Week Three’s theme was
Spark! Electricity & Magnets
On Monday, the whole group got to enjoy some time outside with the Minnesota United Soccer Clinic. They got free t-shirts and sunglasses, and got to play soccer with the Minnesota United team aka the Loons. They even got to meet their mascot, PK the loon!
Students playing soccer with Minnesota United
The Middle Schoolers had another lesson from Steve Birth about electricity and inventing. The group started building their own cardboard boomboxes, which will be manually powered by generators.
Both the Elementary group and the middle schoolers were visited by Create MPLS, who showed them how to do Lego robotics. They followed instructions to build Lego cars, and then learned how to code their movements with tablets. The students had fun playing with different speeds, lights, and sounds for their Lego cars!
Lego robotics with Create MPLS
Both groups also spent some time with Creative Kuponya, who talked to them about managing stress and helped them make their own worry stones out of clay. Every person’s worry stone was unique to them, with different combinations of colors and shapes.
Crafting worry stones with Creative Kuponya
On Friday, we took a field trip to the Minnesota Science Museum. Before lunch, we went outside to play Night at the Museum with the museum staff. Then, the middle schoolers learned about hydroponic planting and even got to take home their own plant, while the elementary schoolers combined different crayons and melted them in molds to make their own crayons.
Middle schoolers doing a hydroponic planting project
Elementary schoolers making their own crayons
After lunch, we explored the museum exhibits. Students had a lot of fun in the interactive Experiment Gallery and loved looking at the Exquisite Creatures exhibit, which featured art made of different preserved animal specimens. We got to see the Stellar Tours Live Digital Telescope Show in the museum’s Omnitheater, where we got a closer look at the planets in our solar system.
Students at the Minnesota Science Museum