Workshops at Your School – Topics by Grade Level

Kindergarten to Grade 2

60-minute workshops/$10 per student

Circuit Explore Learn about the flow of electricity and hook up different circuits to create a light to take home. Great fit with first grade standards.
Chemical Changes Experiment with chemical changes. Make a tub of slimy polymer that glows in the dark. Great fit with first grade standards.
Light and Kaleidoscopes Experiment with reflecting and absorbing of light. Build and engineer a colorful kaleidoscope to take home.
Mini-Catapults Practice the Engineering Design Process and use a glue gun to construct a small catapult. Find out how far you can fling an object. Great fit with second grade standards.
Engineer with K’Nex Explore with our K’Nex building pieces. Practice sorting them and putting them together, then complete a building challenge. Great fit with second grade standards.

Grades 3-6

60-minute workshops/$10 per student

Light and Kaleidoscopes Examine how light travels, changes direction, and is refracted. Build and engineer a colorful kaleidoscope to take home. Great fit with third and sixth grade standards.
Mini-Catapults Practice the Engineering Design Process and use a glue gun to construct a small catapult. Find out how far you can fling an object. Great fit with fourth grade standards.
Motor Power What’s inside a motor and how does it work? Use magnets and electricity as you build and experiment with “The World’s Simplest Motor.” Make a crazy wigglebot to take home. Great fit with fourth grade standards.
Super Circuits Experiment with the components of simple circuits: power, loads, and switches. Construct and wire a motorpowered fan to take home. Great fit with fourth grade standards.

90-minute workshops/$12 per student

Maze Engineering Use the Engineering Design Process to design and construct your own maze, pinball, or pachinko game. Experiment with changes in speed and direction and the effects of gravity and friction. Uses hot glue guns. Great fit with fifth and sixth grade standards.
Pasta Bridges Work in teams using pasta, hot glue, and the Engineering Design Process to build the strongest bridge you can. Test how much weight it can hold before it breaks. Great fit with fourth and sixth grade standards.

Click here to view the Minnesota K-12 Science Standards/Benchmarks addressed in the above workshops.

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We have had nothing but great reviews from our 2nd grade teachers!  It was the perfect lesson for our current unit of study and your presenters were fantastic!  Kudos to you guys on an awesome program opportunity.  Thank you for traveling to our school today; we loved the activity!

2nd Grade Teacher, Parkview Elementary