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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.

STEM Family Night Planning Workshop
Audience:Public, Grades K - 8
Description: Is your organization (school, PTA, library or co-op) planning for a STEM Family Night? Attend this workshop to learn what Fermilab can provide to support your event. This is your opportunity to become a trained facilitator for the Hands-on Science exhibits. Gather information through a wealth of resources that will help you run your event. Attendance of two facilitators is required to borrow the Hands-on Science equipment.
Fee:$15/per person
Session 1:September 23, 2015, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Full
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Dinosaur Hunt
Audience:Students, Grades K - 2
Description: Have a close encounter with a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Explore, touch and learn with real fossils from the Field Museum. Create your own prehistoric landscape. Learn about the new finds in dinosaurs big and small.
Session 1:November 7, 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Playing with Your Food
Audience:Students, Grades 1 - 3
Description: There's more to your food than meets the eye! Do you want to discover some hidden properties of your food? Test a solid and liquid mixture, devise an invisible ink, explore buoyancy with an egg and conduct other experiments with food. Your food can teach you some interesting science as you "play with your food."
Fee:$26/per person
Session 1:November 14, 2015, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Magnetic Magic
Audience:Students, Grades 1 - 4
Description: Do magnets stick to every metal? What do a dollar bill, Cheerios and a compass have in common? During this class, you will explore the answers to these questions and the wonderful world of magnets!
Fee:$26/per person
Session 1:October 17, 2015, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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How Can That Be?
Audience:Students, Grades 2 - 4
Description: There's science behind many puzzling phenomena. Try something new: pierce a bag of water without having it leak or walk on raw eggs. Can you walk through a piece of paper? Try these fun and "magical" things and learn the science behind them.
Fee:$30/per person
Session 1:October 24, 2015, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Lego Engineering Juniors
Audience:Students, Grades 3 - 5
Description: 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:September 26, 2015, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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CSI: Careful Scientific Investigation
Audience:Students, Grades 3 - 5
Description: You're just the scientist needed to carefully solve the day's investigation. Solve mysteries and analyze puzzling "crime scenes." Use your scientific analysis skills and learn some new strategies to be a CSI investigator.
Session 1:October 3, 2015, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Code Cracking, Cryptograms, and Other Mysteries
Audience:Students, Grades 3 - 5
Description: Who doesn't love a mystery? You can make up some of your own mysteries and learn to be a problem solver to solve others' mysteries. You'll also explore how codes and cryptograms have been used to communicate throughout history.
Session 1:December 12, 2015, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Junior Prairie Rangers
Audience:Students, Grades 4 - 6
Description: Plants as tall as you are! Nature all around! Join Fermilab's club and become a Junior Prairie Ranger. Learn about the prairie community and participate as a prairie steward in activities throughout the year. All members earn a cap, t-shirt and certificate. Students should bring a lunch to class. Continue your work as ranger by attending the fall seed harvest and spring pin sessions. Students: Bring your lunch. More information
Session 1:September 26, 2015, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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What Makes You So Special?
Audience:Students, Grades 4 - 6
Description: Genetic traits, DNA and chromosomes all play a part in who you are. Through hands-on activities you will learn about several genetic traits that are passed from parent to child. Discover how your body uses the amazing system to make you grow and function. Investigate some ways scientists, doctors and investigators use information from human DNA.
Fee:$35/per person
Session 1:December 12, 2015, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Flight and Fashion
Audience:Students, Grades 4 - 8
Description: Are you a designer? You will design, build and fly a long flying airplane. Then you will design a spectacular fashion item that has the elements of flight. How are the two designs related? Think of lift, drag, thrust and gravity. Join us for a flying contest and design show.
Fee:$32/per person
Session 1:December 19, 2015, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Art Mysteries: Science Solutions
Audience:Students, Grades 5 - 8
Description: Art forgeries, ancient hieroglyphics, chromatography, and crystal mysteries aren't always what they seem to be. Use real science as you learn how art mysteries can be solved.
Session 1:November 21, 2015, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Lego Engineering
Audience:Students, Grades 6 - 8
Description: 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. Construct a motorized vehicle or explore bridge design. Use PICO software to program your projects to move on their own.
Session 1:November 7, 2015, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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