Edgeley’s students in the Meaningful Out of School Time (MOST) Program, which is part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, took on some fun and creative activities in the last couple of weeks. The MOST program plans many activities that align with Science Technology Engineering Art and Match (STEAM) and we want to share a couple with you.
Bubble Machine Project
The Bubble Machine Project, part of the Little Scientists* curriculum, requires the students to mix dish detergent, glycerin and water together at their own chosen proportions to see what mixture made the “best” bubbles. The mixture is put into a plastic water bottle and a paper towel screen is placed over the end. Students then force their own breath of air through their new self-made contraption to create bubbles!
An extension of the activity had the students investigate and discover how applying different screens such washcloths, napkins or another type of paper towel would create a different type of bubble(s).
The next project we want to share is DIY piñatas! This is such a fun activity and definitely something worth trying at home, if you ask me! Each child was given the opportunity to decorate their own personal piñata. Staff stuck with one consistent shape for everyone, but each child designed their own to make it unique!
First, make the glue! Combining flour and water did the trick and it was very easy and simple for the students.
Next, decide on colors for your piñata cut strips of tissue paper at whatever length you choose.
Now, blow up your balloon and get creative, placing the first layer of tissue paper onto the balloon.
Each day, the students placed a layer of tissue paper onto the balloon over the span of 4 days. After the 4th day, the students popped the balloon and were excited to see the finished product, their very own, one-of-a-kind piñata! All the students were super excited and proud to see their work of art.
Let’s take it to another level…. Would their piñata be strong enough to test the impact of being hit?
St. Patrick’s Day will be the day that tells all as children will receive treats/prizes to fill the piñatas and then put them to the test. Each student will create a hole to insert the items into the piñata and then attach a rope so they can hang it and get ready to swing! The students will use engineering skills to see how their piñata can withstand the impact of 10 hits and safely contain their prizes.
In the end, students will discuss the strengths/weaknesses of the piñatas and what they may have done differently. Wish them luck!
What great projects, right? Although it’s obvious to see from the photos above that the students definitely enjoyed these activities, but don’t be fooled – they weren’t the only ones having fun! The teachers really enjoy watching the students experiment and create while also learning different areas of STEAM! Plus, lots of laughs were had by all!
*Little Scientists is a “hands-on” approach to teaching science to young children. The goal of Little Scientists is to excite all children about the world of science, using innovative education techniques. Coupling interactive projects, entertaining demonstrations and simple experiments with children’s natural curiosity, Little Scientists introduces children to the thrill of scientific discovery. www.little-scientists.com