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Iowa City, Session 1

Magical Potions

Grades 2 through 4 (current academic year)
Jun 19, 2017-Jun 23, 2017, 9:00AM- 4:00PM

When science and creativity meld, it’s pure magic! In this class, we will be using science to create some really magical outcomes, and then researching the magic to find out what’s really happening. Through the use of the scientific method, we will experiment with a variety of different chemicals and materials, looking to create that magical concoction! A few concoctions we will be brewing up are: heat sensitive color changing slime,  glow in the dark magic mud, fizzy bath dough, peppermint rock candy, egg “geodes”, and ice cream using dry ice!  With each experiment we will discuss a scientific theory with each, such as friction, buoyancy, chemical reactions,magnets, compression, and physics. We will also keep a notebook like a real scientist to write hypotheses, record data, discuss correlations, and conclusions. Come ready to be amazed!


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Instructor: Erica Wilkinson
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Instructor: Rachel Klein
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LEGO Robotics

Grades 2 through 4 (current academic year)
Jun 19, 2017-Jun 23, 2017, 9:00AM- 4:00PM

Have you ever wanted your room to clean itself? What about performing without stepping on stage? Or move something really heavy without lifting a finger?  If so, this class is for you because robots can do all of these things and more! Use your creativity while learning how to design and program task specific robots. LEGO Robotics is a fun way to learn how to design, construct, and program robots. No experience with LEGOs or robots necessary! Students will work individually and engage in peer collaboration. Sign up with a friend and you can create robots together! Students will be designing more advanced robots that incorporate various kinds of sensors. A First Lego League competition table will be used to test the robots, refine programs, and for two robots to compete against each other. By the time the class is over, students will have an understanding of all the basics needed for designing, creating and programming a functional robot.



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Instructor: Dominic Iannone
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Introduction to Advanced Math

Grades 4 through 6 (current academic year)
Jun 19, 2017-Jun 23, 2017, 9:00AM- 4:00PM

This course is primarily designed around several famous mathematical ideas and the underlying mathematical principles that help to support student understanding. Examples include, but are not limited to: The Konigsberg Bridge Problem, Monty Hall’s Let’s Make a Deal Problem, the Probability of Winning the Powerball, Einstein’s Riddle, and the Binomial Theorem. Some of the specific topics covered include: Pascal’s Triangle, Sums of an Infinite Geometric Series, Probability of Independent Events, Logic, and Euler Paths. A BESTS math score of 15 is recommended.



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Instructor: Jon Bach
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Logical Leaps

Grades 4 through 6 (current academic year)
Jun 19, 2017-Jun 23, 2017, 9:00AM- 4:00PM

There’s much more to math than arithmetic! Using games and puzzles, we will explore logical reasoning, proofs, induction, and deduction. Not all of our activities will include numbers, but each will be rich in mathematical reasoning that goes beyond computation. We'll even use ciphers, codes, and cryptography to test your puzzle cracking skill! Prepare your math brain for work in algebra, geometry, and other advanced mathematics by practicing the concepts and logical reasoning skills that lie at the center of great math thinking. 

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