Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14, 2013—
"Be an Entomologist" (11am-12pm & 1-2pm)
Have you ever wondered what a bug's life is like? Become an entomologist for the day and learn to love insects while getting up close and personal with some creepy crawly critters within a fun, safe learning environment.
Saturday & Sunday, May 11 & 12, 2013—
"Be an Archeologist and Physical Anthropologist" (11am-12pm & 1-2pm)
Join special guests Karen Rosenberg and colleagues from the Anthropology Department at UD to explore the fascinating world of the past.
Uncover ancient tools and learn what they can teach us about civilizations that thrived many years ago. Observe the similarities between primates large and small with a hands-on “bone sorting” activity. Learn about some of the different jobs that an archeologist or anthropologist might do each day.
Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9, 2013—
"Be an Ornithologist" (11am-12pm & 1-2pm)
With spring well underway, birds are all around us. Get to know more about our feathered friends through hands-on activities and a take home project.
Learn to recognize the sounds of birds you might hear every day and use binoculars to scan for them along the river walk. Use common household items to simulate how different birds eat. Make window clings to help keep birds from bumping into the glass.
Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14, 2013—
"Be a Chemist" (11am-12pm & 1-2pm)
Create radical reactions and explore how chemistry affects our everyday lives in this explosive program!
Try your hand at a variety of experiments including creating a volcanic reaction with baking soda and vinegar, watching the explosion of color created with food coloring, soap, and milk, and concocting a slippery slimy batch of gak to take home.
Saturday & Sunday, August 10 & 11, 2013—
"Be a Geologist" (11am-12pm & 1-2pm)
Calling all rockhounds! If you have a rock collection at home, come home with rocks in your pocket, or are curious about the different types of rocks you find at the beach or on the playground, this class is for you!
Become a junior geologist in the lab-classroom when you will choose your own rock and perform different tests to learn more about it. Create a group demonstration of the rock cycle, explore our cave for geodes and crystals, and classify different rock samples into igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic groups.
Saturday & Sunday, September 14 & 15, 2013—
"Be an Ecologist" (11am-12pm & 1-2pm)
If plants, animals, and the outdoors are your thing, join us for a fun exploration of ecology at the DCM.
Plant a biome in a baggie and observe the water cycle in your own home as you watch your plant grow. Lean about the importance of water to all living things in a hands-on demonstration and by experiencing how different animals get the water they need. Create a recycled project to take home.
Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13, 2013—
"Be a Meteorologist" (11am-12pm & 1-2pm)
Explore the science behind weather and discover the wild world of meteorological elements from rain, to thunder, sunshine to snow, and everything in between. Become meteorology experts in this electrifying program!
Activities include interpreting the weekend’s weather forecast and learning to use a thermometer, making a rain gauge to measure precipitation, and discovering what causes thunder and lightning by creating an experiment right in the classroom!
Saturday & Sunday, November 9 & 10, 2013—
"Be a Biologist" (11am-12pm & 1-2pm)
Investigate the fascinating world of biology by experimenting with microscopes and getting a magnified look at the world around us.
Activities include using common household items to extract DNA from a strawberry, using glitter to learn about the transfer of germs, and discovering how plants drink by watching flower petals change color.
Saturday & Sunday, December 14 & 15, 2013—
"Be a Physicist" (11am-12pm & 1-2pm)
Become a junior physicist for the day as you experiment with matter and energy and the interactions between them. Learn about Bernoulli’s Principle by designing a hoop glider or other unique aircraft; experiment with gravity, energy, and velocity using a basketball and tennis ball; and team up with your fellow scientists to create an effective egg transport system to be dropped from the top of the Stratosphere!
Saturday & Sunday, January 11 & 12, 2014—
"Be a Physiologist/MD" (11am-12pm & 1-2pm)
Did you know that your body is an amazing machine, with many parts working together to keep it running? Become a junior doctor as you take a hands-on and entertaining look at the organs and systems inside a very unusual patient, our incredible 7-foot doll Stuffee.
Through Stuffee, you will learn how your own body functions and what you need to do to stay happy and healthy. Learn more about how your heart and lungs function through hands-on experiments, and get plenty of exercise along the way to keep them healthy too!
Saturday & Sunday, February 8 & 9, 2014—
"Be a Space Scientist" (11am-12pm & 1-2pm)
Sun, moon, planets, asteroids…space is filled with fascinating things to observe and discover. Join us as we take a closer look at the work of astronauts and space scientists this weekend at the DCM. Sample astronaut ice cream and learn what astronauts eat in space, discover more about the amazing properties of stars, comets and meteors and use science to blast off your own rocket. (Weather Permitting)
Saturday & Sunday, March 8 & 9, 2014—
"Be an Engineer" (11am-12pm & 1-2pm)
Engineering is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and helps us to acquire an understanding of how the world works. Discover, design, and build big fun at the DCM during this hands-on interactive program. Activities include designing a collaborative, marble roller coaster, constructing a propeller-driven zip line racer, and creating your own imaginative structures out of a variety of building materials.
Saturday & Sunday, April 12 & 13, 2014—
"Be a Zoologist" (11am-12pm & 1-2pm)
Nurture your love for animals and learn more about what a zoology career entails in this weekend’s science exploration at the DCM. Discover the many ways that animals use camouflage to protect themselves, participate in an animal identification and classification activity, and increase your store of amazing animal facts to share with your family and friends.
Saturday & Sunday, May 10 & 11, 2014—
"Be an Entomologist" (11am-12pm & 1-2pm)
Have you ever wondered what a bug's life is like? Become an entomologist for the day and get up close and personal with creepy crawly critters in a fun, safe learning environment. Activities include studying local insects through magnifying glasses and microscopes, learning about what makes a bug an insect to help you create your own crawly critter, and observing the stages of an insect’s metamorphosis from larvae to adult.