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Keep your little scientist busy during winter break with these quick, fun camps!

Tuesday, December 27th

K’nex- A- Pult
(9:00am-12:00pm) ages 6-13 only
Whether we are launching those leftover holiday cookies or candies… or other splatting items… Let’s see if you can meet the engineering challenges at hand. Can you build a machine that will toss a cookie the longest distance? How about projecting a piece of candy through into a hanging stocking… And no launch will ever be the same unless you can take some holiday slime and give Rudolf a Red nose…

May the Force Be With You
(1:00pm-4:00pm) ages 6-13 only
Try to harness your inner force by becoming an electromagnet. Test your ability to attract and move metal objects. Dive fingers first into a magnetic field, to predict the motion of this invisible force field. Harness the lighting power of a plasma ball and Tesla coil just to experience their colorful explosion.

Wednesday, December 28th

Candy Science
(9:00am-12:00pm) ages 6-13 only
Use your taste buds, Can you tell an Acid from a Base? Use your nose, Can you tell one candy flavor from another without using your eyes. Become a candy scientist and determine what makes some candies sour and others bitter. While seeing the impact your eyes have on your smell.

Candy and Cookie Chemistry
(1:00pm-4:00pm) ages 6-13 only
Try your hand at the art of candy, whether it’s dipping pretzels and bananas into meltly delicious chocolate or candy molding. See if you have the cookie skills to make yummy cookies without an oven that will tantalize your taste buds.

Thursday, December 29th

The Power of Logic and the Lego Mind storms
(9:00am-12:00pm) ages 6-13 only
Try your mind on a maze of logic. Can you give directions to a robot to complete a task? First try the art of programming with our command cards and a partner… then move to the Lego Mind Storms EV3 and try some new challenges.

The Great Science Factory Mystery
(1:00pm-4:00pm) ages 6-13 only
Can you figure out who stole the cookies from Mr. Bob’s Cookie jar? Follow the trail of crumbs, clues and prints to determine the cookie monster here at the Lancaster Science Factory… You might even catch them with their hands on the cookies…

Friday, December 30th

Egg -travaganza
(9:00am-12:00pm) ages 6-13 only
Walk on a sidewalk of eggs! Take a brief nap of a soft bed of eggs! And create a parachute for an egg-passenger! Can you save your egg from becoming scrambled? Join in the egg exciting egg-ventures that are waiting for you.

Thinking in 3D
(1:00pm-4:00pm) ages 6-13 only
Try your hand at building in 3Dimension. Use 2D pictures to create objects in 3 dimensions. Use simple wooden planks to duplicate the balance, proportion, composition and geometry of anything from a park bench to sky scraper.

There are PDF versions of the registration & payment forms under ‘Discussions’ for this Facebook Page. You can also email Rachel at rcahill@tlsf.org for Microsoft Word versions of these forms, or you could stop by our Front Desk during our regular business hours (Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm or Sunday 12-5pm) to sign up. No reservations can be made without payment. Online registration is coming soon…

The cost for non-members is $30 per child per 3-hour camp.

Members recieve 10% off camp registrations.

Questions? Please contact our STEM Educator, Rachel Cahill, at rcahill@tlsf.org or 717-509-6363 x015

Dec 1st (9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm)

The Slinky: The Secret of Potential and Kinetic Energy

The slinky is not only a child’s toy but a learning tool full of knowledge and energy. Students will start with the examination of the slinky… to finds the hidden energy within… Stretch and compression. Students will then learn about Potential energy and how we can calculate it… then we will explore Kinetic Energy and how it can be determined. Lastly student will turn their slinky’s Potential energy into Kinetic energy…. All to learn about the Law of Conservation of Energy.

Cost is $15 per child, per session

**Lancaster Science Factory members receive a 10% discount on all Homeschool Classes!**

To sign up for a homeschool class, please visit our website for online registration or contact Rachel Cahill at Rcahill@tlsf.org or 717-509-6363 x105.

Nov 17th (9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm)

Simple Machines: Not so Simple but lots of FUN

Students will explore the basic form of simple machines. They will learn how to place the fulcrum on a lever to increase and decrease the mechanical advantage of the machine. Students will be asked to create pulley systems to lift heavy object with ease. Students will compare the incline plane to a straight lift. As the students explore the simple machines they will be introduce to a spring scale and the Newton as a unit of force… as well as the concept of mechanical advantage.

Cost is $15 per child, per session

**Lancaster Science Factory members receive a 10% discount on all Homeschool Classes!**

To sign up for a homeschool class, please visit our website for online registration or contact Rachel Cahill at Rcahill@tlsf.org or 717-509-6363 x105.

Sunday November 13th (Special time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm)
FOX Weather

Join Fox Meteorologist Drew Anderson to uncover the how’s and why’s of weather. Experience weather first hand while doing hands on experiments that will give you a deeper understanding of the weather you see around us every day.
Led by: Meteorologist Drew Anderson

*Programs are for kids in grades 3 – 8.

*Workshop cost per child: FREE with your paid admission or membership.

*Regular Science Factory rates apply: Members are FREE, All Visitors are $8.50.

*To reserve a space in this workshop, please contact Rachel Cahill at Rcahill@tlsf.org or 717-509-6363 x105 or visit our website to complete an electronic registration.

JUST ADDED: Nov 4th (9:30 – 11:00am)

Acids and Bases: The Candy Science of Sour

Students will have the opportunity to work with Acids and Bases but from the prospective of candy and foods. Students will learn how to determine an acid from a base using pH paper and acid/base tests. They will learn how to read the color scale associated with an acid or a base and be able to determine which items are strong acids/bases and those that are weak acids/bases. Students will also be able to tell if a food is an acid or base from their own facial expressions as they take that first taste.

Cost is $15 per child, per session

**Lancaster Science Factory members receive a 10% discount on all Homeschool Classes!**

To sign up for a homeschool class, please visit our website for online registration or contact Rachel Cahill at Rcahill@tlsf.org or 717-509-6363 x105.

Nov 3rd (9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm)

Acids and Bases: The Candy Science of Sour

Students will have the opportunity to work with Acids and Bases but from the prospective of candy and foods. Students will learn how to determine an acid from a base using pH paper and acid/base tests. They will learn how to read the color scale associated with an acid or a base and be able to determine which items are strong acids/bases and those that are weak acids/bases. Students will also be able to tell if a food is an acid or base from their own facial expressions as they take that first taste.

Cost is $15 per child, per session

**Lancaster Science Factory members receive a 10% discount on all Homeschool Classes!**

To sign up for a homeschool class, please visit our website for online registration or contact Rachel Cahill at Rcahill@tlsf.org or 717-509-6363 x105.

The Lancaster Science Factory is pleased to host an encore event of A Taste of Science. This year’s event is sure to be another wonderful and unique evening for adults to experience the science of food and drink! Come explore the Science Factory exhibits while tasting extraordinary food and drink – all with a twist on how science relates to us in everyday things such as eating and drinking. There will also be a silent auction during the evening’s festivities.

Dress code for the event is “casual chic”. Lab coats and other scientist-type clothing – optional!

New This Year…
We will be holding interactive games throughout the evening for chances to win specially designated prizes. Come play Periodic Table Bingo, Blackhole Corn Hole and Scientific Wheel of Fortune! Tickets to play are $5.00 each/5 tickets for $20, each winner receives additional 5 chances to enter their name in a drawing for    specially designated prizes.

The Tasting Offerings:
There will be food and drink offerings at different areas throughout the building. Local restaurants will prepare tempting dishes all with a unique twist relating to science. Wine, beer and cocktails will also be offered to enhance the food selections. They too will have an aspect of science to share. Come prepared to be delighted and amazed! Confirmed food and drink sponsors are:

American Bar & Grill, The Horse Inn, Classic Cuisine Catering, The Federal Taphouse, The Bakers Table, Four54 Grill, Wacker Brewing Co and Pour on Prince

Silent Auction:
As part of the night’s festivities, we will be having a silent auction with many unique and varied items to delight you. Below is a very short sampling of some of the items that will be offered. Auction Items purchased must be paid in cash, by check, or by credit card at the end of the evening. You will receive a number for bidding and a detailed event program at the door.
What can you expect to find at the silent auction?
Theatre Tickets
Sports Memorabilia
Local Artists’ Prints
Restaurant Certificates
Golf Certificates
Jewelry
…and much, much more!!

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

Oct 20th (9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm)
 
The Cartesian Plane: Understand the Coordinate on graph
 
Students will be introduced to the idea of positive and negative number lines on the Cartesian plane. Student will investigate coordinate pairs(x,y)some of these pairs will include positive and negative numbers. Then students will be able to use their new found knowledge to help develop a life size Cartesian plane and answer a riddle made of coordinate pairs
 
Cost is $15 per child, per session
 
**Lancaster Science Factory members receive a 10% discount on all Homeschool Classes!**
 
To sign up for a homeschool class, please visit our website for online registration or contact Rachel Cahill at Rcahill@tlsf.org or 717-509-6363 x105.
Lancaster Science Factory
Oct 6th (9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm)
 
Polarity: The tie-dye effect.. A Rainbow of Color
 
Students will be introduced polarity of different colors and fabric. Students will investigate why certain colors will stain specific fabrics, while others rinse right out… Through their investigation they will determine what solutions will remove grass stains, mud stains and grape juice; all while learning the polarity of the materials they are working with. For this class each student will need to bring with them a white cotton T-shirt.
 
Cost is $15 per child, per session
 
**Lancaster Science Factory members receive a 10% discount on all Homeschool Classes!**
 
To sign up for a homeschool class, please visit our website for online registration or contact Rachel Cahill at Rcahill@tlsf.org or 717-509-6363 x105.
Lancaster Science Factory

Take learning to the next level with the new ‘Interactive Science Discovery series at The Lancaster Science Factory! This family-friendly event will feature our partners from Franklin & Marshall College as they provide activities for ages Pre-K to adult based on current research being done locally. Participants will also be able to explore our museum’s exhibits during this time.

Worried about missing dinner? All guests in attendance will enjoy FREE pizza genously provided from Pats Pizzeria!

September 29th- 6-8pm – Topic: New Methods for Humanitarian Demining (ie: How can you tell whether a buried object is a dangerous mine, or a harmless rock or trash?)

Hope to see you there!