Kids Science Labs encourages experimentation
A wide range of classes gives children ages 2 to 12 the opportunity to learn about science in a dynamic, hands-on environment
Kids learn science firsthand in afterschool classes and camps.
PHOTO: courtesy of Kids Science Labs
As kids observe the world around them, they have no shortage of questions. From “Why is the sky blue?” to “How do I wiggle my toes?” children are naturally curious about every aspect of themselves and their surroundings. Although they may not know it yet, science holds the answers to many of their questions — and learning doesn’t need to take place only at school.
Kids Science Labs, a Chicago-based learning center, recently began offering classes at a new location in the Green Lake neighborhood. Its wide range of classes gives children ages 2 to 12 the opportunity to learn about science in a dynamic, hands-on environment. The program’s unique approach to teaching science means that classes aren’t rigidly structured. Instead, each session begins with a question raised by a student, and instructors take it from there.
Based on this structure, the classes go in a wide variety of directions. One afternoon, you might find children taking apart iPads and radios. On another day, they could be bending their knees and wiggling their toes as they learn about human anatomy and how their bodies work. These experiments and hands-on projects answer kids’ questions, but more important, instructors explain, they allow students to see science in action.
The program also offers classes related to current events, such as the Olympics-themed camp offered this past summer.
Kids Science Labs offers instruction year-round. There are weekly classes during the academic year, or kids can come on a drop in basis. Camps are offered in the summer and school breaks.
kidssciencelabs.com, 405 NE 71st St., Seattle, 206-402-5310