Students in the Gardner School District are invited to attend three Mad Science programs offered during non-school days in October at New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway.
The Mad Science sessions, offered through the Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department, are a fall break camp for students between the ages of seven and 13. The camps will run from Oct. 12-16 and Oct. 14-16.
Each session begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m., but for the convenience of working parents, children can be dropped off as early as 8 a.m. and picked up as late as 5:30 p.m. Participants should bring a sack lunch and a water bottle daily.
The camp is designed by the participants. Each day campers will be given a series of challenges to overcome using basic materials, simple machines, tips from world-famous inventors, and the most important thing of all – their mind. With a little bit of ingenuity participants will construct catapults and forts and then lay siege, fabricate a winning Egg Drop design, construct a dancing robot, and assemble a working light saber to take home. Camp begins at 9 a.m. each day.
To find these programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under enrichment & special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “discovery.” There are fees to attend.
For more information or to register for any of these programs, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a search for the barcodes listed above.