Discoverers Grades 4-5, MSIC


Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, our Discoverers program this Saturday 3/21/2020 is cancelled.

We are currently working on scheduling a makeup date in May. More information to follow soon.

Thank you for your understanding. The health of our students, faculty and staff is important to us. We will keep you informed if anything changes.



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: King William, Colonial Heights, and 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.

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.



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.


Exploring the James

Exploring the James

See the James River through a whole new lens! Field trips to 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 ecosystem to bring it all together. Mud and wetness included!


Gaming Galore

Gaming Galore

Why spend your days playing someone else's video game when you can create your own. Explore the world of game design using the free coding program, Kodu© and let your imagination go as you create your own world with characters and challenges.

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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.


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!

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