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Little Innovators awakens the creativity, curiosity, and innovation in every child!

Students and adults together explore the worlds of science, technology, engineering, and math through design-and-build activities, hands-on experiments, and engaging, problem-solving challenges.

Encourage your little innovator to investigate, discover, and grow!

Program Details

A parent/guardian, grandparent, or another responsible adult must accompany each child.  Students in grades K- 3 currently enrolled in the following public school divisions, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Hanover, Henrico, King William, Petersburg, and Richmond, are eligible to participate at either location

Please check the grade levels of each course and the location carefully.  Only register your child for a class appropriate to their grade level.  Younger siblings may not attend class.

Dates: Saturday, January 12 or January 19, 2019
Snow Date: February 2, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM to 12 PM 
Locations: Gayton Elementary School, 12481 Church Road, Richmond, VA 23233 or the  MathScience Innovation Center, 2401 Hartman Street, Richmond, VA  23223  
Cost: $15 per class (includes 1 student and 1 adult)
Registration: Online or mail-in form

 Program Brochure and Mail-in Registration

For additional information, please contact the MathScience Innovation Center at (804) 343-6525.


Little Innovators Classes


Grades K-1
Have you ever seen a robotic zoo? With Legos, you'll get to build the latest member of the MSiC zoo. You also get to program your robotic creation to move and make sounds using Lego WeDo programming. Plug into your creative side and let's build a zoo!
Choose one date: January 12 or 19 at MSiC location only


snowmanWinter Wonderland

Grades K-1
Have you ever wondered what snowmen do at night? Come and learn more about the fun snowmen have while you’re resting in your warm bed! Through technology and hands-on experiments, you’ll discover amazing properties of ice and water while investigating winter through your five senses. You’ll even be challenged to engineer your own indoor snowball launcher.
Choose one date: January 12 or 19 at MSiC or Gayton Elementary School

OzobotCoding Is Ozobot Easy

Grades K-1
Ozobot® is a robot that can read code while zooming across a card, paper, or even an iPad. The best part is you choose what commands it should follow.  Can you get this tiny robot to finish a maze of your own creation?  Can you become an Ozobot® Expert?  Coding is both colorful and simple with this little yet versatile robot.
Choose one date: January 12 or 19 at MSiC location only

number ninjasNumber Ninjas

Grades K-1
Through a variety of fun, challenging games, you’ll begin to recognize and describe important patterns in our number system. Use your ninja skills to create patterns and see numbers in a new and exciting way, but the fun doesn’t end there! Your own portable games will be a hit when you share with friends and family.
Choose one date: January 12 or 19 at MSiC location only

power of playPower of Play

Grades K-1
Bring out your playful, imaginative, and investigative side. Together, children and adults will investigate the science and math behind the marvelous invention known as TOYS. Using inspiration from traditional toys, students will design and engineer their own marvelous invention to take home.
Choose one date and location: January 12 or 19 at MSiC or Gayton Elementary School

scratchLittle Coders

Grades 2-3
Create a bubble pop game complete with sounds effects and a maze that your character must get through using programming and your imagination. Learn the basics of Scratch©, a simple drop and drag coding program, to make characters move, disappear, play sounds and more. Best of all, you will create your own free Scratch account so you can play all of the games you create at home with your friends!  
Choose one date and location: January 12 or 19 at MSiC or Gayton Elementary School

Electronic SwitcheryElectronic Switchery

Grades 2-3
Would you like build an electric circuit that can make a wheel fly into the air? How about a musical doorbell? Using a nifty set of electronic building blocks, explore the world of electricity and make some "shocking discoveries"!
Choose one date: January 12 or 19 at MSiC or Gayton Elementary School

BotBuild A Bot

Grades 2-3
Create your very own nanobot and engineer it to complete given tasks. Can you create a vehicle for your bot? Can you get it to travel in a straight line? How fast can you make it travel? Bring your nanobot home with you and explore even more!

 Choose one date: January 12 or 19 at MSiC location only

roaming robotsRoaming Robots

Grades 2-3
Using Rover, an easy-to-use, friendly robot, explore the world of robotics and math. Discover mathematical patterns within shapes and estimate distances Rover will travel. For the grand finale, use a programming language to teach Rover to overcome mathematical obstacles you have created.
Choose one date: January 12 or 19 at Gayton Elementary School only 

RocketLunar Landers

Grades 2-3
Blast off for a Lunar adventure! Learn what it takes to live and work on our nearest neighbor in space. Create a rover to travel across treacherous terrain. Manufacture systems you need to survive in the harsh environment on the Moon.

 Choose one date: January 12 or 19 at MSiC location only