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Next Mad Science® Crazy School's Out Science Fun program set for Feb. 12
POSTED: 01/14/2015
Youth can spend a non-school day in mid-February learning about a variety of science-related topics during a Mad Science® program being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Machine Mania is the theme for this Mad Science® Crazy School's Out Science Fun program which is offered at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, Near Gardner, when school is not in session on Feb. 12.

Participants will learn all about how wedges, screws, and levers help us in our daily lives. Young scientists will also run through an obstacle course and use teamwork to show how useful simple machines can be. Along the way, we'll discover the awesome power of pneumatics and hydraulics, participate in a pincher relay, experiment with pulley systems, and investigate the force of friction. Construct your own mega-pinchers, micro-pinchers and a miniature catapult to take home!

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under enrichment & special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “discovery.” For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at, follow the “Register for Activities” and complete a barcode search for 26482.

Machine Mania will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12. For the convenience of working parents, drop off participants as early as 8 a.m. and pick them up as late as 5:30 p.m. Participants should bring a sack lunch and a water bottle daily. This program is for ages seven to 12 and involves one seven-hour session at a cost of $60 per person for Johnson County residents or $66 per person for nonresidents.

The next Mad Science® Crazy School's Out Science Fun program is set for April 27 and has the theme "Space Camp" (barcode 26484).

This program is also eligible for credit in the Intellectual dimension for our new JCPRD U holistic wellness program for ages three to 18. Participants can complete Activities Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Activities Badges and awards. To register for JCPRD U, contact Sarah Shaw at (913) 826-2953 or at

Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

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