheels and axles. Emphasis is placed on inventing, troubleshooting, problem solving, and observing as their projects spring into action. Balloon Racers, Simple Machines, Invention Bottle Rocket Challenge, Solar Experiments and Simple Circuit Boards are just a few of the fun activities.

Grades 7, 8 & 9

Senior Scientists
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 such as which fruit has the most Vitamin C? How can banana ripening be controlled? What is the chemical energy in a cheese puff? Design and launch hot air balloons, synthesize fireworks, participate in the Microscale Gas Olympics and Bubble Derby. 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 zonation of Long Island Sound. What’s it like under the ocean waters? What animals and plants live there? What life is found near the shore? How do they all survive? These questions and others will be answered through hands-on activities. Specimens will be observed in a saltwater tank, set up by the students to replicate their natural environment. Field trips to the seashore will allow exploration of our sandy beaches, salt marshes and rocky shores.

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”. Students will also recreate these experiments and see how they can alter the outcome with new and collaborative work in designing experiments. Some of the myths we will explore are Mentos and Cola, Duct Tape Theories, the “5 second rule”, talking to plants and more.