Level 3 – Grades 5 & 6

5th and 6th graders are forging into areas of independent knowledge, creating definitions and structures of the world around them. They are ready to challenge assumptions and are eager to find their own proof of timeless truths.

Suggested Prerequisites – Our courses are designed with the following assumptions of student knowledge: 

  • Follow multi-step written procedures

  • Record information in tables, and starting to produce their own labeled tables for data

  • Write and compare fractions and decimals

  • Multiply multi-digit numbers, and divide single-digit numbers into multi-digit numbers

Course descriptions for each camp offering can be found below; then visit your camp location page to see camp schedules.


Course Descriptions

Chemical Reactions
The thrilling reality and amazing ideas of chemistry come to light through study of chemical reactions. In this course, students discover the different types of chemical reactions that can occur and patterns of reactivity amongst the chemical elements. Students gain intuition on how chemicals behave and how they interact.

Electricity
Learn the basics of charges, currents, batteries, and circuits. Students discover the properties and behavior of moving electrons, from static electricity to currents. Students understand how electricity and magnetism are closely related, and while both are non-contact forces, they are very strong and practical forces that have been around since the beginning of Earth and yet allow for modern living.

Dissection & Physiology
Explore the structure and function of the major organ systems in the body. Students perform experiments to see how each organ system performs the necessary functions of life, such as digestion and respiration. There will be dissections of an earthworm and frog for students to identify organs and examine how these organ systems interact, benefiting the organism as a whole.