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Beautiful Math Shapes
Age Range:
Best suited for grades 4-7
Description:

In this program, students will play with patterns and unique geometrical shapes.  Students will learn about fractals, build a teleidoscope, fold a Mobius strip and a  hexahexaflexagon.

*Follow up activity: Salt pendulum plans

Amazing Animals: Insects and Pollinators
Location:

School yard/garden area

Age Range:
Best suited for grades K-4
Description:

Explore the world of creepy crawlers, what makes something a bug vs an insect, what roles do insects play in our ecosystems? In this program students will learn about the anatomy of insects, observe their behaviour under our microscopes, and play a pollination game to understand the importance of leaving flowers for the bees!

Amazing Animals
Age Range:
Best suited for grades K-4
Description:

During this program, students will learn about various animals, including their lifecycle, basic anatomy, and interesting facts about their behaviour and habitat.  Animal themes include: Salmon, sharks, birds, prehistoric creatures, and insects.  *New themes are always being added – inquire for more details!

Bubble Science
Location:

School blacktop/yard during early fall, spring, and early summer months

Age Range:
Best suited for grades K-2
Description:

During this program, students will explore bubbles, play with bubble mixture, create wands, learn about two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes, discover what makes bubbles stick together and float away, and have fun with super-sized bubble creations.

*Follow up activity: Advanced bubble blowing video, story book recommendation

Prices:

Prices begin at $300 for 20 students with each additional student costing $20.

Dry Ice Exploration
Location:

School blacktop/yard during early fall, spring, and early summer months

Age Range:
Best suited for grades K-7
Description:

In this program students will learn how to safely enjoy the unique properties of dry ice.  Students will learn about the various states of matter, explore vortices with our air cannon, and build their own model cannon to try out.

*Follow up activity: For in-school programs, teachers will get to retain the remaining dry ice; we will share a recipe for ice cream making.

Prices:

Prices begin at $300 for 20 students with each additional student costing $20. This is a premium program, $40 will be added for materials.

Our Microscopic World
Location:

Marshes/ponds, creeks/streams, garden areas, or school yard

Age Range:
Best suited for grades K-7
Description:

During this program, students will explore their environment on a microscopic level. Aquatic samples will be collected using nets and digital microscopes will be used to inspect features and identify invertebrates with our ID sheets.  Students may have the opportunity to prepare a paper microscope slide to view the stomata in plant leaves.

*Follow up activity: Microscopic images of everyday objects guessing game (PDF slideshow)

Prices:

Prices begin at $300 for 20 students with each additional student costing $20. Free for some grade 2 classes, teachers should consult with their principals for more information about district wide opportunities.

Mycology
Location:

Colliery Dam or other heavily forested area during late fall/early winter months

Age Range:
Best suited for grades K-7
Description:

In this program, students will learn about the fungi kingdom and the life cycle of mushrooms.  They will walk through forested areas and identify mushrooms with our ID sheets, learn how to make a spore print and dissect (grocery store) mushrooms.

*Follow up activity: spore prints, book recommendation

Prices:

Prices begin at $300 for 20 students with each additional student costing $20.

Environmental Protection
Location:

School blacktop

Age Range:
Best suited for grades 4-7
Description:

Students will learn about the problem microplastics have on the environment and take part in an hands-on sieving activity.  Discussions about bioaccumulation and decomposition will occur with a trivia game about the amount of time common items take to decompose that can be done as a group activity (while social distancing). We will end with an oil spill activity challenging student to clean up the spill using different techniques. 

*Follow up activity: Class-wide plastic challenge

Prices:

Prices begin at $200 for 10 students with each additional student costing $15. Free for some grade 6 classes, teachers should consult with their Principals for more information about district wide opportunities.

Orienteering
Location:

Pipers Lagoon, Westwood Lake, can also be done at school yards or other green spaces

Age Range:
Best suited for grades 4-7
Description:

During this program, students will learn how to interpret different maps and be introduced to compass use.  Students will use the compasses in a “treasure hunt”, walk and map a small environment for its land formation, and learn how to interpret various maps.  A geocaching activity may be possible depending on location, and discussion about global positioning system (GPS) coordinates could also be discussed.

*Follow up activity: create a class geocache, map your school ground/neighbourhood.

Prices:

Begin at $300 for 20 students with each additional student costing $20.

Making Machines
Age Range:
Best suited for grades 2-5
Description:

During this program, students will discover the building blocks of a circuit: a power source, a conductive path, and an electrical load (motor).  Students will tinker around with a simple circuit to make a motor spin and for older grades will adapt their learning from a “jitterbug” to a “scribbling machine” or a “bristlebot”. 

*Follow up activity: Circuits Kahoot! Quiz

Prices:

Prices begin at $300 for 20 students with each additional student costing $20.

Hey Parents!

Nanaimo Science offers a wide range of activities aimed at children from infancy to Grade 7.  Check out our school break camps, Pro-D day camps and workshops, and Homeschool supports!