July 30 – August 3 2018:
Mad Science: Flight Academy
Yes we are Rocket Scientists! And you can be too! Blast to the top of the class with an in depth look at all things ROCKET! The week will fly by as we travel through time looking at the earliest flying machines right up to modern day rocket launches. We’ll cover it all. Become a Junior Aviator and discover the principles of flight and aerodynamics. Zip up your spacesuit for a planetary tour while we investigate the wonders of our very own Milky Way. Join your fellow astronauts as we send an awesome Mad Science rocket to the moon…well at least into the sky! As Mad Science Technicians, you will build rockets, parachutes and other incredible flying machines. It will be a blast!
Day 1: Rocket Scientists
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, testing them, to hovercraft and balloon helicopter building, children will understand what makes things fly and how different types of aircraft fly. Campers will take home various paper airplane designs, balloon helicopters, and boomerangs. Children will also get a wild ride on a hovercraft.
Day 2: Up, Up and Away
This program will explore the role that wind and the movement of air plays on simple flying devices such as kites, hot air balloons and parachutes. Children will experiment with air pressure, parachutes and build their own kites and parachutes during this hands-on look at early flight.
Day 3: Mission Control
Campers will learn about the history of NASA’s rocket program and will build their own galactic mobiles while they talk about how the galaxy can be explored via rocket flight. What is the Milky Way and how do we know what’s up there? They will explore the celestial sphere, learn about celestial navigation and build their own sundial while discovering the wonders of the Milky Way.
Day 4: Rocket Propulsion & Recovery
Rockets can travel into space but how are they propelled and how are they recovered? Campers will explore the concepts of propulsion and recovery systems through various hands-on activities. 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. They will look at different forces and how they are important when building flying machines. Children will build their very own Skyhawk to take home.
Day 5 Go For Launch!
The final day in this week long program will focus on rocket transportation, rocket staging and advanced rocket launches. 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 Skyblazer rockets and experiment with water rockets.
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