The courses allow children with exceptional
intellectual ability to extend their existing
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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