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Calling all Fourth and Fifth graders! Come explore in-depth STEM subjects for three Saturdays and discover how science, technology, engineering and mathematics fit into the world around you. Each three week course includes inquiry-based “hands-on, minds-on” problem solving.  In addition, courses often have guest speakers, field trips, and/or design-and-build stations.

Students in grades 4-5 currently enrolled in the public schools of the MSiC consortium* school divisions are eligible to participate at either location (*Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Hanover, Henrico, King William, Petersburg, Powhatan, and Richmond).

Dates: Saturdays, November 4, 11, and 18, 2017.
Time: 9:00am to 2:00pm. 
Locations: MathScience Innovation Center, 2401 Hartman Street, Richmond, VA 23223 and Manchester Middle School7401 Hull Street Rd, Richmond, VA 23235.
Cost: $45 per student for materials.
Transportation: Buses will be available. Please see our info pdf.
Note: Students must bring a lunch.

For additional information, please contact the MathScience Innovation Center at (804) 343-6525.


MSiC Campus Classes

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Block by Block (Minecraft®)

The world of Minecraft is a fun & exciting place to learn and explore.   Experience the world of Minecraft as an engineer as you manipulate the constantly changing Minecraft® environment and develop survival strategies by making your own shelter and tools.


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Coding with Creativity

Are you curious about the world of coding and animation?  Would you like to create an interactive world that can be controlled by everyday objects?  Using creativity and Scratch© programming you will design and code your very own interactive game.  The game play doesn't have to stop when you leave class because you take your programs with you!


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Crime Scene Chemistry

You will become a Super Sleuth as a Junior Chemist! Discover the methods chemists use to solve crime mysteries. You will learn about chromatography, fingerprinting, and how chemicals interact with one another to reveal clues. Use these scientific techniques to identify the culprit!


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Designing the Future

Do you like to create? Do you like to think outside the box? Bring your inventive thinking to Designing for the Future and see how architects are creating new solutions for sustainable building. Design your own solutions to current architectural challenges and then test your solutions! What future will you create?


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Engineering On the Go

What makes cars go fast and boats float? What are magnetic levitating trains? Explore the different types of transportation that makes the world move. Have fun discovering why hot air balloons fly and what makes a rocket soar. Design, build, and test your very own vehicle. The sky is the limit for imagination and adventure!


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Monsters of the Millennia

Is Bigfoot real?  Is Nessie the only monster of the deep? Were there ever any monsters like these? Join us as we dive to the depths of the oceans, explore the far reaches of the terrain and discover what monsters reside there. Explore where fascinating creatures live and how they survive.  Go on a virtual fossil hunt to explore creatures from the past and take real fossils home.  Find out about monsters then and now as we learn about these incredible, but often misunderstood creatures.


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Odd Pets: Down and Dirty

Explore life with snakes, lizards, scorpions and other small creepy crawlies in various locations from your home to the deep woods. Learn how to care for these animals and take at least one animal home with you. This class includes an off-campus field trip.




Power of Pokémon

Who is more powerful...Dialga or Palkia? If you have an answer, then The Power of Pokémon is the class for you! Learn the science behind naming, the math of leveling-up, and the strategy in game creation. You will battle in Pokémon TCG, create your own character, design your own TCG game, and take a field trip to compete in a Pokémon tournament. Pokémon game experience required.


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Rocks, Crystals, and Gems

Use microscopes, lasers, and other testing equipment to identify and study the properties of Virginia’s rocks, minerals, and gems. Field trips take you to rocks, fossils, and other mineral specimens at their origin so you can start your own special collection. Perform experiments with these unique natural resources. Discover how these treasures are used in a variety of locations in the Richmond area.



Manchester Campus Classes

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Electric Gadgets

Have you ever had your hair stand straight up? Do you know the difference between volts and watts? Explore fundamental concepts of electricity and magnetism, from static electricity to circuits. Construct a simple electric motor from wires, a dry cell and a magnet. Learn about alternate sources of energy and construct a working solar powered car to take home.


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Gaming Galore   

Video games have been around a long time.  Have you ever wondered how they are created? Using the free coding program, Kodu©, dive into the world of video games and virtual worlds.  Create your own game complete with scoring, moving objects, and imaginary worlds. Because it is a free download you can continue creating games long after class has ended.




 Discoverers meets each Saturday, November 4, 11, and 18, 2017