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19April

Hands-On Wednesday

Paper Challenge

How strong is a piece of paper? In this investigation you will discover just how strong it can be, and the answer may just surprise you. Play around with different shapes to see if one supports more weight than the others, and count just how many books you can stack!

Posted in STEM Hands On

17April

After School 'to Go' Spring 2017: Week 9

Plastic Pollution in the Ocean

This week, To-Go students practiced important skills used by Marine Engineers! Girls identified properties of different plastics, then applied this knowledge to a marine animal rescue device!

 

Girls prepared for the activity by discussing what they already knew about plastics. Students talked about everyday objects that contained plastic, how they disposed of these objects, and what properties these objects possessed. Next, each table worked together to determine properties of different plastic samples. Students observed the transparency, luster, brittleness, and rigidness of each plastic piece, then tested each piece for buoyancy.

Posted in After School Blog

17April

After School Spring 2017: Week 9

Miner Rescue

This week the girls became Drilling Engineers as they explored the engineering design process as they created a prototype to rescue trapped miners. They were able to step into the shoes of the petroleum engineers who saved the chilean miners back in 2010 and see how a career in this field can be interesting and full of new challenges. 

Posted in After School Blog

12April

Hands-On Wednesday

Pendulums in Motion

Discover how it’s possible to make a pendulum move without even touching it in this experiment. Using two pendulum bobs and a stand of your own invention, play with the laws of physics and impress your friends with this trick that seems like magic!

Posted in STEM Hands On

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