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May 2018

Social Skills, Imagination and Theatre Lab

May 21 at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on May 4, 2018 at 11:30am

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday and Friday, repeating until May 26, 2018

Children ages 3-5 visiting the Lab are invited to participate in Social Skills, Imagination and Theatre Lab from the Department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University. PH.D. level. Each child will work with a PhD level researcher, watching or playing with puppets or costumes, and then will answer questions about what they remember and what they've learned. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome.

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Social Skills, Imagination and Theatre Lab

May 25 at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on May 4, 2018 at 11:30am

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday and Friday, repeating until May 26, 2018

Children ages 3-5 visiting the Lab are invited to participate in Social Skills, Imagination and Theatre Lab from the Department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University. PH.D. level. Each child will work with a PhD level researcher, watching or playing with puppets or costumes, and then will answer questions about what they remember and what they've learned. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome.

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June 2018

Inspiration Tour

June 1 at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join members of the Children’s Science Center’s Leadership Team for an informal conversation on our work today and our long-term vision to build a full-scale science center here in Northern Virginia.  Have your questions answered and see first-hand the impact we have each day on our region’s children through hands-on STEM education and fun family learning! 

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Let’s Get Chemical

June 18 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until June 22, 2018

**Allergy Alert - Berries** During Let's Get Chemical, children will: Explore the magic of chemistry by performing different science magic tricks, such as making water disappear. Discover how different items you can find in the kitchen can be used as disappearing inks that can be revealed using a UV light. Work to create the best slime recipe at camp in the "Slime Factory". Extract DNA from plant cells Use chromatography to discover the colors used in different inks and candy coatings. Create…

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Let’s Get Chemical

June 19 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until June 22, 2018

**Allergy Alert - Berries** During Let's Get Chemical, children will: Explore the magic of chemistry by performing different science magic tricks, such as making water disappear. Discover how different items you can find in the kitchen can be used as disappearing inks that can be revealed using a UV light. Work to create the best slime recipe at camp in the "Slime Factory". Extract DNA from plant cells Use chromatography to discover the colors used in different inks and candy coatings. Create…

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Let’s Get Chemical

June 20 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until June 22, 2018

**Allergy Alert - Berries** During Let's Get Chemical, children will: Explore the magic of chemistry by performing different science magic tricks, such as making water disappear. Discover how different items you can find in the kitchen can be used as disappearing inks that can be revealed using a UV light. Work to create the best slime recipe at camp in the "Slime Factory". Extract DNA from plant cells Use chromatography to discover the colors used in different inks and candy coatings. Create…

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Let’s Get Chemical

June 21 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until June 22, 2018

**Allergy Alert - Berries** During Let's Get Chemical, children will: Explore the magic of chemistry by performing different science magic tricks, such as making water disappear. Discover how different items you can find in the kitchen can be used as disappearing inks that can be revealed using a UV light. Work to create the best slime recipe at camp in the "Slime Factory". Extract DNA from plant cells Use chromatography to discover the colors used in different inks and candy coatings. Create…

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Let’s Get Chemical

June 22 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until June 22, 2018

**Allergy Alert - Berries** During Let's Get Chemical, children will: Explore the magic of chemistry by performing different science magic tricks, such as making water disappear. Discover how different items you can find in the kitchen can be used as disappearing inks that can be revealed using a UV light. Work to create the best slime recipe at camp in the "Slime Factory". Extract DNA from plant cells Use chromatography to discover the colors used in different inks and candy coatings. Create…

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Get With the Programming

June 25 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until June 29, 2018

Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm (Rising Grades 1-4).  After Care from 3pm - 5pm is available when purchased in advance for $100 for the week.  Please choose:  Child Elementary - After Care when making your selection.   Coding is Cool! Learn the basics of programming, including planning, logic, and coding.  Apply these concepts to create projects all on their own. During Get with the Programming, children will:  Get an introduction to programming through fun games and projects. Try their hands at…

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Get With the Programming

June 26 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until June 29, 2018

Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm (Rising Grades 1-4).  After Care from 3pm - 5pm is available when purchased in advance for $100 for the week.  Please choose:  Child Elementary - After Care when making your selection.   Coding is Cool! Learn the basics of programming, including planning, logic, and coding.  Apply these concepts to create projects all on their own. During Get with the Programming, children will:  Get an introduction to programming through fun games and projects. Try their hands at…

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Get With the Programming

June 27 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until June 29, 2018

Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm (Rising Grades 1-4).  After Care from 3pm - 5pm is available when purchased in advance for $100 for the week.  Please choose:  Child Elementary - After Care when making your selection.   Coding is Cool! Learn the basics of programming, including planning, logic, and coding.  Apply these concepts to create projects all on their own. During Get with the Programming, children will:  Get an introduction to programming through fun games and projects. Try their hands at…

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Get With the Programming

June 28 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until June 29, 2018

Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm (Rising Grades 1-4).  After Care from 3pm - 5pm is available when purchased in advance for $100 for the week.  Please choose:  Child Elementary - After Care when making your selection.   Coding is Cool! Learn the basics of programming, including planning, logic, and coding.  Apply these concepts to create projects all on their own. During Get with the Programming, children will:  Get an introduction to programming through fun games and projects. Try their hands at…

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Get With the Programming

June 29 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until June 29, 2018

Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm (Rising Grades 1-4).  After Care from 3pm - 5pm is available when purchased in advance for $100 for the week.  Please choose:  Child Elementary - After Care when making your selection.   Coding is Cool! Learn the basics of programming, including planning, logic, and coding.  Apply these concepts to create projects all on their own. During Get with the Programming, children will:  Get an introduction to programming through fun games and projects. Try their hands at…

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July 2018

Forensic Science

July 2 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Children's Science Center Lab's single-day Summer Camps are creative opportunities for hands-on learning. This STEM camp is designed for children in grades 1-4. Do you have what it takes to be a crime solver?  Learn all about forensic science used to solve crimes in the real work and test your newfound knowledge to solve a mystery at the Lab! During Forensic Science, children will:  Collect and examine physical evidence from a mock crime scene Learn to identify mystery powders and liquids using simple…

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The Sounds of Science!

July 3 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Ever wondered how a metal rod makes a *clang* or how a car goes *vroom*?  Ever wanted to make an instrument out of things you can find around the house?  The Sounds of Science Camp can answer all these questions and more! During The Sounds of Science!, children will:  Hear, see and feel sound waves through solids, liquids, and non-Newtonian fluids. Find out what creates sound and different pitches. Build an electronic instrument to take home! Register Here!  

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Bug Out!

July 5 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Have you ever wished you could shrink yourself down to the size of an ant?  Fascinated by itty-bitty critters?  Want to explore all that is creepy and crawly?  Then this is the camp for you! During Bug Out!, children will:  Discover what makes an insect an insect with microscope observations Explore the world of bees with a special visit from our resident beekeeper Learn the science behind beehives and the secret of the hexagon Design and take home the perfect habitat…

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Up, Up and Away!

July 6 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Why is the sky blue?  How high is the moon?  Where does the wind come from?  Could life be on other planets?  If you've ever wondered any of these questions, then this camp on space and the atmosphere is for you! During Up, Up and Away!, children will:  Learn about what makes weather happen here on Earth and other planets Hold a miniature hurricane in their hands Experiment with flight and how to make objects float in the air! Register Here!…

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It’s Magnetic!

July 9 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 13, 2018

Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm (Rising Grades 1-4).  After Care from 3pm - 5pm is available when purchased in advance for $100 for the week.  Please choose:  Child Elementary - After Care when making your selection.   They may be fundamental forces, but Electricity and Magnetism are just plain fun!  Whether you're a budding young radio head or a curious camper that loves magnets, join us for a week of engaging activities. During It's Magnetic!, children will:  Become a "maker", starting…

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It’s Magnetic!

July 10 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 13, 2018

Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm (Rising Grades 1-4).  After Care from 3pm - 5pm is available when purchased in advance for $100 for the week.  Please choose:  Child Elementary - After Care when making your selection.   They may be fundamental forces, but Electricity and Magnetism are just plain fun!  Whether you're a budding young radio head or a curious camper that loves magnets, join us for a week of engaging activities. During It's Magnetic!, children will:  Become a "maker", starting…

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It’s Magnetic!

July 11 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 13, 2018

Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm (Rising Grades 1-4).  After Care from 3pm - 5pm is available when purchased in advance for $100 for the week.  Please choose:  Child Elementary - After Care when making your selection.   They may be fundamental forces, but Electricity and Magnetism are just plain fun!  Whether you're a budding young radio head or a curious camper that loves magnets, join us for a week of engaging activities. During It's Magnetic!, children will:  Become a "maker", starting…

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It’s Magnetic!

July 12 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 13, 2018

Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm (Rising Grades 1-4).  After Care from 3pm - 5pm is available when purchased in advance for $100 for the week.  Please choose:  Child Elementary - After Care when making your selection.   They may be fundamental forces, but Electricity and Magnetism are just plain fun!  Whether you're a budding young radio head or a curious camper that loves magnets, join us for a week of engaging activities. During It's Magnetic!, children will:  Become a "maker", starting…

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It’s Magnetic!

July 13 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 13, 2018

Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm (Rising Grades 1-4).  After Care from 3pm - 5pm is available when purchased in advance for $100 for the week.  Please choose:  Child Elementary - After Care when making your selection.   They may be fundamental forces, but Electricity and Magnetism are just plain fun!  Whether you're a budding young radio head or a curious camper that loves magnets, join us for a week of engaging activities. During It's Magnetic!, children will:  Become a "maker", starting…

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Under the Sea

July 16 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 20, 2018

What's under all that water?  If you are interested in learning about the ocean and marine life, including live sea creature encounters, this camp is for you! During Under the Sea, children will:  Understand the bio-luminescence and the organisms that use this process for survival in the deep ocean Learn the different ocean zones and some of the unusual creatures that live there Play fun games about marine life and aquatic adaptations Design and construct their own ocean critter Explore ocean features…

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Under the Sea

July 17 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 20, 2018

What's under all that water?  If you are interested in learning about the ocean and marine life, including live sea creature encounters, this camp is for you! During Under the Sea, children will:  Understand the bio-luminescence and the organisms that use this process for survival in the deep ocean Learn the different ocean zones and some of the unusual creatures that live there Play fun games about marine life and aquatic adaptations Design and construct their own ocean critter Explore ocean features…

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Under the Sea

July 18 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 20, 2018

What's under all that water?  If you are interested in learning about the ocean and marine life, including live sea creature encounters, this camp is for you! During Under the Sea, children will:  Understand the bio-luminescence and the organisms that use this process for survival in the deep ocean Learn the different ocean zones and some of the unusual creatures that live there Play fun games about marine life and aquatic adaptations Design and construct their own ocean critter Explore ocean features…

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Under the Sea

July 19 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 20, 2018

What's under all that water?  If you are interested in learning about the ocean and marine life, including live sea creature encounters, this camp is for you! During Under the Sea, children will:  Understand the bio-luminescence and the organisms that use this process for survival in the deep ocean Learn the different ocean zones and some of the unusual creatures that live there Play fun games about marine life and aquatic adaptations Design and construct their own ocean critter Explore ocean features…

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Under the Sea

July 20 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 20, 2018

What's under all that water?  If you are interested in learning about the ocean and marine life, including live sea creature encounters, this camp is for you! During Under the Sea, children will:  Understand the bio-luminescence and the organisms that use this process for survival in the deep ocean Learn the different ocean zones and some of the unusual creatures that live there Play fun games about marine life and aquatic adaptations Design and construct their own ocean critter Explore ocean features…

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Let’s Get Chemical

July 23 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 27, 2018

**Allergy Alert - Berries** During Let's Get Chemical, children will: Explore the magic of chemistry by performing different science magic tricks, such as making water disappear. Discover how different items you can find in the kitchen can be used as disappearing inks that can be revealed using a UV light. Work to create the best slime recipe at camp in the "Slime Factory". Extract DNA from plant cells Use chromatography to discover the colors used in different inks and candy coatings. Create…

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Let’s Get Chemical

July 24 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 27, 2018

**Allergy Alert - Berries** During Let's Get Chemical, children will: Explore the magic of chemistry by performing different science magic tricks, such as making water disappear. Discover how different items you can find in the kitchen can be used as disappearing inks that can be revealed using a UV light. Work to create the best slime recipe at camp in the "Slime Factory". Extract DNA from plant cells Use chromatography to discover the colors used in different inks and candy coatings. Create…

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Let’s Get Chemical

July 25 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 27, 2018

**Allergy Alert - Berries** During Let's Get Chemical, children will: Explore the magic of chemistry by performing different science magic tricks, such as making water disappear. Discover how different items you can find in the kitchen can be used as disappearing inks that can be revealed using a UV light. Work to create the best slime recipe at camp in the "Slime Factory". Extract DNA from plant cells Use chromatography to discover the colors used in different inks and candy coatings. Create…

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Let’s Get Chemical

July 26 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 27, 2018

**Allergy Alert - Berries** During Let's Get Chemical, children will: Explore the magic of chemistry by performing different science magic tricks, such as making water disappear. Discover how different items you can find in the kitchen can be used as disappearing inks that can be revealed using a UV light. Work to create the best slime recipe at camp in the "Slime Factory". Extract DNA from plant cells Use chromatography to discover the colors used in different inks and candy coatings. Create…

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Let’s Get Chemical

July 27 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 27, 2018

**Allergy Alert - Berries** During Let's Get Chemical, children will: Explore the magic of chemistry by performing different science magic tricks, such as making water disappear. Discover how different items you can find in the kitchen can be used as disappearing inks that can be revealed using a UV light. Work to create the best slime recipe at camp in the "Slime Factory". Extract DNA from plant cells Use chromatography to discover the colors used in different inks and candy coatings. Create…

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Electricity 101: Exploring Circuits

July 30 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until August 3, 2018

Get charged up in this camp with Circuit Cubes®.  These fun and educational toys provide an engaging introduction to electrical circuits and electronics.  **This Camp includes a $50 materials fee for a Circuit Cubes®  kit that your child may take home and keep**. During Electricity 101:  Exploring Circuits, children will:  Channel electricity in new and exciting ways Investigate different power sources by constructing batteries Explore circuits and basic engineering concepts with Circuit Cubes® Understand how different parts of circuits combine to form common electroncs Build simple…

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Electricity 101: Exploring Circuits

July 31 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until August 3, 2018

Get charged up in this camp with Circuit Cubes®.  These fun and educational toys provide an engaging introduction to electrical circuits and electronics.  **This Camp includes a $50 materials fee for a Circuit Cubes®  kit that your child may take home and keep**. During Electricity 101:  Exploring Circuits, children will:  Channel electricity in new and exciting ways Investigate different power sources by constructing batteries Explore circuits and basic engineering concepts with Circuit Cubes® Understand how different parts of circuits combine to form common electroncs Build simple…

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August 2018

Electricity 101: Exploring Circuits

August 1 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until August 3, 2018

Get charged up in this camp with Circuit Cubes®.  These fun and educational toys provide an engaging introduction to electrical circuits and electronics.  **This Camp includes a $50 materials fee for a Circuit Cubes®  kit that your child may take home and keep**. During Electricity 101:  Exploring Circuits, children will:  Channel electricity in new and exciting ways Investigate different power sources by constructing batteries Explore circuits and basic engineering concepts with Circuit Cubes® Understand how different parts of circuits combine to form common electroncs Build simple…

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Electricity 101: Exploring Circuits

August 2 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until August 3, 2018

Get charged up in this camp with Circuit Cubes®.  These fun and educational toys provide an engaging introduction to electrical circuits and electronics.  **This Camp includes a $50 materials fee for a Circuit Cubes®  kit that your child may take home and keep**. During Electricity 101:  Exploring Circuits, children will:  Channel electricity in new and exciting ways Investigate different power sources by constructing batteries Explore circuits and basic engineering concepts with Circuit Cubes® Understand how different parts of circuits combine to form common electroncs Build simple…

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Electricity 101: Exploring Circuits

August 3 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until August 3, 2018

Get charged up in this camp with Circuit Cubes®.  These fun and educational toys provide an engaging introduction to electrical circuits and electronics.  **This Camp includes a $50 materials fee for a Circuit Cubes®  kit that your child may take home and keep**. During Electricity 101:  Exploring Circuits, children will:  Channel electricity in new and exciting ways Investigate different power sources by constructing batteries Explore circuits and basic engineering concepts with Circuit Cubes® Understand how different parts of circuits combine to form common electroncs Build simple…

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Get With the Programming

August 6 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until August 10, 2018

Coding is Cool! Learn the basics of programming, including planning, logic, and coding.  Apply these concepts to create projects all on their own. During Get with the Programming, children will:  Get an introduction to programming through fun games and projects. Try their hands at coding Scratch, Java, Python, and much more. Build and program contraptions that move with LEGO® Mindstorm Discover the weird world of artificial intelligence and peek behind the screen to see what makes it work. Exercise teamwork while bringing individual…

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Get With the Programming

August 7 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until August 10, 2018

Coding is Cool! Learn the basics of programming, including planning, logic, and coding.  Apply these concepts to create projects all on their own. During Get with the Programming, children will:  Get an introduction to programming through fun games and projects. Try their hands at coding Scratch, Java, Python, and much more. Build and program contraptions that move with LEGO® Mindstorm Discover the weird world of artificial intelligence and peek behind the screen to see what makes it work. Exercise teamwork while bringing individual…

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Get With the Programming

August 8 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until August 10, 2018

Coding is Cool! Learn the basics of programming, including planning, logic, and coding.  Apply these concepts to create projects all on their own. During Get with the Programming, children will:  Get an introduction to programming through fun games and projects. Try their hands at coding Scratch, Java, Python, and much more. Build and program contraptions that move with LEGO® Mindstorm Discover the weird world of artificial intelligence and peek behind the screen to see what makes it work. Exercise teamwork while bringing individual…

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Get With the Programming

August 9 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until August 10, 2018

Coding is Cool! Learn the basics of programming, including planning, logic, and coding.  Apply these concepts to create projects all on their own. During Get with the Programming, children will:  Get an introduction to programming through fun games and projects. Try their hands at coding Scratch, Java, Python, and much more. Build and program contraptions that move with LEGO® Mindstorm Discover the weird world of artificial intelligence and peek behind the screen to see what makes it work. Exercise teamwork while bringing individual…

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Get With the Programming

August 10 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until August 10, 2018

Coding is Cool! Learn the basics of programming, including planning, logic, and coding.  Apply these concepts to create projects all on their own. During Get with the Programming, children will:  Get an introduction to programming through fun games and projects. Try their hands at coding Scratch, Java, Python, and much more. Build and program contraptions that move with LEGO® Mindstorm Discover the weird world of artificial intelligence and peek behind the screen to see what makes it work. Exercise teamwork while bringing individual…

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