Ever want to design your own amusement park? Amusement Park Science Camp is for kids who love science and are curious about the science behind amusement park rides and games.
What Kids Will Learn
Learn about circuits, motors, gravity, physics, solar power, and other fun sciency stuff! Attend in the morning, afternoon, or full-day.
- Class Size: 12 Participants
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Duration: 15 Total Hours
* This camp is local; we are not traveling to an amusement park.
Experiments We’ll Conduct in Camp
In the morning camp, we will build roller coasters, learn how to convert potential energy into kinetic energy, understand how to create optical illusions, harness the power of energy, change freezing temperatures, carbonate soda with Mentos, and create slime that absorbs impacts. Kids take home their creations.
- Tie-Dye T-Shirt – Kick off camp with energy and fun; make your own tie-dye t-shirt
- Roller Coaster – Build a roller coaster that sustains momentum through loops and turns
- Long Jump – Using our built coasters, convert gravitational energy into kinetic energy
- Elastic Dragsters – Turn potential energy into kinetic energy with dragster cars
- Paper Plate Coasters – Use paper plates to create a marble roller coaster
- Pringles Racer – Build and propel a racing car that uses elastic potential energy to power air cannon blasters
- Fun House Illusions – Use optical illusions to confuse the brain, misreading images
- Crane Build – Learn how energy is never lost, it can only be transferred to another form of energy; pneumatics and hydraulics
- Fizzy Soda – Learn about freezing temps and carbonation with Mentos and rock salt
- Sport Shoe Science – Use polymers and Borax to create a slime that absorbs impacts
In the afternoon camp, we will create Midway games, using principles in inertia, opposite forces, and elasticity. Create a train the levitates in the air, build your own Splongee Ball, refract light with slime, safely drop an egg from incredible heights, and control the power of the sun. Kids take home their creations.
- Mini-Bowling – Learn about Newton’s 1st & 3rd Laws regarding inertia, opposite forces
- Pop-A-Shot – Use levers to create a game and learn about elasticity and bounce height
- Mag-Lev Train – With magnets, repel a train from a track, levitate like a Landspeeder
- Circuits & Switches – Learn how electromagnets are used to spin the shaft of a motor
- Water Park Bubbles – Use glycerin and soap to burrows between water molecules, loosening the polar bond to create bubbles
- Sponge Bombs – Make splongee balls (like Koosh balls) and play game with Flingers
- Balloon Gondola – Use balloons to create (im)/balances in forces to power a gondola
- Fun House Glow Slime – Bend (refract) light through materials creating illusions
- Tower of Doom – The infamous Egg Drop; learn how to decelerate an object so it remains undamaged
- Solar Power Stand – Control the power of the sun’s heat and UV energy
The listed experiments are planned and subject to change if needed.
Requirements to Attend
- Ages: 6-11 Years Old
- Prerequisite Experience: An interest and curiosity in science and amusement parks
Summer Schedule (Cleveland Market Only)
|June 26-30, 2017||North Royalton, OH||Classroom Antics – Activity Center|
|July 10-14, 2017||Westlake, OH||St. Paul Church|
Each weeklong science camp is available as a morning, afternoon, or full-day session. Children attending full-day (both a morning and afternoon session) may stay and eat lunch with instructors and other full-day campers (bring a sack lunch).
The cost of this program is $195 for weeklong half-day camp (morning or afternoon), $390 for full-day (both morning and afternoon program). Register early, as only 12 spaces are available in each camp.
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