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Join us for a battle of the brains Thursday, March 9th at 7pm for Science Trivia Night at The Lancaster Science Factory!

Matt Johnson will be the Master of Science Ceremonies leading the Trivia Challenge. All of the Factory exhibits will be open and prizes will be awarded to overall winners and the team with the most creative science-themed name.

Grab your buzzer and participate in a Science Jeopardy showdown! This evening’s entertainment will include a Jeopardy challenges, with topics including “climate science” and “weather.”

The cost is $10 per person and all attendees must be age 21 and over. Admission includes 1 beer from Wacker Brewing Company, 1 slice of pizza from Four54 Grill and 5 brain busting rounds of science themed trivia and jeopardy. Guests will be able to purchase additional brews (Wacker Kolsch or Dunkel) at our Science Cafe cash bar.

We ask that each team pre-register on Eventbrite to help us estimate event attendance. Teams can be up to 8 players.

Questions? Please contact Audrey Lilley at Alilley@tlsf.org or 717-509-6363 x104.

Hope to see you there!

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

To Mix or Not To Mix : Solubility of Solution

Students will explore solubility of a variety of materials. The students will learn why some chemicals dissolve while other do not. Students will explore the impact of solubility as they increase the concentration of chemical in a solution. They will also alter the temperature of the solution to see what impact it might have.

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.

February 23: (9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm)

Weight Lifting Acids and There Speed of Reaction: Molarity

Students will explore the importance of concentration of an acid on a reaction. Students will compare identical acids of differing concentrations (molarity) to the speed of a reaction. Student will be able to predict the speed of a reaction as molarity increase and decrease.

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 February 12th: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Maple Sugaring: Nature’s Biochemistry from a Tree

From Cold Winters Nights to Sunny Warm Spring Days; From Water to Syrup to Sugar… comes the sweetness from that only nature can provide.

Join LSF STEM Educator, Rachel Cahill, for a walk into the biochemistry of a Sugar Maple. Try your hands at the tools of the trade taking baby steps back through the history of sugaring to those original settlers, the Native Americans. Look and Taste the beautiful colors of liquid gold.

Led by: Rachel Cahill, STEM Educator at The Lancaster Science Factory

*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.

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

Balancing Invisible Forces: Electromagnetism

Students will explore magnet and magnetism. Students will examine the invisible magnetic field that surrounds a magnet and learn to predict its attraction and repulsion. Students will then be challenged to create an electro-magnet.

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 January 29: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Amusement Park-ology. Can you design a new ride?

Recently your favorite amusement park experienced a fire. The directors are looking for the some help in designing their new and improved theme park rides. In this Maker Space Workshop, participants will try their hands at designing and engineering an amusement park ride that will bring people back to their favorite amusement park.

Do you have what it takes to be an Amusement Park Design Engineer? Will your ride impress our local amusement park? Come and join us to find out if you got what it takes!!!

Led by: Aliyah Elijah, Aspiring STEM early Childhood Educator, Millersville University, Class of 2018

*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.

January 26: (9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm)

Tug of War: A Simple Game of Work

Students will explore the world of effort and work. Students will be able to put a number value on the work it takes to complete a task. Students will understand why in a game of tug of war one team wins over another and be able to prove it at the same time.

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.

Science that Sticks Winter Camp

New for 2017 – A Winter Camp program specifically designed for the little ones in mind. Send your Pre-K child to engaging and fun winter camps and keep your little explorers busy during those COLD Days
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Each camp is 2 hours (9:30 – 11:30 am) and runs $30 per child per 2-hour camp!

Registration is limited.

No reservations can be made without payment.

Members receive 10% off.

Download the paper registration and fax to (717) 509-6386 OR register online!

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Camp Descriptions

Tuesday, January 3rd
Whose Shadow is This?
(9:30 am-11:30am) ages 4-7
Imagine you are a puppeteer and getting ready to put on a performance on a miniature stage, but the lights go out… Our little explorers will dance their way into the book Whose Shadow is This?, and uncover a world of shadows on stage all while playing with light and shadows.

Wednesday, January 4th
Let’s Try it Out…. In the Water
(9:30am-11:30am) ages 4-7
Ever wonder how big the ocean is? Or how about how tall a skyscraper is… Our little explorers will dive into an aquarium filled with water to find out how much water it will hold. They will then explore homemade skyscrapers and building to see how tall they are all while playing with measurement.

Thursday, January 5th
Coding for Kids
(9:30am-11:30am) ages 4-7
Imagine yourself as a robot at the end of an obstacle course… Could you create and design a path to get safely to the other end using simple commands? Our little explorers will navigate through challenges and obstacles using basic computer code to find the treasure at the end.

Friday, January 6th
What Do You See?
(9:30am-11:30pm) ages 4-7
Ever wonder what you look like to an insect… Ever stop and think what an insect see when it looks at you… Our little explorers with the help of Eric Carle’s book What Do You See?, will magnify their surroundings to see things that they may never have noticed before.
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Questions? Please contact our STEM Educator, Rachel Cahill, at rcahill@tlsf.org or 717-509-6363 x105

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Join us for a battle of the brains Thursday, December 29th at 7pm for Science Trivia Night at the Lancaster Science Factory!

Matt Johnson will be the Master of Science Ceremonies leading the Trivia Challenge. All of the Factory exhibits will be open and prizes will be awarded to overall winners and the team with the most creative science-themed name.

What’s new: Grab your buzzer and participate in a Science Jeopardy showdown! This evening’s entertainment will include a Jeopardy showdown, with topics including “math nerds,” science of love, weights & measures, and “rhymes with brain.”

The cost is $10 per person and all attendees must be age 21 and over. Admission includes 1 beer from Wacker Brewing Company, 1 slice of pizza from Four54 Grill and 5 brain busting rounds of science themed trivia and jeopardy. Guests will be able to purchase additional brews (Wacker Kolsch or Dunkel) at our Science Cafe cash bar.

We ask that each team pre-register on Eventbrite to help us estimate event attendance. Teams can be up to 8 players.

Questions? Please contact Audrey Lilley at Alilley@tlsf.org or 717-509-6363 x104.

Hope to see you there!

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