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Soap: Sometimes oil and water do mix!Add to list Details
In this activity (on page 2 of PDF), learners mix oil and water. Then, they add soap and observe what changes! The activity demonstrates how oil and water don't mix, except when soap is added.
Setting the SceneAdd to list Details
In this activity (on page 2), pairs of learners create an imaginary crime scene. One person leaves the room while the other person moves a few things around.
Robot HandsAdd to list Details
This activity (on page 2) explores how sensing is part of robotics. Learners try tying their shoes with different constraints.
Robot Body LanguageAdd to list Details
In this robotics activity, learners find ways to express emotions and feelings using only body movements, not facial expressions.
Make a Totem PoleAdd to list Details
In this activity (on page 2 of PDF), learners make their own totem poles out of recycled materials.
Build a BatteryAdd to list Details
Learners make a simple battery out of "sandwiches" of aluminum foil, pennies, and a salt water-soaked paper towel.
In the ToiletAdd to list Details
This activity explores the basic workings of a siphon, which is the core technology that makes toilets work.
Count the Dots: Binary NumbersAdd to list Details
Data in computers is stored and transmitted as a series of zeros and ones. Learners explore how to represent numbers using just these two symbols, through a binary system of cards.
I Want to Hold Your Hand
In this activity, learners construct a robot-like hand to demonstrate how data is collected when using robotic technology.
Watch and Create! Creativity For Sustainability
In this activity, children and adults work together to explore their relationship with technology and examine ways to make sustainable media consumption choices.
Color by Numbers: Image RepresentationAdd to list Details
Computers store drawings, photographs, and other pictures using only numbers. Through this activity, learners decode numbers to create pictures using the same process that computers use.
Exploring the Solar System: Asteroid Mining
In this activity, learners will imagine the challenges and opportunities of asteroid mining.
Lightest and Heaviest: Sorting AlgorithmsAdd to list Details
Computers are often used to put lists into some sort of order—for example, names into alphabetical order, appointments or e-mail by date, or items in numerical order.
Pot-in-Pot RefrigerationAdd to list Details
In this activity (on page 2 of PDF), learners create a low-tech refrigerator that requires no electricity to keep food from spoiling.
Treasure Hunt: Finite-State Automata
In this computer science activity about finite-state automaton (on page 45 of the PDF), learners use a map and choose various pathways to find Treasure Island.
Passion for PixelsAdd to list Details
In this technology activity, learners explore digital imaging and pixels. Learners "transmit" an image to a partner by creating an image on grid paper.
Wingin' ItAdd to list Details
Learners explore the Bernoulli effect by building an airfoil (airplane wing) and making it fly.
Designing BandagesAdd to list Details
Learners design different shaped bandages for different purposes. First, they draw their designs on paper.
Draggin' BoatsAdd to list Details
Learners design, build, and test models of "dragon boats" made from up to three milk cartons.
Program a FriendAdd to list Details
In this activity (on page 2), one person "programs" the other like a robot to move through a space, trying to get them to avoid obstacles and reach a goal.