Workshops

There is limited space remaining for all workshops in May and June, 2016.  Book your trip now before workshop space is gone!

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Workshop Name Grade Level Price
Wild About Animals K - 3 $1.50
Habitat: Earth K - 3 $1.50
Everyday Forces K - 3 $1.50
Star Trip K - 9 $1.50
Physical Physics 1 - 8 $3.00
Nature vs. Builder 2 - 5 $3.00
Innovate - Flight! 3 - 8 $3.00
Innovate - Simple Machines! 3 - 8 $3.00
Life in a Bottle 4 - 7 $3.00
Marsh Monsters 4 - 9 $3.00
Laser Mazes 4 - 9 $3.00
Circuit Cities and Electric Avenues 5 - 9 $3.00
Control Yourself 5 - 9 $3.00
Sustainable Ecosystems 5 - 9 $3.00
Cardiac Cut Up 5 - 12 $3.00
I: Robotics 6 - 12 $3.00
Amazing Anatomy 6 - 12 $3.00
Science of Special Effects 6 - 12 $3.00

Wild about Animals

Grades: K – 3

Length: 30 minutes

Dates: September to June

Minimum: 10 students or equivalent fee

Maximum: 15 students

Cost: $1.50 per student plus Science Centre admission

Students will have a hands-on opportunity to meet and learn about fascinating animals from around the world. Discover the adaptations that make groups of animals unique and specially adapted to their way of life. 

Curriculum Connections:

Kindergarten: Living Things in Our Environment

Science 1: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things

Science 2: Animal Growth and Changes


Habitat: Earth

Grades: K – 3

Dates: September to June

Length: 30 minutes

Minimum: 10 students or equivalent fee

Maximum: 30 students

Cost: $1.50 per student plus Science Centre admission

Our climate is changing.  The adaptations of plants and animals are key to their survival in a changing climate. Investigate the basic needs of living things and what happens when these needs cannot be met. Students will discuss their impact on the ecosystem they live in and make global connections. 

Curriculum Connections:

Kindergarten: Exploring Our Natural Surroundings

Science 1: Needs and Characteristics of Living things

Science 2: Air and Water in the Environment

Science 3: Plant Growth and Changes

 

Environmental education sponsored by Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life


Everyday Forces

Grades: K – 3

Length: 30 minutes

Dates: September to June

Minimum: 10 students or equivalent fee

Maximum: 30 students

Cost: $1.50 per student plus Science Centre admission

From gravity to magnets, forces are all around us. Take part in this exciting workshop where you will learn about the forces we experience every day. Through hands-on activities, students will experience their physical environment. 

Curriculum Connections:

Kindergarten: Observing Forces and Energy

Science 1: Using Objects and Materials

Science 2: Motion and Relative Position

Science 3: Magnetism and Static Electricity


Star Trip

Grades: K – 9

Length: 30 minutes

Dates: September to October and April to June

Minimum: 10 students or equivalent fee

Maximum: 20 students

Cost: $1.50 per student plus Science Centre admission

Visit the most distant planetary bodies with your class in our inflatable planetarium. Learn about our solar system, stars, and explore our vast universe. This workshop will be adjusted to fit your grade level and curriculum outcomes.

Curriculum Connections:

Kindergarten: Exploring Our Natural Surroundings

Science 1: Daily and Seasonal Changes

Science 3: Magnetism and Static Electricity

Science 6: Our Solar System

Science 9: Exploring our Universe

Physics 20: Waves/Light/Heat

Physical Science 20: Properties of Waves

Physics 30: Nuclear Physics/ Electromagnetism


Physical Physics

Grades: 1 – 8

Length: 1 hour

Dates: May and June

Minimum: 10 students or equivalent fee

Maximum: 30 students

Cost: $3 per student plus Science Centre admission

Physics is all around us, but it is especially fun outdoors! Experience Newton’s laws of motion in this physical outdoor workshop. Students are either in a state of rest or motion. The energy of a student depends on the amount of fun they are having. A student’s action has an equal and opposite reaction. 

Curriculum Connections:

Science 1: Using Objects and materials

Science 2: Motion and Relative Position

Science 3: Structures and Materials

Science 5: Forces and Simple Machines

Science 6: Principles of Flight


Nature vs. Builder

Grades: 2 – 5

Length: 60 minutes

Dates: September to June

Minimum: 10 students or equivalent fee

Maximum: 30 students

Cost: $3.00 per student plus Science Centre admission

Design, build and test a dwelling that can withstand dramatic and extreme climates. Learn the use and importance of materials, and how to be resourceful when these supplies are limited. This hands-on workshop has students team up to discover their own solutions to building challenges.

Curriculum Connection:

Science 2: Air and Water in the Environment

Science 3: Structures and Materials

Science 5: Forces and Simple Machines


Innovate – Flight!

Grades: 3 – 8

Length: 60 minutes

Dates: September to June

Minimum: 10 students or equivalent fee

Maximum: 30 students

Cost: $3 per student plus Science Centre admission

Have you ever seen a parachute land on a small target at a football game? Or the intricate maneuvers performed by the Snowbirds? In this workshop, students will complete those feats on a smaller scale. Students will problem solve while attempting to build a parachute which will hit a target, or an airplane with will follow a flight path. Inquiry learning methods will be used to develop problem solving skills, while discovering the principles of flight!

Curriculum Connections:

Science 3: Magnetism and Static Electricity

Science 5: Properties and Changes of Materials

Science 6: Principles of Flight 

 

Workshop sponsored by Innovation Saskatchewan

 

Innovate – Simple Machines!

Grades: 3 – 8

Length: 60 minutes

Dates: November to June

Minimum: 10 students or equivalent fee

Maximum: 30 students

Cost: $3 per student plus Science Centre admission

Students will be challenged to create their own simple machine to use in solving an imaginary situation. Inquiry learning methods will be used to discover solutions and develop important problem solving skills. 

Curriculum Connections:

Science 3: Structures and Materials

Science 5: Properties and Changes of Materials

Science 5: Forces and Simple Machines

 

Workshop sponsored by Innovation Saskatchewan

 

Life in a Bottle

Grades: 4 – 7

Length: 1 hour

Dates: September to June

Minimum: 10 students or equivalent fee

Maximum: 25 students

Cost: $3 per student plus Science Centre admission

Create your own ecosystem! Learn about the complex relationship between living and non-living components of a habitat as you create your own terrarium. Traditional world views on the interdependence of living and non-living aspects of the environments will be discussed. Note: Each student must bring a clean 2-litre pop bottle; unfortunately the Science Centre cannot supply them. 

Curriculum Connections:

Science 4: Habitats and Communities

Science 6: Diversity of Life

Science 7: Interactions within Ecosystems

 

Environmental education sponsored by Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life


Marsh Monsters

Grades: 4 – 9

Length: 60 minutes

Dates: September to October and May to June

Minimum: 10 students or equivalent fee

Maximum: 30 students

Cost: $3 per student plus Science Centre admission

Learn about the tiny creatures that make up the amazing diversity of life in a wetland. Students will take samples of water collected from Wascana Marsh and investigate both the living and non-living properties they find.

Curriculum Connections:

Science 4: Habitats and Communities

Science 6: Diversity of Life

Science 7: Interaction within Ecosystems

Science 8: Water Systems on Earth


Laser Mazes

Grades: 4 – 9

Length: 60 minutes

Dates: September to June

Minimum: 10 students or equivalent fee

Maximum: 25 students

Cost: $3 per student plus Science Centre admission

Students will use a variety of materials such as mirrors, glass, lenses, and prisms to create a maze to explore focusing light. Dry ice fog dramatically aids in students’ observations when the lasers reflect, refract, and disperse around the obstacles. Demonstrations of total internal reflection, fiber optics, and prisms will be presented along with an exploration of UV and florescence.

Curriculum Connections:

Science 4: Light

Science 8: Optics and Vision


Circuit Cities and Electric Avenues

Grades: 5 – 9

Length: 60 minutes

Dates: September to June

Minimum: 10 students or equivalent fee

Maximum: 30 students

Cost: $3 per student plus Science Centre admission

Electricity is needed to fill the demands of our technology driven world, but where does the power come from? Students will learn about alternative energy sources and how power is distributed in the home by building the circuitry of a model home.

Curriculum Connections:

Science 6: Understanding Electricity

Science 7: Heat and Temperature

Science 9: Characteristics of Electricity


Control Yourself

Grades: 5 - 9

Length: 60 Minutes

Dates: September to June

Minimum: 10 students of equivalent fee

Maximum: 21 students

Cost: $3 per student plus Science Centre admission

Tired of playing video games the old fashioned way? Students will use a Makey Makey and turn everyday objects and maybe even themselves into conductive video game controllers. Students will learn how we interact with the games themselves. Be prepared to take STEM education to the next level!

Curriculum Connections:

Science 5: Forces & Simple Machines

Science 6: Understanding Electricity

Math 6: Shape & Space

Math 7: Shape & Space

Science 9: Characteristics of Electricity


Sustainable Ecosystems

Grades: 5 – 9

Length: 1.5 hours

Dates: September to October, May to June

Minimum: 10 students or equivalent fee

Maximum: 30 Students

Cost: $3 per student plus Science Centre admission

Become a wetland biologist for a day! Learn how scientists collect and use data by making observations and carrying out testing using scientific tools. In this outdoor workshop we’ll explore the wetland habitat of Wascana Marsh. Please dress appropriately for outdoor workshops. An alternative version of the workshop will take place if the weather could cause harm or injury to students. 

Curriculum Connections:

Science 5: Weather

Science 6: Diversity of Life

Science 7: Interactions within Ecosystems

Science 8: Water systems on Earth

Science 10: Sustainable Ecosystems Environmental

Science 20: Aquatic System Terrestrial Ecosystem 

 

Environmental education sponsored by Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life


Cardiac Cut Up

Grades: 5 – 12

Length: 1.5 hours

Dates: September to June

Minimum: 10 students or equivalent fee

Maximum: 30 students

Cost: $3 per student plus Science Centre admission

The heart is an amazing organ. Have your students learn more about their heart though this dynamic workshop by moving through a circulatory system relay and by participating in a pig heart dissection.

Curriculum Connections:

Science 5: Human Body Systems

Science 8: Cells, Tissues, Organs, and Systems

Health Science 20: Human Body

Biology 30: Organization of Life


I: Robotics

Grades: 6 – 12

Length: 1.5 hours

Dates: September to June

Minimum: 10 students or equivalent fee

Maximum: 25 students

Cost: $3 per student plus Science Centre admission

Build and program an NXT LEGO™ Mindstorms Robot while learning about the role of technology in our lives. This is a hands-on workshop that will show students the role engineers take in the development of technology related to space science.

Curriculum Connections:

Science 5: Forces and Simple Machines

Science 6: Our Solar System

Science 9: Exploring our Universe

Computer Science 20/30: Programming and Design


Amazing Anatomy

Grades: 6 – 12

Length: 1.5 hours

Dates: September to June

Minimum: 10 students or equivalent fee

Maximum: 30 students

Cost: $3 per student plus Science Centre admission

Explore the body systems from the inside out. This fetal pig dissection focuses on the digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems and how they relate to human anatomy. 

Curriculum Connections:

Science 6: Diversity of Living Things

Science 8: Cells, Tissues, Organs, and Systems

Science 9: Reproduction and Human Development

Health Science 20: Human Body 

Biology 30: Cell Structure and Function/ Animal Systems


Science of Special Effects

Grades: 6 – 12

Length: 1.5 hours

Dates: September to March

Minimum: 10 students or equivalent fee

Maximum: 20 students

Cost: $3 per student plus Science Centre admission

Learn the science behind the special effect! Movies are filled with science and technology. This workshop will investigate some of the different effects that make your favourite movie so great.

Curriculum Connections:

Science 7: Mixtures and Solutions; Heat and Temperature

Science 9: Atoms and Elements

Science 10: Chemical Reactions

Science 20: Foundations of Chemistry

Chemistry 30: Solubility and Solutions