Holiday STEM Festival!
Welcome to All Girls STEM Society’s Holiday Festival! On December 11, around 50 girls came together to explore how to make Christmas Skittle fireworks, Hanukkah-themed circuitry, snowflakes, foil boats, elf gift catapults, lava lamp ornaments, and more!
While the kids could have fun experimenting with the rainbow patterns that emerged from their skittles at the Skittle Fireworks and seeing the intricate snowflakes that unfolded from cutting different patterns, they also could learn much about the science behind it all. For instance, the rainbow colors of the skittles didn’t mix because each color has a different density and flows at a different speed. Of course, the kids also enjoyed having some Skittles as a snack! Additionally, with the lava-lamp ornaments, we were able to create a cool lava-lamp effect because the two materials we used: water and oil, refuse to mix together. At another station, the kids became Santa’s little helpers by helping him build gift catapults. Learning about force and energy, they used just popsicle sticks, spoons, cups, and string to create catapults that could launch as far as possible. These were just some of the many interactive activities that the kids could stem their understanding from.
As one of the kids said, “I had so much fun getting to go to all the stations and doing fun experiments!” Now the kids are all ready to use their new STEM knowledge to have a festive but also educational holiday season
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