Science and Technology Hunt
Technology is a way of using science to create tools that make life easier for people. Go on a science and technology hunt!
Find something in each of these catagories:
- Made of plastic (cathouse, toys, storage totes, lawn chair)
- Made from trees (deck, food, picnic table, treehouse)
- Moves in a circle (kids playing games, tire swing, twisty slide, merry-go-round, top)
- Comes from the earth (plants, trees, rocks, flowers, oil, coal, water)
- Uses a switch (light and dimmer switch)
- Made of metal (park slide, lawn furniture, chains, vehicles, swim pools, airplanes)
- Uses electricity (cars, hair straightener, crockpot)
- Uses wheels (vehicles, wagon, riding toys, wheelchairs, motorized carts)
- Something that measures (ruler)
- Makes or uses sound (music, radio, ipod, instruments)
- Comes from the ocean or a lake (seashells, crabs, starfish, fish)
- Run by a computer (games, printer/scanner)
In order to make glop, you will need:
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup water
- measuring cup
- food coloring
Add the cornstarch a little at a time while stirring.
Keep mixing until all your glop looks and feels the same.
Try adding food coloring to make blue, green or red glop.
How is glop different than water? How is it different from the plain starch? What can you do with it?
Store in a plastic baggie
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
2. Stretch open the balloon mouth and carefully pour the baking soda into the balloon.
3. Place the balloon mouth over the bottle. Make sure the balloon mouth is tightly around the neck of the soda bottle.
4. Hold the balloon to the side so that the baking soda does not fall into the bottle.
5. Shake the balloon so that the baking soda falls down into the bottle.
The gas from the baking soda/vinegar mixture blows the balloon up!
What happened? Can you figure out why?
- A magnet
2. Put the pieces in the bottom of the box so that they cover the bottom completely.
3. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the box. Tape the plastic wrap to the box.
4. Move the magnet underneath the sos pads (steel wool)
What kind of patterns can you make? How far away can you hold the magnet and still make the steel wool move?
Computer Fun Fair/Computers in Your Life
One thing lacking in our homeschooling is the amount of computer time Shayla has. I hope to allow her more opportunity to use this tool.
We spent time discussing parts of the computer and then she played one of her favorite games, Jump Start.
We discussed what energy is and what types of things use each type of energy. Then we read Energy from the Sun by Melvin Berger.