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Flash Camps

 

Flash Camps are here for one day and then they are gone! 

Each 3-hour camp is a complete experience.

A Mad Science take-home project can extend the learning beyond the camp experience.

Each camp is $29.  Camps take place at the Mad Science Lab at 100 Hafner Avenue in Etna.

 Limited enrollment. Please visit our registration page for times and to sign up!

register.madscience.org/pittsburgh

 

 

 May Friday Night Flash Camps at Our Lab!

Includes Pizza and Lemonade

May 3rd, 6-9 pm

Arches and Bridges

What is the "Key" to building an arch? We will examine this and other civil engineering questions in this fun camp about building things. We'll take a look at a self-supporting bridge designed by Leonardo and other exciting structures.

May 10th, 6-9 pm

Actions and Reactions

Shake up a flash in this fast moving exploration of chemistry. We will mix up slime and other gooey concoctions. Then we'll test various chemicals for their true pH value. We may even find time to move copper atoms through a solution and electroplate them to a 5-cent piece!

May 17th, 6-9 pm

Rocket Launch

If there is nothing more difficult than rocket science, then there is nothing more fun than building your own rocket and launching it. We will examine the four forces that affect flight as we build our model rocket. Although rocket missions are carefully planned, sometimes unexpected things happen, and like those who worked on the Apollo 13 mission, we will need to think critically and quickly!

May 24th, 6-9 pm

Energy Burst

Grab Jump into this energetic class that explores energy transfer and energy conversion! Campers jump and push up to reach their potential and use wind-up toys that swim, hop, and flip. We will spring into action with poppers, Boinks, and jumping bugs. Pulling back a car lets children control how it goes.

May 31st, 6-9 pm

Red Hot Robots

From their beginnings in science fiction to their work in today's homes and businesses, robots make our world a little more interesting. We will examine the principles of robot design. We will examine and program various working robots. We will set up a grand contest between battling robots. 

 

Summer Schedule 

July 1st

9am-12pm

Newton's Pranks

Just what was it about that apple that set young Isaac Newton to thinking about gravity and motion?  Join us as we explore Newton's three laws of motion! We will yank a cloth from under dishes and send crash test dummies flying. We will adjust the mass of two identical cars and learn why heavier objects need a bigger push to move the same distance. Campers take home a Newton Spinner.

 July 1st

1-4pm

Dry Ice Capades

This cool program provides campers the opportunity to probe the shifting states of matter through a series of engaging demonstrations.  Campers observe a change of state from solid to liquid right before their eyes.  Dry ice - the star of the show - under the guidance of the instructor, demonstrates the concept of sublimation.  And of course, there is plenty of fog and bubbles!  A Thermocolor Cup will be a handy addition to future snack times!

 July 2nd

9am-12pm

Energy Burst

Jump into this energetic class that explores energy transfer and energy conversion! Campers jump and push up to reach their potential and use wind-up toys that swim, hop, and flip. We will spring into action with poppers, Boinks, and jumping bugs. Pulling back a car lets children control how far it goes. Campers get to take home a Mad Science Spring Thing to bounce around.

July 2nd

1-4pm

Earth and Sky

Grab your shovel as we dig-in to Earth science! Earth’s layers are introduced with a spotlight on its outer rocky layer. Campers analyze and examine three rock samples to find out how they were made and where they were formed. They inspect minerals with an ultraviolet light to see which fluoresce. They use a model the moving tectonic plates that cause bends and breaks in the Earth’s rock layer.  We will build our own Sediment Stacker to take home.

 July 3rd

9am-12pm

Shipwrecked

We are on a ship sailing across the ocean when suddenly a storm comes along.  We hurry to a nearby island with a few meager rescued items before our ship sinks.  How will we survive?  What do we do first?  This imaginative scenario is played out against the impending explosion of a volcano on our island.  Campers get to take home their own hand crank flashlight to guide them on further adventures.

July 3rd

1-4pm 

Catapults and Trebuchets

“Have fun storming the castle!” in this modern twist of our favorite medieval siege weapons.  We will examine the principles of the design, construction and operation of these ancient marvels.  We’ll test our design and construction against castle walls.  Campers get to take home a working model of a catapult.

 

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