|Magic wand testing|
Project Explore's thirteen 5th graders have been working hard to learn, and to learn to teach, an array of processes that will be available to the Flynn community to try. All families K-5 are invited, many teachers and volunteers will be present, and there are learning opportunities for all ages and skill levels. Here are a few of the things you can look forward to trying.
|Opened up at the top, this group turned it into a triangular prism.|
It was surprising and frustrating how easily these objects fell down!
After making conductive and insulating doughs, students experimented with lighting up different sculptures using parallel and series circuits. Being an art teacher, I put emphasis in each of these learning processes on the creative process and overall aesthetic.
You might wonder why the battery pack above is missing a AA. Not for lack of one- we didn't want to overpower it, so we simply took one out and inserted a bit of pipe cleaner wire to continue the circuit in its absence. The next week a student told me he tried it with his remote control, and that he could successfully remove a battery, replaced with a wire, and have it still work just as well.
When Tricia is involved in this type of event with a school, she likes to provide Professional Development to the teachers, so that this learning is fully integrated into the classroom, and isn't just an occasional after-school night event. First grade teachers are doing a unit on light and shadow with students, so we got together as a staff and made LED badges.
Using what is essentially an LED throwie in a bottle cap, we customized our badges to have different designs, patterns, and colors.
The materials needed were relatively basic, and don't they look great?
Here is a close-up of one in progress:
|That foil lightning bolt will block the light, making the pink, translucent tissue paper glow.|
And one finished:
Back to the 5th graders, they have much more in store for you! Jittering cups stretched their knowledge of circuitry, adding in pressure switches and vibrating motors.
|Feathery, google-eyed, fully festooned robots buzz and whirl across the floor|
And, of course, the magic wands. Whizz bang pop! My favorite, perhaps. Come hang out with us and make magical art come alive. Your wand will be as magic as you make it!
|Wrap it in feathers, ribbon, or washi tape! Rhinestones look great glittering with the RGB bulbs.|
Hope to see you there!