Workshop Descriptions

Your Amazing Brain

Your brain only weighs 3 pounds but controls all of your thoughts, senses, and emotions! In this workshop, we will use hands-on brain activities and games to learn about the brain and behavior. We will explore how scientists study the brain, how brain cells communicate, and what different parts of the brain do. Alecia Dager, Asst. Professor of Psychiatry Yale University – New Haven, CT

Pickleball

Pickleball is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong that is played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Milford Indoor Tennis – Milford, CT

BLAST OFF!

Children explore the amazing world of air, air pressure, gravity, and flight that Newton, Bernoulli, and Counda made famous. Learning really takes off as we design, make and test some flying inventions of our own! STEM connections and a story included with this exciting, hands-on, inquiry based workshop. Claudia Esposito, Owner Cool-ology – Madison, CT

Engineering with LEGO

Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO®! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level. Dawn Spatta, Play-Well TEKnologies

Game On!

Create and play games. Mix strategy, art, invention and practice. There are games that you can play by yourself; there are games that require an opponent. There are games that require mostly strategy; games that require practiced hand skills. Start by building a strategy game that has been developed by long tradition: for example – Nine Mens Morris, Alquerque, Fox and Geese, or the Towers of Hanoi. Construct a traditional dexterity (hand skill) game. For example – Pigs in Clover, Rebound, or Finger Twister. Decorate it, learn its rules and play. Eli Whitney Museum – Hamden, CT

Junior Vet

This workshop gives children an opportunity to work hands on alongside an actual veterinarian. Examine live animals like a veterinarian, including listening to a dog’s heartbeat. Children learn the proper care for basic domestic animals and the proper way to approach a dog. In addition, they will discover which foods/plants can be dangerous to dogs and cats. Dr. Erin Fleming, Veterinarian

Whats My Story? Practicing Presentation Skills

Public speaking is a skill with life-long benefits. This workshop uses storytelling and special cartoon characters as a comfortable and fun way to help kids present their ideas and persuade others with charisma and confidence. Edward Faruolo and Roseanne Azarian VitaLincs, LLC – Milford, CT.

Jewelry for Juniors

Explore the Art of jewelry making. Learn how to use colorful beads to create one of a kind bracelet and earrings. Use what is learned to make special and unique gifts You would not want to miss this! Marcie Wright Jewelry Craftsperson – Milford, CT

Ozobot Coding

The session will have teams of students working collaboratively to program the Ozobot robot through challenging mazes. Ozobot’s simple design allows for students to visualize how the program works through their own creative drawings. Having the ability to draw a picture and the robot understands what you would like it to do is an empowering feeling. Our hope is that this will encourage students to work more with robotics and to truly learn what it is that makes them tick. Mark Ahrens Mathnasium of Milford – Milford, CT