Let these hands-on classes enhance your STEM curriculum studies.
Ages: 7 and older
Dates/Times: Tuesday or Thursday from 10:00 am - 11:30 am or Thursday from 12:30-2:00 pm.
Cost: $12 Members / $14 non-members per child per class. Advance registration required. Payment must accompany registration. Registration closes at 3:00 pm on the Thursday before the week of class.
Register by clicking the links below, or call (815) 963-6769. Cancellation policy: Refunds are available through the close of registration, minus 10%. Discovery Center reserves the right to cancel events; in which case, a full refund will be issued.
Eye'm Loving It - Click to Register
September 6 or 8
I spy with my little eye... a class all about the eyeball! How do our eyes work? Do animals see the same as people? What does an eye look like on the inside? This class will explore these questions and more as we take a look at one of our most amazing organs, the eyeball! This class will involve dissection of animal eyeballs. Not for the squeamish.
Roller Coaster Physics - Click to Register
September 20 or 22
Strap in and hold on to your seats…it's about to be a bumpy ride! Learn the difference between kinetic and potential energy as we design and create roller coasters. Why don't roller coasters fall off during a loop-the-loop? How fast is too fast? Does the weather affect roller coasters? Answer these questions and more in this thrilling class.
Algorithm Magic Tricks - Click to Register
October 4 or 6
Alakazam! Use the power of algorithms to amaze and astound just like a magician! Learn how a few simple math tricks can make you unbeatable at tic-tac-toe, read your friends’ minds with a special algorithm game, and discover where algorithms are used everyday in the world around us.
Ghostly Goo & Spooky Stuff - Click to Register
October 18 or 20
Bubble, bubble, squish and squeeze, this chemistry class is sure to please! Listen to screaming dry ice, make glow in the dark goo, and create spooky flying ghosts. It's no tricks and all treats with this exciting class!
Let's Put a Spin on It - Click to Register
November 1 or 3
Why does a bike stay upright? What keeps a spinning top from falling down? How does a spinning ice skater keep themselves from losing their lunch? Don't get dizzy in this class all about the science of spinning!
Robo-Engineering - Click to Register
November 15 or 17
Have you ever wondered what makes a robot work? Have you ever wanted to design your own robot? If the answer is “yes,” then we’ve got the droids you're looking for! Come join us for an introduction to robotics.
Energized World - Click to Register
November 29 or December 1
From bugs, to people, to cars, to trees, it all starts with one thing... energy! Learn where energy comes from and how we use it as we take a look at the energy cycle. Learn about different types of energy and see it in action.
Black Holes - Click to Register
December 13 or 15
Blast off with Discovery Center Museum as we launch into space and investigate black holes! What does a black hole look like? How heavy is a black hole? What is spaghettification? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we explore the science behind black holes.
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