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System 4- Experimentamania

Experiments are the best part of being a Mad Scientist!  In this system, students learn about several specialized areas of science including forensics, geology, kinesiology, meteorology, entomology and mechanical engineering in Experimentamania!

BUGS!: Children are introduced to the world of entomology. Examining real specimens and models help children familiarize themselves with insect anatomy. They discover that insects have specific body parts that set them apart from other arthropods. An insect habitatmatch-up helps children understand how insects adapt to their environment. They learn how insects defend themselves and pollinate plants. Children see from an insect’s point of view with an interchangeable lens viewer to take home.
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DETECTIVE SCIENCE: Never fear, my dear Watson - our Super Sleuth Mad Science Gumshoes are on the case! Children are introduced to the fascinating world of forensic science! Students use various science techniques  to investigate and analyze crime scene evidence. The children begin their training by observing a fictional crime scene. Then they use their inquiry continues with a mystery powder analysis, fingerprint examination, ink separation investigation, and teeth impression match-up. Using their critical thinking skills, they create a composite of a perpetrator from memory and then analyze all the evidence to determine which suspect committed the crime. 
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KITCHEN CHEMISTRY: In this class students will get to "whip up" a few science experiments and activities that will help them learn all about the world of food and how it relates to science. Students will explore the chemical reactions that takes places during the preparing and digesting of food. In addition they will also learn about specific food substances through analyzing and exploring of certain food ingredients. As part of the course students will also get the opportunity to test food samples to learn about nutrients such as starch and protein.
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MAD MACHINES: Mad Machines introduces basic physical science. Children investigate mechanics and the role that they play in our everyday lives. Children learn about forces and work, and discover that simple machines make work easier by allowing us to push and pull less strenuously, but over a longer distance. They will extend this concept at home with the Drag Racer, a car model complete with wheels and axles.
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MOVIE EFFECTS: There is no doubt that the secret behind the magic of filmmaking is science. The lighting, audio, and visual effects of a movie are all based upon scientific concepts. In this class students will discover how science is a vital part of big screen productions. They will learn about the components of some of their favorite movies, such as audio elements as well as other features like weather effects. In addition, students will investigate cool features such as 3-D technology in motion pictures. The children will even get a chance to create their own movie flip-books using the Cartoon Creator!
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EARTHWORKS: Children are introduced to the science of geology. They examine three different rock types and learn how and where they formed. Children investigate tectonic plates and learn how their movements cause stress on the Earth. They discover that these movements can cause mountains to form, earthquakes to occur, and volcanoes to erupt. They even make and take home a sedimentator!
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WALLOPING WEATHER: Children conduct hands-on experiments to understand how and why weather occurs. They find out that seasons change as the Earth tilts toward and away from the sun. Children learn that air affects weather and perform experiments to prove that air has mass and takes up space. After learning that water in the air affects the weather, children recreate the water cycle and mimic a rain cloud. They even try out meteorology measurement tools and act like weather reporters!
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SCIENCE OF TOYS: Children are introduced to the science of toys through toy-themed centers. Both familiar and novel gadgets are investigated. They discover how motors make toys move, and play with tops to learn about potential and kinetic energy. Balancing toys are used to familiarize children with the center of gravity. They find out that opposite poles attract each other when experimenting with magnetic toys. Their energy investigation continues at home with the Mad Science Yo-Yo!
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