Thursday, October 3, 2013

The FIRST Super Secret Science Challenge

This week we had our first Super Secret Science Challenge this week, at the Kaleidoscope Learning Center and at Belvidere Elementary School. Want to play along at home? Check out the video below!

Here are the supplies our Science Officers were given:

  • 3 cups -- one each styrofoam, plastic and paper
  • Various string -- 3 feet of twine and 9 feet of fishing line
  • 1 9" latex balloon
  • 2 pipe cleaners
  • 2 drinking straws
  • 2 bamboo skewers
  • 7 tongue depressors
  • 2 disposable spoons
  • Paper -- one sheet copy paper, 1 3x5 index card, 1 4x6 index card
  • 2 pieces of cardboard
  • Tape -- masking and invisible
  • 10 assorted rubber bands
  • 1 pair of scissors
All items were packed into a plastic Ziploc-style bag. Students were only allowed to use the items they were given, nothing else. Everyone had to work in a team to transport as many mini marshmallows as possible across the floor over a distance of 10 feet without aiding their contraption after "launch." Are you up to the challenge?

If you want to make it even tougher,  try for 15 or 20 feet. Or try to send multiple pieces of food,  large pieces of food or really heavy food.

We'll be back next week with another Super Secret Science Challenge. You can take the challenge at Kaleidoscope, or bring it to your school or club!

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