Pikeville Science and Math Camp 2012,  Week 2

Looking forward to a week of fun and science.
Almost all of this week's campers have been to camp before.

At the beginning and end of each day campers gather in the auditorium to hear about upcoming activities and rules for the contests.

On Monday the campers were introduced to the programming language Alice.

They refined their skills on Tuesday and produced some interesting results.

On Wednesday campers finished their projects.
If you want to learn more about the programming language they were using go to: Alice

Here on Monday campers learned the safety rules for laboratory activities and dyed their safety goggles to make them unique and easy to recognize.
They will need them for experiments later in the week.
They also discovered the effect that acetone has on Styrofoam cups.

In chemistry campers started growing borax crystals on Tuesday.
Campers got to see their crystals and built conductivity testers on Wednesday.

They began making a book of the phases of the moon on Monday.

Astronomy class on Tuesday they finished their moon phase calendars made and tested spectroscopes.

Wednesday they built bottle powered rockets and tested the  accuracy of their design.

Investigating the senses of taste, smell, touch, and sight was on tap on Monday.

Games demonstrated results of predators their prey and resources and consumers.
Campers collected data and plotted it and had a lot of fun.

Wednesday in biology they dissected owl pellets and tried to identify what animal the owl had eaten by examining the bones the pellets contained.

We began the week studying bubbeology.
We put people in bubbles, made round bubbles, long ones, big ones, square ones, and made flat ones that had windows that you could put your head through.
We talked about some of the ways bubbles ares used in science and how to tell the thickness by the color of the bubble.
The bubble in the bottle lasted more than 54 hours.  It broke overnight so it lasted less than 72 hours.

In physics we began to make hot air balloons.
Campers traced the outline of the balloon gores on tissue paper, cut them out and started to assemble them.
If you want to try it yourself go here.

Wednesday we finished the balloons and tried to solve some matchstick, tangram and penny puzzles.

Our volunteers are older students who help in the classrooms, prepare materials for the classes and contests, and run many of the Olympics events.

Thursday campers flew their balloons and participated in several more individual and team contests. 

They tried to determine the positions of hidden barriers inside disks by tipping them so that balls inside rolled around.

In the periodic table challenge they made words using the combinations of letters that identify the elements.

Make a paper airplane that turns left as you throw it from the classroom.
Your score depends on how far down the hall it goes.

They tried to build the tallest tower using only one sheet of paper and 50 cm of tape.

Can you build a boat out of aluminum foil that will hold more marbles than any of the other teams?

Fire a watter balloon about 30 feet.
Your team is judged on the accuracy of the third shot after two practice ones to get range and bearing.

How about a bridge out of paper and glue that will support the most weight for its own weight?

The "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" game tests science knowledge.

The computer maze challenge tests the teams ability to work together to solve a maze.  The members who can see the maze have to direct the person who is using the computer to navigate.
The campers built ball catchers out of Popsicle sticks and glue at home.
Then brought them in to be tested.
A steel ball was dropped on them from increasing heights until the catcher failed if either they broke or the ball bounced out.

Waiting in anticipation for the announcement of the winners.

And the winners are...

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