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Use the orange menu to get the registration information. For more information, call 630 840-8259. Deadline for adventures is one week prior to the scheduled date, but registrations will continue until the adventure date if there is room. Be sure to bring a signed permission slip to each new class. Join our Science Adventures Facebook Group.
For summer classes, register students for classes with the grade level they have just completed. For example, a student completing grade 3 will not be eligible for a grades 4-6 class.

Wondering Why?
Audience: Students, Grades 1 - 3
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:August 8-11, 2017, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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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.
Session 1:August 5, 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Lego Engineering Juniors
Audience: Students, Grades 3 - 5
Description: For Students who have completed grades 3-5. Beginner and expert Lego builders can always learn something new. Explore the engineering behind several design challenges from basic to more advanced. Explore gear and pulley machines. Try some basic programming to make your devices move on their own. Build alone or work as engineers in a design team.
Session 1:August 12, 2017, 9:30 AM - 12:00 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:$35/per person
Session 1:July 15, 2017, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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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:$130/per person
Session 1:June 26-29, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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Nature's Power Lab
Audience: Students, Grades 5 - 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. Bring a lunch!
Session 1:July 5-7, 2017, 9:30 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 8, 2017, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Best Games Ever! Your Own!
Audience: Students, Grades 5 - 8
Description: For students who have completed grade 5 and up. Step into the world of digital games by learning to make your own! If you have basic computer skills you can learn Stencyl and the logistics behind digital game development. Can you take on even more challenge? Move into other programs as your skills allow.
Fee:$170/per person
Session 1:July 10-14, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Aliens Among Us
Audience: Students, Grades 5 - 8
Description: For students who have completed grade 5 and above. Investigate the “aliens among us” in our prairies and water. You’ll sleuth out the invasive species and hunt them down using the hand held app, ARIS as you “choose your own adventure” with these “alien villains.” Bring your lunch. One day at Fermilab Lederman Science Center and one day at Blackwell Forest Preserve.
Fee:$140/per person
Session 1:August 7-8, 2017, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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