Kids STEM Workshops

STEM exploration through fun, skill-building activities

All programs will be limited to groups of 10 kids and mask-wearing is required to attend. We are taking many precautions to maintain social distancing and keep kids safe. Read about our COVID-19 safety protocols.

Member Discount: $1 off all workshops

Safety Highlights
Small Group Sizes: Program spaces will be limited to 10 participants and restroom breaks will be staggered to limit contact between groups.
Hygiene: Program spaces and furniture will be sanitized before each program. Supplies (scissors, glue sticks, etc.) will be sanitized before use and will not be shared.
Masks: Masks must be worn covering the nose and mouth at all times when inside the building.

Emergency Contact Form
We will hold all forms electronically to minimize contact touch with educators.
● The Emergency Contact Form can be printed off at home, signed, scanned, and emailed in.
● If you do not have access to a computer or printer, you can request to have a form mailed to your home. Please request printed forms by email at education@sloanlongway.org. You can also request forms by phone at 810‐237‐3409.
● If you mail in or drop off your signed form to Longway Planetarium, we will scan forms into our system.

If you have any questions, please call 810-237-3409.

1st-3rd Grades Overhead and Underfoot

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 6:00-8:00 PM
OR
SIGN UP: Saturday, November 21, 1:00-3:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium Mars Room
Fee: $8
Member Discount: $7

In the sky and underground; explore our planet and its atmosphere! Create a painting to add to our cloud gallery, explore earth materials and how they change. Follow a water drop through the water cycle and take an up-close look at soil.

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4th-6th Grades Crime Scene Investigation - SOLD OUT


Date: Tuesday, November 10, 6:00–8:00 PM
OR
Date: Saturday, November 21, 1:00-3:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium Jupiter Room
Fee: $8
Member Discount: $7

Someone made a mess in the planetarium classroom! A white powder, a note, fingerprints, and footprints were left behind. Can we determine the substance and the culprit?

1st-3rd Grades Marble Contraptions

SIGN UP: Saturday, December 5
Time: 1:00–4:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium Mars Room
Fee: $10
Member Discount: $9

Choose from a large variety of objects to create a pathway for your marble to travel down a pegboard and use cardboard boxes to design and build a marble game.

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4th-6th Grades Ecosystem Explorations

SIGN UP: Saturday, December 5
Time: 1:00–4:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium Jupiter Room
Fee: $10
Member Discount: $9

How do living things interact with each other and with the non-living things around them? Explore food webs while dissecting owl pellets. Investigate adaptations that enable animals to survive and thrive in their environments. Design and build a terrarium to take home and learn about the important role plants play in our ecosystem.

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1st-3rd and 4th-6th Grades Winter Wonder Camp

SIGN UP: 1st-3rd Grades
OR
SIGN UP: 4th-6th Grades
Date: Monday, December 28 – Wednesday, December 30
Time: 1:00–4:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $65
Member Discount: $60

We’ll be experimenting and making through a winter wonder-camp! Investigate heat transfer while testing mugs and cups for hot cocoa. Explore states of matter while freezing, melting, evaporating, and condensing matter. Make paper snowflakes while learning about symmetry. Enjoy these and many more fun and fast-paced winter-themed STEM activities.

Past Workshops

1st-3rd Grades Fall Fling Physics - SOLD OUT

Fall Fling Physics
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020
Time: 1:00–3:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium Mars Room
Fee: $8
Member Discount: $7

Objects will be falling, flinging, and flying as we explore motion! Fling peas, make a marshmallow launcher, fly some in-room rockets and drop paint from different heights to make a beautiful work of art.

4th-6th Grades Fall Fling Physics

Fall Fling Physics
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020
Time: 1:00–3:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium Jupiter Room
Fee: $8
Member Discount: $7

Objects will be falling, flinging, and flying as we explore motion! Build a working model of a bow and arrow and a catapult that will launch (harmless) ammunition at your new friends (and your educator!). Use gravity to create a beautiful work of art.

1st-3rd Grades Eerie Experiments

Eerie Experiments
Saturday, October 17, 1:00–3:00 PM - SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 24, 1:00–3:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium Mars Room
Fee: $8
Member Discount: $7

Have a howling good time with our Halloween Science celebration! Make a jittering, flittering bat, mix ingredients to make a fizzing potion, and make instant worms.

4th-6th Grades Eerie Experiments

Friday, October 23, 6:00–8:00 PM - SOLD OUT
Friday, October 30, 1:00–3:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium Mars Room
Fee: $10
Member Discount: $9

Have a howling good time with our Halloween science celebration! Make a wand that lights up and a spider with glowing eyes. Mix up glow-in-the-dark monster muffin and make a foaming, color-changing potion.

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