STEM Hands On

22October

Hands-On Wednesday

Solar Eclipse

The moon phases are caused by the moon's orbit around Earth. Every 29.5 days the moon goes through all of it's phases, and from Earth the moon appears to change shape and size in the night sky. The New Moon phase appears completely dark to us, because the moon is between the Sun and Earth. This means all the sunlight is lighting up the side facing away from us. Sometimes, when the alignment of the Sun, Earth, and moon is just right, the moon blocks out part of the Sun! This is called a solar eclipse, and can be a total eclipse or a partial eclipse.


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27August

Hands-On Wednesday

Paper Kites

Most of us have flown a kite before, but have you ever wondered how a kite works? In this activity, you can build your very own kite out of paper and explore how the force of lift can counteract drag and allow your kite to fly through the air!


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25June

Hands-On Wednesday

Frequency vs Pitch

Girlstart is less than two weeks away from our Sound Check Summer Camp and we will discover the science behind music! Here is a Hands-on Wednesday Sound Check Sneak Peek.

Materials:
3-4 Rulers; metal, plastic, wood, etc.
6-8 Plastic Water Bottles
Water

Pitch

Fill the water bottles with different amounts of water to determine which bottle creates the highest and lowest pitch. Pitch is related to the degree of highness or lowness of a tone. Did the water bottle with the highest pitch have the most or least water?

Posted in STEM Hands On, Summer Camp

11June

Hands-On Wednesday

Avalanche Rescue

Snow rarely falls in Austin, Texas and when it does everything shuts down and we all enjoy a fabulous snow day! As southerners it is hard to understand how individuals go to school, work, or even outside when it is so cold outside however those locations are well prepared for severe weather situations. Girlstart’s Ice Age Summer Camp is around the corner and we will explore several extreme weather scenarios including an avalanche. Check out this Hands-On Wednesday Ice Age Sneak Peek.

Avalanche Rescue

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