STEM Hands On


DeSTEMber Materials List

Activities for the week of December 1st-6th 2015

We are very excited for our first week of DeSTEMber!

Each Saturday we will post the materials list for the upcoming week:

12.01 - On Target
12.02 - Heavy Lifting
12.03 - Amazing Birds
12.04 - Cooking Conversions
12.05 - Bristlebots
12.06 - Miner Rescue
12.06 - DeSTEMber Fest @ the Bullock Museum from 12:00-3:00pm (visit our website for more information here)

12.01 - On Target
1 yard smooth twine (fishing line or kite string)
Target zone handout (provided with activity)
3 paper cups
6 index notecards
15 paperclips
1 marble
Masking tape

12.02 - Heavy Lifting
Cardboard box (shoebox size or bigger)
3 strips of corrugated cardboard (2"x11" or 5cm x 28cm per strip)
Large plastic cup
3 sharpened pencils
Smooth string (e.g. fishing line or kite string)
Scotch tape
Weights (e.g. batteries, pennies, marbles, or gravel)

12.03 - Amazing Birds
3 small binder clips
Measuring tape
Wing model for each bird (provided with activity):
Turkey Vulture
Wandering Albatross
Peregrine Falcon
For airplane design:
Cardstock or construction paper
Scotch tape

12.04 - Cooking Conversions
2 mixing bowls 
Baking sheet
Measuring cups and spoons
Spoons (for stirring)
32 Tbls of flour
1 tsp of baking soda   
16 Tbls of butter (softened)
16 Tbls of brown sugar
1 package (3.9 oz.) JELL-O chocolate instant pudding
2 eggs
6 oz. of BAKER'S white chocolate, chopped

12.05 - Bristlebots
Copy paper 
Construction paper
Markers and/or crayons
Scotch tape
1 bristlebot kit (can be purchased hereOR purchase the following materials separately:
1 micro vibration motor (can be purchased here)
1 lithium battery (1-3 volts)
1 toothbrush with bristles set at an angle
Wire strippers
Electrical tape
Googly eyes
Pipe cleaners

12.06 - Miner Rescue
1 ping-pong/table tennis ball
1 paper tube that is 6-inches long with at least a 2-inch diameter (e.g. toilet paper tube or yardstick rolled and taped)
6 pipe cleaners
6 straws
6 craft sticks
6 rubber bands
1 3.5 oz. paper cup
Masking tape

12.06 - DeSTEMber Fest @ Bullock from 12:00pm-3:00pm
Come join us for free, fun, winter-themed science activities at the Bullock Museum! Find out more information on our website here.

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Hands-On Wednesday

Popsicle Stick Catapult

Amaze your family and friends this Thursday with some fun Thanksgiving table tricks. Using items from the kitchen, you can pull a tablecloth out from under an entire place setting of dishes without them breaking or make a star out of toothpicks that moves on its own. These tricks may look like magic, but everything you see can be explained by physics.

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Hands-On Wednesday

Popsicle Stick Catapult

Using rubber bands and popsicle sticks, you can create your very own catapult! Launch different objects into the air and see how far each one travels.

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Hands-On Wednesday

Centripetal Force Penny

It is already very difficult to balance a penny on the end of a tiny wire coat hanger. Imagine trying to spin that penny around in a circle - it seems impossible for the penny to move without falling off the wire. Try this fun experiment and watch as centripetal force keeps the penny on the wire as you swing it around in a circle!

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