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Celebrating Engineers Week
Spark - Squishy Circuits
You're never too young (or too old) to start learning the joys of electronics. You don't need to know how to solder, or even how to plug circuit components into a breadboard. This homemade playdough circuit project is a great way to introduce kiddos and adults alike to basic circuits and electricity. The goal of the squishy circuits is to design tools and activities which allow kids of all ages to create circuits and explore electronics using play dough. We will have a variety of conductive and insulating play dohs, and will build series and parallel electric circuits, using LEDs, buzzers and other fun components.
Slime - Slime
Learn some Chemical Engineering principles by making your own polymer slime! This POLYMER is unique because it has qualities of both a solid and a liquid. It can take the shape of its containers like a liquid does, yet you can hold it in your hand and pick it up like a solid. As you might know, solid molecules are tight together, liquid molecules spread out and break apart (drops) POLYMER molecules CHAIN themselves together (they can stretch and bend like chains) and that makes them special. Jell-O, rubber bands, plastic soda bottles, sneaker soles, even gum are all forms of polymers.
Slime - Gumdrops
The Gelatin Gum Drop experiment provides a demonstration of how absorption of water can result in a gel-like solid. When added to cold water gelatin granules swell by absorbing 5-10 times their weight in water. This is a fun, simple experiment that can be enjoyed and explored by kids of all ages.
Speed - Spool Racers
Test your Mechanical Engineering skills by building a spool racer and testing its performance. Explore the differences between potential energy and kinetic energy as you wind up your racer and let it race on the track. You can change factors in your design and observe their results!
Speed - Hoop Gliders
If you throw a plain straw, it doesn't go very far. But when you add paper hoops, the straw glides through the air. That's because the hoops act like wings. Things that fly—like insects, birds, and airplanes—all have wings. But wings are not all the same shape and size. Different wings can be better for different kinds of flight. Join us to experiment with different wing designs to make your glider fly, and test your designs on our flight path!
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