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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Youth will explore the science of heat and electricity during a Mad Science® workshop in mid-July


Youth can learn more about the science behind heat and electricity during a two-hour Mad Science® workshop for being offered in mid-July by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse.

Mad Science© Harnessing Heat & Watts Up Workshop is the name of this program, which is for ages seven to 12 with an adult. Participants will observe the basic properties of heat by play-acting the role of atoms, then heat things up in a sand-shaking session. There will also be a sense-confusing temperature test, experiments with heat transfers, and a hands-on opportunity to build thermometers. The basic properties of static electricity will be  demonstrated using a Van de Graaff generator, and volunteers will have a chance to turn a good hair day into a bad hair day! Cotton Candy is the treat at the end of this workshop.

To find this program in the My JCPRD 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 “engineering.” 

Mad Science© Harnessing Heat & Watts Up Workshop will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. The cost for one two-hour session is $25 per child for Johnson County residents or $27 per child for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and search for course ID 31711. 

Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all JCPRD facilities.