Catamount Kids gives children an opportunity to explore science and the natural world.
Our goal is to provide a fun atmosphere where kids can come together and share their enthusiasm for science. We are firm believers that exposing kids to science and research at an early age will help them to develop their minds, regardless of which educational path they follow.
In our program, kids will learn how to record observations on charts and in notebooks, how to make predictions about the outcome of an experiment, and how to compile their observations to make informed conclusions.
Elementary School (Grades 3-5)
The first curriculum we developed was our Elementary Program designed for kids in grades 3-5 (~ages 8-10). We now have a full three-year curriculum for this age range. Classes include:
|Leaf Chromatography||Learning about DNA|
|Measuring Temperature||Measuring Pressure|
|Geology and the Scientific Method||Dental Hygeine|
|Learning about Density||Measuring pH – Acids and Bases|
|Polymer Chemistry||Learning About Microorganisms – Microbiology|
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Our Middle School program started in the spring of 2015, and is currently being further developed. Courses now include:
High School (Grades 9-12)
Our High School program is in development. Look for classes to start by 2018!
In 2012, we began offering summer camp programs, full of engaging hands-on science-based learning activities. We try to offer one or two camps each summer. Some popular camp offerings have been:
- Learn to Solder (for beginners and experienced alike)
- Introduction to Electricity – Squishy Circuits
- Chemistry Basics
- Biology Basics
- Geology of Vermont
It’s not just for the kids any more! We started having parents say to us, “That looks like so much fun, I wish we did that when I was in school.” So, we decided to start Catamount Kids – Parents Night. So far, we’ve done our Learn To Solder activity as a Parent’s Night activity. Parent’s Night is a fun way to learn about the Catamount Kids program, meet other parents with kids in the program, and to just have fun doing science activities.
From time-to-time, we also run our Science Movie Nights. Our goal is to feature a movie or program that has key science-related themes. We usually have discussions and learning activities focused around the theme of the movie/program. We also serve pizza, drinks, and delicious popcorn made in our Movie Theater Popcorn Machine!
About The Herreras
Dr. Herrera (a.k.a. “Dr. H.”) obtained his Ph.D. degree in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics in 2001 from The University of Vermont where he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Nelson studying excitation-contraction coupling in smooth muscle. Gerry is currently the President of Catamount Research and Development Inc., a company that specializes in designing and developing instruments for scientific research. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at The University of Vermont.
Mary Dove Herrera earned her B.S. degree in Psychology from The University of Vermont in 2002. As an undergraduate student, Mary Dove studied mechanisms of learning and memory in the laboratory of Professor William Falls. Mary Dove handles all the communication and administration functions for the Catamount Kids program, working with parents to ensure that the children get the most out of their experience in the Catamount Kids program. Mary Dove spends much of her time home schooling their children and working with other home school families in the area.