FUNshops Archives - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

FUNshops

Upcoming Funshops

Funshops are 2-hour, hands-on, fun-filled, STEM activities for students in grades 3-6. They are written by our fabulous IMSA curriculum writing team to capture your child’s natural curiosity and mimic the enterprise of doing real science.

Winter Survival Science

Grades 3-4

Have you ever trudged through deep snow? Do you sink into the snow as you walk or glide across the top? Living in a winter wonderland may be fun but it also comes with its own unique set of challenges… Come help us solve the Mystery of the Sinking Winter Critters and see if you can  engineer for our animal friends a (scientifically) better way to get around in the snow!

Grades 5-6

Ice is always cold … or is it? Create your own “hot” ice using chemistry! Chemical reactions will also help you survive outside in the frigid winter air. Engineer your own hand warmers to keep the frostbite away as the temperature continues to plunge.

  • Metro East – November 15, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    C. A. Hennings Elementary School, 520 E. US Hwy. 40, Troy, IL 62294

  • Metro East – December 7, 9:30 am – 12 noon

    BelleValley School, 2465 Amann Drive, Belleville, IL  62220

  • Aurora – December 7, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon

    Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506

More Than Meets the Eye

  • Aurora – January 11, 2020, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon

    Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506

Grades 3-4

How does the human eye see color and light? Join us in a hands-on exploration into the mechanics of light and discover how the eye and brain work together to see the world. Applying what they have learned, young scientists will get to build a kaleidoscope with their own unique design.

Grades 5-6

What is in an eye? Students will explore the visual systems of mammals through the dissection of a cow eye! Identifying various cow-eye structures, they will discover how the cow eye compares to a human eye! By testing their sense of sight, participants will begin to appreciate the little things – in our eye (right down to the little light-detecting cells) – which help us to see the world.

Arcade Engineering

  • Aurora – February 29, 2020, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon

    Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506

    Grades 3-4 and 5-6

Let’s Get Chemical

  • Aurora – April 18, 2020, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon

    Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506

    Grades 3-4 and 5-6

Bee Our Guest

  • Aurora – April 18, 2020, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon

    Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506

    Grade 2