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Workshop FAQs

Designed by a professional team of educators and scientists, Mad Science workshops are designed to support curriculum requirements and objectives.

Thank you for your interest in Mad Science Workshops! Here are some answers to common questions:

What is the difference between your workshop types?
All of our workshops enhance your students' understanding of the curriculum.  We have certain topics that have been designed to specifically correlate to Ontario Curriculum requirements. The main difference is the amount of time the Mad Scientist will spend with the children. For teachers seeking Mad Science's help in presenting curriculum material, we recommend our 120 minute workshops. For teachers seeking an additional activity to reinforce what the children have already learned,  or for other groups looking for a way to engage children in science activities, a 45 minute or 60 minute workshop would be a better fit.
 
Are Mad Science workshops just for elementary schools?
Not at all!  We are often booked by day cares, summer camps, church groups, family parties and corporate events.  Often, a workshop is a great fit for small parties or get togethers.

Church groups? Can you support Vacation Bible School (VBS) themes?
You bet! We believe that science has a place in religion.  If your group is studying a particular theme, let us know.  We are able to customize programs for almost any group.

What other kinds of groups can you serve?
We're available for even the most unique types of events including:
  • Retirement homes for both residents or their visitors!  We're perfect for Grandparents' Day events!
  • Special needs groups for both children and adults.  We have fabulous instructors available to work with all abilities.
  • Home school groups!  We'll come to you or you can book into our Mad Lab (subject to Mad Lab availability).
  • Libraries.  Ask us how we can complement your Summer Reading Program!
  • Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Sparks, Brownies and Guides.
  • Holiday parties. 
  • Block parties and family re-unions..
  • Any place there are children, Mad Science will be there!
  • Does everyone always take something home from a workshop?
    Yes! A take-home activity is part of every workshop program. Most of the time, the item is built during the workshop. In some workshops, the activity requires no assembly and will be given to the children at the end of the workshop.

    Don't have a location? You can book our location! 
    There is a room rental fee of $45 to use the Mad Lab for a workshop (subject to availability). Please call (519) 472-8002 for availability. 
     
    Is a workshop expensive?
    A workshop is the most affordable Mad Science product we offer! Our regular price for a 60 minute workshop is $145 plus HST (and travel if your location is outside the City of London) for up to 25 students. This includes a take-home project for each student. 
     
    I'm a teacher at a school that hosts the Mad Science School Program. Do I get any discounts?
    All teachers at a School Program Partner School always get the best price on workshops.  That's just one of the ways we like to give back to our school partners!
     
    What happens if I have more than 25 students?
    We can add additional children to a maximum of 30 children in total for $2 each plus HST. If your group has more than 30 students, we will need to bring a second instructor for an additional $25 to ensure that all children get a chance to use materials and participate. 
     
    How does it work with JK and SK groups?
    We have special programs for our little friends. Pre-School Workshops are 45 minutes long and feature kindergarten-friendly topics (and some school-age topics that have been specially modified). Cost for these workshops is $135 plus HST and travel (if applicable) for groups up to 25 students.

    How long in advance do I need to book?
    We recommend 4 - 6 weeks before your event date. If you are going to be using our Teacher Resource Package to complement the workshop, allow a little extra time to go over the pre-events with your class before we come out for the actual workshop.  Just call (519) 472-8002 for more information or to book your workshop!
     
    Do you have a guarantee?
    Yes! You will be pleased with your Mad Science workshop or we will make it right!
     
    If you have any other questions, please call us at (519) 472-8002.

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