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Predator and Prey in the Prairie
Audience:Students, Grades K - 2
Description: For students completing grades K-2. Hunt or be hunted. This is everyday life for animals and organisms of the prairie. Be a food chain sleuth in the prairie interpretive trail at Fermilab and see these relationships in action. From prairie plants to insects to small and large mammals, we will discover how they survive in the prairie!
Fee:$25/per person
Session 1:July 26, 2014, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Life in the Woods
Audience:Students, Grades K - 2
Description: For students completing grades K-2. Who are our neighbors of the woodlands? The Fermilab big woods is home to animals, plants and organisms unique to the woods. What will you observe about your favorite woodland creature? Survey and collect data within this thriving Midwest ecosystem. This experience will be so much more than a walk in the woods!
Fee:$25/per person
Session 1:August 9, 2014, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Treasure Boxes
Audience:Students, Grades K - 3
Description: For students completing grades K-3. What are your treasures? What do you like to collect? Whether you collect man-made or natural objects, use your science and math skills with your collections. Explore, sort, graph or map many treasures in this fun science adventure.
Fee:$25/per person
Session 1:June 14, 2014, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Leonardo Da Vinci
Audience:Students, Grades K - 3
Description: For students completing grades K-3. Taste the life and times of a great artist, scientist and thinker. Design and build a catapult, a bridge, or a flying machine. Compose a picture using mathematical proportions. Time travel to Italy in the late 1440s!
Fee:$120/person
Session 1:July 7-11, 2014, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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What's the Matter?
Audience:Students, Grades 1 - 3
Description: For students completing grades 1-3. Young scientists examine matter in different states as they look at liquids, scoop up solids, or observe evaporation. By experimenting with mystery powders or liquids, students develop their observation, experimentation and questioning skills. Filter, mix and stir your way to solving matter mysteries.
Fee:$150/per person
Session 1:August 7-8, 2014, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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Traveling the Universe: Get on Board!
Audience:Students, Grades 1 - 3
Description: For students completing grades 1-3. Take a trip to outer space. Learn why the sun is important and where it goes at night! Make a sundial and lawn solar system. Use real science instruments to see more clearly. Hear star stories and create your own. Travel among the planets, exploring how each one is different.
Fee:$50/person
Session 1:June 16-17, 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Wondering Why?
Audience:Students, Grades 1 - 2
Description: For students completing grades 1-3. Can you put your hand into water without it getting wet? What is quicksand and why does it behave as it does? These are just a few of the fun, funky and creative experiments you'll investigate during "Wondering Why?"
Fee:$100/per person
Session 1:June 30 - July 3, 2014, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Club Invention - Primary Students
Audience:Students, Grades 1 - 3
Description: For students entering grades 1-3. Students participate in all three activities.

Castles, Catapults, and Coats of Arms
This module weaves medieval history, basic scientific principles and hands-on creativity through the challenges presented every session. While assuming the roles of lords, knights, craftspeople and serfs, children work in cooperative groups to complete each task. The concept of center of gravity is explored when groups try to build the tallest tower. Children explore the concept of buoyancy by building boats that float while carrying weight to cross a castle moat. Groups build a weight-bearing drawbridge and design and build catapults that launch a ball at a target after experimenting with levers.

Phys. Ed: Physics in Motion
Children will focus on the work of famous scientists to create competitive and entertaining games. Children explore the work of physicists such as Galileo and use it as inspiration to build games that demonstrate the movement of objects. Children will use Newton's theories to demonstrate center of gravity. They will apply Bernoulli's theories of air pressure to create parachutes and utilize Gilbert's description of magnetism to create magnetic games.

Echo and Axon: A Prototyping Adventure
Inspired by the comics of real life inventor superheroes from the National Inventors Hall of Fame, children create solutions to STEM-based challenges including creating alternative energy power source prototypes, chasm-crossers and water filters, and apply mathematics to rescue Echo and Axon. Teams are challenged to prototype their own story using an inventor's tool chest to design devices for Echo and Axon, and their little camera-bot, Gidge! Finalyl, the experience ends with a celebration as participants find the inventors within themselves.

Please fill out and send in the Club Invention application. If you cannot access it or need help in registering for Club Invention, email edreg@fnal.gov or call 630-840-8259 for a Club Invention application. You must also fill out a Permission Form and bring it to class the first day.
Fee:$225/person
Session 1:June 23-27, 2014, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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The Bugs are Back!
Audience:Students, Grades 2 - 4
Description: Come join us as we welcome back the insects. Where were they over the winter? Why are we so pleased to have them back? Come explore these questions and others as we spend time in the field and in the lab learning about our friends.
Fee:$32/person
Session 1:May 3, 2014, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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A Day in the Life of an Owl
Audience:Students, Grades 2 - 3
Description: For students completing grades 2-3. Do you wonder what it would be like to be an owl? How do these magnificent birds fly, see and hunt at night? You'll discover clues to what they eat by dissecting an owl pellet. Imagine a day in the life of an owl as you go on a scavenger hunt to dig deeper into learning about owls through this captivating adventure with nature.
Fee:$32/per person
Session 1:June 28, 2014, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Creativity and Circuitry
Audience:Students, Grades 3 - 5
Description: Do you want to design an inventive new project? Do you enjoy artistic technology? Use basic circuitry with some innovative materials like electric paint. Create a basic robot and re-engineer it to alter its function. Cool projects to take home.
Fee:$43/per person
Session 1:April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Full
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Lego Engineering Juniors
Audience:Students, Grades 3 - 5
Description: For students completing grades 3-5. Are you a beginner or expert Lego builder? At either level you can learn something new. Use Legos to explore the engineering behind several design challenges from basic to more advanced. Work at your own challenge level as you explore gears and pulley machines. Try some basic programming to make your devices move on their own. Design, build and test your projects. Build alone or work like engineers in a design team.
Fee:$35/person
Session 1:July 12, 2014, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Dynamic Duo
Audience:Students, Grades 3 - 5
Description: For students completing grades 3-5. The invisible worlds of electricity and magnetism provide the backbone for activities such as building electrical gadgets including a lighthouse. Do experiments that demonstrate static electricity. Learn about circuits and test materials for conductivity. Bring your lunch.
Fee:$72/person
Session 1:August 16, 2014, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Junior Prairie Rangers Pin Sessions
Audience:Students, Grades 4 - 6
Description: Join this special yearlong program from January to August 2014. Learn what it means to be stewards of the prairie during each session. All sessions run from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM except for the session in June. Students may begin participation at any time.

January 11, 2014: Observe prairie seeds under the microscope and build prairie plant terrariums for overwintering in your own backyard.

March 15, 2014: Take a scavenger hunt in Fermilab's own seed barn. Investigate how Fermilab processes seeds from the fall seed harvest.

May 17, 2014: Learn about the magnificent Monarch butterfly and its host plant, the milkweed. Prepare to receive Monarch caterpillars for you to raise at home.

*June 8, 2014: Be a steward for the day! Teach visitors about the prairie through many fun activities at the Lederman Science Center during the Family Outdoor Fair. *Please note this session takes place on a Sunday from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

August 23, 2014: Construct your own herbarium by collecting plants from Fermilab's prairie. Learn how to use a plant guide for identification.

More details at http://ed.fnal.gov/programs/rangers.
Fee:$12/per person
Session 1:May 17, 2014 - August 23, 2014, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Making Waves with Medical Imaging
Audience:Students, Grades 4 - 6
Description: For students completing grades 4-6. How can waves tell doctors what they need to know about things they can't see inside our bodies? You'll explore advanced technologies such as MRI, PET and X-ray imaging. Do hands-on activities to help you learn how waves are used in these technologies so doctors can get pictures inside our bodies. Learn about careers in this field. Students over 10 will visit the Fermilab Neutron Therapy Facility. Bring your lunch.
Fee:$60/per person
Session 1:June 13, 2014, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Traveling the Universe: Chart Your Course!
Audience:Students, Grades 4 - 6
Description: For students completing grades 4-6. Journey to outer space! How far can you go in a light year? Learn how astronomers record really big numbers. Assemble a telescope to see distant space objects. Explore the causes of moon phases and our seasons. Make a star clock to tell time at night. Travel among the stars, looking for patterns.
Fee:$50/person
Session 1:June 19-20, 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Unlocking Science and Math Problems
Audience:Students, Grades 4 - 6
Description: For students completing grades 4-6. Enjoy daily science experiments, games, puzzles and magic "tricks." Young scientists investigate the Bernoulli effect, Fibonacci patterns, the magnetic force and so much more! This class is an exciting hands-on program for young scientists and mathematicians.
Fee:$125/person
Session 1:June 30 - July 3, 2014, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Survival Science
Audience:Students, Grades 4 - 6
Description: For students completing grades 4-6. Learn survival techniques in this adventure based on ideas from the BBC "Rough Science" television series. Over the course of four days, you will construct survival gear for everything from purifying water to repelling insects. Build navigation tools and make your own paper and ink to send a message. At the end of your training, compete in orienteering challenges and cook a lunch with your solar oven.
Fee:$120/per person
Session 1:July 7-10, 2014, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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I See!
Audience:Students, Grades 4 - 6
Description: For students completing grades 4-6. Bring your curiosity about the world to observe, investigate and discover. Explore natural areas of Fermilab or conduct physical science experiments in the lab. Use digital photography to collect your observations. Use iPhoto software to display your photographic results. You may get some surprising and beautiful results! Digital cameras provided. Bring your lunch.
Fee:$85/per person
Session 1:August 7-8, 2014, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
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Map Mysteries
Audience:Students, Grades 4 - 8
Description: For students completing grades 4-8. Bring topographical maps to life using a compass and 3D models. A GPS will help you locate pre-established stations. You will learn to use a compass to sight an object, walk to it and return to your starting point. Find and explore topographical maps on the Google Earth website.
Fee:$42/per person
Session 1:June 21, 2014, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Crystal Connections
Audience:Students, Grades 4 - 8
Description: For students completing grades 4-8. Crystals are beautiful! Form a human crystal with your fellow classmates. Explore how crystals are so strong when you build one out of gumdrops. Use your newfound knowledge to solve a crystal mystery. End class with a bang! Crack into a geode and find your own treasure of crystals.
Fee:$36/per person
Session 1:July 12, 2014, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Club Invention - Intermediate Students
Audience:Students, Grades 4 - 6
Description: For students entering grades 4-6. Students participate in all three activities.

Castles, Catapults, and Coats of Arms
This module weaves medieval history, basic scientific principles and hands-on creativity through the challenges presented every session. While assuming the roles of lords, knights, craftspeople and serfs, children work in cooperative groups to complete each task. The concept of center of gravity is explored when groups try to build the tallest tower. Children explore the concept of buoyancy by building boats that float while carrying weight to cross a castle moat. Groups build a weight-bearing drawbridge and design and build catapults that launch a ball at a target after experimenting with levers.

Phys. Ed: Physics in Motion
Children will focus on the work of famous scientists to create competitive and entertaining games. Children explore the work of physicists such as Galileo and use it as inspiration to build games that demonstrate the movement of objects. Children will use Newton's theories to demonstrate center of gravity. They will apply Bernoulli's theories of air pressure to create parachutes and utilize Gilbert's description of magnetism to create magnetic games.

Echo and Axon: A Prototyping Adventure
Inspired by the comics of real life inventor superheroes from the National Inventors Hall of Fame, children create solutions to STEM-based challenges including creating alternative energy power source prototypes, chasm-crossers and water filters, and apply mathematics to rescue Echo and Axon. Teams are challenged to prototype their own story using an inventor's tool chest to design devices for Echo and Axon, and their little camera-bot, Gidge! Finalyl, the experience ends with a celebration as participants find the inventors within themselves.

Please fill out and send in the Club Invention application. If you cannot access it or need help in registering for Club Invention, email edreg@fnal.gov or call 630-840-8259 for a Club Invention application. You must also fill out a Permission Form and bring it to class the first day.
Fee:$225/person
Session 1:June 23-27, 2014, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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Games, Magic and the Brain
Audience:Students, Grades 5 - 7
Description: For students completing grades 5-7. If you're intrigued by how your brain and nervous system work, this will be a fascinating class. What happens when you drop a gelatin brain in a bicycle helmet compared to one without the helmet? You will also see that through magic, optical illusions, laughter and other methods you can increase your own creativity and memory.
Fee:$40/per person
Session 1:July 19, 2014, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Lego Engineering
Audience:Students, Grades 6 - 8
Description: For students completing grades 6-8. As your Lego building skills expand, are you curious about why things work as they do? You can always learn something new or try a new challenge. Use Legos to continue to explore engineering concepts from basic to more complex. Work at your own challenge level as you construct a motorized vehicle or explore bridge design. Use PICO software to program your projects to move on their own. Design, build and test your projects. Build alone or work like engineers in a design team.
Fee:$35/person
Session 1:June 28, 2014, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Nature's Power Lab
Audience:Students, Grades 6 - 8
Description: For students completing grades 6-8. How do you get three paper cups, two paper plates, a piece of string and a gentle breeze to pull a book across a table? Learn about exciting, fast-growing, green technologies using the sun, wind, water and biofuels in this hands-on, inquiry-based class for teens. Hear from people in this exciting new field, build your own green machines and learn the advantages of using clean, inexhaustible resources for power.
Fee:$150/person
Session 1:August 4-6, 2014, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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