Discoverers Grades 4-5, MSIC



Come to explore in-depth STEM subjects for three Saturdays and discover how science, technology, engineering, and math fit into the world around you.  Each 3-week course includes inquiry-based, hands-on, minds-on problem-solving! 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 (*Colonial Heights, Hanover, Henrico, King William, Petersburg, and Richmond).

Dates: Saturdays, October 27, November 3, and 10, 2018
Time: 9:00am to 2:00pm. 
Locations: MathScience Innovation Center, 2401 Hartman Street, Richmond, VA 23223.
Cost: $45 per student for materials.
Transportation: Buses will be available.
Lunch: 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 as an engineer while you manipulate the constantly changing Minecraft® environment. Develop survival strategies by making your own shelter and tools, then share with classmates as your creativity and imagination lead you to your own unique product.


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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, design and code your very own interactive game. The gameplay doesn’t have to stop when you leave the class, because you will take your programs with you!


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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 make the world move. Have fun discovering why hot air balloons fly and what makes a rocket soar. Design, build and test your very own vehicles. The sky is the limit for imagination and adventure!


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Exploring the James

See the James River through a whole new lens! Field trips in and around the river allow you to seek and find a variety of critters living in and around the ecosystem of the longest river in a single state. Test the water quality from different spots, then see how water is cleaned in an effort to protect the river. Create your own mini eco-system to bring it all together. Mud and wetness included!


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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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Odd Pets

Discover the mystery and adventure that odd pets bring as you explore the world of fish, frogs, spiders, reptiles, and other creepy crawlies. Study their habitats and learn their unique adaptations through hands-on investigations and field trips. At the end of class, take your very own odd pet home with you!



Hacks, Gadgets, and Experiments:
Electricity and Magnetism

Have you ever felt a shock when touching a metal doorknob or had your hair stand straight up? Explore the power of electricity and magnetism through hands-on experiments and challenges. Construct a simple electric motor from wires, a dry cell, and a magnet. Discover alternate sources of energy and design your own working solar car to take home.



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The Sky's the Limit

Have you ever thought about being a meteorologist and seeing yourself on television? Step into the Weather Emergency Operation Center and explore the unpredictable science of weather. Build instruments and conduct exciting experiments to better understand and make predictions about daily weather conditions. As a junior meteorologist, use what you learn to create your own broadcast!



 Discoverers meet each October 27, November 3, and 10, 2018.