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FCA Young Engineers and Scientists Club

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YES Club 2018

Starting in February 20198, Fort Caspar Academy will begin our fifth year of YES (Young Engineers and Scientists) Club.

WHO: YES Club is for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders 

WHEN: Each group will meet twice a month. See schedule below. You do not need to attend all meetings to join.

WHERE: We will usually meet on the gym stage -sometimes in the Art Room.

  • We will cover a range of topics from circuits to chemistry to computer programming.
  • Members will be charged one-time dues of $15 to help pay for club supplies and snacks.
  • Meetings will run from 3:35 – 5:00. (Please pick up your child at 5:00. You may pick them up sooner if needed.)

Club Sponsors

YES club would like to thank these generous sponsors:

High Country Fabrication

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If you would like to sponsor YES Club, please call the office or stop by one of our meetings!

This year we will be exploring Science of The Avengers! Check out our schedule and topics below. (Materials from last year’s Harry Potter Science Semester can also be found below.)

Disclaimer: You do not need to have seen the Avengers movies or necessarily like super heroes to enjoy the projects.

YES Club this year will be split into two groups: 4th & 5th Grade will meet on Mondays and 3rd Grade will meet on Thursdays. Classes will be 3:30 – 5:00 in the gym or art room as indicated below.

Please join our Bloomz group for updates (Group Code VBZFPM)


February – Physics

2/7  ~ Newton’s Laws & Iron Man’s Propulsion

2/21 (3rd) & 2/25 (4th/5th)  ~ Iron Man’s Arch Reactor and Wakanda’s Mag Lev Train (Electromagnetism)

 

March – Programming

3/4 (4th & 5th),  3/7 (3rd) – Color Coding ~ Programming with Iron Man, Captain America, – Lego Robots!

3/14 (3rd), 3/18 (4th & 5th) – Infinity War~ Build a computer game in Scratch

 

April – Electrical Engineering

4/1 (4th & 5th), 4/4 (3rd)  ~ Marvel Gadgets ~ we will use LittleBits electronic components to create super hero tech

4/15 (4th & 5th), 4/18 (3rd) ~ Crafts with circuits

 

May – Bio Sciences & Egg Drop

Meeting 1~ Ant Man (microbiology)

Meeting 2 ~ Our annual Egg Drop Contest!

Newton's Laws of Motion

Coming soon…

Electromagnetism

Iron Man’s Arch Reactor -with Electromagnet

First, we learned about magnetism and electromagnets. We learned that Tony Stark built an electromagnet to keep shrapnel out of his heart.

(Watch the video here.)

Then we made our own electromagnets. Find instructions here. We also saw how Electromagnets could be used to make a motor (video demo & DIY instructions).

Wakanda Maglev Train

Finally, we learned that electromagnets can be used to make motors (video and instructions on Instructables) AND were used in Wakanda to make a MagLev train! (Learn more about Mag Lev trains and other tech in Wakanda.)

Infinity War Game - Computer Programming

Scratch

In our third week of class, we used Scratch to create our own computer game.

I have SO MANY resources for this activity, that I created its own page.

Visit our Scratch resources page.

Have fun programming!!

Image files for class:

2018

2018’s theme was the Harry Potter Science Semester and featured themed projects (think potions, magic, etc.).  Below are some topics we explored…

Our 2nd and 3rd year wizards will meet twice a month – typically on Wednesdays except where otherwise noted*.  Classes will be 3:30 – 5:00 in the gym.

Please join our Bloomz group for updates.


February – Chemistry & Computers

2/7  ~ Potions & Sticky Creatures ~ create some fun concoctions and learn about chemical reactions

2/27* ~ Quidditch ~ program your own game on Scratch (Please Register for this class.)

 

March – Electricity

3/7  ~ The Magical Colorful Piano ~ We will make a piano out of water!

3/21 ~ Sounds of Hogwarts ~ Build a Howler and other fun noise makers

 

April – Electrical Engineering

4/4  ~ Wands ~ We will make an interactive magic wand (sensors + software = magic!)

4/18 ~ Spells ~ Alexa – Alohomora! (think voice command electronics)

 

May – Physics and Mechanical Engineering

5/2  ~ Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes ~ (think explosions, gadgets, and funky candy)

5/16 ~ Arresto Momentum~ Our annual Egg Drop Contest!

Our 4th and 5th year wizards will meet twice a month – typically on Wednesdays except where otherwise noted*. Classes will be 3:30 – 5:00 in the gym.

Please join our Bloomz group for updates.


February – Chemistry & Computers

2/14  ~ Potions & Sticky Creatures ~ create some fun concoctions and learn about chemical reactions

2/28 ~ Quiddich ~ program your own game on Scratch (Please Register for this class.)

 

March – Electricity

3/14  ~ Tri-Wizard Tournament – of engineering challenges

**3/20 ~ The Magical Colorful Piano ~ We will make a piano out of water! – NOTE DATE

 

April – Electrical Engineering

4/11  ~ Wands ~ We will make an interactive magic wand (sensors + software = magic!)

4/25 ~ Spells ~ Alexa – Alohomora! (think voice command electronics)

 

May – Physics and Mechanical Engineering

5/9  ~ Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes ~ (think explosions, gadgets, and funky candy)

5/16* ~ Arresto Momentum~ Our annual Egg Drop Contest!

Chemistry - Potions

For Potions class we explored chemical reactions. We concocted a few polymer mixtures (slimes) and explored some explosions.

Snape’s Magic Potion is a new take on the classic volcano eruption (baking soda and vinegar). Download the special recipe here. We also used the reaction to make a balloon “magically” inflate.

Our exothermic reaction is better known as Elephant Toothpaste. You can find a fun recipe here and a scientific demo and explanation here.

The kids also learned about how slimes form – and the 4th and 5th graders got to use slimes they made in their Valentine parties to learn about non-Newtonian fluids and shear thinning and shear thickening.

Quidditch - Computer Programming

Scratch

In our second week of class, we used Scratch to create our own computer Quidditch game.

I had SO MANY resources for this activity, that I created its own page.

Visit our Scratch resources page.

Have fun programming!!

Tri-Wizard Tournament - Engineering Design and Build

4th & 5th Grade

In this hands-on class, students worked on two challenges that had them learning a bit about the engineering process.

Download the original lesson in .pdf form or see illustrated step-by-step procedure online. 

Here are a couple videos of solutions that older students came up with.

On Target Challenge

On Target Zipline Activity

  • The second activity was the Mint Mobile Challenge that I’ve done with 3rd graders in the past for National Engineer’s Week.

2nd & 3rd Grade

Picture of Propeller-Powered Zipline RacersThe younger kids got to do a hands on activity too. We learned about mechanical structure, potential energy, and airflow while building zipline racers. (Well, kinda. It gets a little chaotic with 22 2nd and 3rd graders.)

You can find this activity on Instructables.

There is also an instructional video on YouTube.

LUMOS! - Paper Circuits

In this class we had fun with circuits! We learned about circuits by watching a brief video and then experimenting with our Snap Circuits set.

Then we got to make our own paper circuit using some very basic materials:

  • 1 piece of cardstock
  • 1 coin cell battery
  • 1 LED
  • copper tape

If you would like to recreate this at home, here is the template I used for class.

Harry Potter Paper Circuit

Here also is a template I found online for a cupcake card and the light saber card shown at right.

I also introduced the kids to Chibitronics, which sells handy LED stickers. With them, it is easy to create some really cool paper circuit projects. See ideas here.

Here are some resources from previous years …

LEGO MINDSTORMS (from 2/8/16 meeting)

Mindstorms EV3 Program – You can download the EV3 Program yourself and work on programs at home as well as go through tutorials and try challenges and games.

Programming Tips – The EV3 Programming Guide we used in class can be found at this web page. In that PDF, the topics we covered can be found here:

    • Programming Process ……………………………………37-38
    • Start a project  ……………………………………………………12
    • Workspace ………………………………………………………….15
    • Controlling motors  – forward and steering ….. 20-24
    • Creating a program (p. 25), Turning ………………31-32
    • The math of distance ……………………………………. 33-35
    • Turning with gyros …………………………………………….36
    • Using the Color Sensor …………………………………39-42
    • Wait  Block  (until) ………………………………………………43
    • Look Block …………………………………………………………45
    • My Block (advanced – subroutines) ………………49-52
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Try the Mindstorm Programming Challenge
There will be a new challenge each month. Read the PDF for details.
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Scratch Programming (from 2/23/16 meeting)scratch

In our second meeting of the Month of Code, we were introduced to Scratch, an online programming tool for kids.

Find Scratch here.

You can access Scratch on the cloud or download it to your desktop computer. If you sign up, you can save your programs to the cloud. Students learned how they can write their own programs, or modify existing programs and make them their own.

Other Programming Websites:

There are lots of other great websites and downloadable apps that offer fun and exciting ways to learn about programming and building games and apps.

These two websites offer lists off sites – including information about suggested age range, difficulty & quality, price and what device they are available on (Apple, Android, web only, etc.)

Commons Sense Media – Cool Coding Apps and Websites for Kids

Graphite – Best Apps and Websites for Learning Programming and Coding

Two I recommend you check out:

Code.org – This site has LOTS of great learning material. I especially recommend checking out the Hour of Code activities. These offer a celebrity host and a fun activity. Check out the Minecraft one for example!

If you have an Xbox and your student would like to make games instead of just playing them, check out Kodu Game Lab. There is a whole curriculum for Kodu at Studio K. (I’m thinking summer camp!)