Science and steam WORKSHOPS
sounds all around: the ear and the brain
Sounds are all around us and our ears can detect most of them. But it is our brain that collects, sorts, separates, compares, and prioritizes them. Our program will highlight the mechanics of hearing, the phenomenon of ears and brain working together for us to be able to differentiate and recognize the sounds. Participants will be involved in exploring what the ears are made of and comparing the sounds generated produced by different materials. Ultimately, they will experience first-hand how easy-to-make noise makers are designed and explore the physics behind the process.
Experiment with sound: Sound state of mind
Sounds are everywhere but do we understand how they occur? Our program will highlight the phenomenon of sound creation by energy that travels as waves of pressure through various substances. Participants will experiment with various common and unusual sound sources, including do-it-yourself straw instruments, kazoos and water bottles, to gain an understanding of the connection between sound and vibration. They will explore sounds and compare how they travel through the air and solid materials. Ultimately, they will build a model of a sound absorbing room. They would need to make decisions and choose from different materials that absorb and reflect sound.
“If fantastic homes already exist, what houses will we see in the future?” ask Aleksandra & Daniel Mizielinski in their book H.O.U.S.E. Our program identifies ten architects of the highly creative houses in the world. Participants will get familiar with work by Antti Lovag, Natural Ellipse by Masaki Endoh/Masahiro Ikeda, M-House by Michael Jantzen, R128 by Werner Sobek, Takasugi-an by Terunobu Fujimori, Dragspelhuset by Maartje Lammers/Boris Zeisser, Treetent by Dré Wapeaar, Rucksack by Stefan Eberstadt, and Tea House by Kengo Kuma. We will build houses using various materials and based on numerous environmental factors including climate and terrain. We will introduce the principles of engineering design process to help young architects make blueprints and prototypes. We hope to see creativity at its best!
July 25, 2018, 4PM, Tacoma Public Library, Fern Hill Branch August 8, 2018, 4PM, Tacoma Public Library, Swasey Branch
Strength of Shapes
Our program will highlight the phenomenon of strength of different shapes, illustrating why structural engineers continue to use the triangle as the structural shape of choice. Participants will be involved in geometry and measurements as they will work as civil engineers to design and build their own bridges. They will explore the strength of trusses made with different triangular elements to evaluate the various structural properties. Ultimately they will experience first-hand how architects and engineers use geometry.
Paper circuits and E-textiles
Technology can be considered in a more creative context and become a way to self-express. This kind of connection provides a way to learn by doing, instead of just by listening, reading, or observing others. During our workshop we will play with designing and making soft circuits of increasing complexity. Electrical parts like batteries, wires, and LEDs will be sewed into textiles and make clothing look futuristic and fun. We will highlight that E-textiles or smart textiles serve medical purposes.
Light up your Mother’s Day!- Create a paper circuit card for Mom
Explore circuitry using paper, copper tape and LED lights.
During this workshop you will become an artist, a scientist, and an engineer. You will not only learn about electricity but also layout, color and other design elements that will help you make a beautiful and memorable E-Card for your Mom!
May 5, 2018, 10.30 AM, Covington Library
WITTY SPORTS SCIENCE
Children love sports and solving puzzles! Our program Sport Science combines physical and academic activities into one STEM Obstacle Course. The kids divided into teams will run through numerous stations and try to tackle various problems related to effective body functioning, way to exercise, diet and life-style that contribute to fitness and good health. The team that completes the course the fastest, with the most correct answers, wins!
July 18, 2018, 4PM, Tacoma Public Library, Fern Hill Branch August 1, 2018, 4PM, Tacoma Public Library, Swasey Branch
extraordinary women scientists
Our four modules program highlights four great women scientists. Each module contains an introduction with often-humorous stories from scientists’ lives, which educate children about the history of science and world heritage. Besides a demonstration, each module contains hands-on individual and group activities. We especially would like to encourage girls to consider science related education and careers, which includes exposing both boys and girls to successful female scientists.
Be a crime scene investigator is a series of units that takes students through the science disciplines that are used in criminal investigation. Students will collect evidence and process materials found at different crime scenes using math, biology, and chemistry laboratory methods. Through hands-on activities, they will unmask evidence and draw conclusions. Students will see their own DNA, track a thief with fingerprints found at the crime scene and perform electrophoresis of dyes, a method routinely used for the identification of criminals. We will show students education and career options in forensic science.