PASTE – Pre-kindergarteners Active in Science, Technology Exploration

P.A.S.T.E.  Pre-Kindergarteners Active in Science, Technology Exploration allows kids ages 4 to 6 to engage in the physical science.

This program invites parents and kids for a one-off, facilitated, hands-on workshop centered around basic principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. (STEM) Themes will include explorations of Sunshine Science, Sight Science, Number Science and Number Science. Lessons within these topics will include ovens, growth, water pressure, math and more.

Our 2018 P.A.S.T.E. Program is currently full, but if you sign up for our waiting list, we will fit you in if any spaces open up!

Topics include:

January 16

Space Science-Take a tour through the dark night sky…. Join us as we explore the phases of the Moon using Oreo cookies (not just yummy, but educational too!)  Try your hand at sewing a few constellations like the Big Dipper and Orion. By the time all is said and done, you will be seeing stars with the help of cupcake papers and a flashlight!

January 30

From Plastics to Polymer- Bring an over-sized T-shirt and enter our Polymer Lab.  Kids will explore plastics that are made from milk and create artwork that is held together by milk glue.   Once we are all sticky, let’s dive right into a long carbon chain of slime that PASTE scientists call a POLYMER.

February 13

Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose: “Recycling Challenge!” –This session is all about learning what we can reuse, recycle and repurpose.  Join us for the Recycle Sort-Box Challenge; can you figure out what materials go where?  Then, take a common fruit cup and create a cute slow moving friend as we upcycle art into the recycling world. Lastly, we will take yesterday’s OLD newsprint and turn it into a brand new recycled piece of paper!

February 27

Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose: “Reuse & Repurpose” –  Expand your Green Knowledge as you not only take care of Mother Earth but help her take care of her animals with repurposed bird seed feeders and brand new organic soil for new plant growth.  Take the Water Bottle Challenge and learn if it’s better for Mother Earth to use plastic water bottles or reusable water bottles and why? When those disposable plastic bottles start piling up, create bottle cap art that will add a little beauty to our green world.

March 13

Food for Thought From Farm to Table- “Featuring Plant Farmers”–  Where does your food come from?  Is it the Grocery Store? Or is there more to the story?  We will meet a local farmer that will tell you about where our food comes from. Next, we will explore where fruits and vegetables grow and are harvested. Our PASTE scientists will get their hands on natural grains that are common in our everyday meals in the hide-a-box challenge!  Then we will take that grain and turn it into flour using a mortar and pestle.

March 27

Food for Thought From Farm to Table- “Featuring Animal Farmers”- Where does your food come from?  Is it the Grocery Store? Or is there more to the story?  We will meet a local farmer that will tell you about where our food comes from. Explore common farm animals and what they provide to our world (HINT it is more than just food.)   Get your hands busy as you take milk from on our barnyard friends and create a yummy treat that we put on bread.  Then we will explore the common egg and its mother, the chicken. Why are some white, brown, blue, and even green?!?

April 10

The Size of Science- “Tricks and Tools of the Trade”- Roll up your sleeves and explore the tools that scientists use to make measurements.  We will determine the correct tool for the job when measuring length, mass, weight, and volume.  Next, we will learn to operate these tools and make measurements like a scientist!

April 24

Wind to Water from Natural Energy to Mechanical Energy – Think like an engineer and create energy from natural sources.  We will use the wind around us to spin a pinwheel.  Then, we will create a hillside of pinwheels to see how many we can spin at one time. Next, we will use water to spin a water wheel to create energy, exploring how the speed of the water impacts the water wheel. This will help us learn why Hydro-Electric Dams use height to help make energy. Lastly, create a beachfront energy source that even today’s leading scientists are still working on…


Special thanks to The PNC Foundation, Clark Associates INC, The Fulton Family Foundation and the Ann B. Barshinger Foundation for making our PASTE program possible!