Little Edisons

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.

JANUARY

Have a Heart!
Saturday, January 29

Read a book about playing outside and learn why it’s good for the heart. What does the heart look like? How does it send blood to all the parts of the body? Make a model of a heart and see how it all works. Take the pulse of a friend and see what happens to it after doing some jumping jacks.

 

FEBRUARY

Just Breathe!
Wednesday, February 2
Saturday, February 5

Read a book about staying healthy. Make a model of the lungs and then do a relay that helps us understand how the lungs give the blood oxygen to deliver to the organs in the body. Then make a take-home book to share what you learned with others.

Blue Ocean Adventure
Wednesday, February 9
Saturday, February 12

Little Edisons will read Kleen O’Matic and talk about real and imaginary robots. Meet Cubetto, the little wooden robot, and help it travel through the deep blue ocean! Learn about coding robots and the ocean at the same time. Then create your own ocean creature and turn it into a scribble bot! A special book signing with Kleen O’ Matic author Elizabeth (Beth) Hudson follows at noon.

Training an Ozobot
Wednesday, February 16
Saturday, February 19

After reading a book about children and robots, participants try their hand at training a tiny robot to follow a paper path with lines and colors. Explore how robots learn to behave and spend a few minutes being a robot yourself. Then be an engineer and build a robot of your own.

The Earth and Its Neighbors
Wednesday, February 23
Saturday, February 26

Read My Picture Book of the Planets and discover what’s in the sky above us! Make a model of the planets, see how far away they are, how big they are, and what color they appear to be when viewing them from Earth. Then create a take-home book about the planets.

 

MARCH

Star Power

Wednesday, March 2
Saturday, March 5

Little Edisons start off in the Planetarium to see what the night sky looks like. Learn why nebula are called star nurseries and then make your own nebula and see how it spins out stars and other material. Take the new “universe” home with you and share what you learned with others.

Roving Mars
Wednesday, March 9
Saturday, March 12

Little Edisons will read There’s No Place Like Space, then learn about Mars, one of the planets that’s a little bit like Earth. Participants will pretend they are the Mars Rover wandering the planet collecting samples. Then take the robot Cubetto on a tour of space and make a model of Mars to take home.

Hide and Seek Moon
Wednesday, March 16
Saturday, March 19

Read Phases of the Moon and learn about the moon and its different shapes. Why does it seem to disappear? Use binoculars to find hidden features on the moon and make up a book about it to share with others.

We Dig Dinosaurs!
Wednesday, March 23
Saturday, March 26

Little Edisons love dinosaurs! Read a book about dinosaurs, learn about the different types, and find some animals alive today that are similar. Dig for fossils and try to figure out what part of the dinosaur has been found. Then play a game and end with a fossil rubbing to take home.

How Did Animals Evolve?
Wednesday, March 30

Read Dinosaurs! Talk about how dinosaurs’ bodies helped them survive. What did the long neck dinosaurs eat? Where do the littlest ones live? Look at the present-day animals and see if they are alike. What does a giraffe eat? Where does a mouse live? Make a model to take home.

 

APRIL

How Did Animals Evolve?
Saturday, April 2

Read Dinosaurs! Talk about how dinosaurs’ bodies helped them survive. What did the long neck dinosaurs eat? Where do the littlest ones live? Look at the present-day animals and see if they are alike. What does a giraffe eat? Where does a mouse live? Make a model to take home.

Dinosaur Bones
Wednesday, April 6
Saturday, April 9

Bones is sure to make young dinosaur enthusiasts roar with delight! Recreate a T-Rex footprint and find out how big dinosaurs really were. Discover how paleontologists learn about dinosaurs by completing a fossil rubbing.

Curious George Plants A Tree
Wednesday, April 13
Saturday, April 16

George loves to go to the science museum where he finds out that the museum is planning a “Green Day” dedicated to recycling and planting trees. Follow Curious George as he learns about recycling and how to help to protect the Earth. Then make a musical shaker by recycling and reusing a variety of materials.

All onsite programs follow CDC and state and local health guidelines. A COVID survey must be completed for each child, each day before the program begins. The use of a face mask is required for adults and children 2 years and up. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the Museum and classrooms. If a child/adult is presenting COVID related symptoms, please refrain from coming to miSci. We will be happy to reschedule your visit.

Programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and registration is required. To make a reservation click the button above or email reservations@misci.org.