What does a Mad Science workshop look like? How long does the workshop last?
Created by a professional team of educators and scientists, Mad Science workshops are designed to meet curriculum requirements and STEM objectives. Students have the opportunity to learn by asking questions, observing demonstrations, completing experiments, and building take-home projects. In addition, our programs have been correlated to match your curriculum requirements for every grade level. Mad Science workshops are usually one hour long, but can be cut back to accommodate a shorter class time.
For what ages are Mad Science workshops appropriate?
Our workshops are appropriate for children between 4 to 12 years of age.
Is there a difference between a workshop and an in-class field trip?
Yes! Although many of our topics can be scheduled as either, generally a workshop is very focused on education, while our in-class field trips are set up to be more entertainment-oriented. Of course the science content always remains the same, but students will spend more time learning through play in an in-class field trip than in a workshop, which utilizes more directed activity and discussion.
How far in advance do I need to book my workshop?
We always recommend booking well in advance to ensure we are available to conduct your workshop during the desired time. If you are flexible with times and dates we are usually able to accommodate last-minute bookings for classes taking place the next week.
What do I need to do to get a workshop for my class?
There are several ways to get in touch with us regarding workshop booking! You can fill out an online request form by clicking on the “Book now” button on our website, or contact our office staff directly at (303) 403-0432. If you have received an email about upcoming or featured workshops, you can also get in touch with our booking staff by responding directly to that email.
What kinds of things are taught in the workshops?
You can find a full topic listing by visiting our website - http://colorado.madscience.org/ If you don't see the topic you were hoping for, please contact our office and we will be happy to arrange the perfect curriculum for your workshop.
What time can I have my workshop?
Our workshops are available Monday-Friday during normal school operating hours. To book a workshop at a different time or day, please contact our office.
I live outside the Denver/Metro area... can I still book a workshop?
Yes! We will travel anywhere to bring science to your school, though we do charge a travel fee if you are located more than 30 miles away from our office in Denver. We will calculate the travel fee based on your distance from us. (NOTE: Our two most common travel fees are $75 for travel to Fort Collins and $100 for travel to Colorado Springs).
How many children can attend a workshop?
Our maximum class size is 25. If you have a much larger class, we ask that you schedule more than one workshop so that our instructor can effectively teach the class and have enough time and materials for all the scheduled activities. If time does not allow for two separate workshops, then we can send two instructors to run the workshops concurrently.
When will the Mad Scientist arrive?
The Mad Scientist will arrive at least 30 minutes early to set up all the scientific equipment necessary for the workshop. If you have booked a workshop for the beginning of the day, please be sure the school will be able to let our Mad Scientist in when they arrive.
What kind of space is needed?
We ask that you have enough space for the Mad Scientist to set up on the table you provide and for the children to be seated comfortably in front of it. A standard classroom will usually be fine, but many of our workshops take place in libraries, media rooms, or auditoriums as well. Most of our workshops require access to water and electrical outlets, so please ensure these amenities are available at your chosen location.
How do I pay for my workshop?
When you book your workshop, you will receive an invoice of the amount due. Payment can be made by check, either mailed to our office or given to the instructor on the day of your workshop. We always recommend that schools explore a variety of options to finance our programs if the district budget does not cover the cost. Many schools have had success by collecting a small fee from each student, similar to a field trip fee. Other schools are funded by the PTA, or through fundraising activities the students participate in.
How will a workshop benefit me as a teacher?
Teachers do not always have the time and resources required to prepare interactive science programs. Mad Science’s experienced instructors come right into the teacher’s classroom with all the equipment, supplies, and staff. Our programs are fun, educational, and focus on real world science and engineering practices that work to reinforce science concepts and methodologies. We do not replace your teachers. Our role is to help them extend and enhance their impact in their class room by providing them state-of-the-art technology equipment to drive home the science concepts they cover in their classes.
How will a workshop benefit my students?
Children will learn about science by touching, feeling, and even sometimes tasting their science experiments! By creating an inclusive environment where learning is fun and "cool", and eliminating the idea of feeling shame for making mistakes, we leave students inspired and hungry to learn more, with increased confidence in themselves!
I'm a parent. How can I schedule a workshop for my child?
If your child's school does not yet have Mad Science programming, please talk to your child's teacher or principal. We would be happy to discuss any opportunities to bring Mad Science to any and all children. Mad Science can customize programming for your child's school or district curriculum. Workshops are aligned to STEM objectives and meet Colorado standards. If your company is interested in sponsoring a Mad Science educational workshop, we invite you to call us today.