Makey Lab – Fairytale Natural Disasters 

Makey Lab – Fairytale Natural Disasters

Can the houses stand up to the natural disasters? The fairytale realm sure hopes so! Our campers finished building the new houses for the magical world, designed specifically to remain standing during specific events – earthquake, avalanche, flash flood, thunderstorm, and rock slide. The houses were tested and judged – did they hold up?

Ask your camper: Which disaster did you build a house for, what materials did you use, and did it remain standing?

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Oceanography – Submarine Challenge – First Building Day!

Oceanography – Submarine Challenge – First Building Day!

Today was the first day that the students were able to start building their submarines for the Submarine Challenge! The campers used their knowledge of Archimedes’ Principle in order to design ballast tanks for the inside of their submarines. The ballast tanks are compartments that holds water on an aquatic vehicle, and provide stability & maneuverability. Students struggled with the design, but we can’t wait to see what they come up with after tomorrow when they continue building their submarines!

Ask your camper: What is Archimedes’ Principle and how does it apply to submarines? 

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Space & Weather – Astronaut Suit Up

Space & Weather – Astronaut Suit Up

Today our awesome aerospace engineers were tasked with the goal of designing their own pairs of space gloves that have the ability to protect an astronaut from the extreme temperatures of outer space. By using the knowledge they gained from all the materials testing conducted the day before, our campers were able to make wise materials choices to ensure that their space gear is able to provide maximum insulation.

Ask your camper: Explain the design of their space gloves and why they chose the materials combination that they did for their gloves?

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