Science Club: Simple Machines

Three children work together on a science project.

Play, experiment, learn and make new friends at Science Club!

Enjoy fun, high-quality learning during four science workshops at the Science Centre. At Science Club, children ages 5–10 will take part in exciting, interactive science activities.

For four consecutive Mondays in April and May, join us on-site at the Science Centre for a series of workshops exploring simple machines we use every day, including wheels and axles, pulleys and planes, wedges and screws, and levers.

Our enthusiastic group leaders will provide trusted supervision and deliver activities with content aligned with each workshop’s unique theme in private spaces within the Science Centre.

Price: $150 including HST, $140 for members (Planetary, Stellar, Galactic or Cosmic levels only). Participants must register for all four workshops.

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Science Club Details

When—Science Club runs on Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where—Science Club is held at the Science Centre. Each group of participants is provided with a private area (for example, a science lab, classroom or workshop room) that serves as their program space.

What—During each workshop, participants enjoy themed science activities in small groups.

Supervision—Our Science Club programs are delivered by enthusiastic, caring group leaders with a broad range of expertise and experience working with children in an educational and/or recreational environment. All Science Club group leaders undergo a Vulnerable Sector Screening check and have first-aid training with Level-C CPR certification.

Discounts—To qualify for the member discount, the person booking must be the legal guardian of the child and a named cardholder on a current membership at the Planetary level or higher that includes children. Learn how to become a member.

Science Club Workshops

Monday, April 24: Wheels & Axles
Learn what a force is and how much work goes into moving a heavy object. Explore the many uses of wheels and axles, and then apply what you’ve learned to create your own toy car!

Monday, May 1: Pulleys & Inclined Planes
Prepare to elevate your knowledge by learning about pulleys and inclined planes. Investigate how the angle of an inclined plane makes all the difference in moving heavy things. Then, put your new knowledge to work as you make your very own mini well.

Monday, May 8: Wedges & Screws
Explore how farmers use wedges and screws to plant and harvest. Investigate how wedges work by testing and comparing wedges and then build your own mini helicopter.

Monday, May 15: Levers
Lean into the world of levers as you explore their various types and classes. After you learn how to create an efficient first-class lever, it’s time to build your own pom-pom launcher.

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More Information

For more information regarding Science Club logistics, themes, pricing and accommodations for participants with medical and special needs, please see our Science Club Information Package.

We’re happy to answer any questions you have about Science Club. Contact us at Recreational Programs | 416-696-3256 or toll-free: 1-888-696-1110 (ask for the Recreational Programs Office).