Biomimicry: Looking to Nature for Solutions to Problems

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 systems in the lab and in 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
Laura Lewis, West Central School District

Gels, Slime and Goop!

Gr. 3-4 or 5-6
Investigate the weird chemistry of gels, slimes, goop and gak. 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, PhD, 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 School District

The STEAM Team (NEW)

Gr. 3-4
Come join the STEAM Team. Do you love science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics? This class is just for you! In the course we will look at some amazing books and follow them up with some great hands-on STEAM challenges.
Courtney Anderson, United 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
What does dancing spaghetti, magic milk, and balloon kabobs have in common? These are just a few of the things you will make in this fun and exciting class! Weird Science is all about using everyday items to create some pretty crazy experiments. Can you make a cup scream, make bubbles explode, or make a homemade bouncy ball? You will know how after taking this class. We’ll make pennies disappear, create a tornado and make our own volcano!
Chad Robertson, Mercer County Schools