Downpour Fun!

About every 3-4 years there’s nothing we can do but get caught in a super fun downpour. This year was the year. The kids were great sports and everyone had a chance to dry out and have a great afternoon!

The red and blue groups were with Dr. Bruce Walcott in the College of Engineering today. They got to extend a lot of their learning from the energy lesson the day before. They built simple motors, learned what all the different fields of engineering were and what they did, and then played and coded with the ozobots. In robotics, they did an open build with animals, different from the ones they built the day before. Snakes were one of the most popular ones, especially when they got the mouth to open and close!

The green and yellow groups were with Dr. Haley Bergstrom and her team where they learned about fitness and how we use STEM in human performance. They learned about the importance of the heart and lungs. Built a model of a lung, did a fitness test to see the difference in their pulse before and after, and did some reaction tests. The orange and pink groups spent the day with Dr. Brandi Frisby and her team with virtual reality. They learned about the different types of virtual reality, how they create virtual reality worlds, and then got to create their own. They really enjoyed the space and shark VR! Many found it very relaxing. In robotics, they finished up the maze and C-A-T-S challenges and started on the First Lego League Challenge – Trash Trek. Most groups are using their sensors proficiently now and stringing multiple steps together!

ChemCamp did some exploration with the periodic table of elements and then the favorite was extracting DNA from a strawberry. They were amazed that strawberries had DNA!

In Their Own Words…

  • You can use chemicals to determine other chemicals
  • I loved quantum chemistry
  • What soluble and insoluble means
  • the DNA extraction of strawberries
  • I didn’t know that there was AR I only knew about vr and 360˚
  • I learned how to properly make a 360˚ video
  • That 3 pound weats can be heavy if you hold them long enof
  • I learned that the average adult has 5 liters of blood
  • I learned that when you breath in your diaphram drops when you exhale your diaphram comes back up.
  • I learnd aubout engineering and what I did not no before is how to make motors.
  • I want to learn more about electricity because it’s fun to learn about it.
  • I learned low volt use Ampere’s Law ElextioMagnet

Conversation Starters…

Red/Blue Groups

  • What type of engineering sounds interesting to you?
  • How did you make a motor?
  • What is an ozobot? How did you make it go?
  • What did you build with your robot? If you could create something else, what would it be?

Yellow/Green Groups

  • How do you take your pulse? What is your pulse?
  • How do the lungs work with the diaphragm?
  • How did you build a model of the lungs?
  • What did you notice about the fitness test?
  • What challenges did you complete with your robot today? How confident are you in programming your robot the way you want to?

Pink/Orange Groups

  • What is virtual reality? What are the different types?
  • How do create a 360* video?
  • What virtual reality did you experience today? What was it like?
  • What challenges did you complete with your robot today? How confident are you in programming your robot the way you want to?

Photo of the Day…

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