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Send your kids to the coolest camp in the coldest time!

The 9th annual Cold Storage Winter Camp takes place December 26, 27, 28 & 29, 2017 at The Lancaster Science Factory. Campers will enjoy hands-on activities, fun demonstrations, and be submerged in the chill and thrill of science!

Each half-day session costs $30 per child. Reserve both sections on the same day for $55. Or book all 8 sessions for $200. The more you book, the more you save! Members also receive an extra 10% off.

Children that are attending both morning and afternoon camps are welcome to stay for Lunch Bunch, in which they can eat their own packed lunch, and then enjoy time on the exhibit floors before the afternoon camp begins.

We are also recruiting volunteers age 16+ to help with Camp!

Space is limited, so make your reservation soon…

Camp Descriptions:

Cookies & Milk
Tuesday, December 26 – AM Session (Grades K-8)
Take a new look at Santa’s favorite treat. Explore games and activities inspired by yummy holiday favorites. Take those yummy cookies and create a skyscraper that you are sure Santa will not miss as he flies by. Add a little holiday magic to his favorite drink to help the elves with a few last minute toys and pictures.

From Snowballs to Hot Chocolate
Tuesday, December 26 – PM Session (Grades K-8)
Join in a frosty experience where gloves are required. Try your hand at Eskimo engineering and sub-zero science. When the chill gets to be too much create the perfect cup of chocolatey warmth…

Uh OH … Santa
Wednesday, December 27 – AM Session (Grades K-8)
Join an elite group of Elves to help Santa with all his traveling Whoo’s… Don’t Look but Santa is stuck in a chimney. How does he fit all those holiday presents in that stocking? Oh NO… Don’t overshoot that Sleigh’s landing!

Grinch-Mas
Wednesday, December 27 – PM Session (Grades K-8)
From the gooey and the slimy to the messy and disgusting, join in the Grinch-mas Celebration of food, fun and rotten. Try your hand at carving the Grinch out of a green apple (just because he’s a little tart) and watch how he rots. Search through the disgusting to find that gooey, slimy mixture that is simply Grinch-ERRIFIC.

Ornamental Science
Thursday, December 28 – AM Session (Grades K-8)
Ornamental science is truly elementary from Geo-Boards to atoms and astronomy to thermodynamics. Join in the holiday spirit as you create these STEAM inspired creations that will brighten your holiday tree or window pane.

Soap is Not Just for Bath Time Anymore!
Thursday, December 28 – PM Session (Grades K-8)
Surround yourself in the world of soap suds and bubbles, NO washcloth needed !! Can you save your rubber duckie from an oil spill? Are you able to make a bubble BUG or BUG- erpillar? How about a human bubble?

Electronics and Robotics
Friday, December 29 – AM Session (Grades K-8)
From those NEW electronic toys to those of past history, join in the advancements of programming. See if your creation is from the past, present or future…. As you explore Lego Mind-Storms, Edison Robots, and Little Bits.

Junk Drawer Engineering
Friday, December 29 – PM Session (Grades K-8)
Join the LSF Engineering Elves as they explore Pneumatic Construction and the Perpetual Motion Marble Machine. Your Mind is your ONLY limit as you try your hands at these innovative toy creations.

Sunday, October 8th from 2-3:30pm

Bob Lydum with Agilent Technologies, presents Science in Motion: Hydro Lift

Description: Participants will build their own hydro lift and learn about the transfer of energy used to increase force. Use your newly founded creation to demonstrate the principles of Hydraulics and see if you can recognize where it might be useful in the working world.

*All activities are free with your paid LSF admission or membership.

“Science Inspires Curiosity” Mural Dedication & Meet and Greet with the Artist, Katie Trainer!

Friday, December 1st at The Lancaster Science Factory

Artist, Katie Trainer, will be on hand to discuss her 30′ tall STEM-themed mural inside the Science Factory.

Guests are invited to view a 2-minute timelapse video of the 2 week painting project. In addition to the timelapse video by Kenneth King, the artist will provide several 15 minute guided tours of the mural design. See if you can find all of the secret images hidden in the mural with a Sci-Spy adventure created by Katie Trainer Artist/Author/Magic!

Admission to the museum is free from 5-8pm thanks to special funding from PPL Electric Utilities.

Special thanks to Chroma Mural Paint for their generous paint donation.

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

Scientific Method and Data Discovery: Dive Deeper into Data

Students will explore data and learn different ways to use data to explain a scientific investigation. Students will learn the ins and outs of the bar graph, line graph and xy scatter plot but they will have to gather their data first.

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 contact Rachel Cahill at Rcahill@tlsf.org or 717-509-6363 x105 or follow the link above to register electronically.

Thaddeus Stevens College & Foundation and The Lancaster Science Factory are partnering to throw a STEM-themed Happy Hour party to celebrate the Extraordinary Give!

STEM Happy Hour
Come raise a glass, give extra to Thaddeus Stevens College of Technologyand the Science Factory, and have fun.
When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Lancaster Science Factory, 454 New Holland Ave., Lancaster, PA
It’s FREE. Must be 21 or over! RSVP REQUIRED—so we have enough food and drink.

RSVP Here: http://bit.ly/2yD7pyD

Watch as we screen print a T-shirt for you.
Make your own terrarium in a jar.
Watch a 3-D printer in action and take home a zipper pull.
See Star Wars characters & try Science of Star Wars activities.
Explore all the interactive stations at the Lancaster Science Factory.
Try on some virtual reality glasses.
Talk to Thaddeus Stevens College students about their experiences.

Donate to Lancaster Science Factory & Thaddeus Stevens College Foundation! All contributions received through the ExtraGive on November 17th will be   S T R E T C H E D by $500,000 in additional funding.

Adult partygoers may enter the speakeasy (ID required) and
Enjoy yummy hors d’oeuvres as you chat with friends, old and new.
Have Baxter the Robot pour your wine. Beer and soda are also available.

Bring your credit card, and use the ExtraGive Day donation kiosks.

Remember: ADULTS ONLY event. You must be age 21 or older to access the speakeasy.

Register Now for the Adults only STEM Happy Hour! http://bit.ly/2yD7pyD

Free Kids STEM Faire
Come early and bring the kids.
Open to the public from 4-6 pm. No RSVP is necessary.
When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Location: Lancaster Science Factory, 454 New Holland Ave., Lancaster, PA
Who can attend? K-8th grade kids & their parents or caregivers.

It’s FREE! No RSVP necessary.

Kids, K-8th grade, enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) family-friendly fun:
Baxter, our lovable robot, will meet and greet you.
Cast your own metal figurine.
Photo ops with Star Wars character and a light saber.
Free T-shirts, screen-printed on-site just for you.
Make your own wooden snowman.
Get a zipper pull produced on a 3-D printer.
Make techy jewelry from electronics components.
Explore how pollution gets into a stream or lake.
Try on virtual reality glasses.
Check out the Science Factory’s favorite science experiments – make a cloud and fly a drone.
Tons of Lancaster Science Factory hands-on activities!

PLEASE NOTE: NO REFRESHMENTS will be served at the Kids STEM Faire.

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and The Lancaster Science Factory present a FREE Kids STEM Faire to celebrate The Extraordinary Give!

Friday, November 17, 4 – 6 pm:
Come early and bring the kids!
No RSVP is necessary.

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and The Lancaster Science Factory are throwing a Kids STEM Faire, where LSF will offer FREE ADMISSION from 4-6 pm. Bring your credit card for the #ExtraGive stations while kids, K-8th grade can enjoy Baxter, a lovable robot that will meet and greet you.

Kids STEM Faire events include casting your own metal figurine, photo ops with Star Wars characters, Free T-shirts screen-printed on-site, make your own wooden snowman, get a zipper pull produced on a 3-D printer, make techy jewelry from electronics components, explore how pollution gets into a stream or lake, try on virtual reality glasses, and see some of the Science Factory’s favorite science experiments like making a cloud or fly a drone.

No RSVP is required for this event. Hope to see you there!

Stick around for our Happy Hour afterwards:

STEM Happy Hour
Come raise a glass, give extra to Thaddeus Stevens and the Science Factory, and have fun.
When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Lancaster Science Factory, 454 New Holland Ave., Lancaster, PA
It’s FREE. Must be 21 or over! RSVP required—so we have enough food and drink.

Watch as we screen print a T-shirt for you.
Make your own terrarium in a jar.
Watch a 3-D printer in action and take home a zipper pull.
Take a selfie with a fully-costumed Star Wars character – who’s your favorite?
Explore all the interactive stations at the Lancaster Science Factory.
Try on some virtual reality glasses.
Talk to Thaddeus Stevens College students about their experiences.
Donate to Lancaster Science Factory & Thaddeus Stevens College Foundation

Adult partygoers may enter the speakeasy (ID required) and
Enjoy yummy hors d’oeuvres as you chat with friends, old and new.
Have Baxter the Robot pour your wine.
Beer and soda are also available.
Bring your credit card, and use the ExtraGive Day donation kiosks.
Remember: You must be age 21 or older to access the speakeasy.

Register Now for the Adults only STEM Happy Hour!
http://bit.ly/2yD7pyD

November 16: (9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm)

Scientific Method and Data Discovery: The Walk through

Students will explore the Scientific Method while completing the “Strength of Different Brands of Paper Towels.” As the students tour through proper scientific experimental process they will briefly research background knowledge, create a hypothesis, write an experimental procedure, identify dependent and independent variable, test their experiment using multiple trials, record their data, analyze their data including graphing, identify their results, and lastly create a conclusion where the hypothesis is re-evaluated.

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 contact Rachel Cahill at Rcahill@tlsf.org or 717-509-6363 x105 or follow the link above to register electronically.

THE FORCE RETURNS AS THE LANCASTER SCIENCE FACTORY PRESENTS THE SCIENCE OF STAR WARS!!

LANCASTER, PA – On November 17th, The Lancaster Science Factory will be participating in the Extraordinary Give, and again this year, we are presenting four events that are out of this world as we host “The Science of Star Wars” on November 11, 12 and 17.

These big events will feature your favorite #StarWars costumed characters and the chance to engage in the Science of Star Wars at the Lancaster Science Factory’s Science Café!

• Saturday, November 11, 12:30 – 4:30pm p.m. See members from theCapital City Jedi Knights perform a lightsaber battle. This year they will be joined by Ghost Base, which is the Pennsylvania and Delaware chapter of the Rebel Legion, the premier Rebel (“good guy”) costuming organization as recognized by LucasFilm Ltd. All activities are free with your paid LSF admission or membership.

• Sunday, November 12, 12 – 2 pm:
Join members from Garrison Carida, local unit of the 501st Legion with more than 50 special costume characters representing the “Dark Side.” All activities are free with your paid LSF admission or membership.

• Friday, November 17, 12am-11:59pm- THE EXTRAORDINARY GIVE! On November 17th, for 24-hours only, visit ExtraGive.org, make a donation to the Lancaster Science Factory (min. $25) and every dollar you donate will be stretched by at least $500,000 from the Lancaster County Community Foundation, our Presenting Sponsors Rodgers & Associates and the S. Dale High Family Foundation, plus our generous community partners, to support the causes you care about!

• Friday, November 17, 4 – 6 pm:
The Lancaster Science Factory and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology are throwing a Kids STEM Faire, where LSF will offer FREE ADMISSION during this event from 4-6 pm. Bring your credit card for the ExtraGive stations while kids, K-8th grade can enjoy Baxter, a lovable robot that will meet and greet you. Kids STEM Faire events include casting your own metal figurine, photo ops with Star Wars characters, Free T-shirts screen-printed on-site, make your own wooden snowman, get a zipper pull produced on a 3-D printer, make techy jewelry from electronics components, explore how pollution gets into a stream or lake, try on virtual reality glasses, and see some of the Science Factory’s favorite science experiments like making a cloud or fly a drone.

• Friday, November 17, 6 – 8 pm: Join The Lancaster Science Factory andThaddeus Stevens College of Technology for an adult only event at the Science Factory. RSVP IS REQUIRED so we have enough food and drink. Here, you can watch as we screen print a T-shirt for you, make your own terrarium in a jar, watch a 3-D printer in action and take home a zipper pull, and take a selfie with a fully-costumed Star Wars character – who’s your favorite? Plus, explore all the interactive stations at the Lancaster Science Factory, try on some virtual reality glasses, talk to Thaddeus Stevens College students about their experiences, donate to Thaddeus Stevens College Foundation and the Lancaster Science Factory.

Adult partygoers may enter the speakeasy from 6:00 to 8:00 pm (ID required) and enjoy yummy hors d’oeuvres as you chat with friends, old and new. Baxter the Robot will pour you a glass of wine. Beer and soda are also available. Bring your credit card, and use the ExtraGive Day donation kiosks to give extraordinary.

RSVP Here: http://bit.ly/2yD7pyD
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Money raised will benefit the Lancaster Science Factory, a non-profit science and technology center located at 454 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA, where we create an environment of learning which helps children develop curiosity, think creatively and build self-confidence as they learn the principles of science and the application of science in engineering and technology.
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For general information and admission prices, please call 717.509.6363 or visit www.lancastersciencefactory.org

#ExtraGive #ScienceOfStarWars #ExtraordinaryGive

THE FORCE RETURNS AS THE LANCASTER SCIENCE FACTORY PRESENTS THE SCIENCE OF STAR WARS!!

LANCASTER, PA – On November 17th, The Lancaster Science Factory will be participating in the Extraordinary Give, and again this year, we are presenting four events that are out of this world as we host “The Science of Star Wars” on November 11, 12 and 17.

These big events will feature your favorite #StarWars costumed characters and the chance to engage in the Science of Star Wars at the Lancaster Science Factory’s Science Café!

• Saturday, November 11, 12:30 – 4:30pm p.m. See members from theCapital City Jedi Knights perform a lightsaber battle. This year they will be joined by Ghost Base, which is the Pennsylvania and Delaware chapter of the Rebel Legion, the premier Rebel (“good guy”) costuming organization as recognized by LucasFilm Ltd. All activities are free with your paid LSF admission or membership.

• Sunday, November 12, 12 – 2 pm:
Join members from Garrison Carida, local unit of the 501st Legion with more than 50 special costume characters representing the “Dark Side.” All activities are free with your paid LSF admission or membership.

• Friday, November 17, 12am-11:59pm- THE EXTRAORDINARY GIVE! On November 17th, for 24-hours only, visit ExtraGive.org, make a donation to the Lancaster Science Factory (min. $25) and every dollar you donate will be stretched by at least $500,000 from the Lancaster County Community Foundation, our Presenting Sponsors Rodgers & Associates and the S. Dale High Family Foundation, plus our generous community partners, to support the causes you care about!

• Friday, November 17, 4 – 6 pm:
The Lancaster Science Factory and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology are throwing a Kids STEM Faire, where LSF will offer FREE ADMISSION during this event from 4-6 pm. Bring your credit card for the ExtraGive stations while kids, K-8th grade can enjoy Baxter, a lovable robot that will meet and greet you. Kids STEM Faire events include casting your own metal figurine, photo ops with Star Wars characters, Free T-shirts screen-printed on-site, make your own wooden snowman, get a zipper pull produced on a 3-D printer, make techy jewelry from electronics components, explore how pollution gets into a stream or lake, try on virtual reality glasses, and see some of the Science Factory’s favorite science experiments like making a cloud or fly a drone.

• Friday, November 17, 6 – 8 pm: Join The Lancaster Science Factory andThaddeus Stevens College of Technology for an adult only event at the Science Factory. RSVP IS REQUIRED so we have enough food and drink. Here, you can watch as we screen print a T-shirt for you, make your own terrarium in a jar, watch a 3-D printer in action and take home a zipper pull, and take a selfie with a fully-costumed Star Wars character – who’s your favorite? Plus, explore all the interactive stations at the Lancaster Science Factory, try on some virtual reality glasses, talk to Thaddeus Stevens College students about their experiences, donate to Thaddeus Stevens College Foundation and the Lancaster Science Factory.

Adult partygoers may enter the speakeasy from 6:00 to 8:00 pm (ID required) and enjoy yummy hors d’oeuvres as you chat with friends, old and new. Baxter the Robot will pour you a glass of wine. Beer and soda are also available. Bring your credit card, and use the ExtraGive Day donation kiosks to give extraordinary.

RSVP Here: http://bit.ly/2yD7pyD
***************************************************************************

Money raised will benefit the Lancaster Science Factory, a non-profit science and technology center located at 454 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA, where we create an environment of learning which helps children develop curiosity, think creatively and build self-confidence as they learn the principles of science and the application of science in engineering and technology.
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For general information and admission prices, please call 717.509.6363 or visit www.lancastersciencefactory.org

#ExtraGive #ScienceOfStarWars #ExtraordinaryGive

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

The Sound of Music: Sound Reflection

Students will take their understanding of sound and relate it to everyday uses. Sonar and ultrasound are very simple concepts used by many STEM professionals and animals. Students will participate in a simple demonstration of sound reflection to see how these professionals and animals use it to help them identify things they cannot see with their eyes. Students will then explore meteorology and storm science to use their new found knowledge to determine where a storm is based on the thunder they hear. Lastly they will explore the fast paced world of communication and telephone. Students will explore different sound mediums to determine what causes communication between telephones to be clear or faded.

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 contact Rachel Cahill at Rcahill@tlsf.org or 717-509-6363 x105 or follow the link above to register electronically.