Our After-School Program Themes
NASA Academy of Future Space Explorers
NASA and Mad Science collaborate to educate the next generation! Children go on a voyage of discovery with unique hands-on activities, and amazing demonstrations that explore the sun and stars, space technology, rocket science, the atmosphere, planets and moons, and more!
Welcome to the world of chemistry! Children make gooey slime, experiment with different reactions and learn to use the tools that chemists use. Polymers and catalysts are only two of the fascinating concepts young scientists explore in this thrilling trip through the chemistry lab!
Zaps, Booms & Shocking Sights
zzZZAAPP! POWWW! KaBOOOOM! Beware junior scientists: you are headed for a scientific blast! Join us for a hair-raising good time! (Literally!) You'll harness heat energy and explore the properties of sound. You'll experiment with mysterious magnets, examine strange optical illusions and participate in an eye-popping demonstration of static electricity!
Fantastic Forces & Flight
Ever wonder how bridges stand up over water? How chemistry works? or How planes fly? Play engineer, chemist and stunt pilot! Get blown away by experiments with air pressure, shocked with learning about electricity, and swept away in the science of water waves!
Expose the science that lurks in the shadows! Solve mysteries, transform food and capture mechanical super-powers in hands-on science experiments that change every week! Harness incredible weather energy, be a movie star and go underground for more scientific evidence! You will become an expert and master of the science that's hiding everywhere around you!
Mysteries of Matter
Explore the states of matter and be amazed by awesome sound vibrations, incredible bug survival strategies and the beautiful world of... garbage? Yuck! You'll enjoy electrifying hands-on activities, radical chemical reactions and witness matter transforming before your eyes as you handle the experiments yourself and see just how cool it can be to satisfy your scientific curiosity.
Join us and we'll prove that science truly is all around us! Using Newton's color wheel, you'll build white light like a puzzle from its component parts! You'll learn how to make your favorite soft drink and even pick up a few magic tricks to fool your friends - all while learning about the science that makes them possible! With a little practice you'll begin to see the science in EVERYTHING!
Robots, Energy & Bio-Beasts
High tech, high energy and a battle for world domination! Discover amazing facts about the animals you thought you knew! Feel the forces of energy, the pull of gravity, and the mightiness of motion in exciting physics explorations. Learn surprising things about how matter combines to make something new, experiment with amazing capabilities of robots, and build a real communications network!
Step into the shoes of a detective and uncover the science involved in evidence collection and analysis. Become a crime sleuth, developing your skills of observation and lab techniques to make sense of crime scene evidence and figure out “Whodunit?”! Experiment with cool spy equipment and secret techniques used to complete successful missions. Q himself would be impressed!