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New Mad Science® Crazy Summer Science Fun for youth offered July 15-19
POSTED: 06/19/2013
Youth ages six to 13 can spend a few days or a whole week learning about a variety of science-related topics during a new Mad Science® program being offered in late July by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Mad Science® Crazy Summer Science Fun is the name of the program which will take place on July 15 through 19. Each day of the week is a separate day-long program covering a different science topic. All programs will take place at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner, beginning at 9 a.m.

On Monday, the topic is "The Organ Trail." Participants will explore their insides and learn how their heart is actually a pump, how the organs work as a team, and create their own model lungs. "At the Scene of the Crime" is Tuesday's topic. In this fun-filled science sleuth program, participants will learn actual forensic techniques to reveal the elusive ice cream thief. "Radical Reactions" is Wednesday's topic, when participants will get a hands-on, up-close look at reactions in action when this cool chemistry day explores mystery substances, chemical bonding, and catalysts. Young chemists will even make their own invisible ink! Thursday's topic is "Chemical Counting," and elements, molecules, and chemicals will be explored. This day's participants will step into the shoes of a chemist and explore topics such as chemical combinations, electroplating, and cool color-changing reactions. The final program of the week is "Junior Engineers" on Friday when participants will have a full day of building and testing structures made out of different materials. In between, young engineers will have fun playing games and solving puzzles with shapes and structures.

The cost for each seven-hour session is $58 per person for Johnson County residents or $64 per person for nonresidents. 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.”

The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District's website at

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