Grades 7-12 Science Programs

Grades 7-12 Programs

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Designed for Grades 7-12

Spark's grades 7-12 learning experiences are designed to encourage curiosity and explore the nature of science and scientific inquiry. We can't wait to see you and your students!

The cost of each program at Spark includes:

  • 30 students and one educator.
  • Up to 6 chaperones. Please ensure you meet the chaperone ratio required by your school board.
  • Special education aides may be included as needed.
  • Additional students and chaperones may be included for an additional fee

Lastly, some fine print:

  • It’s important to stick together! Students must remain with supervising adults at all times.
  • Before the field trip, please read the information on Spark’s “What to Expect for Your Visit” webpage, which includes our social contract for schools.
  • For all chaperones, teachers and students who have Spark memberships: thank you for your love of science! But unfortunately, Spark memberships don’t include school programs.

Programs

Level Up!

Grade 7 | 50 Minutes | Live Science Show

Ba-da-dada-da, welcome to Level Up! The video game that challenges you, player one, to conquer the cold, defeat the heat, and battle the Ultimate Boss using the power of the world’s most extreme temperatures. Use Dragon’s Fire or the Leidenfrost effect to escape the minion's grasp? Will Frozen Smash or Fireproof Skin be an upgrade of choice? Only you can decide which element to wield to win the game and Level Up!

Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM

$250

Curriculum Connections:

Grade 7 - Heat and Temperature

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Marble Arcade

Grade 7 | 60 Minutes | Workshop

Step right up, to this marble arcade to design the course that put these marbles and your fellow students to the test. The whole class will make a miniature midway of marbles. Speed them up, slow them down in this hands-on test of creativity, collaboration and problem-solving. Will your class manage to take home the prize of Marble Master?

$250

Curriculum Connections:

Grade 7 - Structures and Forces

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Action Reaction Contraption

Grades 7-12 | 90 Minutes | Workshop

Remember Mousetrap, the popular game featuring a marble rolling through a complicated contraption, triggering a net that caught a mouse? This is an example of a Rube Goldberg machine, a complex mechanism that performs a simple task. In this workshop, students are challenged to create their own contraptions by repurposing unusual objects to design and build a device for a task of their choosing! Game on!

$275

Curriculum Connections:

Grade 8 - Mechanical Systems

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Under Pressure

Grade 8 | 60 Minutes | Workshop

Yes, it is strange that we use air to break concrete, and your students will understand why after this high-pressure contest. Jackhammers, car crushers and bicycle pumps are all very cool tools that compress air to do work. Working in small groups, students will design, build and test their own cool pneumatic systems. This workshop is a blast, literally!
$245

Curriculum Connections:
Grade 8 - Structures and Forces
Grade 8 - Mechanical Systems

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Who Wants to Be a Multicellular Organism?

Grade 8 | 50 Minutes | Live Science Show

This living quiz show is all the rage around the world...because anybody who's a human being is already playing! Students will become quiz show contestants, competing for fabulous prizes while gaining knowledge of the human body. But that’s not all. Since everybody is playing this game, the audience (the students!) will pump up their musculoskeletal system, tap into their heartbeat and manipulate their nervous system. It will be a lot to digest, literally – and there’s even a competition for that too!

Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM

$250

Curriculum Connections:

Grade 8 - Mix & Flow of Matter

Grade 8 - Cells and Systems

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What's the Matter?

Grade 8-10 | 90 Minutes | Workshop

Get ready to put on those safety glasses! It is time to solve a mystery and it may cause sparks to fly! Students journey through the nature of scientific inquiry and collaborate to identify an unknown substance through observation and analysis, chemical reactions and flame tests.

$275

Curriculum Connections:

Grade 8 - Mix & Flow of Matter

Grade 9 - Matter and Chemical Change

Grade 10 - Energy & Matter in Chemical Change

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Can You Light It?

Grade 9 | 90 Minutes | Workshop

How many ways are there to light a bulb? This is like a TV game show in the classroom, with all of the positive tension and excitement! Students will encounter a ‘series’ of electrical challenges that they need to solve in order to light up a bulb. Watch their own light bulbs go on as they explore the essentials of circuitry and applied electronic engineering.

$275

Curriculum Connections:

Grade 9 - Electrical Principles and Technologies

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Particles of Our Lives

Grade 9 | 50 Minutes | Live Demo

Be a part of the molecular melodrama as the private lives and inner turmoil of some beloved elements are revealed. Like electromagnetic radiation through the spectrometer, so are the Particles of Our Lives! Join a cast of very particular characters as they fall in and out of love, experience joy and heartbreak, and go through explosive break-ups in this chemically reactive soap opera. The emotions will be high, the acting will be questionable. And with help from the audience, we’ll discover which elements have the best ‘chemistry’ to make sparks fly!

Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM

$250

Curriculum Connections:

Grade 9 - Matter and Chemical Change

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