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Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and yes, Pluto! The planets in our solar system have similarities and differences. Learn about them while molding a model of Mercury, performing fizzy experiments, and setting up Saturn’s rings. Students will take home their own Solar System.

Cost is $15 per child, per session. Classes are geared towards ages 6-13.

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

To sign up for a homeschool class, please follow the link to register electronically.

Looking for something to do with a day off from school? The Lancaster Science Factory is the place for you! We will be OPEN Monday, February 18th from 10am-5pm for the Presidents’ Day holiday.

The Coolest Camp at the Coldest Time!

The 10th annual Cold Storage Winter Camp will take place December 26th – 30th. Campers grades K – 8 will enjoy engaging, hands-on STEM activities in half-day sessions (or choose to stay for the whole day) that are the perfect cure for the cabin fever that sets in during Winter Break!

Pricing
Individual camp session (AM or PM): $30 per child
Full day camp session (AM and PM on the same day): $55 per child – pack a lunch and stay all day!
*BEST VALUE* All 8 sessions of Cold Storage Winter Camp: $200 per child
Lancaster Science Factory members receive 10% total registration costs with their special promo code!

Camp Descriptions

Wednesday, December 26th
9am – Noon | A Very Grinchy Science Class
Feeling like the Grinch the day after Christmas? We’ve got you covered. Explore gross toadstools and fungus. Try and find the Grinch’s heart using freezing-point depression and then make it grow three sizes with a homemade snow globe.

1pm – 4pm | Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
From carols to The Nutcracker, the holiday season is full of music and dance! Discover the sound energy in famous songs. Find out just how much physics there is in dancing while learning some choreography. We’ll end with a rockin’ recital for your family!

Thursday, December 27th
9am – Noon | A Frozen Wonderland
Winter is one of four seasons here in Pennsylvania, but some places on earth experience cold temperatures almost all year round. In this Biome based camp, you’ll learn about Cold Deserts and the Tundra. Experiment with thermal insulators and take home your very own Biome-in-a-Box.

1pm – 4pm | Cookies and Milk in the Chemist’s Kitchen
Thermodynamics may sound complicated, but it’s really just cooking! In this tasty camp, you’ll bake up some amazing science and then eat your experiment. What goes better with cookies than milk? Campers will learn some cool biochemistry and Santa’s favorite midnight drink. *alternative foods will be available for children with non-contact allergies, please disclose allergies in online registration. This camp is not recommended for children with contact allergies to dairy, or bananas.

Friday, December 28th
9am – Noon | Junk Drawer Engineering
Join the Lancaster Science Factory’s team of engineering elves as they explore pneumatic construction and the perpetual motion marble machine. The sky is the limit when you try your hand at these innovative creations!

1pm – 4pm | Backwards Engineering
Oh no! Some of the Science Factory’s engineering elves are all mixed up! Instead of making new toys they’re taking them apart. Come and join them so you can learn all about how your favorite toys work- from the inside out.

Saturday, December 29th
9am – Noon | Candy Cane Cosplay
Have you ever imagined dressing up like a snowflake or a holly jolly candy cane? Maybe you’ve thought about matching your Elf on the Shelf? Come and learn about the mathematics, engineering, and problem solving properties involved in sewing and costume making during this STEAM Maker camp! Wear your work home and impress your family and friends.

Sunday, December 30th
9am – Noon | The Yule Ball
Top hats and gowns are optional during this Harry Potter themed camp. Enter and be sorted into your appropriate House then work with your classmates to build Hogwarts. Gaze at the wonders in the Winter sky, and then finish off with some homemade Butterbeer.

The Coolest Camp at the Coldest Time!

The 10th annual Cold Storage Winter Camp will take place December 26th – 30th. Campers grades K – 8 will enjoy engaging, hands-on STEM activities in half-day sessions (or choose to stay for the whole day) that are the perfect cure for the cabin fever that sets in during Winter Break!

Pricing
Individual camp session (AM or PM): $30 per child
Full day camp session (AM and PM on the same day): $55 per child – pack a lunch and stay all day!
*BEST VALUE* All 8 sessions of Cold Storage Winter Camp: $200 per child
Lancaster Science Factory members receive 10% total registration costs with their special promo code!

Camp Descriptions
Wednesday, December 26th
9am – Noon | A Very Grinchy Science Class
Feeling like the Grinch the day after Christmas? We’ve got you covered. Explore gross toadstools and fungus. Try and find the Grinch’s heart using freezing-point depression and then make it grow three sizes with a homemade snow globe.

1pm – 4pm | Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
From carols to The Nutcracker, the holiday season is full of music and dance! Discover the sound energy in famous songs. Find out just how much physics there is in dancing while learning some choreography. We’ll end with a rockin’ recital for your family!

Thursday, December 27th
9am – Noon | A Frozen Wonderland
Winter is one of four seasons here in Pennsylvania, but some places on earth experience cold temperatures almost all year round. In this Biome based camp, you’ll learn about Cold Deserts and the Tundra. Experiment with thermal insulators and take home your very own Biome-in-a-Box.

1pm – 4pm | Cookies and Milk in the Chemist’s Kitchen
Thermodynamics may sound complicated, but it’s really just cooking! In this tasty camp, you’ll bake up some amazing science and then eat your experiment. What goes better with cookies than milk? Campers will learn some cool biochemistry and Santa’s favorite midnight drink. *alternative foods will be available for children with non-contact allergies, please disclose allergies in online registration. This camp is not recommended for children with contact allergies to dairy, or bananas.

Friday, December 28th
9am – Noon | Junk Drawer Engineering
Join the Lancaster Science Factory’s team of engineering elves as they explore pneumatic construction and the perpetual motion marble machine. The sky is the limit when you try your hand at these innovative creations!

1pm – 4pm | Backwards Engineering
Oh no! Some of the Science Factory’s engineering elves are all mixed up! Instead of making new toys they’re taking them apart. Come and join them so you can learn all about how your favorite toys work- from the inside out.

Saturday, December 29th
9am – Noon | Candy Cane Cosplay
Have you ever imagined dressing up like a snowflake or a holly jolly candy cane? Maybe you’ve thought about matching your Elf on the Shelf? Come and learn about the mathematics, engineering, and problem solving properties involved in sewing and costume making during this STEAM Maker camp! Wear your work home and impress your family and friends.

Sunday, December 30th
9am – Noon | The Yule Ball
Top hats and gowns are optional during this Harry Potter themed camp. Enter and be sorted into your appropriate House then work with your classmates to build Hogwarts. Gaze at the wonders in the Winter sky, and then finish off with some homemade Butterbeer.

Stop into the North Museum this Halloween for our Spooky Science Trick-or-Treat!

Each activity station will have a candy or non-candy treat for all our guests! You’ll get a complimentary trick or treat bag to carry your stash of goodies and all your crafts to take home! There will be a Costume Contest at 12pm and 3pm with prizes for the first, second, and third place winners! We encourage all our guests to wear costumes for this day of fun!

Our activities for the day include slime brain dissection, build a monster, spider leg potions, and so much more!

All activities and events are included in the price of admission! Add a planetarium show for a small additional charge.

Join the North Museum for our biggest event of the summer! STEAM Carnivale is a fun-filled day of experiments, activities, and projects that inspire kids of all ages with the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). This year, STEAM Carnivale will be a BILINGUAL event!

Activities will include:
– Planetarium shows in English AND Spanish
– Girl Scout STEM Mobile
– SpheroBots
-Art and Technology Demos
– and so much more!

May 27- 2-3:30pm: Learn to solder your own blinking LED pin in this hands-on workshop! All participants must be age 10 and over.
Led by the Make717 Innovation Center

About Make It Yourself Workshops at the Lancaster Science Factory:

Join us for a series of workshops where children connect fun, hands-on projects to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) Local STEM professionals provide “real world” perspective and mentoring.

This session is for children age 10+
Workshops are FREE with paid admission or membership. Regular admission rates apply
Program sessions are on select Sundays from 2-3:30pm.
Events are subject to change without notice.

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

Reuse and Re-Purpose: Students will learn why reuse and re-purpose are crucial in today’s society by exploring composting and MORE…

Cost is $15 per child, per session. Classes are geared towards students age 6-13.

**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 to register electronically.

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.