2019 After School Programs


After School Science

The Great Tectonic Adventure
Come along as we investigate how our planet’s layers interact with one another to create natural structures and seismic events. Tectonic plates cover Earth and shape the global landscape. Geysers and volcanoes are formed where plates meet. Earthquakes and tsunamis are created when two plates collide. Join us on an epic tectonic adventure as we explore these phenomena after school. We’re going to build planets, geysers, and erupting volcanoes – it’s going to be a real BLAST!

Open to students ages 6-13, cost is $20 per student per session.

January 15th, 2019 
3:30 - 5:30 PM
Tectonic Plates
Have you ever noticed that the continents look like pieces of a puzzle that fit together? That’s because they used to be one big piece of land, but they have drifted apart over time. The reason for this is tectonic plates! They make up Earth’s amazing outer shell, and they’re also responsible for many of the landscapes on our planet. When the plates collide, they can form either trenches or mountains. During this session, we will study how the plates have moved over time to form our current topography. We’ll also create our own globes, adding some terrific tectonic details.  

January 22nd, 2019
3:30 - 5:30 PM
Although the exact number of active volcanoes is unknown, scientists estimate that around 1,500 volcanoes have erupted in the last 10,000 years. As tectonic plates move away from each other in the ocean, lava from the Earth’s core is able to emerge and cool, rapidly forming underwater mountain peaks. These are some of the most volcanically active places on Earth – toasty! So come warm up with us while we build our own volcanoes. We’re going to make explosions in the name of science!

January 29th, 2019 
3:30 - 5:30 PM 
Geysers are created when water seeps below Earth’s crust and gets close to hot magma. As the magma warms the water, pressure builds – then the water is sent rushing back out of Earth’s surface at extreme speeds and high temperatures! Today, let’s take our minds to Yellowstone National Park and explore why it just might be one of the most dangerous places on the planet. We’ll also build our own geysers using our newfound understanding of temperature and pressure changes!

February 5th, 2019 
3:30 - 5:30 PM 
Tsunamis and Earthquakes
Earth’s tectonic plates have been moving and changing for billions of years (that’s wayyyy before humans showed up)! In this session, we’ll talk about transform boundaries – the places where two plates slide past each other. These boundaries are famous for causing seismic activity, a.k.a. earthquakes, which we rank on the Richter Scale according to their strength. Today, let’s create both terrestrial and oceanic earthquakes in our classroom. We’ll also investigate how humans build cities to stand up to the ‘quakes. So hold on tight as we shake things up!  


After School Ocean Art

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