FUNshops

Upcoming Funshops

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

Arcade Engineering

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

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

*Belleville – April 4, 2020, 9:30 am – 12 noon

BelleValley School, 2465 Amann Drive, Belleville, IL  62220

*Liberty Middle School – April 17, 2020, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

1 District Drive, Edwardsville, IL  62025

*Please note:  The session for grades 7 & 8 is not offered in these locations.

Grade 3 & 4

Electromagnetism is one of the four fundamental forces of physics in our universe and in this FunShop, our arcade engineers will learn how to harness this force to create arcade games! Students will first explore the nature of magnetic materials via our Ultimate Magnet Olympics! They will then apply this knowledge towards creating irresistible magnetic arcade games that will attract everyone to come play!

Grades 5 & 6

How does engineering and science apply to a simple game of skee-ball? With all the technology taking over the gaming industry, our dedicated Arcade Engineers need to SAVE Skee-ball, a classic and super fun arcade game!! Kids will experience the engineering design process and explore physics principles as they create their own game of skee-ball!! Come have a BALL and put your own SPIN on how the game is built and played!

Grades 7 & 8

Calling all arcade game lovers and enthusiasts! At this FunShop, kids will get to flex their mechanical engineering skills and unleash their creativity by designing, constructing, and testing their very own cardboard pinball machines. Come design, build, play and compete, then take your game home to continue the fun!

Let’s Get Chemical

Grades 3-4 and 5-6
Aurora – April 18, 2020, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon

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

Grades 3 & 4

Bubble bubble toil and trouble! Chemical reactions are full of fizzing, popping, bubbling and more. Come join us for some soapy fun with, you guessed it, bubbles! And so much more. Our Junior Chemists will see what happens when different sudsy combinations are mixed, and will get to bring home a special concoction of their own.

Grades 5 & 6
What do you do when a group of PhD students are close to getting their degrees but need some extra motivation to help them cross that finish line…?  We at IMSA “get chemical!” and invite our student participants to help us create some pH boosts for our PhD candidates.  Participants of this workshop will explore the science behind pH – a fundamental measurement used in chemistry which helps chemists predict the behaviors and reactivities of various compounds & solutions – and design and create “pHlowers” to share with friends and family.

Bee Our Guest

Grade 2
Aurora – April 18, 2020, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon

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

This event will be led by one of the IMSA curriculum specialists responsible for creating our Funshops AND summer programs. Participants will be engineering their own bee-bot, and then maneuvering it via a zipline to a flower patch, all while learning about circuits, engineering design principles, and how bees communicate. Space is limited to 20 students!