2018 After School Programs


After School Science: Mystery Mayhem with Sir Isaac Newton

There has been a crime committed and there are many unanswered questions! Sanibel Sea School is calling all young scientists who are ready to get to the bottom of how and why things are the way they are. Become detectives and join us, alongside Sir Isaac Newton, Archimedes, and Blaise Pascal. We will dive into the world of forces, motion, buoyancy, pressure and physics through hands-on activities and experiments to finally get some concrete answers.

Lesson One: Newton’s First Law of Motion
Tuesday, October 9th, 3:30 - 5:30 PM at Sanibel Sea School, $20, Ages 6-13

Crime one: As Doc Bruce was walking into Sanibel Sea School today, he tripped over a conch shell and it sent his breakfast flying! His plate of eggs shot into the air and came crashing down onto the ground. Help us figure out why his eggs fell the way they did. We have called upon the English physicist Sir Isaac Newton and his laws of motion for help. The first law states that an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion, with the same direction and speed. Why? How? We will answer these questions by dropping eggs from varying heights, bouncing balls side by side, and through other fantastic experiments. We can’t guarantee you won’t get messy… but we can guarantee a whole lot of fun! Come find out why Newton’s First Law is totallyegg-cellent.


Lesson Two: Newton’s Second Law of Motion
Tuesday, October 16th, 3:30 - 5:30 PM at Sanibel Sea School, $20, Ages 6-13

Crime two: Someone has mysteriously placed a grand piano and 100 ping pong balls in the Kennedy building of Sanibel Sea School, blocking us from our beloved hermit crabs – and we need your help! With Newton’s second law of motion, we can figure out what forces we need to move a grand piano and what forces we need to move a ping pong ball. We use and feel forces every day as pushes and pulls, but do we really know the whole story? Come race cars through different courses and then test your strength to determine your own personal force. Together, we can figure out what force we need to move that piano and save the hermit crabs! Don’t worry, Sir Isaac Newton has already agreed to move the piano after we solve the mystery of how; no students will be subject to lifting grand pianos in this class.


Lesson Three: Newton’s Third Law of Motion
Tuesday, October 23rd, 3:30 - 5:30 PM at Sanibel Sea School, $20, Ages 6-13

Crime three: The Sanibel Sea School team gathered for a staff meeting last Tuesday, and when they went to sit down, all the chairs collapsed underneath them! The third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. A person exerts a force downward and a chair needs to exert an equal force upward or the chair will collapse. Our forces have been tampered with, so we need your help to figure out how and why! We can get to the bottom of this by making our own rockets and testing their flight, playing with marbles and pop tops, and then looking to the sky to learn from the local birds of Sanibel Island.


Lesson Four: Simple Machines
Tuesday, October 30th, 3:30 - 5:30 PM at Sanibel Sea School, $20, Ages 6-13

Crime four: People on the island have started to hear about the success of Sir Isaac Newton and his Sanibel Sea School detectives. They got a call early Monday morning from an alarmed woman who lives nearby. Her house has been taken over by mice! And she is asking for our help to build a mouse trap. Alongside Sir Isaac Newton and the laws of motion, we will make pulleys, cranes, catapults and more. We will learn the importance of simple machines and experiment with input work and output work, levers, fulcrums, and torques. When we combine these simple machines, we can make an extremely effective and humane mouse trap and clear her house of mice.


Lesson Five: Buoyancy
Tuesday, November 6th, 3:30 - 5:30 PM at Sanibel Sea School, $20, Ages 6-13

Crime five: It had been a long day at Sanibel Sea School, and the staff was stuck inside because of extreme storms. As the day was coming to a close, they realized that the area surrounding the Sea School had been completely flooded and they couldn’t get out. Do not fear! Sir Isaac Newton and his Sanibel Sea School detectives are here! Because of the flooding, we are bringing in another expert, Greek physicist Mr. Archimedes, and his principles of buoyant force. What makes things float? Why and how does a feather float but not a rock? We will need to make a boat to get home, but how can we be sure that our boat will float? We will learn all about buoyancy, displaced fluids, and upthrusts with dancing candies and floating pennies until we learn what it takes to make a boat that will float.


Lesson Six: Pressure
Tuesday, November 13th, 3:30 - 5:30 PM at Sanibel Sea School, $20, Ages 6-13

Crime six: Sir Isaac Newton, Mr. Archimedes, and the detectives of Sanibel Sea School have now become the talk of the town. With all of the hype, the criminals of Sanibel Island are getting mad! So mad in fact, that they have banded together and kidnapped the Sanibel Sea School’s beloved Doc Bruce! This is the most extreme crime so far, so we are calling for all the help we can get. We have one last hero to call on, French physicist Blaise Pascal. With our knowledge of forces and motion from Sir Isaac Newton, and our understanding of buoyancy from Mr. Archimedes, we can pair those with Blaise Pascal’s wisdom of pressures to hopefully find Doc Bruce. We will go over what we have learned to look at physics as a big picture, adding one last principle about pressure. We will make barometers and rockets to prepare ourselves for the adventure of a lifetime. With all of this knowledge on our hands, we can do anything we set our minds to! 


After School Ocean Art

At Sanibel Sea School, we love to make art using natural materials. We'll get creative and use everything from shells to coconuts to make some beautiful art pieces to take home or give as gifts this holiday season. We will supply all of the art materials needed for the class and our instructors will guide the students through a new ocean-inspired art project each week. Join us just once or for the entire series!

Open to students ages 6-13.
Dates: Tuesdays in late-November through December from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM (11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18)
Price: $20 per day or $75 for the 4 class series

Click here to learn more about the art projects we have planned for each session.