miSci’s Little Edisons program, for kids ages 3 to 5, is fun way to nurture the curiosity of pint-sized future engineers, chemists, and inventors. Sessions are 45 minutes long and feature hands-on activities designed to teach problem solving and to encourage the joy of discovery.
Tickets for Little Edisons sessions grant entry to the program for a student and parent/guardian. Programs run 10 – 10:45 a.m. and 1 – 1:45 p.m. on scheduled days.
School Year 2023-24 Session Pricing:
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Choose an entire week of programming to get a ticket good for both a Tuesday and Thursday program that week.
Tuesday, November 21st : Leaves are Not Just for Jumping
Little Edisons read I Am a Leaf by award-winning author Jean Marzollo and learn about the amazing life cycle of a leaf. Then they recreate them on felt boards, practicing our scientific observation skills by categorizing various kinds of leaves. Finally, we make some leaf rubbings to take home!
Thursday, November 23rd
Tuesday, November 28th : Fossilized Fun
Little Edisons start this week off with a roar by reading Dino Treasures by Rhonda Lucas Donald and learning about the job of finding dinosaur bones, or paleontology. Then, we make our own dino tracks with playdough, and record our findings in a fun take-home book like true scientists!
Thursday, November 30th : Rock the House
Little Edisons read I’m Trying to Love Rocks by Bethany Barton, and learn all about how rocks are formed, the study of geology, and why we should love rocks! Then, we get hands-on and learn about how geologists sift through dirt using water to find beautiful rocks and gemstones, recording our findings on our very own gemstone worksheets.
Tuesday, December 5th : Snow Shenanigans
Little Edisons read Snow by Uri Shulevitz and learn about snow and snowflakes. Make a snowstorm in a jar by mixing ingredients and creating a chemical reaction. Then we make a few sparkly snowflakes to take home and hang them in a window or on a tree.
Thursday, December 7th : Baby It’s Cold Outside
We read Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G. Van Gelder and investigate how animals live in the cold. We experiment with blubber to see how it keeps arctic animals warm and look at the homes of animals who use the environment to stay comfy, and we make a take home book to show what we learned.
Tuesday, December 12th : Flying Solo
Little Edisons learn all about the different ways animals survive the winter this week, starting off by reading Migration by Gail Gibbons to learn about why animals fly south for the winter. We experiment using different types of feathers and furs to see which one keeps us the warmest and use our scientific observation skills to record our findings. Then, we make a fun bird craft to take home.
Thursday, December 14th : Sleeping In
Animals that can’t fly, sleep! Little Edisons read Old Bear by Kevin Henkes to learn about how animals hibernate in the winter. Using what we learned, we will build habitats to keep animals nice and cozy while they sleep the cold away and talk about how animals spend all year preparing to hibernate.
Tuesday, December 19th : Off to the Races
Little Edisons learn about force and motion this week, reading Forces Make Things Move by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley before participating in an exciting balloon race using what we learned about force to make their balloons move. We will record our findings on a take home activity sheet, so little learners can refer back to it again and again!
Thursday, December 21st : Energy Explosion
Little Edisons read Planet Power: Explore the World’s Renewable Energy by Stacy Clark and make paper windmills to demonstrate how wind can generate energy. Then, we discuss different types of renewable energy and where we can see these types of energy in our own lives.
A Note of Thanks
miSci is forever grateful to Elizabeth “Beth” Hudson for founding the Little Edisons program. Beth brought more than 35 years of experience working in special education and a love of teaching pre-school children to miSci. She will be missed, and we wish her well on all her retirement adventures. Thank you, Beth!