Galactic Glow & Goo – Space & Weather

Galactic Glow & Goo – Space & Weather

One primary reasons why space has captivated the human imagination for so many centuries is arguably because of the beautiful lights and dazzling twinkle that can be seen in the night skies and today, our scientists were able to capture some of that “galactic glow” in the classroom. Campers were able to learn about some of the different ways light gets produced and even created some glow-in-the-dark slime to keep as a momento as well.

Ask your camper: What is chemiluminescence?

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Oceanography’s Blubber Gloves

Oceanography’s Blubber Gloves

Blubber is an adaptation that marine mammals have to survive the frigid ocean temperatures. The young marine scientists used conducted an experiment today to create the most effective blubber possible! Upon first testing the temperature of the water, students found they could hardly hold their fingers in the ice water without protection more than their two layered rubber gloves. The marine scientists then were able to use materials like vegetable shortening, petroleum jelly, and cotton balls inside their “blubber gloves” to model actual blubber.

Ask your student: What was the dependent variable in the experiment today? (amount of time your hand was submerged in the water) What was the independent variable? (the material used to create the “blubber”)

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Do the Code Dance! – Makey Lab

Do the Code Dance! – Makey Lab

Did you know you can write code without a computer? Today our makers did just that and, after being introduced to the basics of coding, began to create code with sticky notes, and quickly realized the precision needed in coding successfully.  They then worked in groups to code a dance (create an algorithm) by creating commands for each step. Eventually, each group performed a dance that a different group had coded!

Ask your camper: The background for your dance was your music. What might a computer programmer’s background be?

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Cool Crystals – Chemapalooza Day 3

Cool Crystals – Chemapalooza Day 3

Crystals are one of earth’s most beautiful and fascinating creations, and today our scientists took a look at how they are formed! First the campers learned about the chemistry behind crystals through testing what solutes would dissolve in different solvents. Finally the campers used pipe cleaners and a saturated alum solution to create their own crystals overnight. We can’t wait until tomorrow when we will get to see how the crystals turned out!

Ask your camper: What’s the technical term for something that gets dissolved? (solute) What’s the technical name for something that does the dissolving? (solvent)

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