Chemapalooza – Gummy Bears & Ice Cream
What do gummy bears look like after being soaked in different solutions? Today, campers found out when they examined the results from a quick experiment they had set-up yesterday! Our young Chemical Investigators used these gummy bear data and results to plan and set-up a similar experiment using water beads! Campers were challenged to design an experiment in order to determine how the size of water beads is affected by different liquids!
Ask your camper: What is a solute? (something that has been dissolved in a liquid)
Integrated Science – Day 1
In the morning, students had a thorough introduction to lab safety, including a safety scavenger hunt in the lab. They were also introduced to microscopes and practiced viewing and adjusting the scopes with pre-made slides with various types of healthy and unhealthy cells. In the afternoon, Integrated Science participants explored dissolving, reacting, solubility and miscibility. Students also shared their “about me” collages, and additional students will continue doing so on Tuesday.
Game Day STEM – Spin
If you’ve ever wondered how pitchers are able to throw wicked curve balls or soccer players are able to “bend it like Beckham” then today’s lesson will help solve the mystery! Today students were able to learn & explore the Magnus Effect – the cool physics phenomenon behind these “mind-bending” sports feats. In class students practiced applying this technique and analyzing the difference the additional spin had on how their projectile’s trajectory.
At Home: Ask your camper to demonstrate the magnus effect.
Chemapalooza – Fizzy First Day of Fun
Our 2019 Chemapalooza Party has gotten off to a delightfully fizzy start thanks to the great chemical minds of our scientists and their understanding of how physical and chemical changes work. Today, campers learned how to identify whether different mixtures of ingredients result in a physical or chemical reaction and then were able to apply that knowledge in order to create beautifully fragrant & stress-busting bath fizzers to take home with them.
Ask your scientist: What are some of the tell-tale signs that a chemical reaction took place?