The S.T.E.M and Arts blog by Aurelius Raines II

The S.T.E.M and Arts blog by Aurelius Raines II
"Producers, not Consumers"

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Up, up, and Away!

My students fly paper air planes as learn about the forces involved with flight. Lift vs. Gravity and Thrust vs. Drag.
 As promised, Kindergarten through 2nd Grade learned about flight by making and flying paper air planes. We learn by doing. We identified when the plan had lift, when gravity pulled it down, when our hands provided thrust, and the drag from the air. 
Next week, we are going learn about electricity and how a basic circuit is formed. We will be building small light circuits from scratch. For many of us, electricity might as well be magic. Our knowledge of electricity and circuits don't go far beyond putting batteries in our television remote. In an effort to protect our children from electrocution, they don't even know what a power outlet is or what it does. 
My hope is to help children learn about electricity in a fun and safe way. We be using 3-volts to operate small light bulbs. 
Science at Home 

I'm sure we all have an appliance, electronic device or toy that is broken. Pick one of these devices and sit down with your child at an empty table. Get a screwdriver and take that thing apart. Make sure it is NOT plugged in and the batteries have been removed. You don't have to know what you are doing. Just observe. Look for pieces like:


Well? What do I so with this Stuff??

Go to they have LOAD of fun projects for rainy days or anti-bordom ammunition. 

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