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  • Wednesday, November 11th (Grades K-4)

    Puff Car Competition (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Ecosystem Treasure Hunt (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)  Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Puff Car Competition Build and race your own alternative energy vehicle that is powered by you!  Compare and graph how your vehicle does compared to other students and finally race your vehicle in the first ever Puff Car Grand Prix! 

    Ecosystem Treasure Hunt Follow maps and clues to reach different ecosystems and find the natural treasures within the environment.  Use compasses, microscopes, and animal evidence to decipher the hints to reveal and find your destinations.  Remember to dress warmly as we will be outside!

     
  • Monday, January 18th (Grades 5-8)

    Nano Engineering (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Crazy Classification (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)  Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Nano Engineering Investigate the world of nanotechnology by taking on two challenges.  Work in teams to evaluate how surface area and nanotechnology affect some products we use daily in the Fizzy Nano Challenge, and then look at how engineers use nanotechnology to improve on clothing and fabrics.  

    Crazy Classifications Dinosaurs, sharks, and even horseshoe crabs roamed the Earth millions of years ago.  Many mysterious ancient creatures swam in the oceans or lumbered around on land.  Look into the past as you discover what animals lived in our area and what animals remain from our prehistoric past.

     
  • Monday, February 15 (Grades 5-8) 

    DNA: Building Blocks of Life (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Eggciting Egg Drop (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)    Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    DNA: Building Blocks of Life Learn how DNA makes organisms what they are!  Build a model of DNA, extract DNA from bananas and look at it under a microscope, then take a survey of your own inherited traits and how common they are.

    Eggciting Egg Drop Space exploration is dangerous for even the bravest of people, and one of the most dangerous times for an astronaut is coming back to Earth.  Learn how astronauts make it safely back to Earth after exploring the “final frontier”, and create your own space shuttle that safely lands your egg “astronaut”.

     
  • Monday, February 15 (Grades K-4) 

    Ancient Creatures (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    The Amazing Lives of Sea Turtles (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)    Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Ancient Creatures Dinosaurs, sharks, and even horseshoe crabs roamed the Earth millions of years ago.  Many mysterious ancient creatures swam in the oceans or lumbered around on land.  Look into the past as you discover what animals lived in our area and what animals remain from our prehistoric past.

    The Amazing Lives of Sea Turtles Sea turtles are amazing creatures with many different adaptations for life.  Learn about the differences between turtles, tortoises, and terrapins, explore the seven different species of sea turtles, discover what they eat, how the reproduce and use iPads to track turtles in the wild.

     
  • Westerly Vacation Day (Grades K-4) Thursday, March 10th

    Science of Bioluminescence (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40    Minimum 6 students

    Rainbows & Prisms (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) Cost: $40    Minimum 6 students

    Science of Bioluminescence  Take a peek into a dark world where animals use light to communicate and discover bioluminescence.  Investigate how angler fish, fireflies and comb jellies make light, create your own bioluminescent animals, and discover just how tricky in can be to live in a completely darkened environment.   

    Rainbows & Prisms Explore the science and myths behind prisms and rainbows.  Learn all about the science of prisms, discover the colors of the rainbow, create your own rainbow, and investigate how white light is made of such beautiful colors.  Finally hear about myths from many cultures are relating to rainbows.

     
  • Friday, March 11th (Grades K-4) 

    Kite Engineers (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40    Minimum 6 students

    Launch Zone (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) Cost: $40    Minimum 6 students

    Kite Engineers  March wind is known for coming in like a lion and out like a lamb. Embrace the conditions by conducting an engaging kite engineering project! Experiment with kite designs, surface area, materials, and wind power to find out what it takes to launch a kite into the sky.    

    Launch Zone Get ready for some high flying engineering!  Learn about the laws of physics while working in teams to build a raw egg bungee jump and a sneaker launcher to see how far you can stretch your engineering skills.

     
  • Friday, March 11th (Grades 5-8)

    NESS CSI Files (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40    Minimum 6 students

    Parachute Pioneers (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) Cost: $40    Minimum 6 students

    NESS CSI Files  Edgar the eel is dead and we need our best marine forensic scientists to figure out how he died.  Perform water tests, dust for finger prints, read witness reports and perform an autopsy (dissection) on the victim all in the effort to discover how Edgar died!   

    Parachute Pioneers Choose this team oriented engineering challenge to build a model parachute and investigate surface area, air dynamics, and gravitational pull. Test your designs in team competitions, utilize iPads to aid construction plans, and have fun with engaging engineering trials while working with friends.

     
  • Friday, March 25th (Grades K-4) 

    Bubble Science (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40    Minimum 6 students

    Plant Science (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) Cost: $40    Minimum 6 students

    Bubble Science Bubbles are fascinating, simple things that can be scientifically amazing!  Experiment with different types of bubble solutions, create bubble wands, and experiment with what would cause a bubble to pop.  Come ready to get wet and soapy!   

    Plant Science March is often considered the beginning of spring and with march comes spring flowers and other awesome plants.  Learn how some plants grow and survive, investigate meat eating plants, sample and press your own plants to make a herbarium, and create your own biome in a baggie.

     
  • Friday, March 25th (Grades 5-8)

    NESS Game Show Competition (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40    Minimum 6 students

    Structure Engineering (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) Cost: $40    Minimum 6 students

    NESS Game Show Competition  Compete in two different game shows to test your knowledge of science.  At the end, try to stump the NESS scientists by creating your own game show and questions.   

    Structure Engineering Create structural marvels with everyday items!  Build a bridge made out of straws that can hold a full can of soda, build a tower that can hold a golf ball out of newspaper and tape, and finally create a walk-way made out of paper cups that you can stand on without crushing the cups. 

     
  • Spring Break (Grades 5-8) April 18-22

    The Complex World of Animal Relationships (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $180   Minimum 6 students

    Ocean Films (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)    Cost: $180   Minimum 6 students

    The Complex World of Animal Relationships Animals compete, eat, and benefit through all kinds of interspecies interactions and relationships.  Take a look into the strange and complex world of competition, predation, mutualism, and parasitism.  Pose questions in ecology and look into the advantages and disadvantages of some remarkable symbiotic relationships.

    Ocean Films Venture into the outdoors to film andphotograph animals, ecosystems, and adventure. Work in teams to make a creative and fun short film dedicated to ocean awareness and appreciation. Use your videos to share with other NESS students and look to enter your videos into the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival.