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Use the orange menu to get the registration information. For more information, call 630 840-8259. Deadline for adventures is one week prior to the scheduled date, but registrations will continue until the adventure date if there is room. Be sure to bring a signed permission slip to each new class. Join our Science Adventures Facebook Group.
For summer classes, register students for classes with the grade level they have just completed. For example, a student completing grade 3 will not be eligible for a grades 4-6 class.

Spiders: Spinners of Silk
Audience:Students, Grades K - 2
Description: Why don't spiders stick to their own webs? Explore the fascinating world of spiders. Spin your own web! Design a new kind of spider.
Session 1:October 1, 2016, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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STEM Family Night Planning Workshop
Audience:Public, Grades K - 8
Description: Is your organization planning for a STEM Family Night? Gather information through a wealth of resources that will help you run your event. Attend this workshop to learn what Fermilab can provide to support you. This is your opportunity to become a trained facilitator for the Hands-on Science exhibits. Attendance of two facilitators is required to borrow the Hands-on Science equipment loaned and delivered to you free of charge.
Fee:$15/per person
Session 1:October 20, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Playing with Your Food
Audience:Students, Grades 1 - 3
Description: There's more to your food than meets the eye! Do you want to discover some hidden properties of your food? Test a solid and liquid mixture, devise an invisible ink, explore buoyancy with an egg and conduct other experiments with food. Your food can teach you some interesting science as you "play with your food."
Fee:$26/per person
Session 1:November 12, 2016, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Magnetic Magic
Audience:Students, Grades 1 - 4
Description: Do magnets stick to every metal? What do a dollar bill, Cheerios and a compass have in common? During this class, you will explore the answers to these questions and the wonderful world of magnets!
Fee:$26/per person
Session 1:October 22, 2016, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Lego Engineering Juniors
Audience:Students, Grades 3 - 5
Description: Beginner and expert Lego builders can always learn something new. Explore the engineering behind several design challenges from basic to more advanced. Explore gear and pulley machines. Try some basic programming to make your devices move on their own. Build alone or work as engineers in a design team.
Session 1:September 24, 2016, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Code Cracking, Cryptograms, and Other Mysteries
Audience:Students, Grades 3 - 5
Description: Who doesn't love a mystery? You can make up some of your own mysteries and learn to be a problem solver to solve others' mysteries. You'll also explore how codes and cryptograms have been used to communicate throughout history.
Session 1:October 15, 2016, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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What Makes You So Special?
Audience:Students, Grades 3 - 5
Description: Genetic traits, DNA and chromosomes all play a part in who you are. Through hands-on activities you will learn about several genetic traits that are passed from parent to child. Discover how your body uses the amazing system to make you grow and function. Investigate some ways scientists, doctors and investigators use information from human DNA.
Fee:$35/per person
Session 1:November 5, 2016, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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CSI: Careful Scientific Investigation
Audience:Students, Grades 3 - 5
Description: You're just the scientist needed to carefully solve the day's investigation. Solve mysteries and analyze puzzling "crime scenes." Use your scientific analysis skills and learn some new strategies to be a CSI investigator.
Session 1:December 10, 2016, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Junior Prairie Rangers
Audience:Students, Grades 4 - 6
Description: Plants as tall as you are! Nature all around! Join Fermilab's club and become a Junior Prairie Ranger. Learn about the prairie community and participate as a prairie steward in activities throughout the year. All members earn a cap, t-shirt and certificate. Continue your work as ranger by attending the fall seed harvest and year-round pin sessions. Students: Bring your lunch. More information
Session 1:September 24, 2016, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Flight and Fashion
Audience:Students, Grades 4 - 8
Description: Are you a designer? You will design, build and fly a long flying airplane. Then you will design a spectacular fashion item that has the elements of flight. How are the two designs related? Think of lift, drag, thrust and gravity. Join us for a flying contest and design show.
Fee:$32/per person
Session 1:November 12, 2016, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Earth Engineers
Audience:Students, Grades 6 - 8
Description: You be the miner. Learn the challenges miners and geologists face when working on underground projects. Guide your "company" to make the best decisions about the location of a mine. What will you do to reclaim the environment?
Session 1:October 1, 2016, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Lego Engineering
Audience:Students, Grades 6 - 8
Description: For students completing Grades 6 - 8. As your Lego building skills expand, are you curious about why things work as they do? You can always learn something new or try a new challenge. Use Legos to continue to explore engineering concepts from basic to more complex. Construct a motorized vehicle or explore bridge design. Use PICO software to program your projects to move on their own.
Session 1:November 19, 2016, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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