Activity Catalog

Below is a catalog of WMSI activities, categorized by the camp that they are used in. 


Maker Camp


The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
— Thomas Edison

Makey Makey Controller: Design your own videogame controller with some basic electronics.

Makey Makey Controller: Design your own videogame controller with some basic electronics.

Pepper and Soap: Use common kitchen items to learn about surface tension; all you need is pepper, soap, water and an alert mind.

Pepper and Soap: Use common kitchen items to learn about surface tension; all you need is pepper, soap, water and an alert mind.

Cereal Box Spectroscope: Don't throw away your cereal boxes. Save them to learn about the awesome properties of light.                       

Cereal Box Spectroscope: Don't throw away your cereal boxes. Save them to learn about the awesome properties of light.                       

Strobe Light Demo: Why did that just do that? That's the initial reaction when you make it look like a the motor stopped and started spinning backwards with a strobe light.                                                                   

Strobe Light Demo: Why did that just do that? That's the initial reaction when you make it look like a the motor stopped and started spinning backwards with a strobe light.                                                                   

Stop-Motion Film: With some arts and crafts supplies and a camera, you can make your very own animation film.

Stop-Motion Film: With some arts and crafts supplies and a camera, you can make your very own animation film.

GameStar Mechanic: I'm sure you know how to play videogames, but do you know how to make them? Follow this tutorial on how to create your own levels and then share them with friends and family to play.

GameStar Mechanic: I'm sure you know how to play videogames, but do you know how to make them? Follow this tutorial on how to create your own levels and then share them with friends and family to play.

LED Bling/Blinky Shrimp: Jump on board and learn how to wire up LED's on your favorite arts and crafts creations.

LED Bling/Blinky Shrimp: Jump on board and learn how to wire up LED's on your favorite arts and crafts creations.

Oobleck: Experience the fun of corn starch and water. Is it liquid or solid?   

Oobleck: Experience the fun of corn starch and water. Is it liquid or solid?   

Homemade Volcano: Everyone loves epic chemical reactions. Mix up some baking soda and vinegar to make your own volcano. 

Homemade Volcano: Everyone loves epic chemical reactions. Mix up some baking soda and vinegar to make your own volcano. 

 Parking Lot Solar System: How can anyone possibly comprehend the size of the solar system? By scaling it down to fit in a nearby parking lot.

 Parking Lot Solar System: How can anyone possibly comprehend the size of the solar system? By scaling it down to fit in a nearby parking lot.

Solar Oven: Hot, sunny day outside? Don't sweat it. Cook yourself some delicious treats by channeling that sweet, summer sunlight.

Solar Oven: Hot, sunny day outside? Don't sweat it. Cook yourself some delicious treats by channeling that sweet, summer sunlight.

LED Wand: Learn how to circuit board and program LED's to paint words, numbers and other symbols in the air.

LED Wand: Learn how to circuit board and program LED's to paint words, numbers and other symbols in the air.

Scratch 2.0: Learn what everyone should know in the 21st century, how to code on a computer. Scratch will teach you how to code in a productive, yet fun way.

Scratch 2.0: Learn what everyone should know in the 21st century, how to code on a computer. Scratch will teach you how to code in a productive, yet fun way.

Spin Art: Who said that technology can't merge with art?                                      

Spin Art: Who said that technology can't merge with art?                                      

Duck/House Build: There are important differences to discover between the production of an assembly line versus the art of hand-crafted objects.                                                                                                                                                         

Duck/House Build: There are important differences to discover between the production of an assembly line versus the art of hand-crafted objects.                                                                                                                                                         

Silly Walking Animals: Creative thinking is important when trying to duplicate the movements and behaviors of animals.

Silly Walking Animals: Creative thinking is important when trying to duplicate the movements and behaviors of animals.

Useless Machine: Challenge your brain to thinking against the grain. Build something that you think is useless.                                                                         

Useless Machine: Challenge your brain to thinking against the grain. Build something that you think is useless.                                                                         

Uphill Derby: Can you build a LEGO climber that will overcome steep inclines?

Uphill Derby: Can you build a LEGO climber that will overcome steep inclines?

Fishing Rod:  Turn your LEGO pieces into a fishing rod that can teach you about gearing while catching robotic fish.

Fishing Rod:  Turn your LEGO pieces into a fishing rod that can teach you about gearing while catching robotic fish.

LEGO Orchestra: Turn your LEGO EV3 kits into custom instruments to play your favorite songs.

LEGO Orchestra: Turn your LEGO EV3 kits into custom instruments to play your favorite songs.

Assembly Line: Learn the difficulties involved with collaborative machines while producing an assembly line system.

Assembly Line: Learn the difficulties involved with collaborative machines while producing an assembly line system.

Useful Machine: The world doesn't change on its own. It is the thinkers and doers that challenge the system to make it their own, with inventions like a robot room cleaner that can grab objects.

Useful Machine: The world doesn't change on its own. It is the thinkers and doers that challenge the system to make it their own, with inventions like a robot room cleaner that can grab objects.

Renewable Energy: Everyone needs to be aware of the importance of renewable energy and the current sources that we can make use of. It is also important to pave the way to the future with sources like this gerbil powered car. 

Renewable Energy: Everyone needs to be aware of the importance of renewable energy and the current sources that we can make use of. It is also important to pave the way to the future with sources like this gerbil powered car. 

Ball Delivery: Increase your programming and building skills by deciphering between colored balls and delivering the correct one.

Ball Delivery: Increase your programming and building skills by deciphering between colored balls and delivering the correct one.

Sumo Bots: Recreate the well-known competition that every avid robotics fan can relate to: sumo bots.

Sumo Bots: Recreate the well-known competition that every avid robotics fan can relate to: sumo bots.


Inventor Camp for Girls


Shaving Cream Towers We don't shave away anything from our lessons, even the engineering tasks of tower builds. 

Shaving Cream Towers We don't shave away anything from our lessons, even the engineering tasks of tower builds. 

Custom T-Shirts: Why settle for a store bought t-shirt, when you can make your own exactly the way you want!

Custom T-Shirts: Why settle for a store bought t-shirt, when you can make your own exactly the way you want!

Molding: 3D replication will allow you to recreate any of your favorite trinkets. 

Molding: 3D replication will allow you to recreate any of your favorite trinkets. 

Rope Walk: Don't fall Carefully design a tightrope walking robot. 

Rope Walk: Don't fall Carefully design a tightrope walking robot. 

Rube Goldberg: Just like dominoes, ideas keep on going when building a contraption like this. 

Rube Goldberg: Just like dominoes, ideas keep on going when building a contraption like this. 

Tinkercad: Engineering skills are right at your fingertips when designing 3D object in this free software. 

Tinkercad: Engineering skills are right at your fingertips when designing 3D object in this free software. 


Social Activities


Nametags and Welcomes: Icebreakers and physical games are great ways to take a mental break. 

Nametags and Welcomes: Icebreakers and physical games are great ways to take a mental break.