A Virtual STEM Camp that Explores ENERGY
Materials for HANDS-ON projects provided
- Energy is taught in two, one-week camps: Energy 1 and Energy 2.
You can sign-up for either one or both.
- Duration: Each day includes a 70 minute interactive live Zoom session.
- Extended activities: At least 1 additional hour each day.
- A Zoom link to the first Camp day is provided with purchase.
- Attendees will also be sent a companion book and kit uniquely configured for this camp.
Age: 3rd – 7th Grade
WHAT CAMPERS WILL DO
Through pure building excitement, campers explore the energy story: what energy IS, how we make is NOW and our choices for the future. Includes a favorite set of hands-on projects tested over many years in ScienceWiz® after school programs and camps. Now we have combined these hand-on projects with a captivating virtual experience and live Zoom mentoring.
Yes, there are many ways to store potential energy!
Start with the types of energy. There are many, but the good news is that you know most of them already. Find out what energy IS. Get moving with kinetic energy. Store potential energy on top of your head, preferably NOT with a computer tablet. Transfer kinetic to potential energy in an outrageous chain reaction.
Build, Build, Build!
- a solar racer
- a super-capacitor car
- an electric car
- a battery
- and generate hydrogen
ENERGY 1 – FIRST WEEK CAMP
- Monday: What IS energy? You already know most of the types of energy. Can you guess each one from the riddles and clues?
- Tuesday: Get moving with the energy of motion, kinetic energy. How fast can you move but still hang onto the energy of position, potential energy? The race is on! Use an online simulation to design your own skateboard park.
- Wednesday: Setup your kinetic to potential energy chain reaction. Get wild and creative. Rube Goldberg here we come! Film and share with other campers.
- Thursday: Play the energy transfer game. Some of these energy transfers are a rite of passage AND some involve basic survival skills.
- Friday: Learn how to turn motion into electrical energy. NO battery required! Generate enough electricity to spin a motor and buzz a buzzer. Use a simulation to understand why it works.
ENERGY 2 – SECOND WEEK CAMP
- Monday: Make the simplest generator. Spin a turbine. Burn a stinky rock! Use online simulations and interactive play to explore energy transfer.
- Tuesday: Heat up with the greenhouse effect. Use online tools to investigate climate change.
- Wednesday: Build a solar car. How fast can you make it go? Time for a speed test!
- Thursday: Make an electric car and a super capacitor car. Design your super capacitor car so that it remains intact as it bounces off walls and collides with objects at high speed.
- Friday: Make your own battery. How many cells does it take to light an LED? Generate hydrogen from water.
These immersive camps are full of exciting events, including hands-on projects, interactive simulations and enthralling online experiences. Through the live online sessions, campers are mentored by trained scientists and educators, exchange ideas with their peers and build confidence as they learn, share and grow.
MATERIALS NEEDED BEFORE THE CAMP BEGINS
MATERIALS (Your welcoming email following enrollment has a detailed list of materials.)
- Two 1.5 volt alkaline batteries (can be AA, AAA, C or D cell)
- One 9 volt alkaline battery
- tape measure
- book to balance on head
- dominos, books or blocks
- water or confetti
- 7 pennies
- black marker or pencil
- matches (adults only)
- thumb tack
- Desktop, laptop or tablet: must include a speaker and a camera.
- Internet access
- Zoom application installed
- Signed in with your child’s name
- Unmuted (the instructor will manage class muting/unmuting)
HERE ARE THE STEM TOPICS EXPLORED IN THIS CAMP
- How scientists define energy
- Types of energy
- How we generate and use energy now
- Energy choices for the future
- How to transfer and dissipate energy
- Can energy be created or destroyed?
- Solar cells, ultra-capacitors, batteries and cars
- How power plants work now
- How to make a battery
- Fossil fuels, green house gases and climate change
AWARDS FOR THE BEST SELLER: SCIENCEWIZ® ENERGY
REVIEW FROM THE LAWRENCE HALL OF SCIENCE
“Children learn about every aspect of energy–its various types (e.g. solar, magnetic…), forms ( e.g. kinetic vs. potential), and uses. In addition, this kit teaches children about the choices we face in the future:
Where will our energy come from?
How can we make the best use of our resources?
How do we protect our environment and health?
As with the entirety of the ScienceWiz line, the kits are accompanied by a booklet written specifically for children. The writing is clear, concise and engaging, complimented strongly by clever illustrations.”
— Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science