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Missouri

A Scientific World of Discovery With Your Younger Grandchild

Delve into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with your grandchild during hands-on experiments and activities with zany scientists and experts.
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Program No. 22895RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
949 / ADULT
699 / CHILD
Missouri

A Scientific World of Discovery With Your Younger Grandchild

Delve into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with your grandchild during hands-on experiments and activities with zany scientists and experts.
Length
6 days
Starts at
949 / ADULT
699 / CHILD
Program No. 22895 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Age 6 - 8
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Jun 13 – Jun 18, 2021
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Jul 25 – Jul 30, 2021
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Aug 8 – Aug 13, 2021
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At a Glance

Step into the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) — where butterflies flutter freely and you can become an astronaut for the day. Explore a place where zany scientists use hands-on experiments and water-bottle rockets to uncover chemistry and physics lessons your grandchildren will love. Put on your lab coat and become a scientist, engineer and artist, and inspire discovery in the eyes of your grandchild in the exciting city of St. Louis and its charming, historic neighbor, St. Charles.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Considerable standing, 1-2 miles of walking per day and boarding buses.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Head to the famous St. Louis Science Center where you’ll work together with your grandchild to create a “Scribble Bot” robot, and learn to program a robot using a LEGO WeDo kit.
  • Experience the magic of 1,000 live tropical butterflies flying freely at Sachs Butterfly House, and gather around the campfire to hear Native American stories.
  • “Embrace your inner astronaut at the Challenger Learning Center’s simulated spacecraft and planetarium before tackling hands-on projects that explore the possibility of life on Mars.”

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 6-8. For a program for older grandchildren (ages 9-11), check out "To Missouri & Beyond: Space & Robots With Your Grandchild" (#21935).
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Fred Heidolph
Fred Heidolph is a lifelong resident of the St. Louis area. He attended the University of Missouri — St. Louis and majored in chemistry and physics. Fred’s passion for aviation led him to a fulfilling career at McDonnell Douglas, during which time he worked in the standards and calibration lab and was later promoted to a logistics engineer for the F-18 fighter program. During his tenure with McDonnell Douglas, he also earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. In 1989, after 11 years at McDonnell Douglas, Fred left the company to start a wholesale nursery tree business and became a stay-at-home dad for his five children. Today, Fred enjoys playing the clarinet in the St. Charles and O’Fallon municipal bands and occasionally playing for the St. Charles Community College music program. In addition, he teaches summer camp classes in physics and chemistry for St. Charles Community College and loves teaching children about science and aviation.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Fred Heidolph is a lifelong resident of the St. Louis area. He attended the University of Missouri — St. Louis and majored in chemistry and physics. Fred’s passion for aviation led him to a fulfilling career at McDonnell Douglas, during which time he worked in the standards and calibration lab and was later promoted to a logistics engineer for the F-18 fighter program. During his tenure with McDonnell Douglas, he also earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. In 1989, after 11 years at McDonnell Douglas, Fred left the company to start a wholesale nursery tree business and became a stay-at-home dad for his five children. Today, Fred enjoys playing the clarinet in the St. Charles and O’Fallon municipal bands and occasionally playing for the St. Charles Community College music program. In addition, he teaches summer camp classes in physics and chemistry for St. Charles Community College and loves teaching children about science and aviation.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Weird Missouri
by James Strait
Part of an award-winning series, Weird Missouri introduces tourists to the off-the-beaten path destinations, including ghostly sites and peculiar roadside attractions, as well as local legends and crazy characters. Heavily illustrated.
Smithsonian Handbook: Butterflies and Moths
by David A. Carter
This photographic field guide to butterflies and moths is illustrated in the attractive Eyewitness style, and includes key identification features for each species.
Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies: Take-Along Guide
by Linda Garrow
For young naturalists, this is the perfect introduction to the world of insects, caterpillars and butterflies. Includes handy identification information and fun facts.
National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly
by Laura Marsh
Aimed for young readers, this accessible, illustrated book perfectly introduces the four stages of a caterpillar’s life.
A World of Butterflies
by Brian Cassie, Robert Michael Pyle (Introduction)
Vivid color images and short descriptions of some the world's most beautiful butterflies fill this photographic celebration.
St. Charles (Then and Now)
by Jessica Dreyer, Vicki Berger Erwin
Settled in 1769, St. Charles is an example of historic preservation -- though by the 1960s many of the buildings had deteriorated and would have been demolished if not for the efforts of educated citizens who spurned a period of revitalization and restoration. Through photos, both old and new, readers will see the city of St. Charles as it was and is now.
Images of America: St. Charles
by Don Graveman, Dianna Graveman
This Missouri city began humbly when a French Canadian fur trader built a cabin on the Missouri River in 1769. He named the settlement Les Petites Cotes (the little hills). St. Charles has seen much excitement over the years, including a visit by Lewis and Clark and a number of devastating natural disasters.
National Geographic Kids Everything Robotics
by Jennifer Swanson
This heavily illustrated National Geographic book introduces kids to everything robotics, from the tiniest robo-bees to giant factory machines.
The Lego Mindstorms NXT Zoo!
by Fay Rhodes
A companion to the Lego Mindstorms robotics kit, this book teaches young and old inventors alike how to build a variety of animated animals, including a hopping frog, a walking camel and an eight-legged spider that walks forward and backward.
The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book
by Tom Robinson
Using common household items, kids can recreate dozens of fun and educational science experiments, covering fields from biology to chemistry and physics to outer space. Experiments answer questions such as: can you blow up a balloon without blowing into it? What is inside a coin? Can a magnet ever be "turned off"?
Face to Face With Butterflies
by Darlyne Murawski
The wild and wonderful world of magnificent butterflies by the photographer and biologist author of Face to Face with Caterpillars.
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check In, Registration, Orientation, Dinner, Mad Science
St. Charles
D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Dinner: In the hotel breakfast room, we’ll have a catered buffet dinner, lemonade, milk, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Mad Science! Members of the Mad Science team will lead us through an exciting, interactive, hands-on experiment. Mad Science is an educational enrichment provider that uses fun approaches to getting kids excited about science. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
St. Louis Science Center, Lego Robotics, Experiment
St. Charles
B,L,D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking according to personal preference at St. Louis Science Center, a 3-story facility with elevators.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room off the main lobby, the buffet offers a rotating variety of choices such as eggs and bacon, waffles, hot oatmeal, yogurt, cold cereal, fruit, and more.

Morning: We’ll board our bus for a field trip to the St. Louis Science Center (SLSC), one of the top five science centers in the nation. There, grandkids with help from grandparents will build our very own DIY robot — a Scribble Bot — using a low voltage DC motor, copper wire, batteries, markers, and a few household items. Then we’ll create art using our robot! After the session is over, we’ll have time to explore the Science Center on our own. The SLSC was recently named one of the Top 10 Science Centers for Families by “Parents” magazine. There are more than 700 hands-on exhibits from Amazing Science Demonstrations to a life-sized animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex and much, much more.

Lunch: At a local restaurant. We’ll then stop by a true St. Louis icon for a special treat. (Grandparents, this St. Louis landmark is located on historic Route 66!)

Afternoon: At a local school, an expert instructor will lead us in programming robots that are built from NXT LEGO Robotic kits.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal and order a select menu; milk, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water included, other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Returning to the hotel, we’ll gather in the breakfast room for a hands-on experiment.

DAY
3
Sachs Butterfly House, Magic House, PJ Party & Movie
St. Charles
B,L,D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking up to 2 miles.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll take a field trip to the Butterfly House at the Missouri Botanical Garden where more than 1,000 live butterflies representing more than 60 species fly freely in the glass conservatory building. A docent will lead us in a hands-on, student driven investigation examining the world of arthropods up close — designed to foster a greater understanding of their importance to the balance of life on Earth. We’ll use living animals and real specimens, not easily obtained for classroom use. After the study sessions, we will visit with the butterflies.

Lunch: On the grounds of the Butterfly House we will have a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Next, we will visit the Magic House, a place like no other where you are free to explore, pretend, discover, experience, construct, and create. Express your artistic side by cutting and pasting a collage, transform 2D art into 3D models, decipher codes, crawl through an underground earthworm tunnel, play number games on a giant calculator, or climb up a three-story beanstalk, and much more! Truly a place that sparks the imagination.

Dinner: Hotel catered dinner.

Evening: We’ll put on our pj's and meet in the breakfast room for a movie night with popcorn and refreshments.

DAY
4
Challenger Learning Center
St. Charles
B,L
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Be prepared for a day of space adventures at the Challenger Learning Center. We will take on the roles of astronauts in the simulated spacecraft and work as a team to keep the crew safe and launch a scientific probe. Embrace your inner astronomer as you experience a personalized tour of the night sky through the Center's portable digital planetarium.

Lunch: At the Challenger Learning Center, we’ll have box lunches with a drink.

Afternoon: Think like a planetary scientist as you complete hands-on projects that explore the breadth of our Solar System and the possibility of life on Mars.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. There are numerous choices on Main Street in St. Charles.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Hands-on History, Earth Science, Chemistry & Physics
St. Charles
B,L,D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will gather around the campfire and hear stories from the Native American people encountered during Lewis & Clark’s Corps of Discovery expedition. One of the stories will be a pictograph — a story written with drawings. Kids will have an opportunity to create their own pictographs before exploring in the museum. While in the Museum, we will see animals the Corps of Discovery would have seen and take part in a scavenger hunt. We will then visit the SCC campus, where we’ll be led by a zany scientist, a true aficionado. We will learn hands-on about earth science, chemistry, and physics through a series of fun, hands-on experiments.

Lunch: On the SCCC campus, we’ll have catered box lunches.

Afternoon: We’ll return to the classroom of our scientist for more fun experiments.

Dinner: On the SCC campus, we’ll have a catered BBQ dinner with juice, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase and ice cream sundaes for dessert. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
St. Charles
B

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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