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AFTERSCHOOL 
Second Fridays at 2:15 (unless noted)
Open to 3rd-5th graders
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Please sign up in advance 413-498-2455

This series of afterschool programs will be led by Science Educator (and PVRS elementary school computer teacher)Genevieve Garanin.

 

Oct 12  Leaf Peepers: Science of Fall Colors.  Why do leaves change color?  Have you seen tree leaves turning from green to yellow during the fall? Did you know the yellow colors that seem to suddenly appear were actually there all along? A chromatography experiment for fall. (3:30)

 

Nov 9  Starry Starry Night.  Do you know the stars we live under?  Those little lights in the sky at night time are luminous balls of gas. And the stars do not move around but create a pattern – a constellation – that can be looked at and recognized time and time again. Make your own constellation luminary.

 

Dec 14  Light Up the Winter Night.  Do you have any of those strings of light that only work half the time or only half the lights work?  Keep them out of the landfill when we use those broken strings to make fun circuits.

 

Jan 11  Bristlebots.  Basic engineering with Bristlebots, a small robot made by combining a toothbrush head and a vibrating pager motor.  Build a Bristlebot to learn basic engineering, motors, circuits, and balance principles.

 

Feb 8  Getting to the Heart of Things: Virtual dissection.  Dissections. Does the word make you cringe? Understanding how things work from the inside, is vital to developing a strong understanding of biology, physiology and anatomy.

 

Mar 8  Computers and Coding. Learn about coding using computer apps and making binary bracelets.

 

Apr 12  Nature Scavenger Hunt. We're going outside to see what can be found.......

 

May 10  Flowers and Bees.  How do you attract bees to your garden?  Why do we even need pollinators? And what do ice cream cones have to do with anything?

 

SATURDAYS
Third Saturdays at 10:00 (unless noted)
Open to 3rd-5th graders and their families
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Please sign up in advance 413-498-2455

 

Jan 19  Rube Goldberg Machines: Design & Build.  A Rube Goldberg machine is often a whimsical and delightful contraption that performs a simple task in the most complicated way possible. Students will be presented with a task and a variety of materials. They will design, build and test their machines, watching energy move from one object to another to complete the task.Presented by the Hitchcock Center


Feb 16  
Busy Beavers: An Engineering Design Challenge. Beavers are often called “nature’s engineers” due to their remarkable ability to change their habitat. This keystone species has amazing adaptations that enable it to survive and thrive, especially in the northeast, and students may have seen evidence of beavers in their community. This lesson aims to introduce students to beaver adaptations and then focus on the engineering aspect of building dams. After learning why and how beavers build dams in the wild, students will design their own dam using provided materials, work with a team on a unifying design, and build, test, re-design, and re-test their dams.  Presented by the Hitchcock Center


Mar 16  
Making and Tinkering: Hands-on Science & EngineeringAs the first step to Engineering and Design, tinkering allows children to learn about the properties of materials and what tools can do. Tinkering is a fun and exciting way to engage in serious learning and problem-solving.  Presented by the Hitchcock Center



Apr 20
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May 18  
Interactive Robotics Demo. A 60-minute demonstration with a 140-pound mobile robot.   Students from WPI/Mass Academy's FIRST Robots Team, along with their professor, will do a combined age-appropriate guided demo/discussion and then engage spectators to operate the robot.  Presented by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Robotics Resource Center.  

 

 


Aldrich Astronomical: Night Sky with a Telescope
Friday evening Nov 9   6:00 - 8:00
Open to all

A representative from Aldrich Astronomical Society will be here to show us how to use the library’s new telescope, talk about the stars and weather permitting, take us outside for a tour of the November sky.