The campers learned about
investigated human senses, and dissected two foot long dogfish
sharks. Some of the kids found and identified the heart,
brain and digestive system. They checked the stomach contents
see what it had for its last meal.
The students dissected a
some programming, and took part in a scavenger hunt for facts on
investigations included testing
the efficacy of various sunscreens, growing crystals of alum, and
evaluating several different antacids by checking how much acid they
we did some
bubbleology, generating some bubbles that were amazingly
big. Two straws and a length of cotton cord dipped
bubble solution and swept through the air can make a bubble a couple of
feet in diameter. The top of second picture shows a bubble
forming and at the bottom you can see that it has already started to
pop. With a couple of hula hoops and a shallow pan of the
solution can be used to make a bubble big enough to enclose a
volunteer. As the bubble is formed the surface tension of the
soap film pulls it in to minimize the area and it pops as soon as it
touches their hair or clothing. We also made flat, cubic,
tetrahedral, and just weird bubbles. We also made bubbles
the kids put their head or hand through without popping.
two and three we constructed hot air balloons from tissue paper, rubber
cement, a bit of wire and patience. All the classes got to
their balloons, most with considerable success. A
landed in trees or down over the side of the hill (one went almost a
mile before touchdown) and several caught fire at launch when a gust of
wind caused the tissue paper to come too close to the chimney of the
heater. That outcome was usually greeted with cheers and
burn another one.
Contests held during the
the range of the mini rockets, the internet scavenger hunt, and physics
olympic events like the laser target shoot, periodic table word search,
toothpick and marshmallow tower, aluminum foil boat and others.
Here are pictures of the winners.
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