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Join us for a virtual class on the nature of birds. The bones, feathers, and beaks have all adapted to make a bird function like no other creature on Earth. These adaptations are remarkable and make the bird an interesting subject to study and learn about.
Insects are weird! They don’t breath like us, they don’t have blood like us, they don’t have ears like us, but they outnumber us 2 million to 1. How are they so good at surviving? Join us to find out.
Reptiles are so misunderstood! They have amazing adaptations but people run when they try and show them off! Learn all about the amazingly odd world of reptiles. Turtles that breath out their butts, snakes that see infrared, and frogs that can be frozen solid, just to name a few.
Humans did not always have telephones. Did you know that petroglyphs were a form of communication? And smoke signals? Join us for a virtual class on communication history.
What is Covid-19? Why is it so dangerous? What does it do to the human body and why is it so easy to transmit? This class will discuss all these details and more such as what is exponential growth and what is an infectious dose.
Since the first written word humans have hid information from prying eyes, encoding secret messages using cyphers. Learn about the history of cyphers and try a few out yourself. Design one that will stump our educators!
Learn the history of epidemiology and what life was like before humans knew about germs and viruses. The role of an epidemiologist is an important part of solving diseases and viruses.
What is forensics? What is the science behind forensics? Learn about evidence collected at a crime scene and its importance.
This class will discuss what happens with the forensic evidence in the lab and how it is processed to use as evidence to solve a crime.
What’s up with fossils? Are they just old bones? Are there other types of fossils? How do you get fossils? Why don’t we see more fossils? If you have ever wanted to know about fossils and how they are made, join us!
What’s the difference between a diaper and a water bottle in a landfill? How about an orange and a t-shirt? How long will take for these objects to disappear? Why is knowing this important? Is there a different rate for organic versus inorganic materials? Join us to find out!
Are there really infectious diseases all around us? This class will discuss famous infectious diseases and how they function. Students will also learn how diseases are transmitted, what happens to a person who is infected, and how to treat patients and prevent infection.
There was a time when people thought it was bad air that made you sick. They didn’t know that there were things smaller than the eye could see--“germs” that live around us. Find out how humans first discovered this whole new world.
For a camera to work, science is involved. Did you know that a camera involves light rays and physics? The class will discuss the science that makes photography possible.
The class will discuss what is in a picture, photography history, and the science that makes pictures possible. Students will learn composition, the Golden Ratio, the rule of thirds, and how to frame a subject.
What is a robot? What is the history of robots and their future? Join us for a virtual class on robots. Students will become an engineer and program a robotic bee.
Did you know that a rock is not just a rock, but minerals? This class will discuss the minerals in rocks and how they are helpful in the technology we use today and in future technology.
Did you know that space is right in our backyard? Great discoveries have been made in the space closest to us. Some items to be discussed: planets, the asteroid belt, the sun and more.
Have you thought about what is beyond our solar system? What discoveries have been made? The class will discuss astronomical objects like galaxies, nebulae, and black holes.
Getting to space is not all about astronauts and engineers. Cooks, artists, roboticists, architects, and cyber security analysts all play a vital role If you want to work for NASA, you don't have to be in outer space!
Have you ever thought of an idea that would make a great video game? Or thought to yourself “Man, I could make this so much better!” Find out what it would take to become a video game designer. We will introduce Scratch, an online video game design program.
What are the different types of matter around us? Did you know that everything is made of matter, but not all matter is the same? Learn all about matter--how it can start in one form and change into something entirely different. Learn about matter that is man-made.
We all know the basic parts of the human body that include the head, neck, torso, arms and legs, but do we know what makes it go? How about what makes a person able to run for 50 miles? Or why do humans get belly button lint? Do you know what’s the largest organ of the human body is?