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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s everything that flies! (Superheroes Excluded)… From the earliest flying machines to the first rocket flights, this hands-on program will focus on aerodynamics and the world above us! Campers will build many different flying devices and test them in a wind-tunnel. Moving on to space, we will investigate the wonders of our very own Milky Way. Campers will join their fellow “astronauts” as we send an awesome Mad Science rocket to the moon…well, at least into the sky.
Day 1: The
Children will explore the fundamentals of aerodynamics in this hands-on program about how things fly. From the basic principles of flight to building airplanes and testing them in wind tunnels, to hovercraft and balloon helicopter building, children will understand what makes things fly and how different types of aircraft move. Campers will take home a rubber band powered airplane, various paper airplane designs, balloon helicopters, boomerangs, and mini flying disc.
Day 2: It’s An Up Thing!
This program will explore the role that wind and air movement plays on simple flying devices such as kites, hot air balloons, and parachutes. Children will experiment with solar bags, parachutes, and build their own kites during this hands-on exploration of early flight.
Day 3: The Milky Way
What is the Milky Way, and how do we know what’s up there? Children will explore the celestial sphere, learn about celestial navigation and build their own sundial, planisphere, and even a refracting telescope while discovering the wonders of the Milky Way.
Day 4: Newton’s Loco-Motion
Sir Isaac Newton was very curious about how things move. Discover Newton’s Laws of Motion and something called inertia in this hands-on program all about motion. Children will experiment to learn how inertia works and how gravity is a physical force that keeps all objects “stuck” to the Earth.
Day 5: Rockin’ Rockets
Campers will learn the fundamentals of rocketry throughout this day including the parts of a rocket, the stages of rocket flight, and how Newton’s third law applies to a rocket traveling to space. The children will build their own Mad Science Skyblazer rockets, experiment with water rockets and stomp rockets during this fun day filled with hands-on activities.
Note: Your child will bring home a working model rocket. However, If your child would like to continue his/her interest in launching rockets outside of camp, you will need to purchase a launch kit from Walmart or a hobby shop.