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Families Learning Science Together

2018 Program


Families Learning Science Together (FLST) is a hands-on science program for children ages 5 and up and their parents or caregivers. This program is lead by Cornell Center for Materials Research and co-sponsored with the Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL) in downtown Ithaca, NY.


The program will be on every second Saturday of the month throughout the year. It will run from 1pm – 2pm in the BorgWarner West room of the Tompkins County Public Library. All FLST programs are free to the public, but space is limited. Please reserve your spot by contacting us by email at ccmr_outreach@cornell.edu or by phone at (607) 592-4053. Drop-ins welcome if space allows.

Schedule of 2018 workshops and topics:


  • November 10 – Exploring Rocks & Minerals – Families will find out about the difference between a rock and a mineral. They will perform different tests (color, streak, hardness) on an unknown rock or mineral to figure out what it is.
  • October 13 – Alka-Seltzer Rockets – Families will learn about the laws of motion and how they apply to rockets. Using this information, they will design, build, and launch their own rockets using a film canister and alka-seltzer tablets.
  • September 8 – Polymers – Families will find out what a polymer is and how we can use them. They will do this by experimenting with some different kinds of polymers.
  • June 9 – Chemical Reactions – Families will explore the  colorful world of Chemistry and chemical reactions. They will be able to perform different chemical reactions and observe what happens.
  • May 12 – Science of Sound – Families will learn what sound is and how it is made. They will then have the chance to create 4 instruments that create various sounds.
  • April 14 – Levers/Catapults – Families will learn about simple machines by looking at the 3 different classes of levers. They will then build a basic catapult that hurls marshmallows at a target.
  • March 10 – Simple Circuits – Families will find out how to make a simple circuit and will also test to find out what materials are electrical conductors or insulators. They will then create their own paper circuit.
  • February 10 – Electrostatics – Families will explore the phenomena and properties of slow-moving or stationary charges. They will be able to see a Van de Graaf generator in action, as well as make a static flyer and an electrophorous.
  • January 13 – CANCELLED
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