2010 COURSES

The courses allow children with exceptional intellectual ability to extend their existing
fund of knowledge through first-hand experimentation and creative experiences.
 

4 years old or entering K 
FABULOUS FROGS

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These amphibians use their eyes to swallow and their skin to breathe.  Tiny tadpoles have “morphed” into frogs since before the dinosaurs.  They are poisonous, friendly, tiny, huge, camouflage, colorful, and very adaptive.  Some can only live in hot weather.  Some can live in the Arctic Circle.  What can frogs tell us about the health of our Earth?  Can frogs really give you warts?  What is the difference between toads and frogs?  Conduct experiments with frogs and graph the results.  Leap into frog art and frog races.  You’ll have a “croaking” and “un-frog-get-able” time!

 

Entering K or 1st
WATER CYCLE

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What natural resource covers 80% of our planet and is crucial for the survival of all living things?  Water!  Explore the chemical composition and density of water.  Become a water molecule as we create the stages of the hydrologic cycle.  Illustrate the different forms of precipitation and discover the conditions that lead to each one.  Discuss all the places water is found.  Experiment with the different forms of matter that water can take.  Learn more about hydroelectric power and how it can be used to replace other forms of power.  Build a watershed model and learn about how contamination occurs.  Brainstorm ideas for protecting and restoring our world’s most valuable resource.
 

Entering 1st or 2nd grades
RIVETING REEFS

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Oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface and are almost entirely unexplored. Let’s dive into this strange and marvelous world and make some discoveries of our own! We will explore coral reef areas and find a strange looking crab that has stinging tentacles. Discover fish that glow and even upside down jellyfish. The coral reef may look peaceful but it is really a noisy place!  Listen to the popping noises made by the shrimp and the rumbling sounds of the fish. Join us on our adventure and you will create your own noisy coral reef aquarium and make a disappearing squid. Pretend you are a lobster and find your food with your antennae and perform “spongy” experiment. Put on your scuba gear and swim on in to the coral reef!

 

Entering 2nd or 3rd grades
ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS

Become a Zoologist this summer at College for Kids!  Animals are unique in so many different ways.  We are going to explore how many animals have made adaptations to survive in their environments.  Get ready to discover how migration, hibernation, and physical changes protect many animal species!  Have you ever wondered why feathers are special?  Have you seen an animal change colors right in front of your eyes?  Do you know why some animals make their homes underground?  Learn all about ways that animals camouflage themselves first hand.  Come face to face with many amazing creatures and celebrate how they have transformed themselves over hundreds of years.  Get ready to use your imagination as you create your own animal too!  We will have a wild time together as we learn all that we can about some creative ways animals have learned to protect themselves.

 

Entering 3rd or 4th grades
GROWING GERMS

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What’s too tiny to see, but there are millions and trillions of them and they can keep you in bed for days? Collect germs from your body, door knobs, and mice, (the computer type). Get grossed out as you look at them under a microscope. Participants in the “Tootsie Roll” experiment, incubate germs on a TSA plate and see the world of epidemiology first hand. How do germs travel from person to person? Learn about bacteria, viruses and how germs attack humans. Learn about the good germs and the bad germs. Do they react the same way to time and temperature? What common household solution kills germs the best? Put ammonia and bleach to the test. Are your hands really clean after you wash them? Which of your classmates started a “disease” epidemic, or was it you? Learn more about the smallest and most powerful living organisms on the planet.
 

Entering 4th or 5th grades
EXCITING ECOLOGY

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Ecology is the science of interactions between living organisms and their environment.  Let’s explore these interactions on both land and in water!  What do you think a food chain is?  No, it’s not a bunch of hamburgers strung together. What is a habitat, and why do plants and animals need them to survive?  How much food does a bear need to make it through winter? What is a wetland, and who lives there?  Why do some fish make long swims to have their babies?  In this course we will answer these questions and more while exploring a variety of environments and the organisms that make them their home.

 
 

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