The Wonder Club is filled with fun, interactive, and hands-on activities facilitated by experienced staff. Participants learn to ask questions, carry out investigations, analyze data, develop models, and design solutions through exciting games and projects! Engaging in these science and engineering methods prepares them to be better equipped for STEM careers.
Throughout the course, students will be exposed to topics in physical science, life science, earth and space science, and engineering design. Within each of these branches, topics include properties of matter, waves, energy, ecosystems, cells, traits, solar system, geology, the design process, and much more.
Wednesdays, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
March 3: Museum of Ancient Life
The Solar System: Step into the solar system on our giant space mat and visualize the Earth’s rotation around the sun. Experience why seasons happen and what triggers the chain reaction of spring each year.
March 10: Butterfly Biosphere Classroom
Weather and Climate: Set up a weather station and begin recording weather data. Experience a rainforest climate in our Butterfly Biosphere Conservatory and compare to Utah’s winter desert climate in our outdoor garden.
March 17: Museum of Natural Curiosity
Desert Survival - Animals: Investigate what animals do in the desert and how they survive. Learn to look for animal signs in the desert and discover some of the incredible dry weather survival strategies they use.
March 24: Museum of Natural Curiosity:
Desert Survival - Plants: Examine plants up close and see their unique desert survival strategies. Hypothesize the hardships that face plants in the hot months and investigate how they change for a colder season.
March 31: Farm Country Classroom
Spring on the Farm: Experience the farm in a time of transition. Observe and engage in the important farming practices that take place in the Spring, for the plants and the animals that give us food and drink and clothes.
April 7: Museum of Natural Curiosity
Birds in the Spring: I wonder which birds are the first to come back to Utah in the spring. I wonder what they look like and sound like.
April 21: Butterfly Biosphere Classroom
Insects in the Spring: Explore our backyard garden for the first bugs of spring. Investigate where they might go all winter and examine some of the incredible strategies insects use to get through until spring.
April 28: Museum of Natural Curiosity
Growing plants: Observe what happens to plants in the spring and hypothesize what causes those changes. Talk about the science of spring colors and make art to appreciate their beauty!
May 5: Museum of Natural Curiosity:
Snow Science: Learn about the snowpack, how snowflakes form in the water cycle. Observe melting and freezing as it occurs in our backyard garden. Engineer houses to withstand huge amounts of snow.
May 12: Museum of Natural Curiosity:
Compiling Data: Chart all of our recorded phenological data collected over the past 10 weeks. Make predictions of what we might see later on this spring. Create your own phenology journal to continue observation and exploration into the rest of the seasons.
Thursdays, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
March 4: Butterfly Biosphere Classroom
Observation: Jump right into microscopy by viewing life inside a drop of water with a microscope anyone can make at home. Investigate the significance of microscopes and explore the exciting world of the too-small-to-see.
March 11: Museum of Natural Curiosity Makerspace
Light and Waves: Investigate how microscopes work, experimenting with lenses and light. Experience how simple a microscope can be by creating your own 3D-printed, take-home microscope.
March 18: Ashton Gardens
Plants and Trees: Dissect a flower and view it’s pollen, leaves and stem at 100X and 400X zoom. Compare the leaves of coniferous and deciduous trees on a microscopic level.
March 25: Farm Country Classroom
Hairs and Fibers: Meet many of the animals at our farm that provide us with warmth in the cold months. Touch and feel the animals and then examine the wool, down, and leather that they provide in the microscopes.
April 1: Butterfly Biosphere Classroom
Insects: Introducing our most advanced student microscopes to zoom in up to 400X. Examine the tiny external structures of insects and investigate how they eat, what, and experience the world based on the structures we find when we look up closely.
April 8: Butterfly Biosphere Classroom
Insects II: Examine the delicate scales on a butterfly’s wing and it's crazy compound eyes. Investigate how these animals function in their environments and experience their world.
April 22: Museum of Natural Curiosity Makerspace
Technology: Work with some simple circuits and learn the basics of microcomputing. View microchips and other bits of technology under the microscopes to uncover their tiny secrets.
April 29: Museum of Ancient Life Classroom
Rocks and Fossils:Observe how rocks start to look radically different once you zoom in 20, 40, or 100 times. Examine rock crystals and hypothesize about their formation.
May 6: Museum of Ancient Life Classroom
Food Science: Bring in a snack to eat and examine up close. Examine mold growth on bread to see what exactly mold is. Peel apart an onion to prepare a slide for viewing plant cells!
May 13: Butterfly Biosphere Classroom
This is the opportunity to examine and investigate whatever you are still curious about. Collect specimens from outside and study them up close along with any objects students brought with them.
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