1. SOUNDPROOF BOX
Learn how sound travels and how to dampen it from these sites (here
) and put your knowledge to the test to design a “soundproof” box with household materials. Test your design by seeing how loudly you can hear music playing from a phone or small cordless radio placed within the box.
2. MAP MY ROOM
Using a measuring tape, measure every wall in your room, including dimensions of all furniture. Re-draw your room and furniture using a ruler. Make your drawing to scale by drawing 4cm on your page for every 1m that you measured in real life. Once you are done drawing by hand, try to re-create your room in 3-D using SketchUp, which can be downloaded for free here
3. DON’T FORGET THE SUNSCREEN!
about how sunburns happen and how sunscreen can help prevent painful and dangerous burns from ruining beach days. See how effective your household sunscreen is with a simple experiment. Write your name or draw a picture on a black piece of paper. Leave the page outside in the sun for several hours. After this, wipe off the sunscreen to see how the sunscreen protected the page from fading.
4. BOUNCING OFF THE WALLS
about how polymers are formed and use the directions here
to make simple three-ingredient bouncy balls. Experiment with your recipe to see if you can make it even bouncier!
5. CODING WHIZ
Try your hand at learning coding skills with the fun block and text-based coding games at Tynker
6. DNA INVESTIGATION
Learn about DNA and Genetic Counseling through this virtual activity
where you can help a couple to determine if they carry a genetic mutation for a disease.
7. GIZMOS AND GADGETS
Use the resources from this site
to learn about simple machines then put your knowledge into action with this interactive game
8. BUILD A BETTER BALLOON CAR
Learn about Newton’s Third Law here
and use this knowledge to build a balloon car
. Design your car base to move as quickly as possible when air is let out of the balloon. Have a race between a few different models and compete for speed and maximum distance.
9. DIY COMPASS
Get ready for a summer of exploration and navigation with your own homemade compass! Get a background on how magnetic fields work and the important role they play in the function of a compass here
and get the directions to make your own compass here