Makey Lab – Let there be Light!
Let there be light! Today in the circuit section of Makey Lab, our campers learned all about the amazing world of circuits! They began by making models of circuits out of everyday materials and then went on to create working circuits out of wires, batteries, button switches, and LED lights. Now that our makers know how to build a basic circuit, they can apply these ideas the rest of the week to create new projects!
Ask your camper: what components make a circuit?
Oceanography – Message in a Bottle
Many organisms use “living light”, or bioluminescence, to communicate – a common occurrence in ocean organisms! Bioluminescence is the production of light by a living creature. Our student researchers learned how to subculture a declining population of ocean algae called dinoflagellates! These “dinos” show bioluminescence when exposed to a disturbance (such as waves in the ocean, or simply by swirling their bottled culture). The campers will monitor their cultures all week and then get to take them home (care instructions provided)!!
Ask your camper: Why do the dinos need a light/dark cycle? (to mimic the natural light/dark cycle which allows them to ‘recharge’ during the light period so they can bioluminesce during the dark period).
Space & Weather – Build-a-Barometer
Welcome to an exciting week of Space-Weather Lab! To kick off the week, our young meteorologists got the opportunity to explore one of the key ingredients to all weather-related phenomena here on Earth – air pressure! They were able to do so by creating their own barometers and going on a field trip around campus in order to measure the air pressures at various locations.
Ask your camper: How does a barometer work? What areas on campus were you able to detect a higher (or lower) air pressure?