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Course availability below is approximate, and may not reflect the most current information. For real-time capacity information, visit the online enrollment system.

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3, 2, 1 Blast Off!

1st & 2nd grades

Experience the thrill of building your own rocket prototypes! Explore distant planets and create your own mini solar system. Discover what it takes to launch your own air-powered rocket!

Week 1: June 12-169 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 2: June 19-2312:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 3: June 26-309 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 4: July 10-1412:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 5: July 17-219 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 6: July 24-2812:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: July 31-August 49 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: August 7-1112:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

All Cooked Up!

5th & 6th grades

Do you love science AND cooking? Add a pinch of chemistry and a dash of science in this fun culinary class. Learn about molecular gastronomy, the newest frontier in culinary arts and science. Blend the two disciplines and watch food transform from typical to unexpected forms using scientific laboratory techniques.

Week 1: June 12-1612:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 2: June 19-239 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 3: June 26-3012:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 4: July 10-149 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 5: July 17-2112:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 24-289 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: July 31-August 412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 7-119 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Big Lab Scientist

1st & 2nd grades

Let’s build it, race it, and fly it! Test the limits of your imagination when you have the whole Big Lab to work with. Drop melons from the MEGA Tower, sail boats across the Water Works pool, and launch a tennis ball over 100 feet in the air!

Week 1: June 12-169 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 2: June 19-2312:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 3: June 26-309 – 11:30amSold out
Week 4: July 10-1412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 17-219 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 6: July 24-2812:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 7: July 31-August 49 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 8: August 7-1112:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Bio, Bio, Everywhere!

3rd & 4th grades

From the plants that grow in the ground to the animals that swim in the ocean, life is all around us! Explore the different branches of biology by dissecting a squid, learning the secrets of plants, and extracting DNA! Grow your own cell culture to discover the microscopic organisms that surround us every day. Discover the secrets of life on your journey through the wonders of biology.

Week 1: June 12-169 – 11:30amSold out
Week 2: June 19-2312:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 3: June 26-309 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 4: July 10-1412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 17-219 – 11:30amSold out
Week 6: July 24-2812:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 7: July 31-August 49 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 8: August 7-1112:30 – 3pmAlmost full
$165 members$180 non-members

Biolo-Gee Whiz

7th & 8th grades

What does your brain really look like? How does your circulatory system work? You’ll find the answers to these questions and more as you explore human anatomy. Delve into the medical industry and learn how various organs function by dissecting fetal pigs. By the end of the week you will earn your M.D. certificate - Museum Doctor, that is!

Week 2: June 19-239am – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 10-149am – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 24-289am – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 7-119am – 3pmAlmost full
$330 members$360 non-members

Bones, Body + Biology

5th & 6th grades

Explore human anatomy and biology through animal dissections and explorations. Discover how your bones, muscles, and organs work together and how you can keep your body in healthy shape. Learn how doctors are using bioengineering in humans, animals, and even plants. You’ll see your body in a new way!

Week 1: June 12-169 – 11:30amOpen
Week 2: June 19-2312:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 3: June 26-309 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 10-1412:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 5: July 17-219 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 6: July 24-2812:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: July 31-August 49 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: August 7-1112:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Build It!

3rd & 4th grades

Put your engineering skills to the test as you use simple classroom materials to build mammoth structures, unique toys, and other crazy contraptions. Find out what it takes to be an engineer as you see the things you imagine appear!

Week 1: June 12-1612:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 2: June 19-239 – 11:30amOpen
Week 3: June 26-3012:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 4: July 10-149 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 5: July 17-2112:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 6: July 24-289 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: July 31-August 412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 7-119 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Chemical Chaos

1st & 2nd grades

Chemistry is everywhere! Learn how chemicals react to make something new as you create cool, slimy polymers. Observe how pigments separate to create a burst of color. Chemistry is not just fun, it’s chaotic!

Week 1: June 12-1612:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 2: June 19-239 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 3: June 26-3012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 10-149 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 5: July 17-2112:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 24-289 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: July 31-August 412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 7-119 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Chemical Connection

3rd & 4th grades

Ever wonder what would happen if you mix two substances together? Find out in this fun (if not exactly tidy!) class as you experiment with the properties of matter and test various ingredients to create cool chemical reactions. You’ll even make your own tie-dye shirt!

Week 1: June 12-1612:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 2: June 19-239 – 11:30amSold out
Week 3: June 26-3012:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 4: July 10-149 – 11:30amSold out
Week 5: July 17-2112:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 24-289 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 7: July 31-August 412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 7-119 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Chemical Meltdown

5th & 6th grades

Watch science in action in a chemical reaction! Experiment with the properties of matter as you test different reactants to uncover how chemical reactions work. Discover the difference between a physical reaction and a chemical reaction. Get ready to get messy and have a chemical meltdown!

Week 1: June 12-169 – 11:30amOpen
Week 2: June 19-2312:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 3: June 26-309 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 4: July 10-1412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 17-219 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 6: July 24-2812:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: July 31-August 49 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: August 7-1112:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Crash Course

3rd & 4th grades

Have you ever wondered what happens inside a car to make it go? How many different components are involved in building an engine? Fasten your seat belts and experience the thrill of building your own vehicle to answer these questions and more. Explore what makes an engine start and what keeps the wheels turning. Buckle your seatbelts because this course is sure to be a smash!

Week 1: June 12-1612:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 2: June 19-239 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 3: June 26-3012:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 4: July 10-149 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 5: July 17-2112:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 6: July 24-289 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 7: July 31-August 412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 7-119 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Fantastic Physics

3rd & 4th grades

Physics makes the world go around—literally. Learn its secrets using the Big Lab, where you will build and design roller coasters and sailboats. Drop objects from the 3-story MEGA Tower to investigate gravity’s force. Energy and motion take center stage in this week of “phantastically phun” physics.

Week 1: June 12-169 – 11:30amOpen
Week 2: June 19-2312:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 3: June 26-309 – 11:30amSold out
Week 4: July 10-1412:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 5: July 17-219 – 11:30amOpen
Week 6: July 24-2812:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 7: July 31-August 49 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: August 7-1112:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Go for Launch!

3rd & 4th grades

Join us on a space adventure for a trip that’s out of this world! Blast through the solar system and soar through the stars as you learn to navigate the celestial sphere and beyond. Join the space exploration team to plan missions by conducting your own experiments and trajectory tests, and experience the fun of launching your own engine-powered rocket on the last day.

Week 1: June 12-169 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 2: June 19-2312:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 3: June 26-309 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 10-1412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 17-219 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 6: July 24-2812:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: July 31-August 49 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: August 7-1112:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Insides Out

1st & 2nd grades

STETHOSCOPES...check! GLOVES...check! TOOLS...ready! Discover how the whole body works together as one big team to keep you healthy. Explore the life processes that humans and animals must perform in order to survive. You will see yourself in a whole new way after turning your body's insides OUT!

Week 3: June 26-3012:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 4: July 10-149 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 5: July 17-2112:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 6: July 24-289 – 11:30amAlmost full
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Rocket to Space

5th & 6th grades

Houston, we have liftoff! In a world where space exploration is advancing daily, the sky is not the limit. Explore spaceflight and the spacecraft that get us there. Engineer different designs that may power future rockets. Design a space vehicle and launch your own engine-powered model rocket.

Week 1: June 12-1612:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 2: June 19-239 – 11:30amOpen
Week 3: June 26-3012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 10-149 – 11:30amOpen
Week 5: July 17-2112:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 6: July 24-289 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: July 31-August 412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 7-119 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Science Stew

1st & 2nd grades

Get your mixing bowls and oven mitts ready for some culinary creations! Science takes center stage as you discover the connections between cooking and chemistry. Learn about our sense of taste while creating dishes designed to make those taste buds go crazy!

Week 1: June 12-1612:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 2: June 19-239 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 3: June 26-3012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 10-149 – 11:30amOpen
Week 5: July 17-2112:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 24-289 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: July 31-August 412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 7-119 – 11:30amAlmost full
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Sense-sational Science

Kindergarten

Ever wonder how you can hear a lion roar? What can you use to see the birds soar? Can you still taste if you hold your nose? Answer these questions plus much more! A week of sense-sational activities will show you how the five senses interact and help make sense of the world around you. Each day will be spent exploring and testing one of the five senses. Come smell, see, hear, touch, and taste the science!

Week 2: June 19-239 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 10-1412:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 6: July 24-289 – 11:30amAlmost full
$165 members$180 non-members

The Science of 3D Animation 101

5th & 6th grades
7th & 8th grades

Explore the science of 3D animation! You will learn all about animation principles and techniques, as well as how to create your own animated film. The final day will feature a film festival and premiere party for you to invite your own guests!

Week 1: June 12-169am – 3pmSold out
Week 2: June 19-239am – 3pmSold out
Week 3: June 26-309am – 3pmSold out
Week 5: July 17-219am – 3pmSold out
Week 6: July 24-289am – 3pmSold out
Week 7: July 31-August 49am – 3pmAlmost full
$330 members$360 non-members

The Science of 3D Animation 102

7th & 8th grades

Continue exploring the world of 3D animation and focus on advanced techniques including character modeling, keyframe animation techniques, and advanced sound. The final day will feature a film festival and premiere party for you to invite your own guests!

* Prerequisite - Students must complete The Science of 3D Animation 101 or Basics of Animation before taking this class. Students will not be able to enroll in this class if they have not taken The Science of 3D Animation 101 or Basics of Animation within the last year.

Week 4: July 10-149am – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 7-119am – 3pmOpen
$330 members$360 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Under Construction

1st & 2nd grades

Structures, circuits, and things that go. Build them all yourself. Let’s go! Join us on an adventure to explore the world of engineering. Create models, build structures, and even make a marble maze using everyday materials. Test your new engineering creations against earthquakes, floods, and other natural disasters. Will they survive what nature throws at them?

Week 1: June 12-169 – 11:30amSold out
Week 2: June 19-2312:30 – 3pmSold out
Week 3: June 26-309 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 4: July 10-1412:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 5: July 17-219 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 6: July 24-2812:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: July 31-August 49 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 8: August 7-1112:30 – 3pmAlmost full
$165 members$180 non-members

Wizard Science

1st & 2nd grades

Is it magic or science? You don’t have to take a mysterious train to find out in this wizard academy. Investigate the science behind growing beasts, disappearing water and much more. Amaze your family and friends in a magic show on the last day of class!

Week 1: June 12-1612:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 2: June 19-239 – 11:30amSold out
Week 3: June 26-3012:30 – 3pmSold out
Week 4: July 10-149 – 11:30amOpen
Week 5: July 17-2112:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 6: July 24-289 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 7: July 31-August 412:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 8: August 7-119 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members