Listed in Preschool
275 Rice Lake Square
- 630 517 8045
Kids Science Labs (KSL) offers hands-on science classes, birthday parties, summer camps, field trips, and special events for kids ages 2-12. We are enabling the next generation to become better thinkers using hands-on science activities. Our hands-on science classes and birthday parties are all based on concepts that kids understand because we address practical life experiences with materials that they encounter everyday.
KSL all started in Chicago in 2010 when two dads, friends, and avid problem solvers, decided that instead of trying to find a great idea, they wanted to identify a problem that they were passionate about, and fix it. One Saturday afternoon at Panera Bread a few years ago, they asked…”Why is it that all kids love science until about the 5th grade and then for the rest of their school years treat science as if it were boring, too difficult, or not cool? And why is it that in the U.S. we don’t actively teach kids how to design, create, build, and fully explore the science that they are curious about. Kids love science, so why do so few have an opportunity to explore it. Isn’t science fun, mysterious, and engaging?”
This made no sense to us. It’s not just about biology, chemistry, or physics, because kids don’t develop those specific interests until most often in high school or college. It’s not about equations unless there is context for understanding why the equation is relevant.
We are all curious about something. Hands-on science is simply investigating the questions that matter to us by physically doing something to learn. Kids ask so many good questions and many of us learn best by touching and experimenting with real stuff, rather than just reading, watching, or listening. As parents, we want our kids to think about the world to solve problems, and hands-on science is the best tool for teaching problem solving, offering real context, and making the neural connections that enhance creativity and critical thinking in way that improves long term success for kids.
Throughout the year we offer: 75 minute classes all week long, day camps, summer camp, field trips, and birthday parties. Because the more opportunities we have to engage our students the more we can explore together and practice.