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* means there is a lab fee of $5, ** means a lab fee of $10

Everyday Physics*
Gr. 3-5 or 6-8

Do you like to build, plan or create? Students will construct contraptions and learn the physics that makes them work. We’ll try building towers, egg catching devices and paper airplanes. This is definitely a hands-on class!

Rick Williams , University of Missouri, graduate student, Physics

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

Investigate the weird chemistry of gels, slimes, goop and gack. Mix them up and let them ooze! Find out how they are made and what they are used for.

Food allergy alert

Carol Gibson, Abingdon Schools
Rose Boaz, Abingdon-Avon Schools

Invincible Invertebrates*
Gr. 3-4

Lets 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

Tracy Kitch, Monmouth Roseville Schools             Jessica Winters , West Central Schools

The Neuroscience of Zombies*
Gr. 5-8

Why do zombies walk the way they do? Why are they so aggressive and insatiable in their appetite? What has happened to affect the emotions and speech patterns of someone that has become zombified? I’m not saying that zombies are real, but if they were, all of these questions could be answered by using the principles of neuroscience. Taking examples from zombie movies and TV shows, this class will teach you the basics of neurobiology in a fun, and perhaps scary way...not really!

James Godde, Department of Biology, Monmouth College

RETURNING Owl Puke *
Gr. 4-6

Bones, fur, and tissue all make up owl puke. Owls like many other birds, eat their food whole. Since they do not have teeth, they swallow their food in one chunk. Owls slowly puke up the indigestible materials. In this class we will dissect this puked up material to find out all we can about what this owl ate. Not for the squeamish.

Ken McCance, Monmouth Roseville Schools

Rockets Away**
Gr. 5-8

Build several types of rockets from air to water powered, as well as solid fuel powered. Learn what makes a rocket fly and how to design one that works well. Students will have the thrill of blasting off their creations. Students get to keep their rockets.

Tim Stiles, Department of Physics, Monmouth College

New - Terrific Trees*
Gr. 4-5 or 6-8

In the summer you spend time climbing them and relaxing under them and in the winter, you decorate them, but do you know what they really are? In this class you will learn about trees and how to identify them by examining their leaves. We will spend a lot of time outdoors identifying trees on the Monmouth College campus.

Ken McCance, Monmouth Roseville Schools

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, Department of Biology, Monmouth College

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

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, West Central Schools

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