FUNshops Archives - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy


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.

Magical Mysteries Funshop – Saturday, September 21, 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Grades 3-4

Is it magic, or is it science? Our budding scientists will be investigating several seemingly magical events to discover if they really are magic – or if there is more happening than meets the eye. Come see why slime is attracted to magnets, and so much more!

Grades 5-6

Certain illusions help magicians appear to defy natural forces (such as gravity) and do the impossible! Students in this FUNshop will build a device to perform a floating object trick right from their own hands, and build and test a device that allows them to create and visualize holographic-like images. Along the way, students will discover the underlying STEM principles which allow these illusions to exist!

Frightful Fun Funshop! Saturday, October 19, 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Grades 3-4
Be prepared to race your fears! Creepy crawly cockroaches will become your test subjects as you experiment with different stimuli to see what really makes your cockroach move. The big finale will be races to see who has created the most enticing racing strategy for their roach!
Grades 5-6
Vampires are not the only creatures who gorge on blood!  You will get to dissect sea lampreys, ghoulish parasites known to fee off the blood of other animals, and along the way discover how their special anatomy makes blood the perfect meal. The you will get to experiment with (fake) blood to learn about real blood’s cool properties!


Winter Survival Science –

Metro East – November 15

Henning Elemenary, 520 E. US HWY 40, Troy, IL 62294

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

1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506

Grades 3-4

Have you ever trudged through deep snow? Do you sink into the snow as you walk or glide across the top? Come engineer a way to walk on snow! And no winter is complete without playing in the snow! Make your own snow to bring home so you can have a winter wonderland all year long.

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.