2014 Lowell Observatory Tykes Camp
Intended for children ages 3 to 5, these activity-based, hands-on camps explore science and include STEM elements. With the exception of October, camps are held on the third Saturday of the month. The October camps are on the second Saturday of the month.
These 90-minute camps - led by Lowell educators - are offered at two times: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Parents are able to explore topics in physics and astronomy with their children. Each child will receive a notebook for recording activities, which include science investigations, games, story time, music, engineering, art, and more!
Dates and Programming
|Jan 18||Force and Motion: Newton's 2nd Law||Children use catapults to learn about Newton's 2nd Law.|
|Feb 15||Constellations: Distances between Stars||Children form 3D constellations using glow sticks in order to learn about the distances between stars.|
|Mar 15||Matter: Mass and Weight||Children will use scales to learn about mass. They will also find out their weight on different planets.|
|Apr 19||Earth: Day and Night||Children construct Earth-Moon-Sun models and will use them to learn about what causes day and night.|
|May 17||Thermodynamics: Temperatures in the Solar System||Educators perform liquid nitrogen demonstrations to teach children about extreme temperatures in the solar system.|
|Jun 21||Sun: Features of the Sun||Children observe the Sun through special solar telescopes and make drawings of the features they see.|
|July 19||Electricity and Magnetism: Static Electricity||Children experiment with static electricity. They also get to observe mini lightning strikes and see an educator's hair stand on end.|
|Aug 16||Moon: Astronauts on the Moon||Children build lunar rovers and perform experiments on a simulated lunar surface.|
|Sep 20||Light and Optics: Mirrors||Children use low-powered lasers to learn how light reflects off mirrors.|
|Oct 11||Planets: The Planets in our Solar System||Children perform various experiments to learn about conditions on other planets.|
|Nov 15||Other Solar System Objects: Comets||Children construct a comet and observe how its tail blows.|
|Dec 20||Space Travel: Mars||Children construct Mars rovers and perform experiments with dry ice.|