Demonstrations and Activities
BRIDGES: Students will learn about the beginnings of bridge design starting with the ancient aqueducts, moving into stronger steel bridges and suspension bridges. Students will discuss what Engineers have to think about in planning the building a bridge using vocabulary words like tension and compression. Students will then become civil engineers and experience the design and assembly of a bridge that they can travel across.
BUBBLE-OLOGY: We begin with a brief explanation of water molecules, surface tension, and how bubbles hold their shape. Then we allow the students to experiment with different shaped and sized wands to blow bubbles...hypothesizing what shape, size, and time the bubble will hold. This demo is best done outside – early fall and spring seem to be best.
CUBELETS: This demo is an introduction to Robotics. Students will receive a brief introduction to robots with a discussion of how they are used, or will be used in the future. There will be a brief review of electricity, current, energy and circuits, (as in the Little Bits demo) and a quick discussion of Input and Output. (If requesting both, it might be best to request Cube-lets first.)
Students will then use a box of Cube-lets, magnetic blocks that can be snapped together to make new and different robots, to create certain things. No programming or wiring is needed. Every unique arrangement is a new robot, with new behaviors based on the combination used. Logical thinking, patterns and sequencing are developed as children problem solve to put together their creations.
CHEMISTRY: This demo is an introduction to chemistry, using house-hold items. Students will see items and chemicals they recognize, used in different and exciting ways. Students will review scientific terms including states of matter, exothermic reactions, decomposing, absorb and repel, density and catalyst. Students will be given chemicals to test chromatography, and to make a polymer.
GPS: This demo begins with a discussion on navigation and reviews cardinal directions, different kinds of maps, and Latitude and Longitude lines. Students will also discuss magnetism as it relates to compasses and the Earth’s magnetic field. There is a brief introduction to satellites and trilateration. Students then go outside, using GPS units, to program and find waypoints. This lesson can be done during winter months, omitting the use of GPS units.
LITTLE BITS: This is a demo that introduces students to circuitry and electronics. There will be a brief review of electricity, current, energy and circuits as in the Cube-lets demo. (If requesting both, it might be best to request Cube-lets first.)
Little Bits are small, open source, modular electronics components that snap together to form more complex circuits. Little Bits are easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower students to create. The Bits snap together with magnets, no soldering, no wiring, and no programming needed. Each component does something different and can easily be connected to another with a magnetic snap.
MANUFACTURING: This demo gives a brief lesson on how manufacturing and the assembly line have changed over time. Students will discuss facts about manufacturing and a brief history of the assembly line. They will then participate in a hands-on activity by replicating an Assembly Line and putting together balsa wood gliders. (Extension Lessons available.)
ROCKETRY: This demo reviews the fundamentals of flight including Newton’s Laws and Bernoulli’s Principle as well as discussing how these lessons apply to rocketry. This lesson can be done indoors with an activity using student made straw rockets or outside using bottle rockets.
THE SUN!: This demo (previously called UV Beads) begins with a lesson about the sun, moving into a discussion about the sun's rays, harmful UV light, and how to protect our skin. We use UV beads to show the effect of UV rays. Students will then use the UV beads to create and keep bracelets or key chains.
Future Demos will include topics like Electricity, Magnetism, Waves, and the Engineering Design Process.
This page is under Reconstruction. List is subject to change...check back to see what new demos we have added.
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