Discover DNA

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What You Do:

Explore how scale models are built and used.

Learn about DNA and its function in the body.

Investigate how information is stored in DNA.

Build a candy model of the DNA structure.

Decode a secret message.

PB and J Day

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What You Do:

Practice writing and following directions.

Understand why clear instructions are important.

Explain to your teacher how to make the best PB & J!

Tower Power

What You Do:

Explore the engineering design process.

Learn about engineers and their jobs.

Practice teamwork and communication skills.

Build a index card tower in response to a design challenge.

Lesson adapted from the Engineering Adventures “Shake Things Up” curriculum from The Museum of Science, Boston.

LittleBits Introduction

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What You Do:

Explore circuits and their components.

Use the engineering design process to solve a problem.

Build functional circuits with LittleBits.

Lesson and media based off the material available at the LittleBits website.

Recommended Lead-Up Lesson: Circular Circuits

MagLev Trains

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What You Do:

Explore how scale models are built and used.

Learn about and apply magnetic properties.

Implement the engineering design process to problem solve.

Build a magnetically levitating “train”.

Wind Erosion

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What You Do:

Learn about erosion processes.

Build a natural landscape.

Explore how the landscape changes with different inputs.

Shaky Situation

What You Do:

Explore the impact of earthquakes on society.

Learn about the people who help prevent earthquake damage.

Build a shake table to model the waves formed in an earthquake.

Use the engineering design process to build and improve earthquake resistant structures.

Practice teamwork, planning, and budgeting skills.

Lesson adapted from the Engineering Adventures “Shake Things Up” curriculum from The Museum of Science, Boston.

Recommended Lead-Up Lesson: Play-Doh Planet

Frosting Formations

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What You Do:

Explore different land and water forms.

Learn about tectonic plates and geological activity.

Practice project planning and diagramming.

Build land and water features with frosting.

Develop presentation skills.

Recommended Lead-Up Lesson: Play-Doh Planet

Mentos Madness

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What You Do:

Explore nucleation.

Practice developing and testing a hypothesis.

Drop Mentos into soda to see what happens!

Rocking Rocks

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What You Do:

Learn about the rock cycle and the three rock types.

Model the processes of erosion and the rock cycle.

Use crayon shavings to make the three types of rock.