LED Light Bulbs vs. Regular Light Bulbs

This week, the seventh graders carried out experiments to see whether regular lights or LED lights were more efficient. The students split up into five groups. Each group had a battery pack with two batteries, six wires, three regular bulbs, and three LED bulbs. They had to set up different types of circuits, such as series or parallel, for both of the kinds of lights. They then used multimeters to measure the voltage in volts and current in amperes.

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Catapults

The seventh graders had to design catapults that would be able to launch a marshmallow the farthest. They only had ten minutes to plan and work together to build their catapults. The materials they had to utilize were popsicle sticks, rubber bands, a binder clip, a spoon, and some marshmallows to test their structures.

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Solar Power

The seventh graders learned about solar power and how it was affected by different aspects. Some of the aspects that impact solar power are weather, seasons, and location. Today, the seventh graders performed experiments to see how heat and light affected solar power. They used lamps and shined them onto small solar panels. They learned how to use multimeters to measure the amount of voltage the solar panels produced.

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The Carbon Cycle

To learn aboout the Carbon cycle, the 5th graders used beads. They had to fill up a string they carried around with them, with beads. After being sent to a station, they had to roll a dice to go to another station. Each student acted as a carbon atom. The beads corresponded with whatever environment the carbon atom went to for that roll. The beads were

Red=Biosphere

White= Atmosphere

Blue=Hydrophere

Black=Geosphere

The point of this activity was to see the journey of a carbon atom in the carbon cycle. Some atoms would move around from station to station with every roll. While others, would get trapped in one place. This exemplified how some carbon atoms, now our stuck within our atmosphere. The following gallery shows the 5th graders and the activity.

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Museum of Science and Industry

Last week our Hackshop students went to the museum of science and industry. When we was there we got to explore, find our way through the mirror maze, and also being able to screen print. When we finally got through the mirror maze, the students were able to get their height, and wing span which they thought was really cool. Afterwards we got to explore the museum a bit before went to our screen printing activty. Everyone seems to like the storm room because they could control tornadoes and hurricanes. Our last activity of the day was screen printing activity. The purpose of that activity was to bring the design an transfer it or shaved it into the block, then to put ink on the design to bring the image to life.

Down below are some pictures of the screen printing activity

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Structural Engineering!

Today in 6th grade the scholars learned about civic engineers and structural engineers. Their challenge was to build a structure with copy paper and tape that could carry a Geometry book for 30 seconds. They planned their projects by drawing out their structure and finding the weight of the Geometry book. They had a lot of fun and did a great job!

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Parachutes Part 2.

This week, the 5th graders again had to build their own parachute. But this time, with a catch, the 5th graders had a budget. Last time, the students could use as much material as they pleased. But this time, they had to stay in their budget, giving them less materials. Additionally, they would have to protect an egg for their parachute to be considered successful. Each student had the same budget, the same amount of time to construct their parachute, and the same dropoff point(2.5 meters). So with the rules set in place, the students set off to build. Below are images of todays class.

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Adventures at MSI!

This weeek, the 5th grade STEM scholars went on a field trip to the Museum of Science and Industy. With so much to explore and learn, it was a very enjoyable experience for the whole class. First, the students went to an exhibit called “Extreme Ice”. The exhibit was all about global warming, and how some photographers have actually been documenting glaciers all over the world for several years. These glaciers have been receeding and melting over the years. But thanks to these pictures, we can see physical proof of global warming. Also, the exhibit contained a wall of authentic glacial ice. The students were able to put their hands on that wall, getting to feel ice that came from hundreds of miles away.  Afterwards, the students went to the Brick by Brick exhibit. Brick by Brick is an exhibit based entirely around legos and engineering. In the exhibit structures like, The Golden Gate Bridge and The Colosseum are completely reconstructed with legos. These models are not easy to construct by any means. For instance, The Golden Gate Bridge model is over 60 feet long. These models are carefully crafed pieces of engineering. With no details being overlooked. They are truly remarkable and interesting to observe. Below is a slideshow with images of the 5th graders fun day at MSI.

 

 

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Well into the New Year!

In our first session of 2017 a few of our scholars were introduced to a very interesting piece of technology known as Makey Makey. Full of innovative thoughts, our scholars got to work as they created game pads and more. With the help of only a few wires, cardboard, aluminum foil, and a Makey Makey Board, they were able to do what they saw fit. Through out the session many of our scholars attacked the challenge of building a playable maze through Scratch. With help from their highly developed problem solving skills, our scholars completed the task and racked up some points on the Hack Shop Leaderboard.

 

Aluminum Foil Boats

The seventh graders were given the challenge of designing an aluminum foil boat that would be able to float in water with marbles in it. They were given only fifteen minutes to come up with a design that would be able to withhold the most amount of marbles. They had two pieces of aluminum foil. One was for practice and the second one was for the real challenge. They came up with unique and different ideas. The winner was a rectangular-shaped boat with 107 marbles in it!

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