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The Rockiteer Science Curriculum

Date

Time

Title

Description

Room

Sunday,
July 27

2:00 PM (Pacific Time)
5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

SIMPLE MACHINES

GYROSCOPES: Students discover how the gyroscopic effect can help them steer a bicycle then they make their own gyroscopic top and try to make it spin as long as possible.

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Sunday,
August 24

2:00 PM (Pacific Time)
5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

SOUND

SOUND EFFECTS: Students discover the feel and sound of vibrations. We explore the dangers of loud headphone music. Students get to create many decibel levels outside.

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Sunday,
September 21

2:00 PM (Pacific Time)
5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

POTENTIAL AND KINETIC ENERGY

ROLLER COASTERS: In this lesson, split foam tubes, marbles and tape are the construction materials students use to make roller coasters. In the process, they discover how potential energy can be repeatedly converted into kinetic energy and back again. As well, they learn some of the actual dynamics of roller coasters.

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Sunday,
October 19

2:00 PM (Pacific Time)
5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

POTENTIAL AND KINETIC ENERGY

CATAPULTS: Using craft sticks, rubber bands and low temperature glue guns, students learn a simple way of converting mechanical energy into kinetic energy by creating simple catapults that will launch pom-poms across the room.

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Sunday,
November 30

2:00 PM (Pacific Time)
5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

PROPERTIES OF MATTER

DESTRUCTIVE TESTING: Students test the strength of materials with their own hands. Stretchable plastic films, bullet-proof vest thread, mylar film, untearable paper, and very soft metal wire.

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Sunday,
December 14

2:00 PM (Pacific Time)
5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

PROPERTIES OF MATTER

SUBMARINES: Students discover the difference in compressibility of air and water as they make a submarine that will sink or float at their command.

Mister Mac's Lab

January 2009

MAGNETISM

Story: "SORE LEGS MOUNTAIN"

By: John McChesney

Students create a magnetic creatures and habitats for them to "live" in using magnets and a variety of art materials. As students play with their magnetic creatures, they discover the magnetic concepts of attraction, repulsion, and polarity.

February 2009

ELECTRICITY

Story: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA"

By: John McChesney

In a cooperative exercise, students learn the basics of making an electric circuit as they discover what happens when colored holiday lights are hooked up in series and in parallel. They also get to check a wide variety of materials to see if they are conductors.

March 2009

KITCHEN CHEMISTRY I

Story: "ENCHANTED FOREST"

By: John McChesney


Students discover a weird goop made from corn starch that acts as a solid and a liquid. Then, they compare it to a rubbery material made from Elmer's glue and Boraxo (GAK).

April 2009

KITCHEN CHEMISTRY II

Story: "CAULDRON OF EVERLASTING LIFE"

By: John McChesney

Students make a common metal dissolve with vinegar. Then, they discover what happens when red cabbage juice is mixed with an acid and a base.

May 2009

HEAT CONDUCTION

Story: "FROSTY THE SNOWMAN"

By: John McChesney

HEAT CONDUCTION: Discover what makes a good heat insulator and conductor as you experiment with a wide variety of materials. Jack and Jill have to protect Frosty the Snowman from evil Mister Fred and will use liquid crystal sheets to help them find the perfect material for Frosty's new suit.

June 2009

LASERS & MIRRORS

Story: "THE HAUNTED HOUSE"

By: John McChesney

LASERS AND MIRRORS: Students use their reflections in plastic mirrors to discover how to make a million eyes, a 'tunnel' through the desk, periscopes, kaleidoscopes, and how the 'fun house' mirrors work. A laser is used to show the light path. This lesson works best in rooms that can be darkened.

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