|Mad Science® programs offered beginning Oct. 12, 14 and 19 at New Century and Okun fieldhouses|
Students in the De Soto, Olathe, and Gardner school districts are invited to spend non-school days in October learning about science-related topics during three Mad Science® programs being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.
October offerings include sessions of Mad Science© Eureka! The Inventor’s Fall Break Camp for ages seven to 13 on Oct. 12 through 16 or Oct. 14 through 16 at the New Century Fieldhouse, located at 551 New Century Parkway, Near Gardner. A Mad Science® De Soto School Day Out Science Fun program called Edison's Workbench for ages six to 12 on Oct. 19 at the Okun Fieldhouse, located in the Mid-America West Sports Complex, 20200 Johnson Dr., Shawnee. Each session begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m., but for the convenience of working parents, children can be dropped off as early as 8 a.m. and picked up as late as 5:30 p.m. Participants should bring a sack lunch and a water bottle daily.
To find these programs 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."
Mad Science© Eureka! The Inventor’s Fall Break Camp is designed by the inventor/participants! Each day campers will be given a series of challenges to overcome using basic materials, simple machines, tips from world-famous inventors, and the most important thing of all - their mind. With a little bit of ingenuity participants will construct catapults and forts and then lay siege, fabricate a winning Egg Drop design, construct a dancing robot, and assemble a working light saber to take home. Camp begins at 9 a.m. each day.
The five-day camp (barcode 29979) runs from Monday, Oct. 12 through Friday, Oct. 16 The cost for five seven-hour sessions is $280 per person for Johnson County residents or $308 per person for nonresidents. The three-day camp (barcode 29980) runs from Wednesday, Oct. 14, through Friday, Oct. 16. The cost for three seven-hour sessions is $175 per person for Johnson County residents or $193 per person for nonresidents.
The Mad Science® De Soto School Day Out Science Fun program on Oct. 19 is called Edison's Workbench. Participants will team up with their fellow inventors to explore the inventions of others—kids, women, Rube Goldberg, Thomas Edison and more! We'll draw inspiration from both the wacky and the practical. The goal of this full one-day camp is to understand that we have no limitations, and that dreams will inspire invention! The cost for one seven-hour sessions is $60 for Johnson County residents or $66 for nonresidents. To find this program online, search for barcode 29973.
Other upcoming Mad Science® De Soto School Day Out Science Fun offered this fall and winter are Radical Robots on Friday, Dec. 18, for ages seven to 13 (barcode 29974); Birds and Beast on Monday, Dec. 21, for ages six to 12 (barcode 29975); Crazy Chemistry on Tuesday, Dec. 22, for ages six to 12 (barcode 29976); Jr. Engineers on Wednesday, Dec. 23, for ages six to 12 (barcode 29977) and Secret Agent Lab on Monday through Thursday, Dec. 28 through 31 (barcode 29978).
For more information or to register for any of these programs, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green "Register for Activities" button and complete a search for the barcodes listed above.
These Mad Science© programs are also eligible for credit in the Intellectual dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement Badges and awards. To register for JCPRD U, call (913) 826-2950.
Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.