Musicology – Wednesday
Today, the students put their knowledge of sound waves and their frequencies to practical application to discover octave equivalency; they found patterns in notes and chords by playing their own virtual pianos. Additionally, students worked more on improving their hand-pipes and electronic instruments by creating drumming levelers and reverse engineering a speaker, respectively. Finally, students related language to music and discovered new ways of music representation and possibly teaching!
Ask your students:
What patterns did you see in frequencies of notes that sound well together? (They were equal factions apart)
What were the basic parts of your speaker? (Wire coil, cup, and magnets)
Book Recommendation: Hiding Out at the Pancake Place By Nan Marino
From Amazon: “Eleven-year-old musical prodigy, Elvis Ruby, was supposed to win the most coveted reality show on television, Tween Star. None of the other contestants even came close to his talents. But in the middle of the biggest night, with millions of people watching, Elvis panicked. He forgot the words to the song. He forgot the tune. He forgot how to play every single instrument he’d ever known and froze on national TV. So Elvis must run from the paparazzi camped outside his door and spend the summer working with his aunt and cousin at Piney Pete’s Pancake Palace in the remote wilds of New Jersey. It’s the perfect place to be anonymous, that is until Elvis meets Cecilia, a girl who can’t seem to help blurting out whatever’s on her mind.”
Micro STEM @ Aurora – Wednesday: Ionic Compounds
Today, in Micro STEM, the students built upon their knowledge of atoms and ions as they used their own bodies to represent atoms and ions that bond to form ionic compounds. The students played a game where they were challenged to find a partner “match” to create an ionic compound with a net charge of zero. Also, today in Micro STEM, the students built simple ionic compounds and then created crystalline structures with the whole class.
Ask your student:
To create a neutral ionic compound with a Sodium ion (+1 charge), what charge would the other ion have to be? (-1 charge)
Vital Signs @ Springfield – Wednesday: A (Simulated) Urinalysis
Today, our junior medical practitioners were put to work in the lab! Our campers learned that many different diseases can be diagnosed based on the pH of urine. Using (simulated) urine, they tested the pH levels of various samples and then handed out diagnoses based on the results. Our fledgling scientists will continue to use their rapidly developing medical skills in the days to come!
Ask your camper: What diseases are possible if a urine sample is a pH of 3.0?
C.S.IMSA @ Springfield – Wednesday: Tie Dyes
The crime scene team began analyzing a promising new lead today by testing oil samples found on the driveway at the crime scene and comparing them with oil samples from suspects’ driveways. Students discovered the uses for the science of chromatography by watching how different colors separate, and using that information to match the crime scene oil with a likely culprit.
Our forensic scientists are developing a clearer picture of the case, and feel close to a breakthrough!
Ask your student:
What is chromatography used for? (separating materials)
What new information did you learn from your evidence analysis today?
Biosleuths @ Springfield – Wednesday: Beak Design Challenge
Have you ever thought about why birds’ have such different beaks? Your student can help you answer that question! One of the areas that they learned about today was different bird beaks and how they are designed. Using different tools or “beaks” students tried to “eat” a certain food item and move it to a bowl, or the “stomach” of the bird. Students had to figure out which beak worked best for each food item. Students then used logic and creativity to design their own beak that would allow them to eat a food of their choosing.
Ask your student:
What beak function might be best for eating seeds? (cracking).
What sort of food might a probing beak be well-suited for? (insects, worms, crustaceans).