Our classes and curriculum?
We offer our classes based on the six Kids Science Labs foundations. Our class content is 100% original, written by our talented team of educators, scientists, artists, engineers - because together we all make it better, and driven by questions kids ask us everyday. Each quarter we offer a new and exciting series, examples include: Med School, Science in the City, and many more. During the academic year (September-May) we offer classes for children ages 2-12 yrs. To learn more about the current series offered in your location, please click below
2016-2017 Academic Year Class Descriptions
Every class that we design at Kids Science Labs begins with a fundamental question that is asked by kids everyday, and then hands-on science is used as a vehicle for engaging, discovering, and learning through actual experience, not just explanation. Each week, we introduce new classes for kids. This Winter we are teaching:
- Med School for Kids: Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes (kids 3-5yrs, 6-8 yrs. 9-12 yrs)
- Toddler Discovery Science is taught for kids 2-3yrs.
MED SCHOOL FOR KIDS: HEAD, SHOULDERS, KNEES & TOES
Kids are curious about how things work, and whether its through sports, dance, or exploring the sandbox at the park, we teach cool science to kids as young as 2, to give them perspective, and start developing their creativity and need to innovate early, so they can outperform the rest of their lives. No need to wait until graduate school, KSL is bringing Med School to kids 2-12. Whether their curiosity comes from funny songs about hiccups to asking why they feel bad when they are sick, human physiology is all around us. At KSL, kids kept asking us about why they can’t turn their neck like an owl, what happens when they stub their toes, and why they can smell hot chocolate from the other room. So, each week during the Fall, we are exploring the physics, biomechanics, and engineering of the amazing human body in 75 minute drop off classes for kids 2-12. This program offers kids a world class introduction to Med School, from their head & shoulders to their knees and toes for pre-schoolers through pre-teens. Like all other KSL programs, every single class includes real hands-on science experiments, real design, and kids making problem solving innovations that they take home each week!
TODDLER DISCOVERY SCIENCE 24-42MONTHS: (SCIENCE FUNDAMENTALS)
At home, our 2-3 year olds are always exploring. They open cabinets, dump ingredients on the floor, mix their dinner, and build with blocks. All of these activities are science and at Kids Science Labs, we don't hesitate to call pancake mix a viscous solution, because that's just a word that the kids will absorb and apply. Our Toddler Discovery Science Classes are for kids to explore in groups of 6-8 other parent/child families, where they have to freedom to engage, ask, and understand the natural things that they are curious about.
In this parent participation series, our toddlers will move from exploring How Stuff Works to a Science Fundamentals series. Our youngest scientists (Ages 24-42 months) will do experiments with measuring, building, making observations, and identifying objects to tickle the investigator in us all.
We categorize our classes and each series into six categories. Our foundations allow us to relate the series of classes we create during the academic year.
How Stuff Works - Explores everyday fun questions that engage a child's curiosity directly, such as How does a bike work? What's inside a toaster? Why do cars slide in the rain? What makes a cushion soft? and How a refrigerator works. This foundation breaks down everyday questions into building blocks that all kids can relate with.
Science Fundamentals - Children fundamentally know the basic rules of their world, like apples fall from trees and sharp objects will pop a balloon. Here we will investigate core science principles such as electricity, Newton's forces, magnetism, properties of materials, water, properties of light, density and measurement. Some common questions would include Why does honey move so slow? What is a magnet? What is gravity and how does it work? What made that balloon rise up?
Planet Earth & Green Technology - Children wonder about the natural world every day. Understanding the relationships between our environment, the solar system, animals, humans and energy sources is what this foundation is all about. Topics include How to clean up oil spills and water ways? Why beavers are so important to ecosystems? How to make their own rechargeable batteries? What's different about organic strawberries?
Creativity & Design - If your child likes to build and solve prolems, they will love creativity & design. While How Stuff Works breaks things down, Creativity & Design builds them back up. This foundation is all about how things are made, construction, aeronautics, and accessing their true creativity with hands-on science. Example questions explored would be how could you live in a mountain? Can planes fly up? How to build skyscrapers?
Physiology & Food Science - Does your child wonder why her heart beats, how her stomach works, or is she curious about why she needs to eat healthy foods? Kids will turn these questions into hands-on experiments that teach them the mechanisms and functions of the human body as well as the relationship between food, nutrition and energy. This series brings the concepts together to explore topics such as Where did the burger go? What does our heart look like? How to dissect a bug? Why does bread get stale? What is a cinnamon and why does it smell so good? What exactly is "taste"?
Toddler Discovery Science, which offers individual discovery stations for toddlers to explore science. At home, our 2-3 yr olds are always exploring, they open cabinets, dump ingredients on the floor, and mix their dinner. All of these activities are science and at Kids Science Labs, we don't hesitate to call pancake mix a viscous solution because that's just a word kids will absorb and apply. Our Toddler Discovery Science classes are for kids to explore in groups with 6-8 parent/child families, where they have the freedom to engage, ask, and understand natural things they are curious about.