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.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Game that Grants a Wish

Random Acts of Kid-ness are not necessarily about specific kids who are help making the world a better place. Every so often, we highlight tools that might help kids learn random acts of kindness, and today we’re doing just that.

For this week’s Random Act of Kid-ness, we feature a partnership between the nonprofit charity, Wish Upon A Hero, and the Facebook game, A Better World. A Better World is a free game that focuses on encouraging people to do good deeds. Players can create characters, play games, care for pets, and much more, but the way the players progress in the game is by doing kind things for others, both inside and outside of the virtual game. The charity Wish Upon a Hero wants to grant a wish for Gracie’s Place, a special needs school for children. Gracie’s Place wants a new transport van to assist more children and families in need.

Through this partnership, people can sign into A Better World and visit the Sanctuary of Hope section of the game. Players can post a dream or hope, or support those of others. If 100,000 hopes are posted or supported, ToonUps (the creator of the game) will answer the wish of Gracie’s Place in order to help them fulfill the hopes and dreams of these special needs kids. ToonUps Vice President of Product Development, Gregory Hansell, says:

“Our players are absolutely extraordinary in their support and desire to do the right thing. We’re excited that this month, our players can make real world dreams come true for special needs children by sharing their own hopes and dreams inside the game.”

You can read a lot more about this story and how you can help grant a wish by playing A Better World here.

Do you know of other fun games that promote random acts of kindness? Share them below!

Random Act of Kid-ness: Karma’s World

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness features a new website that promotes good deeds among children. The website Karma’s World was developed by Ludacris and his 10 year old daughter, Karma Bridges, as a way for children to have fun while learning about kindness, honesty, and manners. Ludacris says:

We wanted the site to be educational, fun and full of music that all kids will enjoy, but we also wanted it to teach kids more than just academics. The site touches on subjects like, the rewards of hard work and importance of learning manners as well as the idea that doing good deeds for others will bring good into your life – which is the meaning of the word Karma. 

We love when parents and their kids work together on projects to make this world a better place! Check out the website, and let us know what you think! For more information, click here.

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“Once you begin to acknowledge random acts of kindness – both the ones you have received and the ones you have given – you can no longer believe that what you do does not matter.” -Dawna Markova