Summer Camp Updates- Cosmic Creations, Day 4: Rockets

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Yesterday we counted down… 5, 4, 3, 2…. 1… and BLASTOFF!!! All of our Astronauts went through some really intense training to get themselves ready for more space adventures! They hopped through craters (hoola hoops), darted between laser moon beams (swinging pool noodles and string), quickly scurried across a hot surface (soft red mat) and crawled through our worm hole (barrel tunnel)! We also built our own toilet paper rockets and launched some other rockets! You can create your own alka seltzer rockets with a plastic film canister, alka seltzer tablets and water.

And of course while in space, we can’t forget all the creatures and monsters we come across! So we made alien monster blobs with plenty of eyeballs!

Summer Camp Updates- Cosmic Creations, Day 3: Moon

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Yesterday we explored our MOON!  We talked about the different phases of the moon.  We talked about the texture of the moon’s surface and discovered that there are lots of craters on the moon because asteroids and comets will “bonk onto the moon!”  We made our own craters tossing rocks onto our moon surface (bin of flour) and created our own soft moon surface with shaving cream!

After learning so much about the moon, it was time we visited!  So we suited up to take our first walks on the moon!  We made astronaut helmets from paper bags and once we got to the moon, we bounced around and listened to some stories!

Summer Camp Updates- Cosmic Creation, Day 2: Galaxy

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Yesterday we learned more about our GALAXY!  We talked about galaxies consisting of a collection of stars, planets, dust, and more, and learned that there are millions of galaxies in the universe! We made galaxy dough and created constellations.  We also went on a space crawl through the universe collecting glow sticks, and created kaleidoscopes to help us see all the wonderful colors of our universe!

Summer Camp Updates- Cosmic Creations, Day 1: Planets

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We had a great first day at Cosmic Creations summer camp.  We introduced our little ones to PLANETS, and were blown away by how incredibly knowledgeable they are about our solar system!  Our experts shared with us that there are many planets in our solar system, and that “the sun does not circle around the earth,” but instead, “all planets orbit around the sun!”  We also learned that Jupiter is so big that you could fit “80 –  60 – or maybe a thousand Earth’s into Jupiter!”

We also sang a song about the planets in our solar system.  We created pastel galaxies on black paper and glitter-fied CDs to make them look uber stellar!

Today we’re exploring the stars!

Summer Camp Updates- Imagine & Invent, Day 4: Magnets + Motorized Machines + Artbots!

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Yesterday, we continued to work on our artbots! Aside from building, repairing, re-repairing, and re-re-re-repairing our artbots today, we also learned about MAGNETS.  We learned that magnets “stick” to certain objects, that they are used for navigation (the compass!), that they have a north and south pole, and that opposites attract while same sides repel.

Today, we’ll be spending the day IMAGINING and INVENTING… which is essentially what we’ve doing all week, but we’ll be doing it more!

Summer Camp Updates- Imagine & Invent, Day 3: CIRCUITS!

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Yesterday we had SO MUCH FUN!  We learned about simple electrical CIRCUITS!  We learned that power comes from a battery, flows through a wire, turns on a motor or light bulb, and then comes back around to complete the circuit (cir-cuit like a cir-cle!)!  We made squishy circuits, art bots, motorized machines, and clay-mation videos!

Today we’ll introduce MAGNETS, but we’ll be spending most of the day finishing up our robots and machines and videos.  If you’re interested, you can create your own stop-motion animation videos with clay or any other objects from around the house with iMotion HD, a really easy-to-use and awesome free app!

Check out this one video, ‘Volcano,’ that a camper created:

We also enjoyed watching these awesome videos by the Plonsters for some inspiration!

Random Act of Kid-ness: Teen Invents Advanced Cancer Test!

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Maryland, where 15 year old Jack Andraka developed a pancreatic cancer test with the help of Google. Jack’s test  is 168 times faster and much cheaper than the current standard in the field! In May he won $75,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his development.

We think this is a pretty incredible story that shows that once you put your mind to something, you can do ANYTHING- at ANY age. Way to go, Jack!

Read more about this story here.