EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN SCIENTISTS
This 10 to 14 classes program highlights great women scientists. Each module has an introduction with often-humorous stories from scientists’ lives, educating children about the history of science. The children experience first hand how to perform scientific experiments from an area of expertise of a scientist of the day. This program is a great introduction to the female science world suitable for both boys and girls. We hope it will encourage children to consider science related education and careers.
SOUNDS ALL AROUND: THE EAR AND THE BRAIN
Sounds are all around us and ears detect most of them. But it is our brain that collects, sorts, separates, compares, and prioritizes them. Our program will highlight the mechanics of hearing, the phenomenon of ears and brain working together. Participants will explore what the ears are made of and compare the sounds produced by different materials. They will experience first-hand how noise makers are designed and explore the physics behind the process.
Experiment with sound: Sound state of mind
Sounds are everywhere but do we understand how they occur? Our program will highlight the phenomenon of sound creation by energy that travels as waves of pressure through various substances. Participants will experiment with various sound sources, including do-it-yourself straw instruments, kazoos and water bottles to understand the connection between sound and vibration. They will explore how sounds travel through air and solid materials and build a model of a sound absorbing room.
The blueprint of life
DNA is powerful, it is called the blueprint of life. It contains the instructions needed for an organism to grow, develop, survive and reproduce. Come and really see what DNA actually looks like. We are not going to use a usual strawberry for that! Instead you will be able to see your own DNA and enjoy experimenting like a molecular biologist. You will hold a micropipettor, mix microliters of reagents and perform DNA electrophoresis. Come if you are a bionerd already or not at all. We will take you on a journey to better understand your body.
Getting serious with goo…
When last time you played with Silly Putty, gooey gak, slime flubber, glurch, or any other concoctions you most likely just had enormous fun. Why don’t you join us to study the viscoelastic behavior of these fun materials, such as strain rate dependence and creep. Get your hands dirty once more and work like a bioengineer studying biological materials.
BRAIN UNDER CONSTRUCTION!
This program will highlight specific foods that build healthier brains. We will do mental gymnastics, brain teasers and games. The brain is amazing, all-important organ inside the skull that functions as the command center for the entire body. It is a very hungry organ that needs specific nutrients for optimal health and performance. Let's build a better world by building healthier brains!
See Otherwise Invisible – MICROSCOPES
Engineers partner with scientists to innovate and design new tools that can help to find answer for still unknowns’ areas of nature. Children will learn about nanotechnology, microscopy technology and build a model of an atomic force microscope.
WITTY SCIENCE OF sports
Children love sports and solving puzzles! Our program Sport Science combines physical and academic activities into one STEM Obstacle Course. The kids divided into teams will run through numerous stations and try to tackle various problems related to effective body functioning, way to exercise, diet and life-style that contribute to fitness and good health. The team that completes the course the fastest, with the most correct answers, wins!
ADVENTURES WITH ELEMENTS
Scientists have known about elements, like carbon and gold, since ancient time and now Witty’s wants to share that knowledge with you! During this ten modules afterschool science club we will take you on a journey through the Periodic Table of Elements. Let’s find out what humans have in common with bread dough, table salt, and party balloons. As an Adventurer, you will investigate water molecules, understand radioactivity, get scared by static charges, and play with the iron from your cereal. It’s a hands-on, minds-on journey into the science of matter!
BACTERIA: FRIEND OR FOE?
Bacteria are everywhere, inside and outside of us. We will ask children if their hands are clean or just unseen? Their hand washing technique will be tested with UV light. In this program we will follow the route of how germs spread
FROM A CHAMPION TO A CHEATER
Faster, Higher, Stronger at the cost of health or ‘fair play’ – our students will feel like an athlete who faces this dilemma. They will understand the science and ethics around performance enhancement in sports. We will simulate the anti-doping laboratory were students will analyze urine and (fake) blood samples in order to learn about an athlete’s biological passport.
DON’T BURST MY BUBBLE!
Bubbles are both beautiful and fascinating, but how do they work? Children will be learning about scientific concepts that revolve around bubbles, such as surface tension, iridescence, cohesion, comparative sizing, elastic properties and more. Bubbles are not trivial!
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
Children will see what they eat and how their body uses food to Go, Grow and Glow. They will be able to explain the function of some of the primary molecules in foods such as sugar, starch, vitamins and minerals and describe the different roles that various nutrients play in human health, as well as and confirm that the iron in fortified cereal is the same iron that is attracted to magnets.
Become a crime-stopping hero in our Witty forensic lab! Do you think you have what it takes to be a crime investigator? You will collect clues, identify suspects and solve crimes using chromatography, DNA extraction, fingerprinting, fiber analysis, message decoding and more. The pressure is on as you start solving a crime. Are your observations accurate? You will find out in this five modules Witty CSI Lab. It’s a hands-on, minds-on journey into the field of forensic science.