LEAP Into Science! After-school Workshops


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Learn the basics of how to be a scientist through inquiry-based, hands-on workshops. Elementary aged kids will explore a new topic each month at these events taught for youth, by youth.

Oct 18 · Get the Facts
We are surrounded with more and more information every day. How do we know what to believe? It is important that we're able to differentiate fact from opinion, distinguish between essential and non-essential information, and make inferences from text. These skills are important for science and reading, and can be reinforced in fun ways! By learning the difference between facts and inferences or opinions, we will be better able to evaluate what we read, hear, view, and write.

Nov 15 · Science of a Simple Sort
People naturally sort or group things in order to find, display, or compare them more easily. Scientists have sorted or classified living things so that we can better understand our complex natural world. Kids will learn about how classification can help bring order to our everyday lives.

Dec 20 · Young Inventors
Inventors are curious, imaginative, perseverant individuals who find creative solutions for practical problems, in responding to the needs of our changing world. Young inventors have developed new and better uses for things like car wax, glow-in-the-dark paint, card games, building blocks, and chewing gum. The stories of other young inventors combined with hands-on experience will inspire children to invent something creative in this workshop.

Jan 17 · Magnet Magic
Have you ever wondered how your refrigerator magnets stick to your refrigerator? It seems like magic, but it’s actually science! Magnets have forces that allow things to pull together, or push apart. In this workshop, children explore the magic of magnetic forces and even create their own toy using magnets!

Feb 21 · Sound Sleuths
Sounds are a part of our everyday experience. The vibrations that cause them can be felt, heard, and seen. A keen observer can learn a lot from using her senses to explore sound – and children will do just that! Children may start off as noisemakers, but they will quickly progress to sound sleuths who can listen to and describe all of the things they see, feel and hear vibrating. That is sound science!

Mar 21 · Balance Schmalance
We balance all the time with little thought. We bend over to pick up a stone, walk along curbs, run up and down hills and steps, and manage to carry heavy book bags on one shoulder – all without falling over. By understanding and manipulating balance, even a clothes pin can stand on its head. Balance is something to celebrate and explore!

Apr 18 · Make a Splash
Water is all around us. It’s in our showers and baths, in our drinking glasses, in the clouds, and in oceans and lakes. Have you ever wondered about why water forms droplets when it rains, or on your skin after you come out of the shower? Or why it clings to your windows after a storm? In this workshop, children will have fun exploring and testing the unique properties of water.

May 16 · Mirror, Mirror
Everything we see, we see because of light! When light bounces, it is called reflection. Light travels in a straight line, unless an object gets in its way. Light reflects off different objects in different ways depending upon the surface it hits. If an object is smooth and shiny, a beam of light will bounce off of it in a predictable direction. You can use this phenomenon to play with light and aim it at a target of your choice!

This series is presented by The City Library and the Natural History Museum of Utah, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Science Foundation, the Franklin Institute, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Location: Glendale Branch

Contact Information: 801-594-8660