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** denotes a lab fee of $10

Biomimicry: Looking to Nature for Inspiration and Solutions to Problems* NEW CLASS
Gr. 5-8

The Natural World provides us with many examples of sustainable problem solving. For example: how do organisms assemble themselves out of long-lasting, self-healing materials at room temperature while leaving no permanent waste? We will look at organisms and system in the lab and the field to learn their secrets.
Kevin Baldwin, PhD, Department of Biology, Monmouth College

Edible Science*
Gr. 3-4 or 5-6

Are you a food lover and enjoy a science twist? In this class we will conduct experiments that explore matter, mixtures, and solutions. Be sure to bring your appetite for this food chemistry class because in this class we will certainly work up a thirst for knowledge. Food allergy alert
Hannah Burgland, Galesburg School District

Gels, Slime and Goop!*
Gr. 3-4 or 5-6

Investigate the weird chemistry of gels, slimes, goop and gack. Mix them up and let them ooze! Learn a little about polymers, how they are made and what they are used for. Food allergy alert
Carol Gibson, Abingdon-Avon Schools, retired
Rose Boaz, Abingdon-Avon Schools, retired

Invincible Invertebrates*
Gr. 3-4

Let’s dig into the realm of invertebrates...stuff without backbones! We’ll get into earthworms, crickets, meal worms, crayfish and more. You can’t be afraid of bugs to take this class.
Kevin Baldwin, Department of Biology, Monmouth College

Kitchen Chemistry*
Gr. 3-4 or 5-6

It’s the world of Kitchen Chemistry! You’ll use ordinary household chemicals to produce safe chemical reactions that bubble, fizz, change colors, or even produce heat. We just might try to figure out why that diet coke and Mentos explosion works! Food allergy alert
Jessica Winters, West Central Schools
Laura Lewis, West Central School District

Vertebrates Have Backbones**
Gr. 5-8

It has a back bone, but wow, organisms can be very different! In this class we will explore the world of vertebrate organisms. We’ll do some dissections and look at how organisms that are alike can be different. Not for the squeamish!
Kevin Baldwin, PhD, Department of Biology, Monmouth College

Weird Science*
Gr. 3-4 or 5-6 or 6-8

Have you ever wanted to be a scientist? If so, then this class is calling you! In this class we will learn about the six steps of the scientific method by doing hands-on experiments. We’ll create tornadoes, make lightening, explode bubbles, fingerprint and explore our five senses. Science can be wacky!
Chad Robertson, Mercer County Schools