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. Adaptations, forces, and engineering are just a few of the areas explored during these science 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.

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: November 14, 2015
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.

Invertebrate Investigation: December 12, 2015
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. Measuring the strength of a Bess beetle, classifying insects, and going outside to observe bugs in their natural habitat are some of the activities children will do to begin the exploration of the vast realm of interesting invertebrates.

Discovery Dissections: January 9, 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 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 insiders peek into biology.

The Great Egg Drop: January 23, 2016
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.

Marble Runs: Part 1 & 2: February 13 & 27, 2016
Recommended for children ages 8-12 years old.
Registration for Marble Runs is for both dates.
Part 1: February 13, 2016
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.

Part 2: February 27, 2016
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: March 12, 2016
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 some of our creations will be provided. Kids won’t want to miss this sticky, slimy, and sweet exploration of science.

Water Wonders: April 9, 2016
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…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.

Adapted for Survival: April 23, 2016
Recommended for children ages 6-10 years old.
Animals devour, defend, and disguise 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.

Makers Workshop: May 14, 2016
Recommended for children ages 8-12 years old.
The “Maker” movement emphasizes learning by doing and encourages creativity, invention, and modeling. As the annual Maker Faire Bay Area occurs this month, we wanted to provide a workshop that captures the spirit of “Making”. Participants will be inspired as they work on a do it yourself (DIY) project supported by CuriOdyssey education staff. The theme of this Maker Experience will be vehicles powered by wind, rubber bands, and/or motor. Prepare to be creative and join the community of Makers.

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Program Information:
Workshop Days: Saturdays
Workshop Times: 10:15am-12:15pm
Location: CuriOdyssey
Workshop Fee:  Member: $50/Workshop; Non-Member: $65/Workshop