Oakland Discovery Center: Sound Automata Sound automata is a modified automata mechanism designed to make a series of sounds instead of animate a scene or character. We've separated the material needed for the mechanism for the automata and the noise makers in order to make things clearer. While this a good starting place there is really no limitation on what material you can use especially on the sound making side. General materials for the automata mechanism: • A small bottle or large plastic cup • Foamcore or Cardboard • Skewers, chopsticks or 1/4'' dowel • Straws: standard and jumbo • Popsicle sticks Materials for making sound: • Annealed steel wire • Rubber bands, clothes pins (these make good springs if you need something to snap back) • Cups, cans and cardboard tubes (can be simply hit or have something stretched over them to make a drum, alternatively they can be cut into smaller pieces). • Bottle caps • Washers • Nails • Hot glue sticks Tools: • Scissors • Hot glue gun • Pine nosed pliers with wire cutters • Utility knife
Build a Bobsled Racer Activity adapted from the Museum of Science, Boston‘s Design Challenges, a program of hands-on activities developed to help students and visitors explore the engineering design process, and from the version modified for classroom use by California’s Tech Museum of Innovation. Click on link to view the educator’s guide (.pdf) Summary Teams of students in grades 3 to 8 learn about friction, forces, and the engineering design process by building and testing miniature bobsleds to see which can race down an icy slope either the fastest or slowest. Grade level: 3-8 Time: 20 minutes for the activity, 10 minutes for setup and clean up. Learning outcomes After doing this activity, students should be able to: Standards International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Energy is the capacity to do work. Next Generation Science Standards The Challenge Design a bobsled to race down the icy slopes as quickly or as slowly as possible. Materials Procedure Before the activity Activity 1. 2.Create. 3. 4.
Activity: Robot Basketball Lesson courtesy of TryEngineering Summary In this activity, students in grades 5 to 12 learn about accuracy and precision by working in teams to design and build a robotic basketball player that can nail three free-throw shots in a row. Grade level: 5 -12 Time: Three or four 45-minute session Learning objectives After doing this activity, students should be able to: Understand and implement the engineering design process to solve a problemUnderstand the difference between precision and accuracyUse knowledge of simple machines to refine the projectile’s trajectoryCalculate accuracy percentages and use scatter plots to visualize precision Standards National Science Education Standards Content Standard B: Physical Science. Principles and Standards for School Mathematics Measurement Standard. Common Core State Mathematics Standards Materials Put all of the materials on a resource table: PreparationSet up the “Testing Zone.” Have 3 testing ping-pong balls in a cup at the starting line. Procedure 1. 2. 3.
Monster Physics To say that my family loves physics type apps is an understatement. We own a couple of other apps similar to Monster Physics; though my family enjoyed playing the others they always wished it could do more. Well, along comes Monster Physics and problem solved! This awesome universal app contains features the other apps are missing; such as all of the parts are available from the beginning, no need to earn them before you use them in the free play area. One other feature is that the app is designed in a way that you are much more likely to learn about physics, concepts and how to apply them. Monster Physics teaches the user about physics in a way that is fun; the “Learn” section is dedicated to teaching you important physics concepts such as gravity, friction and speed and velocity; more importantly it explains the concepts in a way that kids can understand them and apply that knowledge in the missions portion of the app. Bottom line ▸ Create your own monster avatar ▸ Solve 50 fun missions
Digestive System, Digestion Information, Digestive System Facts, News, Photos -- National Geographic The digestive system is the series of tubelike organs that convert our meals into body fuel. In all there's about 30 feet (9 meters) of these convoluted pipeworks, starting with the mouth and ending with the anus. Along the way, food is broken down, sorted, and reprocessed before being circulated around the body to nourish and replace cells and supply energy to our muscles. Food on the plate needs to become a mashed-up, gooey liquid for the digestive system to be able to split it up into its constituent parts: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Moistening saliva fed into the mouth from nearby glands starts the process of chemical digestion using specialized proteins called enzymes. Once we swallow, digestion becomes involuntary. The esophagus empties into the stomach, a large, muscular chamber that mixes food up with digestive juices including the enzymes pepsin, which targets proteins, and lipase, which works on fats. Key Players
Oakland Discovery Center: Scribbling Machines Materials: • Skewers • Dowels • Popsicle sticks • Clothes pins • Cups • Cardboard tubes • Pipe cleaners or wire • Masking tape • Rubber bands of various sizes • Straws • Hobby motor • Annealed steel wire • AA batteries Tools: • Hot glue gun • Wire cutters • Wire strippers Scribbling machines are simple drawing machines which use a small motor to move a pen or pens around a pad of paper to create interesting patterns. The most important element of a scribbling machine is motive power, this consists of a hobby motor, two telephone wire leads (fine solid copper wires), a AA battery and a rubber band to hold the wires in place on the battery. Apart from that, there is no specific way to build build a scribbling machine, outside of the goal of making a structure to attach a pen to the motor. This is a very simple configuration, a toilet paper roll with clothes pins as pen holder claws and the motor/counter weight and battery attached on top. Further experiments:
Energetic Water The Physics Classroom Curious Little Apps :: The best educational iPad apps for kids Overview Monster Physics is an addictive creative app that encourages children to learn more about physics and explore physical phenomena that they will encounter in their daily lives. There are fifty missions where kids are challenged to complete tasks that involve a cute little monster, such as helping it reach some fruit to eat. Kids are free to use their creativity in the ‘Build It’ option, where they design inventions that allow them to experiment freely. Learning Outcome Children are encouraged to gain an intuitive understanding of physical phenomenon by trialling different strategies throughout the missions and by exploring the possibilities offered in the ‘Build It’ section. Children can also read a section that explains physics terminology in language that we believe that older children can easily comprehend. This app suits kids who enjoy engaging in open ended tasks and those who learn through play as it encourages creativity throughout. Usability More info Fun Factor Negatives
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How to Make a Custom Operation Game In the original game, the patient had ailments such as "Butterflies in the Stomach", "Spare Ribs", and a "Wish Bone." However, each special edition used ailments that were specific to the featured character. For instance, Iron Man had a "Fried Power Core" and Buzz Lightyear had a "Cracked Communicator. Ailment tokens are typically stamped or molded plastic. Alternatively, you can simply find small objects to use as ailment tokens.
2nd Biannual NGSS STEM Education Conference Download the conference schedule and a map Session 1 Arms & Arteries: Adventures in Biomechanical Engineering Looking for ways to integrate engineering into your life science and biology classes? Try biomechanical engineering! Join us as we engineer ways to unclog arteries and construct prosthetic arms while incorporating key scientific principles and NGSS Science & Engineering Practices along the way. Download Session PDFs Session 2 Environmental Engineering: Life in the Bay Water Together we’ll design and build tools for exploring bay water. Session 3 Seismic Engineering Feeling a little shaky on how to teach engineering in your earth science unit? Session 4 Build a Battery of Batteries Come explore the physics and chemistry of simple batteries! Session 5 Build a Better Motor We’ll start by taking apart a spring-powered motor to see how it stores and releases energy, and then we’ll take apart a small electric motor to see how the magnets, wire coils, and electrical connections are arranged.