Weekend Workshops

Does your child enjoy exploring, creating and discovering? CuriOdyssey’s Weekend Workshops are the perfect place to do those things! Weekend Workshops take a deeper look at some of the phenomena around us everyday. Water, wind and wildlife are just a few of the areas explored within the world of science during weekend workshops. 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.

Workshops take place on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month October through May.

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 the beginning of the workshop 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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CuriOdyssey Animal Enrichment: October 11, 2014
Recommended for children ages 7-11 years old.
Ever wondered why the ravens have a cereal box in their enclosure or why the keepers hang paper grocery bags with the bobcats? 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.

Wind Power: October 25, 2014
Recommended for children ages 7-11 years old.
Coyote Point, jutting into the bay, has plenty of wind! This workshop has participants exploring, measuring and harnessing wind energy. Participants will design an efficient wind turbine and build a wind powered car in order to better understand the physics and power of air in motion. Don’t miss this chance to be “blown away” by wind power.

Invertebrate Investigation: November 8, 2014
Recommended for children ages 6-10 years old.
The vast majority of animal species on our planet are invertebrates -animals without backbones. This workshop delves deeper into the world of snails, spiders and crabs. Participants will explore the vast realm of interesting invertebrates by measuring the strength of a Bess beetle, classifying insects, and going outside to observe bugs in their natural habitat.

The Great Egg Drop: November 22, 2014
Recommended for children ages 7-11 years old.
You’ve heard the tale of how Humpty Dumpty fell off that wall and broke. This workshop is about designing and building a protective contraption for an egg that will “fall” off the roof of CuriOdyssey! Try different strategies to protect an egg like building a parachute, springy landing pads, or suspension struts. This is a fun way to experiment with and learn more about gravity, force, and air resistance. This workshop is great for kids that have a knack for engineering, like to build, and get excited by a good challenge.

Inventive Engineering: December 13, 2014
Recommended for children ages 7-11 years old.
Designing, building, breaking and rebuilding are all steps that inventors used when making some of the world’s greatest contraptions such as the light bulb, airplane and steam engine. This workshop takes participants through the engineering process as they build a bridge, construct a catapult or assemble a structure to withstand an earthquake. Gravity, stress and other forces will be a few of the physical science concepts covered as we inspire the creative inventor in us all.

Marble Runs: Part 1: January 10, 2015
Recommended for children ages 8-12 years old.
Registration in Marble Runs: Part 2 is highly recommended
CuriOdyssey’s “Kinetic Coaster” exhibit mesmerizes visitors of all ages. Now students can craft their own Marble Run with drops, twists and turns. Students will start with an exploration of gravity and then have a lesson on how to use building tools safely. For the remainder of the workshop, participants will design and begin building the foundation of their marble run. This is a two-part workshop and students will continue the learning and building process at the workshop on January 24, 2015. Let’s get rolling with part one of Marble Runs!

Marble Runs: Part 2*: January 24, 2015
Recommended for children ages 8-12 years old.
*Only participants who enrolled in Marble Runs: Part 1 can enroll in this workshop.
Engineers must know how to build structures that will hold up against nature’s tests. Continuing the momentum from the previous workshop, participants will explore how various materials can help or hinder the strength of their marble run. Foundations, braces, and supports will be used to complete the building the building process. If time allows, fun features such as levers, elevators or spinners can be added. Participants will take home and can continue to upgrade their marble runs. This is sure to be an exciting conclusion to your creative contraptions!
Sticky, Slimy, and Sweet Science: February 14, 2015
Recommended for children ages 7-11 years old.
Have you ever made your own “playdough,” slime or ice cream? Join us for this reactive workshop where we look at chemistry with ingredients found in most kitchens. Participants are guaranteed to get their hands messy as aspiring chemists combine, pour and agitate various mixtures. Recipes for all our creations will be provided. Kids won’t want to miss this sticky, slimy and sweet exploration of science!

Water Wonders: February 28, 2015
Recommended for children ages 6-10 years old.
Water is the substance that supports all life on earth. We find water in all forms around us, like vapor in clouds, liquid in a stream or a solid piece of ice in our drink. Dive into the different characteristics of water and discover how many drops fit on a penny, the reaction of putting salt on ice, or how water can be sticky. Students are sure to be engaged in this wet and wondrous water workshop.

Discovery Dissections: March 14, 2015
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 inside of a fish, squid, rat and/or cow eye will give insight into our own anatomy and how the human body works. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to learn the proper use of dissecting tools. Join us for an insider’s peek into biology.

Marsh Mucking: March 28, 2015
Recommended for children ages 7-11 years old.
The salt marsh here at Coyote Point Park is an important wetland for many plants and animals that call the San Francisco Bay their home. Participants will learn about the importance of protecting our wetlands while mucking about in the mud flats. Student scientists will observe shorebirds, investigate specially adapted marsh plants, study the composition of bay water; and seek out invertebrates in the marsh mud. Bring your rain boots and a change of socks for this marsh mucking adventure.

Adapted for Survival: April 11, 2015
Recommended for children ages 6-10 years old.
Animals devour, defend and disguise themselves to survive. In this workshop, students will learn about different adaptations that aid an animal’s survival. Students will: compare herbivores, carnivores and omnivores, observe adaptive disguises, such as camouflage and mimicry; and learn about defense mechanisms such as spikes, teeth, and claws. Activities include biofact study, outdoor exploration and observation, and seeing some of CuriOdyssey’s live animal ambassadors. Sign up for this workshop and discover how animals work to eat and not be eaten.

Coyote Point Conservation: April 25, 2015
Recommended for children ages 8-12 years old.
Here’s a chance to actively help the plants and animals that call Coyote Point and the San Francisco Bay their home. Participants will be engaged in learning about native and non-native plants and animals, removing invasive plant species and exploring Coyote Point’s tide pools. Put on your sunscreen and work gloves and join us for some conservation at Coyote Point.

Makers Workshop: May 9, 2015
Recommended for children ages 8-12 years old.
The “Maker” movement emphasizes learning by doing and encourages creativity, invention and modeling. We’re providing a workshop that coincides with  this month’s Bay Area Maker Faire and captures the spirit of “Making.” Participants will be inspired as they work on a “do-it-yourself” (DIY) project supported by CuriOdyssey education staff. Prepare to be creative and join the community of Makers!

Program Information:
Workshop Days: Saturdays (2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month)
Workshop Times: 10:15am-12:15pm
Location: CuriOdyssey
Workshop Fee:  Member: $40/Workshop; Non-Member: $50/Workshop