Science Lab is a program I introduced last summer as part of Fizz Boom Read and decided to bring it back this summer because of it’s initial success. As a part of the the 2015 CSLP summer reading program, Every Hero Has A Story, I decided to combine the two: Superheroes and science! Science lab is advertised as an all ages program but we tend to get more school age kids in attendance (K-4th grade).
Our first week we focused on Batman & Wonder Woman and explored Gravity & the 5 senses! The program is very low key and is more about then discovering and learning rather than me leading them through everything. I intended for it to be self directed, with the help of parents in attendance when needed. By the end I think the parents were having just as much fun as the kids!
I started by reading the book Gravity by Jason Chin, which is an incredibly well done and interesting book! The kids loved it. Especially when I demonstrated gravity by dropping the books from many different levels of the room.
We then worked on gravity painting which turned out great! I set out tables with plastic tablecloths underneath them and then large cardboard pieces on teh tables and clipped on paper! For painting we used watered down tempra paint and eye droppers.
The other part of Science Lab was testing out our senses! Wonder Woman has heightened senses so we were comparing our own senses to that of Wonder Woman!
I started out by having three volunteers try the apple, potato, onion trick. Supposedly, if you hold your nose and don’t breath while eating these they all taste the same. According to my volunteers, though, you could definitely tell when you had an onion in your mouth. Regardless, it was a fun activity!
After the activity there were a few different stations- one to test three different senses: touch, hear, and smell.
At this station I had 6 balloons filled with different substances and the kids had to guess what each one was filled with. The hardest were corn syrup and petroleum jelly– but we did get some creative responses! The balloon idea came from Momtastic. Also, I would totally recommend actually using a funnel because I didn’t and it was a messy experience.
You can see in the back of this picture that I had some black bins… These were filled with different things they had to shake to figure out what was inside. The insides were filled with beads, bells, and rice.
I also had two smaller bins that had cotton balls with extracts on them. Nobody could figure out the one with vanilla, which I thought was interesting!
All in all, this program went about as smoothly as I could have hoped. Not only did the kids have a lot of fun and learn some interesting things but parents seemed really into it as well!