Activities

Weekend Workshops

Does your child enjoy exploring, creating and discovering? CuriOdyssey’s Weekend Workshops are the perfect place to take a deeper look at some of the phenomena around us every day. Adaptations, forces, and engineering are just a few of the areas explored during these two-hour science programs. CuriOdyssey educators support curiosity by helping children discover the answers to their own questions. Register now for this up-close and personal science experience designed to provide kids with the tools to deeply understand the changing world.

Parents: All workshops take place at CuriOdyssey.  Parents are welcome to support their children as a partner in workshops or can drop them off at 10:15a.m. and pick them up at 12:15pm. Workshop content is designed for the recommended ages.  A parent/guardian may be required to be with participants younger than the recommended age.  All workshops require pre-registration.

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Fire Away!  Sling Shots and Catapults: October 8, 2016
Recommended for children ages 7-11 years old.

Catapults and sling shots have been used to launch projectiles since ancient times.  Elasticity, levers, and trajectory are key physics concepts participants will experience in this design and build workshop.  Students will construct a catapult and make a sling shot out of simple materials.  Once complete, the countdown will begin as we safely experiment with our hurling devices.  Don’t miss out on this not so far flung workshop.

CuriOdyssey Animal Enrichment: October 15, 2016
Recommended for children ages 7-11 years old.

Ever wondered why the ravens have a cereal box or the bobcats have grocery bags hanging in their exhibits?  It’s not trash; it’s what zoo keepers call “enrichment” and it helps stimulate and engage the senses of CuriOdyssey’s resident non-releasable animals.  Make an enrichment package, get up-close with a live animal, and observe how our animals interact with your creation.  Puzzle boxes for the ravens, twisty containers for the raccoon, and scent bags for the bobcats might look like garbage to us, but are treasures to the animals.

Auto-Motion: November 12, 2016
Recommended for children ages 6-10 years old.

Are you up to the challenge of creating a vehicle powered by wind, magnets, or a rubber band?  If so, bring your creative ideas and tinkering skills to this workshop focused on movement.  Increase thrust with a balloon, generate energy with a rubber band, and fight friction with magnets as you design and test your innovations.  All projects can be taken home to continue the exploration and discovery outside of CuriOdyssey.

Spinning Science: Tops, Gyroscopes, and Yo-Yos: November 19, 2016
Recommended for children ages 8-12 years old.

It’s time to do science with toys!  Participants will make tops, feel the energy of a gyroscope, and play with a toy from the 1920s…a yo-yo. Kids will learn about the physics of angular momentum (why these toys work), and experiment, gather data, and draw conclusions to their own inquiries all while having fun with these classic childhood playthings.  Let’s build some momentum with this over the “top” workshop.

Discovery Dissections: December 10, 2016
Recommended for children ages 8-12 years old.

Have you ever seen the lens of an eye, beak of a squid, or brain of a fish?  This workshop will have participants comparing and contrasting the organs of several different animals.  Investigating the inner parts of a fish, squid, rat, and/or cow eye will give insight into our own anatomy.  In addition, participants will have the opportunity to learn the proper use of dissecting tools.  Join us for a biological peek inside how an animal’s (and our own) body works.

Marvelous Marbles: December 17, 2016
Recommended for children ages 6-10 years old.

The number of entertaining things that can be done with marbles is endless.  Your child will use these glass spheres for more than entertainment as they design a course on a table top marble run, build a marble “roller coaster”, and look at the physics of energy as we play the classic game of marbles for “keepsies”.  Come join us at this workshop where you won’t want to “lose your marbles”.

Science Art: January 14, 2017
Recommended for children ages 7-11 years old.

Art and science are inextricably linked.  Symmetry in plants and animals, sound waves in music, and chemistry in cooking are all examples of the intersection of art and science.  Activities such as spin art, launch prints, and flip books will support children’s exploration of science and art at the same time.  If your child is curious and creative, then this “Science Art” workshop is perfect for them.

Forces of Flight: February 11, 2017
Recommended for children ages 6-10 years old.

Ever wonder how an airplane, falcon or frisbee can fly?  This workshop takes participants through an exploration of lift, drag, thrust, and gravity – all forces that impact flight.  Activities will include making a balsa wood airplane, flinging a frisbee, and testing items that flutter and float.  Feel lift as you hold a wing in front of a fan and meet a live bird that uses flight to survive.  Join us to learn and observe directly the forces of flight!

The Great Egg Drop: March 11, 2017
Recommended for children ages 7-11 years old.

In this workshop, your mission is to design and build a protective device for an egg that will “fall” off the roof of CuriOdyssey!  Try different strategies to protect the egg and slow its decent such as building a parachute, springy landing pads, or suspension struts.  Put on your thinking caps and take on this experiment to defy gravity and protect your egg.  This workshop is great for kids that have a knack for engineering, like to build, and get excited by a good challenge.  If your child has done this before, even better- CuriOdyssey educators will work help participants learn from experience and provide different materials to keep the project exciting.

Solar Science: April 8, 2017
Recommended for children ages 6-10 years old.

The sun is the source of life on earth.  It provides light for plants to grow, energy for electricity, and heat to keep our planet warm.  In this workshop students are going to explore the path the sun travels in the sky, how rainbows are formed, and how to focus sunlight when we trace shadows, diffract light, and etch wood.  You won’t want to miss a moment of this stellar workshop as we illuminate our observations of the sun.

3,2,1…Lift Off!: May 13, 2017
Recommended for children ages 7-11 years old.

People use the phrase “it’s not rocket science” because they view rocket science as difficult; however, this workshop will prove them wrong.  Constructing a strong fuselage, designing an aerodynamic nose cone, and deciding where to place fins are all variables that kids will consider when trying create a rocket that will fly the farthest or on target.  Students will engineer rockets that will be powered by their breath, compressed air, and water pressure.  This workshop is sure to launch any child’s interest in rocket science.

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Program Information:
Workshop Days: Saturdays
Workshop Times: 10:15am-12:15pm
Location: CuriOdyssey
Fee:  Member: $55/Workshop; Non-Member: $75/Workshop