Innovation Through the Ages – Friday
Today in Innovation Through the Ages…….students studied Leonardo Da Vinci’s 3D shapes and other 3D innovations and then created a collaborative 3D form –a dodecahedron – made by the entire group. In Engineering, student groups each decided on an innovation that they believe contributed the most to humanity, they researched its history, designed and built a model of it, and created a brief power point detailing the history of the innovation and their process. Each group then had a turn presenting to the class. Models included penicillin, the wheel, water filtration systems, and sewage systems.
Ask your student what a dodecahedron is (a three-dimensional shape having twelve plane faces, in particular a regular solid figure with twelve equal pentagonal faces).
Vital Signs @ Belleville – Thursday: The Blood Part 1
Today, our scientists delved into the study of blood type and the genetics that help determine it. Students first discovered the physical basis behind the ABO blood type group, analyzing different antigens. In the lab, they attempted to determine the blood type of different samples by creating antibody reactions.
The analysts-in-training also learned the basics of Mendelian genetics, discovering how blood type traits are inherited and why some are dominant over others.
Ask your student:
How many total possibilities are there for blood type? (there are 8 including both genes: A+/-, B+/-, AB+/-, and O+/-)
What is one method to predict the blood type of the offspring when you know that of the parents? (use a Punnett square)
Innovation Through the Ages – Thursday
Today in Innovation Through the Ages…….students reviewed the history of rocketry and propulsion, rocket design and function, and chemical reactions. They then designed, built, and launched vinegar and baking soda-powered rockets! They also learned about the development of the printing press, and then created drawings inspired by their notes and observations during the week. They then transferred their drawings onto Styrofoam plates and created prints.
Innovation Through the Ages – Wednesday: Siege Machines
Today in Innovation Through the Ages…..students began their exploration of the science of light and photography by making their own camera obscura out of paper. They also tested their own ability to see color and tried some color-correcting glasses to see if they improved their color vision, and then split light into its color parts using prisms and lenses!
In Engineering, students were challenged to research, design, build, test, and then present a siege machine— a device that is designed to break or circumvent heavy castle doors, thick city walls or other fortifications in siege warfare. Our students came up with some fantastic designs, some that actually worked!
Ask your student to define/explain a camera obscura (a dark box (or even a very dark room) with a very small hole in one wall that lets in light. Directly across from the hole the image from the outside world will be projected onto the wall upside down)
Innovation Through the Ages: Tuesday
Today in Innovation Through the Ages, students learned about the innovation of aqueducts and how they helped transform the Roman Empire. Then, students were challenged to engineer and construct their own aqueduct that included a covered trench and an arcade, and delivered water from point “a” (the bottle) to the inhabitants of “Aqueductis” at point “c.”
In art and design, students explored the principle of proportion and as it relates to daVinci’s Vetruvian Man. They then measured distances on their own body to see how their proportions. They also examined the Fibonacci sequence and explored where this code is embedded in nature, from the bracts of a pinecone to the scales of a pineapple.
Ask your students the purpose of the arcade element in an aqueduct!
Innovation Through the Ages – Monday: Mummification
Today in Innovation Through the Ages, students made their own perspectograph, a machine invented by Leondardo da Vinci to help artists design a replica of the scene they wanted to paint in proper perspective. The students then took their machines to different points in the building and used them to draw what they were looking at in perspective. Students also learned about mummification and tried there hand at the ancient process on chicken legs!
Ask your students what is needed to make a proper mummification mixture!
Vital Signs @ Belleville – Monday: Glasses Galore
On the first day of a jam-packed week, students delved into bio engineering, specifically creating glasses! Our budding engineers explored the different types of lenses and their ability to magnify and minimize objects from various distances. The campers combined different strengths of lenses to enhance their vision and read ultra-fine print from 6 and 8 feet away.
Ask your student:
Do eyeballs have convex or concave lenses? (convex)
Micro STEM @ Aurora – Friday: Homemade Batteries
On our final day of Micro STEM, the campers made their own batteries! First campers made a hand battery. The hand battery works with a piece of aluminum and a copper sheet, which are conductors. They used their own body’s electric charge by placing a hand on each of the plates, then measured the electrical output with a multi-meter.
Ask your student:
What materials did you use for the aluminum air battery? Aluminum foil, paper towel, salt water, and activated charcoal.
Micro STEM @ Aurora – Thursday: Magnifying Investigations
Today, the investigation of different kinds of magnifying devices continued. Students got the chance to go outside and collect various samples of their choice. After collection, the samples were brought inside to be analyzed with a compound light microscope. Students also reviewed the various parts of a compound microscope, and the importance of each part in the function of the microscope as a whole.
Ask your student:
What similarities and differences did you notice when you were using the different tools for magnification (MicroPhone lens, hand lens, compound light microscope, and stereoscope)?
Micro STEM @ Aurora – Tuesday: Applied Circuitry
Today, the campers continued working on their hand fans! Now that their main design had been sketched and the handle and main body was build, the budding electrical engineers could start with the circuitry and wiring. Using a small motor, a battery pack, and lots of wires, the campers finally got the head of the fan to move! We can’t wait to see their final projects tomorrow once they add lights and complete the design.