For the last several months I have been working for a company called Bricks 4 Kidz (in addition to teaching first grade). It is fantastic! They use “Legos” to teach the kids various elements of science.
Today I had two birthday parties (1 for an 8 year old and 1 for a 9 year old). In the first party I taught the kids all about the catapult. They learned how it is a simple machine, what it was used for in medieval times, and how we still use them today. Next the kids worked together, following a model plan, to build a working catapult and then they built a goal post and had fun catapulting plastic footballs through their goals. It is so fun---and educational!
The second birthday party I taught the kids about the centrifuge. They learned about centripetal force, G-force, and how/why fighter pilots need to use the centrifuge in their training. Next they built a working centrifuge and sent their “mini figures” on a ride. This group also got to build a spin-art machine to reinforce the concept of centripetal force and they used it to create wonderful works of art!
Best part of all, I get to spend portions of my summer vacation, educating kids and watching them LOVE learning!
|Two kids after they built the "Paper Crinkler" (after a lesson on time saving inventions, motors, & gear ratio)|
|The Orbitor (after a lesson on satellites.)