Learn (Explore Summer)
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- Check out a children's cookbook and make something new to eat.
- Make a boat out of a piece of foil. How much can it hold when you float it in a tub of water?
- Interview your grandparents. Read a book set in the time when they were children.
- Find out what goes into making a great board game. Read the post here and then design your own.
- Attend a library program and write about something new you learned.
- Read a book from one of the booklists on the Sno-Isle Explore Summer webpage.
- Make a paper airplane. What is the furthest distance you can get it to fly?
- Build a bridge using popsicle sticks, Legos, paperclips and straws or other everyday items.
- Create a piece of artwork.
- Create a sun dial on your street and mark the hours in chalk. Learn about how to measure time using the sun. Create your own sundial tool! Use the information from Howtoons and Sky and Telescope to create your own tool to tell time without a watch or a clock!
- Use items from around the house to build something that will prevent an egg from smashing all over the ground when you drop it. You can make your own with your own design ideas, or follow these step-by-step instructions from the Science Kids website.
- Add your own images to Google Earth! If you are not familiar with Google Earth, here are some basic tutorials. Once you know your way around, check out the Google Earth image overlay tutorial. Then zoom in to some place you care about and have cool pictures of (your neighborhood, your most recent vacation) and add at least 3 photographs as overlays.
- Pass the Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits.
- Help test a simple robot! Use NASA's robotic online virtual exploration rover simulation game to guide your robot over different terrain grids without using up all of its battery power. Play the online simulation and reach a level of five or higher: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/robotics/home/ROVER.html
- This online simulation allows you to vary the gear ratio of a bike. Read the instructions, play around with the simulation, try out the activity below, and answer the review questions. The distance traveled by a half-pedal is determined by the ratio of gears. Can you capture all five flags on a course? This activity and technology tool are from Math Illuminations, a site from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
- Design and make your own parachute. This activity is from Science Kids: Learn about air resistance while making an awesome parachute! Design one that can fall slowly to the ground before putting it to the test, making modifications as you go. Follow the step-by-step instructions: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/freefall.html
- Make your own fake snot, following the directions from Science Kids
- Make your own robot, following the directions from Science Kids
- Explore a topic that interests you on BBC's Bitesize Science
- This is an activity from the 2012 Maker Camp from the folks at Make Magazine: Bring a little bit of the great outdoors into your house by creating a mossy woodland mason jar terrarium. Or build yourself a desktop biosphere, it's like adopting a billion tiny pets you can barely see. Just don't let them escape. Read the post here. Then build your own terrarium.
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