Theme of the Week – Mad Science

Theme of the Week is a post where we ask readers like you to comment with ideas for a particular theme. What ideas and suggestions do you have? What game, craft, apparel choice, theme meal, evening activity, special event, song, skit, or anything else would you do at camp if your theme was…

Mad Science

Below are five of my ideas. Leave yours in the comments area below.

  1. Have a staff person play a mad scientist for the week. Have him or her wear a lab coat, crazy white wig, and glasses. They can pop-up at random times to talk science and/or do a quick experiment.
  2. If you have a sound system, play sounds of a mad science laboratory with bubbling liquid and the occasional explosion.
  3. Have a science workshop. You can find some great ideas for experiments at the following websites:
  4. Build and launch rockets. There are all sorts of ways to do this, from low-tech DIY rockets using 2-liter bottles to kits that are more complicated and more exciting. A quick Google search will provide plenty of tutorials and ideas.
  5. The same goes for robot building. You can build robots out of recyclable material that are more of a craft project, or you can build ones that actually function using existing kits.

Okay, your turn. What are your great ideas?

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  • You can make bouncy balls with White glue and borrax. Add food colouring for diferentes coulered balls.
    You can make a volcano with sand around a wáter bottle, red food colouring, vinegar and baking soda.
    For ‘the ticket launch you can then make alien costumes with recycled materials (empty water bottles, yogurt pots, tin foil etc).
    You can teach air resistance making parachutes and drop eggs in paper cups attatched to the parachutes to see which eggs break.

  • I love the idea. It is an idea that we have been considering and semi-planning for about a year. Your mad scientist could have taken off with your campers in a space ship/time travel machine. The space ship or time travel machine then breaks down and to get home they have to do science experiments to get the parts to repair the ship/ machine. This would allow you to incorporate space or time travel.

    Decorations could be atoms made with painted Styrofoam balls and bamboos skewers. Tesla electrical towers made with foil. DNA strands made with streamers. If you are going with the space or time travel you can make a lab inside the ship/ machine.

    Our favorite experiment so far in what we have researched is the electric train. It uses copper wire, a AA battery, and super magnets (or rare earth magnets).

  • I absolutely love Mad Science Week! Some things I’ve done include lava lamps, making butter, plastic made from milk, gak, ooblec, floam and super bubble ooze. There are also many ways to do a basic baking soda and vinegar reaction besides to usual volcano. All of these activities can be found on Pinterest and include a quick science lesson along with the fun.

  • We made badges for the all the kids and their clearance level was the group they belonged too. Then at different doors around the event, they had to scan their badges to get in. The scanners where just printed out pictures that we hung up It was just for fun, but they really got into it and it helped set the mood for the event!

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