Week 1 (September 9-19-16) Six Challenges

What a first day!

Kids came ready with their aprons and we got down to business. Here’s our board with the six challenges we worked through today.

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Now initially the kids’ ideas sputtered out like the exhaust of a car warming up. Showing promise…but not quite there. But then ideas became more practical until eventually we got that car started.

Here is Silas solving our first challenge–lifting a jar without using his hands.

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And…we’re easily impressed.

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Now we’re going to make a penny disappear.

Here the penny is clearly visible.

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And…now it’s not.

When we add water to the jar, and we look at the penny from the side, the refraction of the water in the glass makes the penny impossible to see.

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Can we push a $5 bill through a lemon?

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YES! When we fold and roll the bill into a point like a paper airplane, it works.

Here’s Justin pushing the bill through the lemon.

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Well. Sort of through.

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Here’s Cody doing the same thing.

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Now we’ve got to lift this bottle with a pencil without touching the pencil to the bottle.

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Wyatt’s showing us his idea.

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Hi, Aaron!

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But. What if we had rice?

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Benjamin thinks that we can fill the bottle with rice and then shove the pencil inside.

And he’s right.

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In goes the rice with Justin’s help.

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But when we test it, it’s not enough rice to keep the pencil from flying out when we pull on it.

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And even though the bottle looks full now, it’s still not enough rice to keep the pencil from pulling out.

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But hey…looky here!  We did it.

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Can we balance a stack of books on a single sheet of paper?

Hmm.

Jocelynn has the idea to roll the paper and tape it.

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Will it work?

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Yep.

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Hagen, Silas and Cody try out their own solutions.

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But the cylinder works best.

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Now there are just minutes left for seeing if we can balance a fork and spoon in mid-air, and here’s Wyatt giving it a try.

Does it work? Well.  You’ll need a spoon, a fork, a glass or jar and a toothpick.  Can you do it?

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Here we are.

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If you feel inspired at all, give a few of these challenges a try!

See you all next week!

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2 Responses to Week 1 (September 9-19-16) Six Challenges

  1. Ellie McNicol says:

    So wonderful! What a fun first day of class! Benjamin came home all excited about the experiments and had to show his siblings some of them. Thank you!

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