miSci’s Little Edisons program, for kids ages 3 to 5, is fun way to nurture the curiosity of pint-sized future engineers, chemists, and inventors. Sessions are 45 minutes long and feature hands-on activities designed to teach problem solving and to encourage the joy of discovery. Little Edisons takes place Wednesdays, from 12 to 12:45 p.m., and Saturdays, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The fee is $12 per child for non-members and $10 for Members. Adults accompanying a child are not required to purchase an additional ticket. Hands-on materials are included.
On certain dates, the Museum may offer an additional Little Edisons program, 90 minutes after the usual start time, in the event that all available slots are filled.
We Dig Dinosaurs!
Saturday, April 1
Little Edisons love dinosaurs! First, we read a book about what kind of animals lived during the time of the dinosaurs and examine some real fossils. Then students do some digging of their own, discover some bones that have been buried in time, and make some fossil rubbings to take home.
Under the Sea
Wednesday, April 5
Saturday, April 8
Little Edisons dive into the world of underwater creatures in Under the Sea! Students use a special underwater flashlight to help them view animals in the sea. Then we’ll talk about how we can help keep the oceans and waterways clean for our aquatic friends.
Saturday, April 15
Participants learn about growing their own healthy foods by reading Oh, We’re Little Gardeners! Then students discover how flowers bloom and plant some seeds to take home to their own gardens.
Waiting for Wings
Wednesday, April 19
Saturday, April 22
Little Edisons read the book Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehloert and learn about the life cycle of a butterfly. Then students make a model of the four phases of a butterfly’s life, and make their own unique butterfly to take home.
The Humble Butterfly
Wednesday, April 26
Saturday, April 29
Little Edisons read the book The Buzzy Bee Book for Kids and learn why bumblebees are so important. Then students look at a real honeycomb, taste some honey, play a game to see how bumblebees pollinate flowers, and make a cute bumblebee to take home.
Curious George Plants some Trees
Wednesday, May 3
Saturday, May 6
Curious George loves to go to miSci, finds out that the museum is planning a Green Day and wants to help protect the earth. Little Edisons learn how they can help too by learning how recycling and reusing can help save our planet. Finally, we will recycle some materials to take home a musical instrument.
Wednesday, May 10
Saturday, May 13
Get ready to learn about the power of wind! Little Edisons build a sailboat and watch it use wind energy to move across the water, build a glider and see the best design to catch the power of the wind and fly the farthest. Last, we make a windsock to take home.
Wednesday, May 17
Saturday, May 20
Little Edisons read Wild Weather and learn about the water cycle, make a cloud in a jar, make it rain, and demonstrate evaporation. Then we build a rain gauge to take home so we can measure the rainfall like scientists do!
Fun with Physics
Wednesday, May 24
Saturday, May 27
Read The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires and learn that trial and error is the scientific method that results in amazing discoveries. We examine some common things and guess what properties they have that make them suited to the jobs they do. Then we rummage around in some spare parts and make our own magnificent “thing.”
Wednesday, May 31
Saturday, June 3 : Last class
We celebrate the end of another year of discovery by making some wild potions, some explosive experiments, and surprising discoveries!
All onsite programs follow CDC and state and local health guidelines. If a child/adult is presenting COVID related symptoms, please refrain from coming to miSci. We will be happy to reschedule your visit.
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