The courses allow children with exceptional
intellectual ability to extend their existing
Why is Testudo the official mascot at
the University of Maryland? What makes Diamondback Terrapins unique?
Testudines lay eggs, molt their skin and have exceptional night vision.
Turtle hatchlings matured into adults more than 200 million years. Are they
older than the dinosaurs? Where in the world can we find turtles? They are
bony and painted; leathery and swift; tiny and speckled and enormous and
quiet. Why can some stay submerged for more than five hours while others
stay on land their entire life? Even though these creatures are endangered,
they are used for food, medicine and cosmetics. How can they be saved? What
adaptations allow some to move only two feet per minute while others move 20
mph? What is the difference between tortoises and turtles?
We will observe turtles in an outdoor campus courtyard. Create your
own turtle and enter it in the Great Turtle Race. We'll have tons of fun
learning about these terrific testudines!
Was it stray asteroids or volcanic
eruptions? Did predators eat their eggs? Whatever happened to
those "terrible lizards" 65 million years ago changed the whole
Earth? Why did dinosaurs rule for 165 million years? Make a
timeline to understand the "Age of the Dinosaurs". Classify
dinosaurs by behaviors and features. Compare dinosaurs to
animals today. Investigate theories that best explain the
extinction mystery. Become a paleontologist and dig for and
identify fossils. Discuss how fossils are formed and make a
fossil. Help put the pieces together to discover the history of
these magnificent creatures.
Have you ever wondered what goes
on outside while you are asleep? We will take a walk in the "pitch black"
and discover the animals of the night. We will take an adventure through a
Central-American forest to find the "night walker" or kinkajou. We will peek
into a cave to find a few bats, get down on the ground and discover
tarantulas and listen for the hoot of the owls. How do these animals see in
the dark? What is echolocation? Why do they only come out at night? Where do
they live during the day? How do your pupils or sense of smell compare to a
nocturnal creature? Can you communicate as well as a firefly? Can you
create moth symmetry? Have you ever thought about the migration or
hibernation of a nocturnal creature? We will complete numerous experiments
and investigations to answer these questions.
Why does Mom hang your photos and artwork
on the refrigerator and not on the door? What materials can we
use to create magnets? Why are magnets attracted to other
metals? We can make temporary magnets and find magnets in nature
such as the lodestone. How does temperature affect magnetic
force? How does magnetic force change with distance? Who is
Gauss? Would you like to conduct experiments to determine how
electricity and magnetism are related? If you could create an
invention using magnetism, what invention would you create? Join
us to explore the invisible force all around us that impacts our
From the smallest subatomic particle to the vast dark matter in
outer space, everything matters! Be a scientist and explore the
wonderful mysteries of matter in all of its phases: liquids,
gases, solids and even plasma. How do astronauts make a liquid
magnetic? How can you blow up a balloon without touching it? Why
does a buckyball look like a soccer ball? What are the
properties of this type of atom that makes it so strong that it
can be used to make armor? Make three dimensional models of
different types of atoms with neutrons, protons, and electrons.
Finding out “what’s the matter” will never be more exciting!
What kinds of adaptations would a plant need in order to survive in a particular environment? Can you invent a “plant” with those characteristics? What kinds of specialized structures and growth patterns allow the climbing behavior of different vines? What pigments are found in leaves and flowers? What are the most important plants in the Towson Glen? How are they distributed? Which species of trees is the most common in this area? How does the environment around a building affect plant growth? Which plants are being damaged by insects? What are some adaptations that enable seeds to be spread from the parent plant to a new site? We will delve into these questions and more while exploring the wonderful world of plants.