Toy Creations – Makey Lab

Toy Creations – Makey Lab

Today our inventors finished their toy creations! Each camper now has a completed, one-of-a-kind toy to bring home and show off. They worked hard all week designing, building, testing, and finalizing their finished product. After the toys were finished, each group of campers had to give a sales pitch to the other campers to try and sell them on their toy idea.

Ask your camper: Share the sales pitch you gave on your toy!

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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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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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Swing to the Stars in Makey Lab

Swing to the Stars in Makey Lab

Shall we swing right to the stars? Today our playground engineers continued their work on building out their playground and were challenged to design a swing that could carry different loads. They learned that a swing is actually a pendulum—a weight hung from a fixed point so that it can swing freely backward and forward.

Ask your camper: Did changing the weight of the pendulum affect the times? How did the times change? (The time should not change –only the length of the pendulum affects the time.)

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Fairytales and Flash Floods in Makey Lab

Fairytales and Flash Floods in Makey Lab

The fairytale realm is being bombarded by natural disasters, and they need our campers to help build homes to withstand the new dangers! Today our campers experimented with different materials to see which stayed standing during the disasters. Then campers worked in groups to create building designs to hold up to five natural disasters – avalanche, flash flood, thunderstorm, rock slide, and earthquake.

Ask your camper: Which natural disaster did your group have, and which materials worked best?

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Makey Lab

Makey Lab

Calling all mini-Makers! Have you ever wanted to develop and assemble your own toy? Light up your creations? Build a waterslide? Students will hone their inquiring, designing, creating, and building skills on multiple engaging projects. Throughout the week they will be learning about circuits, physics, engineering, and even coding a dance that other students will perform. So put on your thinking caps and come join us makers!