SCITURDAYS

Science happens Saturdays at the CLC! SCIturdays at the Challenger Learning Center are designed for you and your child to learn new skills while having fun together! On the second and fourth Saturday of the month, join us for a hands-on, family-friendly workshop featuring a STEAM topic: science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics. Discover new interests and engage in a fun-filled morning!

For the safety of our students, customers, and staff and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Challenger Learning Center requires all children 2 years and older, attending SCIturday Day programs to wear face masks. Parents may opt out of this mandatory mask mandate by completing an “opt out” form at the sign-in desk the day of the program. Medical documentation is not required to opt out.

 

SCITURDAYS 2021

Dates and Themes

Recommended for ages 10 and under; ages 8 & under require a paid accompanying adult.

Saturday, December 11, 2021 — It’s for the Birds

Age-appropriate activities may include: Make a pinecone birdfeeder and a birdseed collage, examine bird feathers with the EasiScope and explore the unique beaks of various birds.

January 8, 2022: Frozen Fun

Explore dry ice and liquid nitrogen through age-appropriate activities that may include: flash freezing graham crackers and marshmallows, creating sublimation bubbles, and making your own ice cream or edible comets.

February 12, 2022: From the Heart

Learn about the cardiac science through age-appropriate activities that may include: creating a model Heart from Play-doh, explore the cardiovascular system through an inflatable heart, make a simple stethoscope, use a marshmallow to “see” your pulse, and build a functional cardiovascular system.

March 12, 2022: S.T.E.M. Heroes

In celebration of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March) participate in activities that highlight the work of black and women S.T.E.M. pioneers through age-appropriate activities that may include: a physics challenge inspired by the work of Challenger mission specialist Ronald McNair, an astrophysics challenge inspired by the work of Dr. Jedidah Isler or Neil deGrasse Tyson, or a solar energy challenge inspired by the work of Endeavor mission specialist Mae Jamison.

April 9, 2022: It’s Electric!

Explore electricity, circuitry and energy through age-appropriate activities that may include: building circuits with Snap Circuits kits, experience electrons with a demonstration of the Van de Graff generator, and create Redstone machines in Minecraft.

May 14, 2022: Interactive Engineering

Engineering is all around us and affects our daily lives. Explore the various disciplines of engineering through age-appropriate activities that may include: build a skyscraper as a team in Minecraft, use snap circuits, littleBits and LEGO robotics to learn about electrical and mechanical engineering, build with LEGO blocks to learn about civil engineering.

June 11, 2022: Getting Ready for Summer …Solstice!

Celebrate the summer sun season through age-appropriate activities that may include: create reasons for the seasons tree art, design and fabricate a summer sun catcher, and build a sundial.

July 9, 2022:  Explosive Elements!

Learn about the periodic table of elements and which ones can create a bang! Some age-appropriate activities may include: experiment with exploding elements such as alkali metals in water, diet coke and mentos, baking soda and vinegar, elephant toothpaste, bottle rockets, and discover what elements make the different colors in fireworks.

August 13, 2022: Ready for Launch

3, 2, 1, Blast Off! Learn about the Falcon 9 Crew-5 crew and their mission through age-appropriate activities that may include: paper rocket launch, Alka seltzer rockets, water rockets, or flying a simulated space mission.

 

Dates & Themes

Recommended for ages 9 to 99; ages 8 & under require a paid accompanying adult.

Saturday, November 27, 2021: Incredible Infrared

Age-appropriate activities may include: Learn about the Webb telescope and how its technology will complement Hubble, explore how it will use infrared wavelengths to learn more about how galaxies form and about the black holes in their centers.

January 22, 2022: Dinorama

Travel back in time to “dig into” the age of dinosaurs through age-appropriate activities that may include: observe dinosaur fossil collections and ask a researcher about their work in geology, biology, or paleontology, learn how to age date rocks, make or excavate for dinosaur bones, or experiment to discover the difference in the teeth of carnivore and herbivore dinosaurs.

February 26, 2022: Engineering Our World

Discover the world of invention and design through age-appropriate engineering activities that may include: build bridges and test them with varying weights, design and build a tall Lego structure, or create your own take-home shoes.

March 26, 2022: Wicked Weather (storms, tornados, hurricanes, lightning, etc.)

Take a hands-on, minds-on learning approach to the field of meteorology through age-appropriate activities that may include: build your own barometer to measure atmospheric pressure, create a weather report in front of a green screen, track a hurricane from the ISS in the Challenger Learning Center’s Space Mission Simulator, or use the WeatherSTEM technology to identify cloud classifications.

April 23, 2022: DNA Day

Learn all about your personal blueprint … your DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) through age-appropriate activities that may include: building a DNA structure with candy, extract the DNA of a strawberry, create a DNA structure from paper, and crack a secret DNA code through sequence coding.

May 28, 2022: Paper Planes

Let your imagination and engineering skills take off in this SCIturday program, age-appropriate activities may include: create simple and advanced paper airplanes from paper and testing them in aerodynamic chambers; test how different wings, winglets, flaps, and rudders change the flight pattern; and learn about the physics of flight (lift, weight, drag and thrust).

June 25, 2022: Cheesy Science

Say cheese!!! It’s time for you to get cheesy with the education staff at the Challenger Learning Center, age-appropriate activities for this program may include: create your own curds and make stretchy mozzarella while learning how fat, protein, and sugar content contributes to the cheese making process.

July 23, 2022:  Science of Sports & Fitness

Let’s get physical and explore the science of strength, physiology, and anatomy through age-appropriate activities that may include: measure heart rate and endurance, create a hypothesis and participate in a planking experiment, and make a spine to discover how our joints help us move.

 

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION 

Every 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month

Programs 10:00am-12:00pm 

COST

The cost is $6 per person per program. ALL participants pay the admission fee (children and adults). SCIturday participants must be signed out before 12:15 p.m. to avoid a $1/minute late charge. Cost includes all materials. Second SCIturday programs are recommended for ages 10 & under and participants ages 6 & under require a paid accompanying adult. Fourth SCIturday programs are recommended for ages 9 to 99 and participants ages 8 & under require a paid accompanying adult.

REGISTRATION

The registration form must be completed and submitted before 12:00 p.m. the day before the program. Registration is complete and confirmed on receipt of completed registration form and full payment. Programs are limited in size; therefore, registrations will be processed on a first-come, first serve basis..
 

NO-SHOW POLICY

If a registered participant does not arrive 15 minutes after the start of the program, they will be considered a no-show. No-show spots are non-refundable.

CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS

No refunds will be offered for SCIturdays programs. For cancellations received at least 48 hours prior to any program, your registration fee may be applied to future SCIturdays programs.

AUTHORIZED PICK-UP

All parents and authorized individuals must present photo identification when picking up your child(ren) and be listed as an authorized individual on the registration form.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Should you need additional information, please call (850) 645-7777, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. For content/curriculum information, contact our Education Department at (850) 645-7773.

MASK MANDATE

The Challenger Learning Center requires all children 2 years and older, attending SCIturday Day programs to wear face masks. Parents may opt out of this mandatory mask mandate by completing an “opt out” form at the sign-in desk the day of the program. Medical documentation is not required to opt out.

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