Makey Lab – Water Slides

Makey Lab – Water Slides

It was the final day of playground construction, and what better way to end a hot summer week than by building a water slide! Our campers constructed their very own working water slides. They had to figure out how to waterproof the materials, ensure the slide was tall enough, and make sure all the water didn’t spill off the sides. To test them, they used little plastic animals to go down the slides by pouring water at varying speeds. The campers were successful and the little animals had a blast too!

Ask your camper: How did you waterproof your slide? Maybe they used foil, plastic wrap, wax paper, or plastic cups

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Makey Lab – Roller Coasters

Makey Lab – Roller Coasters

Bring on the twists and turns! After successfully saving the fairytale world from the disasters earlier in the week, our campers were tasked with designing something fun and exciting for the elves and fairies – a roller coaster! The campers experimented with the different materials and found their perfect heights for the hills and loops. They are all prepared to build and test their coasters tomorrow.

Ask your camper: Did the balls roll down the tubing faster when the tubing was held more or less steep? Why?

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Makey Lab – Merry-go-Rounds

Makey Lab – Merry-go-Rounds

The playground engineers of the local school have asked for our help! They lost the plans to all of the new playground equipment and it’s the job of our young engineers to design and build a new merry-go-round. Along the way the campers learned about centripetal force, which is the force needed to make something move in a circle. After building their merry prototypes, the campers tested their designs with differently massed objects. 

Ask your camper: What is centripetal force? 

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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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Makey Lab – Let there be Light!

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? 

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Makey Lab – Fairytale Coasters

Makey Lab – Fairytale Coasters

The fairytale roller coasters are complete. After working hard for two days in groups, the campers finalized and tested their roller coaster designs. The coasters were created for the same fairy tale creatures the campers built houses for earlier in the week! The designs contained twists, turns, drops and loops. 

Ask your camper: Were you able to create any loops? If so, how?  

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Makey Lab – Power Project

Makey Lab – Power Project

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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Makey Lab – Merry-Go-Rounds

Makey Lab – Merry-Go-Rounds

The playground engineers of the local school have asked for our help! They lost the plans to all of the new playground equipment and it’s the job of our young engineers to design and build a new merry-go-round. Along the way the campers learned about centripetal force, which is the force needed to make something move in a circle. After building their merry prototypes, the campers tested their designs with differently massed objects. 

Ask your camper: What is centripetal force? 

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Makey Lab – Swing to the Stars

Makey Lab – Swing to the Stars

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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Makey Lab – Fairytale Houses

Makey Lab – Fairytale Houses

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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