Summer Catalog

There is something for everyone during TMSC's Summer of Science Adventures!

To view the courses being offered during the 2020 Summer season, select the dates and grade levels below that interest you. (Grade levels "K-3" and "4-8" represent the grade your student is entering for Fall 2020.) Click on the course name to view the program description and registration link.

Once capacity has been reached in a program, the course will be listed as WAITLIST ONLY. By adding yourself to the waitlist, you have the opportunity to get into the course should we have a cancellation. Waitlist is first come, first served.

For a printable copy of our summer catalog, CLICK HERE
To register by mail, CLICK HERE


PLEASE SELECT WEEKS AND GRADES LEVELS BELOW TO VIEW PROGRAMS:

Search by: Week 1 (June 22-26) Week 2 (June 29-July 2) Week 3 (July 6-10) Week 4 (July 13-17) Week 5 (July 20-24) Week 6 (July 27-31) Week 7 (Aug. 3-7) Week 8 (Aug. 10-14)
Filter by: Grades K-3 Grades 4-8
SessionWeekStart DateEnd DateGradeDescription
Fledglings I: The Living World16/226/26K-3Do smells help you taste? How does an optical illusion fool you? Exciting exploration the mysteries of living things. From bugs, to birds, to your own heart beat and lots more, we’ll find out how things work in the world of nature! REGISTER ONLINE
Robotics: Mindstorms NXT16/226/26K-3The most popular, flexible robot building kit ever, LEGO® Mindstorms™ has decades of robot contests under its belt. You'll build, program and compete on our "Research Roundup!" playing field, solving science problems for robotics bragging rights! REGISTER ONLINE
Future Engineers16/226/26K-3Are you an inventor? Like to tinker? Take things apart? Build cool stuff? We’ll have design contests, speed building, LEGO® prototyping, and new inventions from everyday objects. You can even earn a “Talcott Patent.” Bring your busted stuff from home or use ours! REGISTER ONLINE
Coding16/226/264-8Learn the skills needed to create a piece of software from design, algorithms, implementation and analysis, and debugging in procedural and object-oriented programming. Code in ALICE using 3-D objects and JAVA platforms. Along the way students can integrate their skills from science, math and logic to make games, graphics and more! REGISTER ONLINE
Genetics & Genomics16/226/264-8Learn about what makes you, YOU! We will do DNA themed games and crafts, fruit DNA extractions, practice transcription/translation of gene sequences, Punnett squares for dragons, and even use our very own PCR and Gel Electrophoresis equipment to solve a “who-done-it” genetic mystery. REGISTER ONLINE
Geocaching – Treasure Hunt!16/226/264-8There are hidden treasures waiting to be found in the mountains, forests, waterways, deserts, cities, or parks near you! High-tech hide-and-seek, a modern scavenger hunt. Around the world, teams have hidden "caches" of items, and it is your job to find them! Learn GPS, and create and find caches. This game makes you the search engine. REGISTER ONLINE
Girls Rock! 4-816/226/264-8Girls rock - not just in geology, but in lots of other neat sciences too! Fun and engaging activities stress discovery skills, from rock/mineral/fossil ID to biology and chemistry labs, and a dissection! Plenty of hands-on STEM can build confidence in young female scientists. REGISTER ONLINE
      
Fledglings II: A World of Wonder26/297/2K-3Explore our fascinating world, through cool, accessible, hands-on experiments. We’ll have fun with light and sound, forces and motion and other wonders of earth and space science! REGISTER ONLINE
Animation – Claymation!26/297/2K-3Create animated stories with clay, LEGO® or your favorite toy characters. You’ll work in a team to write a story, set up a stage with your characters and create an original video of their adventures! REGISTER ONLINE
Weather Wizards26/297/2K-3Make snow in the summer, create a model tornado, capture raindrops. You’ll feel the winds of a hurricane and mini lightning storms. Create weather instruments to take home for your own personal weather lab! REGISTER ONLINE
Raspberry Pi26/297/24-8Learn how to assemble and program your own Raspberry Pi 3 computer. It runs “Raspbian” Linux, complete with a desktop GUI, USB ports, HDMI to your big screen TV, Java, Wolfram Mathematica, GIMP graphics software and Minecraft! *Additional hardware purchase of a RaspberryPi 3 B single-board computer ($35) at registration. REGISTER ONLINE
The Science of Magic 4-826/297/24-8Discover the science behind some great tricks and some cool science that can fool your friends! Use high tech and the web to learn some amazing illusions, plus free admission to our semi-annual Magic Show! Have a great time perfecting your magic tricks and science experiments. Conjure up wondrous illusions, feats of prestidigitation, and legerdemain. REGISTER ONLINE
Computers: Game Making26/297/24-8Explore the world of computer gaming by building your own! Work on one of several platforms and game tools to create original characters, stories and worlds. You'll end up with your own game to play and share with your friends. Yours could be the next Mario! REGISTER ONLINE
Robotics: Mindstorms EV326/297/24-8Create & code custom robots with LEGO Mindstorms EV3. You’ll work in teams to design, program, test and solve contests and challenges designed to test your skill using one of our FIRST LEGO League playing fields. Our bots, your brains! REGISTER ONLINE
      
Fledglings I: The Living World37/67/10K-3Do smells help you taste? How does an optical illusion fool you? Exciting exploration the mysteries of living things. From bugs, to birds, to your own heart beat and lots more, we’ll find out how things work in the world of nature! REGISTER ONLINE
Future Engineers37/67/10K-3Are you an inventor?  Like to tinker? Take things apart? Build cool stuff? We’ll have design contests, speed building, LEGO® prototyping, and new inventions from everyday objects. You can even earn a “Talcott Patent”. Bring your busted stuff from home or use ours! REGISTER ONLINE
Robotics: Mindstorms NXT37/67/10K-3The most popular, flexible robot building kit ever, LEGO® Mindstorms™ has decades of robot contests under its belt. You'll build, program and compete on our "Research Roundup!" playing field, solving science problems for robotics bragging rights! REGISTER ONLINE
Wild Weather37/67/104-8Want to forecast the weather? Use computers and our weather station to access data and images, look back at Earth from the GOES satellites and use Doppler radar just like the experts. You’ll make green-screen weather forecast videos just like the pros! REGISTER ONLINE
Lights, Camera, Action! (wk 1)37/67/104-8Ever dream of being a TV producer, director, or star of your own production? Now’s your chance! Explore the video medium and produce your masterpiece using our campus and gear. iPads and iMacs allow you to have your own editing suite so you can edit, add effects, and take your movies home! REGISTER ONLINE
Raspberry Pi37/67/104-8Learn how to assemble and program your own Raspberry Pi 3 computer. It runs “Raspbian” Linux, complete with a desktop GUI, USB ports, HDMI to your big screen TV, Java, Wolfram Mathematica, GIMP graphics software and Minecraft! *Additional hardware purchase of a RaspberryPi 3 B single-board computer ($35) at registration. REGISTER ONLINE
3D Printing37/67/104-83-D printers have opened up a world of do-it-yourself design and manufacturing, from game pieces to prosthetic arms. Using tools including Sculptris, SketchUp, MakerWare and DaVinci, you’ll be able to design, build and print your gadgets and 3-D models! REGISTER ONLINE
      
Fledglings II: A World of Wonder47/137/17K-3Explore our fascinating world, through cool, accessible, hands-on experiments. We’ll have fun with light and sound, forces and motion and other wonders of earth and space science! REGISTER ONLINE
LEGO Science47/137/17K-3From cars to catapults, from motors to Mars rovers, you can explore science and technology with LEGO®. Compete in engineering challenges, build skyscrapers, crazy contraptions and dream machines! REGISTER ONLINE
Lights, Camera, Action! (wk2)47/137/174-8Ever dream of being a TV producer, director, or star of your own production? Now’s your chance! Explore the video medium and produce your masterpiece using our campus and gear. iPads and iMacs allow you to have your own editing suite so you can edit, add effects, and take your movies home! (Included in Week 1)
Robotics: Mindstorms EV347/137/174-8Create & code custom robots with LEGO Mindstorms EV3. You’ll work in teams to design, program, test and solve contests and challenges designed to test your skill using one of our FIRST LEGO League playing fields. Our bots, your brains! REGISTER ONLINE
Computers: Arduino47/137/174-8Want to get under the hood of today’s electronics? Build circuits that can be used to power gadgets, games, prosthetics and robots? You’ll use an Arduino project board, LEDs, sensors, motors and all the parts you need to create cool stuff. Additional purchase of a SparkFun Arduino kit ($49) at registration. REGISTER ONLINE
Bioengineering47/137/174-8Learn about the chemistry and physics that keeps you being you, find out how bones, muscles and prosthetics work, 3D print skeleton parts, experiment with foods and exercise, and use some cool tech to check out your heart, lungs and muscles. REGISTER ONLINE
Green Engineering 4-847/137/174-8How can the sun power your house? Your car? Can you cook with sunshine? Switch on to solar, wind and water energy! Discover how electrons energize lamps, wires and motors as you build simple circuits and how to tap into nature for power! REGISTER ONLINE
      
Fledglings I: The Living World57/207/24K-3Do smells help you taste? How does an optical illusion fool you? Exciting exploration the mysteries of living things. From bugs, to birds, to your own heart beat and lots more, we’ll find out how things work in the world of nature! REGISTER ONLINE
Robotics: Mindstorms NXT57/207/24K-3The most popular, flexible robot building kit ever, LEGO® Mindstorms™ has decades of robot contests under its belt. You'll build, program and compete on our "Research Roundup!" playing field, solving science problems for robotics bragging rights! REGISTER ONLINE
The Science of Magic K-357/207/24K-3Discover the science behind some great tricks and some cool science that can fool your friends! Use high tech and the web to learn some amazing illusions, plus admission to our semi-annual Magic Show! Have a great time perfecting your magic tricks and science experiments. Conjure up wondrous illusions, feats of prestidigitation, and legerdemain. REGISTER ONLINE
Computers: Animation57/207/244-8From classic cels to the latest motion-capture systems, we'll show you how the pros work. You'll create original short animations using hand made animation toys, paper-based and and computer-based techniques, stop-action and "tweening" tools. Showcase your storytelling, artistic and creative talents! REGISTER ONLINE
Beam Me Up!57/207/244-8Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what's out there? Well, a multitude of objects are available to observe through telescopes of modest size, you just need to take the opportunity to do so. Join us to use telescopes to look at the Sun and planets, and all of the other wonders out there. Additional purchase of a telescope kit ($25) at registration. REGISTER ONLINE
Computers: Game Making57/207/244-8Explore the world of computer gaming by building your own! Work on one of several platforms and game tools to create original characters, stories and worlds. You'll end up with your own game to play and share with your friends. Yours could be the next Mario! REGISTER ONLINE
Inventing for the Future57/207/244-8We’ll explore the best (and worst!) of some famous inventions, create design challenges, and make teams that learn how inventors create, test, troubleshoot, share and perfect their work. Take-apart labs, speed-building and much more!
      
      
Fledglings II: A World of Wonder67/277/31K-3Explore our fascinating world, through cool, accessible, hands-on experiments. We’ll have fun with light and sound, forces and motion and other wonders of earth and space science! REGISTER ONLINE
It’s a Bug’s Life67/277/31K-3They creep, they crawl, they fly! They make sure the flowers grow, they clean up our yards. They can lift hundreds of times their own weight, and can fly across the continent! They're bugs! We'll learn how to find and catch them, observe them with microscopes, do some fun buggy crafts, and even keep some alive in the classroom. REGISTER ONLINE
Pirate Science67/277/31K-3Fun filled sessions for aspiring buccaneers! Learn how to sail the Seven Seas and what to expect in those waters! Practice your map skills as you explore where you're going to bury the "treasure." You'll find an ocean of activities on board for an exciting week! REGISTER ONLINE
Computers: Arduino67/277/314-8Want to get under the hood of today’s electronics? Build circuits that can be used to power gadgets, games, prosthetics and robots? You’ll use an Arduino project board, LEDs, sensors, motors and all the parts you need to create cool stuff. Additional purchase of a SparkFun Arduino kit ($49) at registration. REGISTER ONLINE
3.. 2.. 1.. Blast Off!67/137/314-8Experiment with rocket design and propulsion systems. See how rocket design has changed over the decades. Build your own rocket and launch it to measure how high it goes! You could be the next Dr. Goddard and lead the world into the next space frontier! Additional purchase of an Estes Rocket kit ($15) at registration. REGISTER ONLINE
Robotics: Mindstorms EV367/277/314-8Create & code custom robots with LEGO Mindstorms EV3. You’ll work in teams to design, program, test and solve contests and challenges designed to test your skill using one of our FIRST LEGO League playing fields. Our bots, your brains! REGISTER ONLINE
Computers: Game Making67/277/314-8Explore the world of computer gaming by building your own! Work on one of several platforms and game tools to create original characters, stories and worlds. You'll end up with your own game to play and share with your friends. Yours could be the next Mario! REGISTER ONLINE
      
      
Kitchen Chemistry78/38/7K-3Do some hands-on chemistry with everyday materials that you use in your kitchen! From volcanoes to dancing raisins, from weather patterns to rocketry, see some very cool science happen with things right off the kitchen shelf! REGISTER ONLINE
Robotics: Mindstorms NXT78/38/7K-3The most popular, flexible robot building kit ever, LEGO® Mindstorms™ has decades of robot contests under its belt. You'll build, program and compete on our "Research Roundup!" playing field, solving science problems for robotics bragging rights! REGISTER ONLINE
Wild & Crafty78/38/7K-3Discover your creative talents, using materials found in nature. Experiment with natural dyes. Create pictures and weavings with nature's colors and textures. Recycle paper into beautiful stationery tinted by leaves and flowers. What you make is yours to keep! REGISTER ONLINE
Computers: Animation78/38/74-8From classic cels to the latest motion-capture systems, we'll show you how the pros work. You'll create original short animations using hand made animation toys, paper-based and and computer-based techniques, stop-action and "tweening" tools. Showcase your storytelling, artistic and creative talents! REGISTER ONLINE
Computer Graphics78/38/74-8Unleash your artistic side in computers - great graphics, powerful pictures, 3-D scenes, and fantastic scenes from out-of-this-world! You'll use the power of professional graphics tools to create a digital portfolio full of your original artwork and projects! REGISTER ONLINE
Cool Contraptions!78/38/74-8Engineer and build with a chain reaction contraptions made with a wide variety of supplies. Create a fun complex contraption to do a simple task, and use a lot of physics and engineering along the way. REGISTER ONLINE
Marine Science78/38/74-8Discover the lure of the ocean and learn about nearby Long Island Sound. We will learn about geology, watersheds, tides, sea monsters, shells, and even dissect some squid. Includes a day trip to Hammonasset Beach State Park for a visit to Meig’s Point Nature Center, ocean observations, and catch-and-release of some cool creatures! REGISTER ONLINE
     
Girls Rock! K-388/108/14K-3Girls rock - not just in geology, but in lots of other neat sciences too! Fun and engaging activities stress discovery skills, from rock/mineral/fossil ID to biology and chemistry! Plenty of hands-on STEM can build confidence in young female scientists. REGISTER ONLINE
Kid Coding88/108/14K-3Learn to code on iPads with easy-to-learn graphical programming apps that let you create graphics, animation, solve problems and create worlds with your drawings and imagination! All apps used are open-source or freeware for use after the course. REGISTER ONLINE
LEGO Science88/108/14K-3From cars to catapults, from motors to Mars rovers, you can explore science and technology with LEGO®. Compete in engineering challenges, build skyscrapers, crazy contraptions and dream machines! REGISTER ONLINE
Camp Invention88/108/14K-6Students can build confidence, persistence and creative problem-solving skills as they use their imaginations, find inspiration from game-changing inventors and bring their biggest ideas to life. This year’s modules: Flight Lab, Design Thinking Project, Rescue Squad, and Invention Champions! REGISTER ONLINE
Adventures with Arthropods88/108/144-8Insects, spiders, crayfish, millipedes, centipedes, copepods... there are arthropods everywhere! Find out how they move, what they do, where to find them and how they make our biomes work. You will learn collecting techniques (nets and traps), current taxonomy (names), how to use microscopes, and how to keep arthropods alive as pets. A major focus will be on making your own pinned insect collection to take home. REGISTER ONLINE
Robotics: Mindstorms EV388/108/144-8Create & code custom robots with LEGO Mindstorms EV3. You’ll work in teams to design, program, test and solve contests and challenges designed to test your skill using one of our FIRST LEGO League playing fields. Our bots, your brains! REGISTER ONLINE
Computer Graphics88/108/144-8Unleash your artistic side in computers - great graphics, powerful pictures, 3-D scenes, and fantastic scenes from out-of-this-world! You'll use the power of professional graphics tools to create a digital portfolio full of your original artwork and projects! REGISTER ONLINE