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 from any school district, as well as private and homeschoolers are eligible to participate. Discounted consortium districts: Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Petersburg

Dates: Saturdays in 2020: March 7, March 14, March 21
Time: 9:00am to 2:00pm. 
Location: MathScience Innovation Center, 2401 Hartman Street, Richmond, VA 23223.
Cost: For instruction and materials - Consortium: $60 / Non-consortium: $120
Lunch: Students must bring a lunch and a snack.

Updated information to follow in early 2020. For any questions, 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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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!

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Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Message

Learn code-breaking skills and discover the history and science behind the many encoding methods used by organizations and government “spies.” Develop your own “book of secrets” or treasure map and explore the world of cryptography from Ottendorf ciphers to invisible inks to microdots. You will use special equipment, including microscopes, GPS and metal detectors, to follow clues and unearth the Secret of the Center.


Engineering For the Future

Can we make it to Mars? What does it take to get there? Using a design-and-build framework, you will make rockets and Martian rovers, experience what astronauts eat in space, and see how close we are to getting to Mars. This class has everything a young engineer needs to help explore The Great Beyond in the 21st century!

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LEGO: Building To Explore

Did you know you can not only build with LEGO building blocks, but you can also program them? Computers are used to program your creation so it can make noise, kick, chomp, and a host of other awesome builds. Working in teams you can construct, test, and problem solve as you hone your LEGO expertise.


Monsters Across 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.


Snap, Crackle, Pop!

What would it be like to work in a real chemistry lab while you experiment with chemical reactions? Many of the chemistry experiments in this class will be done with items that you have in your kitchen so you can do them at home! You will amaze your friends when you make “goo,” ice cream and root beer for them. Also, learn how to develop mystery inks to write secret notes to your friends and family. The wonders of chemistry will unfold before your eyes and mouth!


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.


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.

 Discoverers meet March 7, March 14, March 21, 2020.