After-School Science classes begin Monday, Jan. 19, and run for six weeks. Two classes are available depending on grade level; all classes meet from 4:00–5:30 p.m. at the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC). Cost is $75 per student, and they are open to all.
To pay by credit card, call the Cashier’s Office at 7-2247. Your space is not reserved until payment is received.
If you have any questions, call 7-3341.
Note: the Houghton school bus will drop off students at the GLRC by 3:45 p.m.
Grades 1–3: Under Your Feet Rocks!
Kids love rocks! This class will develop children’s observation skills by having them examine the characteristics of different rocks. They will then investigate Earth science concepts, such as different landforms, what is the Earth made of and how do volcanoes work? They will compare the erosion of different materials, mine for chocolate chips, look at material reuse/recycling, compare the texture and other characteristics of different soils and go on a dinosaur dig.
Instructor: Marcy Erickson, BS Forest Resources and Applied Ecology and science teacher certification
Grades 4–6: Chemistry for Kids
Kids will experience the fun of chemistry without balancing equations or learning all of the periodic table elements. Instead, they’ll create chemical reactions, where gas is released, a new substance is formed or heat is produced. They’ll make observations about differences in density, make a red cabbage pH indicator to measure how acidic a substance is, investigate characteristics of liquids and solids and solve a mock crime using chromatography.
Instructor: Denise Landsberg, Tech graduate, BS Biological Sciences and environmental educator