Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mad Scientists Club: What floats, what flies

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage kids to think about how and why things float and fly
    • Encourage creative thinking and problem solving
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Making Boats
  • Styrofoam plates and bowls
  • Ribbon, straws
  • Paper, foil, wax paper, tape, markers
Project: Making paper airplanes
  • Paper
  • Rulers, pencils, scissors
  • Tape, Foil, wax paper, rubber bands, popsicle sticks
  • Ladder and masking tape for the floor
  • Paper airplane books
  • Evaluation
    • 7-21-16
      • Attendance: 31
      • Notes: I did not have styrofoam or straws and decided to just use what we had in the cupboard. It was a super hot day and I did not expect a ton of people.
    • 6-25-15
      • Attendance: 45
      • Feedback/Connections: This one took people a little time to get into, but once they had started they really enjoyed it.
      • Notes: I threw a bunch of the plastic balls in the pools and that was fun. The styrofoam plates are not as exciting, because they're guaranteed to float, but we weren't feeling super creative today anyways.
    • 10-16-14 (combined with force and motion)
      • Attendance: 18
      • Connections/Feedback: One new family - grandmother who takes care of kids didn't know we had this program every Thursday and will be coming again. The weather suddenly turned gorgeous and our book drop was overflowing, so people were clearly dumping everything off and taking off to sports etc.
      • Notes: I could use a more sturdy ladder.
    • 2014
      • Attendance: 40
      • Notes for the future: This is actually two programs and normally there would be an experimental portion to go with each project, but I did a special summer combination and dropped those portions. I had an idea right after we started and put tape lines and targets on the floor in front of the ladder we were testing the airplanes from and that was really good - got the kids talking/working on how to make the planes fly in different directions.

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