Edible Water Pods – Space & Weather

Edible Water Pods – Space & Weather

The microgravity environment of outer space can have a weird effect on how substances and alter how they “normally” behave here on Earth… Today our scientists were able to explore more about the cohesive properties of water. They also made (and ate!) edible water pods to help model the look of water in a microgravity environment.

Ask your camper: What is cohesion? How many drops of water were they able to get on their pennies?

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A Model Jellyfish – Oceanography

A Model Jellyfish – Oceanography

Jellyfish are beautiful and mysterious ocean creatures! They have no bones, no brain, no heart, and no eyes! They have clear, bag-like bodies that contain their digestive organs and have trailing tentacles that are used to sting and capture prey. About 50% of all jellyfish are bioluminescent! Our biological modeling engineers created bioluminescent jellyfish models (to bring home) and that actually glow in the dark!! They were challenged to make their models anatomically correct, but to use their own creativity along the way!

Ask you camper: Why do jellyfish use bioluminescence? (as a defense mechanism to evade predation)

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Power Project – Makey Lab

Power Project – Makey Lab

Let’s light up the night! Today campers began designing and decorating their own night lights, to finish and bring home at the end of the week. Campers applied their knowledge of circuits to draw out the base of the night light, where the lights and on/off switch will be placed tomorrow. To decorate their night lights, campers created tissue paper mache cups to place over the base that will illuminate beautiful colors!

Ask your camper: Which type/s of circuits will be part of your nightlight? (BOTH series and parallel)

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Gummy Bear Science – Chemapalooza

Gummy Bear Science – Chemapalooza

Today our budding chemists reviewed osmosis, diffusion, and absorption, set about measuring the size of their Gummy Bears and recording the data. Since an important part of science is being able to communicate your results, students were asked to create posters of their experiments that included their question, hypothesis, observations, experimental design, data, and conclusions. Our chemists were challenged to think of what factors may have combined to achieve their results.

Ask your camper: What aspects are included in experimental design? (observations, questions, hypothesis, methods and results)

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