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Evening Programs

The first, second, and last evening program of every week, no matter the length, is pre-determined. The first night is a variety of science lessons and introductions to MOSS. The second night is an assistantship station showcase. The graduate students will demonstrate their research in fun, hands on activities. The last night is campfire and slideshow, a fun way to wrap-up the time at MOSS. For five-day programs, teachers need to pick one additional evening program. If no selection is made we will choose something for you. Teachers can also create something new or lead their own evening program. Our programs can be customized to meet your specific academic and social development needs. Contact us for more details regarding customization options.

Science-Related Evening Programs

  • Career Night – graduate students give short presentations about various careers, classes, or programs they have been involved in.
  • Career Night Featuring Chaperones - chaperones give short (about 15 minutes depending on the number of presenters) about various science careers they have worked in.  Requires organization ahead of time by teachers to ensure there are enough presenters and so the presenters can bring any needed materials.
  • Science Jeopardy – students play jeopardy using terms learned from the week.
  • Physics of Bridge Building – students create bridges out of paper and paper clips testing to see which can hold the most pennies.
  • Plant Scavenger Hunt – students take cameras out to take pictures of various identified plants.
  • Egg Drop - teams work together to develop an egg holder with straws and tape that will protect the egg when dropped from ceiling height.
  • GeoCaching at MOSS - teams work together to find clues placed around the MOSS campus using map and compass. (F/S)
  • Interactive activities with Wildlife trunks from Snowden Wildlife Sanctuary.  Trunks can be used in any combination.  Trunks available are: Bears, Owls, Mustelids (Weasel family), Corvids (Ravens, Crows, Jays & Magpies), Canids (Wolves, Coyotes & Foxes) and Diurnal Birds of Prey.
  • Renewable Energy - students learn about various types of energy sources and evaluate the pros and cons of each.
  • Biofuel - students learn about various sources of biofuel and evaluate their sustainability.
  • Planes In Flight - students evaluate the sustainability of jet fuel from the perspective of various government agencies.
  • Lifecycle of a Fuel - students use a lifecycle assessment framework to evaluate the impacts of producing various types of fuel.
  • Fuel Debate - students debate about the more sustainable fuel option for our region.
  • Bat Chat- Students learn more about these mysterious creatures of the night and why bats are awesome through chatting with a staff member who is a 'bat enthusiast', and participating in some hands on activities. (F/S/W)

Art-Related Evening Programs

  • Nature Art – students use nature items outside to create artwork that will be photographed, includes presentation of Andy Goldsworthy's work. (F/S)
  • Nature Tiles – students collect nature items to press into play dough.  The creations go home at the end of the week.
  • Snowflake – students create snowflakes out of play dough after seeing short presentation about the different types of snowflakes. (W)
  • Science Poem – students create poems (like a haiku) of what they have learned.

Miscellaneous Evening Programs

  • Hobby Night – graduate students give short presentations of various activities they enjoy doing in their free time (ex: mountain biking, kayaking, climbing etc.). (F/S)
  • Smoke Jumper – local smoke jumpers (a type of fire fighter) give a video and presentation about their job. (F/S)
  • Movie Night – your choice of movie (please bring) or we have Planet Earth
  • Game Night – teachers bring games for students to play with
  • Town Hall Meeting – Students play the role as various stake holders in a town.  The "stake holders" problem solve to deal with a predetermined issue e.g. fire, water rights, town planning (building)
(W) = winter only and (F/S) = fall and spring only