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I had a ton of fun making collages during our live event! If you didn’t get to make one with us check out the video below for the very very simple instructions.
Space… What if Highlights.
If you missed our space what if live event don’t worry! We took some of the questions we got asked and made them into this video!
Solar System Scope
Check out this awesome model of our solar system! It has information on every planet around us as well as may dwarf planets, and near by stars!! Its very in depth and super cool.
Click on the picture to check it out.
On Wednesday’s Zoom meeting we built straw rockets! I know not everyone could make it so here is a video explaining the steps. Also, as promised you can learn how to build a larger stomp rocket in the post right below this one! Have fun!
Time to scale up our little straw rockets! This one will require some PVC pipe to follow along with, but you wont need any adhesive or tools. The two videos below will show you how to build your rockets and even test how high they go! Check the link at the bottom for even more instructions.
If you missed our live event We recorded some of the static electricity demonstrations we did with an audience of club members. we moved some tissue paper from a distance, and made a human circuit using a leyden jar. If you want to build your own leyden jar to try it out, check out the link below the video. that will tell you all you need to know.
Get an introduction to static electricity with head of the Planetary Society and cool science friend Bill Nye. We will have a couple of demonstrations of what you can do with static electricity in Friday’s live event so brush up now to be ready!
Build a light up electrical circuit on a paper card! This video Show you how to put together out paper circuit kit. If you want a kit, come see us at Thorndyke elementary or Tukwila elementary next week. Keep an eye on your email for times and dates.
Attacking The Virus
Covid Around The World
Northern Lights Chalk Art
- Black Construction Paper
- Chalk Pastels (regular chalk will work as well)
- Cotton Balls
- Legal Sized Printer Paper (white printing paper work as well)
Start by cutting out a mountain shape from a piece of white paper. Just cut out and tape on a short extension piece to your mountain to make it cover the construction paper.
You can use regular chalk if it’s all you have – even sidewalk chalk will work. But in order to get bright and vibrant colors, it works best if you use chalk pastels.
If you’re making this craft with kids, you might want to tape the construction paper and the mountain to the table to keep things from slipping around or you can just use one hand and press it down on the paper while coloring with chalk.
Color over the mountain and onto the black construction paper extending about 1.5 inches beyond the mountain as in the top photo.
While carefully holding the white mountain stencil in place, use a cotton ball to rub the chalk and create the lights. Start with the cotton ball on the mountain and move it onto the construction paper into the sky. Feel free to overlap the colors a little bit as you rub – it will help with the sense of moving lights.
Use a fresh cotton ball for the different colors so they wouldn’t mix too much. It gets messy fast, so be sure to keep your table protected and maybe keep a towel close by to rub your chalky fingers onto.
When all the colors have been rubbed away from the mountain, carefully pull away the mountain stencil. Look at that beautiful glow!
Art credited by: https://onelittleproject.com/northern-lights-chalk-art/
Make it 3D!
This week we will jump into the 3d design, learning to make 3d pictures on the computer. from there we will use 3d printing to take our digital designs and turn them into real objects! Check out the video below for the basics and how you can pick up your own 3d printed model!
First, email your model to: Mallen@positiveplace.org
pick it up at the Southwest Boys and Girls Club, address:
9800 8th Ave SW #105, Seattle, WA 98106
between the hours of 7:00am and 6:00pm. after receiving an email that your model is printed.
- Tuesday- Star ring- up now!
- Wednesday- chess piece- up now!
- Thursday- spinning top- up now!
- Friday- Penguin- up now!
Make a simple rocket you can launch off a straw! how far can yours go? Post in the comments of email Mallen@positiveplace.org
Templates for straw rockets
Check out the power of the Atmosphere as we introduce this weeks theme, Under pressure!
Bottle rockets!… but not that kind
You may have noticed in the acid base rockets that the extra push of the liquid fuel sent the rockets flying. Today we capitalize on that by adding some water to our air pressure rockets. This should allow us to launch bigger heavier rockets. This project takes a lot more materials than any of the others because we have to build a launcher that can hold significant air pressure. This usually involves using schedule 40 pvc pipe with pvc cement. If you don’t use cement or threaded pvc your launch base will literally blow itself apart so please be safe and read all the warning labels if you try this one. That said it is a ton of fun.
Unfortunately I don’t have any footage of the rockets we build at the southwest club due to some unfortunate video loss last week. Instead I’m going to post all the resources I used to build our launcher including a couple you could use to make an even better version.
- two versions from make magazine with really cool triggers V1 and V2
- you can also use a pvc ball valve as a trigger if you don’t mind getting a little wet.
- here is a good nose cone template if you need one.
Acid Base rockets
Lets try our a fuel source other than air. In this activity we use an acid, Vinegar, and a base, baking soda, to create a high pressure and launch a rocket. Check out the video below for an example of what this looks like. More info, as usual, below the video.
I used my hand as a trigger and it got me covered in vinegar. check out the article below for a better trigger.
Deep sea tour
Down int he light-less depths of the ocean animals experience immense pressure. see what kind of alien things live in these waters in the Virtual reality tour of the deep sea.
Here are some videos of the real life animal we found in VR.
Sounds complicated, sounds dangerous, is neither. Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Kenny make a super simple air vortex cannon and test it out!
Check out these other videos to learn more about vortexes.
- King of random builds big and small vortex cannons
- smarter everyday colored vortex collision.
- huge vortex cannon knocking over walls
They Louvre Paris: Egyptology
Today, explore some ancient Egyptian artifacts courtesy of the Louvre in Paris. Today’s challenge is a bit more free form as well, send me the names of three artifacts in the exhibit to win today’s challenge. Any three artifacts will do.
This exhibit is a bit more difficult to navigate than the others. Use the mini map in the bottom left if you ever find yourself wandering off track. You can use it to view any point in the museum without having to rotate the screen around for eons. Happy exploring!
Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
The British museum: search through time
Check out this awesome time line of artifacts from the British museum! I’ve chosen three for you to find. can you solve this historical caper?
- This is the oldest artifact on the virtual tour. made in Africa in2,000,000 BCE. That’s over 2 million years ago! it may not look impressive but simple tools like this were vital to our early ancestors. What is it?
- Made in Asia around 100 BCE, This fierce stone feline seems to have lost its body. Can you tell me Who made it? (starts with A)
- abeautiful cutting tool from 1400 AD in the Americas. the handle is really shiny. What Modern country was it found in?
Send your answers to email@example.com
San Diego Zoo animal hunt
I’ve chosen three animals from the San Diego zoo for you to find. follow the clues below to find the animal’s name. email the names to firstname.lastname@example.org to get one point towards a prize!
- These little birds life underground! Be sure to check out their den-cam!
- Duck-billed and furry, these odd-balls love to swim/ can you spot them?
- can you find this big eared giant? She weighs a whopping 6,800 pounds and leads her tusked tribe. (This one has a name
Send your answers to email@example.com
I wanted to do some VR space tours, but unfortunately I don’t have access to the head set this week. That said there are plenty of awesome space tours on the internet. I’ve included a long tour of the international space station and a crash course video about mars. Check them our and let us know what you think!
Also check out Solar System Scope at the bottom of this page for a tour of our entire solar system.
Mr. Kenny found out some cool facts about Japan and wanted to share them with you! enjoy this short video and feel free to share your own facts in the comments at the bottom of the page!
Fushimi Inari Shrine tour
GO for a VR walk with Mr. Kenny though one of Japan’s most famous landmarks, Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto. The red arches are stunning and I do love the Fox statues.
Knights in the Museum
The Louvre in Dubai, UAE has posted a virtual tour of their current exhibition. Its a collection of Knightly artifacts from Europe all the way to the Middle East! Go see a full suit of Turkish armor, swords from Northern Africa, and a funeral effigy from England.
Have fun exploring!
Harry Potter Virtual Escape Room
Wizards may be magical, but they don’t have and ounce of logic in them. That’s where you come in. Help your fellow Hogwarts students escape a puzzle filled dungeon! Its reading heavy so if you need help ask your parents or an older sibling.
Challenge two: High jumps.
This week’s challenge is High jumps or knee to chest jumps. You jump high and touch your knees to your chest as many times as you can in 10 seconds. Check out the video below to see and example and use the timer below that to time yourself. when you’re done, use the form below it all to tell us how you did!
Lets see who comes out on top this week!
How to Make Paper Mexican Flowers
Mexican paper flowers are distinguished among other paper flowers because of their meticulous craftsmanship and the vivid colors used to make them. Paper flowers were used to decorate the church in times of the year where natural flowers were not available. On May 13,1963 Mexican president Adolfo Lopez Mateos proclaimed the dahlia as Mexico’s National Flower. To find more information about Mexican paper flowers, click on this link below.
Make your own flag!
Represent yourself and your family! Make yourself a cool flag. Check out the list linked below for some inspiration, then make your own like in our video!
get get some friends and build a relay race! you can use batons to pass, playgrounds as obstacles, or just add some jumps to copy. Here’s and example from the Southwest Boys and girls club.
Activity five: yoga
Ms. J at the Federal Way Teen Center sent this activity and this message, “Here is a beginners video for yoga, I thought this would be perfect for triple play because you’re practicing healthy lifestyles, by sharpening your concentration and creating mental clarity and calmness through the different meditating and breathing methods.”
Salt painting from Federal Way!
Try using salt as a textural element in you painting! you can make cool raised lines and watch the crystals pull the water along the path. Check out the video from Mr. Duwayne to see what I mean.
Marshmallow towers form Southwest!
How high can you build with only marshmallow and tooth picks? Check out this video from Ms. Lexie to see how the Southwest kids did!
Tornado In a Jar
What you need
- A Jar
- Dish Soap
- Food Coloring
- Vinegar (Optional)
What to do
- First we’ll find a jar, we can use a pickle jar, but any round jar should work that we could see through. Olive jars, clear plastic vitamin containers, relish jars, spaghetti sauce jars, etc. Check your fridge and recycling bin and see what you have.
- Fill your jar with water leaving about 1″ space at the top. Squeeze in a generous squirt of dish soap, then add one or two drops of food coloring. Don’t add more food coloring than that or the water will turn too dark and you won’t be able to see the tornado forming.
- If you find your mixture is too bubbly, try adding a teaspoon of vinegar. It might help the tornado work much better with the vinegar added. If it gets really bubbly fairly quick, especially if you’re shaking it vigorously you might have too many bubbles. Just open up the jar, and use a spoon to scoop some of the bubbles out. It makes it a lot easier
- You also might have to let it sit for 30 seconds to a minute to settle if it’s full of bubbles.
- You can also add a extra element to show debris in the tornado swirling around. Try adding glitter or small beads and see if it gets sucked up into the vortex!
Super Soft 2 Ingredient Play Dough
With only two ingredients, this play dough is simple to make and has a pillowy-soft texture that kids of every age will love squishing and molding.
What to do
- In a large bowl, add in two cups of cornstarch. You could use flour, but the cornstarch is a lot finer and will help give the dough an extra soft texture.
- Next, add in one cup of baby lotion. Any variety of Johnson’s Baby lotion will work great for this project, and will leave your hands feeling baby soft! Depending on which lotion you use, your play dough will have a different scent.
- Stir the ingredients together until it combines and starts to thicken up. The dough will be crumbly.
- At this point, use your hands to knead the dough and help the ingredients to combine evenly. The more you knead it and heat it up with your hands, the dough should become less crumbly and more soft and pliable.
(If the dough seems to be a little too dry, you can work in a small amount of lotion. If it’s too sticky, add in a little more corn starch.)
What you need
- Johnson’s Baby Lotion
- Cornstarch or flour
Join Mr. Mitchell in making a hover craft out of a CD and a balloon! perfect for at home air hokey.
Check out these link for other hovercraft ideas!
- see someone else build a CD hovercraft!
- build hover board out of a leaf blower with national geographic
- check out these plans for a different leaf blower powered hovercraft
- some highlights from the 2016 world hovercraft championship races
Paper lanterns are a gorgeous and iconic symbol of Japan. Traditional chōchin lanterns, like those to the right, are made with colorful paper stretched around a frame of split bamboo. Below is a simple project from the crafty classroom so you can make your own decorative lantern.
Follow along with the video below to make a cool paper ninja star! They look cool and you can throw them pretty far to boot.