WMSI Kid's Corner
This page is all about at home fun activities for all ages! Scroll down to see some of our favorite easy projects!
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Stop Motion Animation
Videography • Art • Story Creation
About: Not all movies need a big budget! With the use of only a few simple items and students' creative minds, we can delve into the world of videography and create some incredible stop motion animation movies utilizing free apps on cell phones and tablets. Let legos dance, make drawings on a whiteboard move, or have cardboard cutout figures fly through the air! Students will work as a team and become the directors of their very own one-of-a-kind stop motion animation blockbuster!
1. Stop Motion Studio (Free version, IOS)
Motion • Wiring • Robotics
About: kids will delve into the creative process by designing robots that move on their own using only a single motor. They'll have an array of everyday materials to choose from, along with an assortment of gears, in order to create their unique "wiggle bot". The design may or may not work the first time, but that's where engineering comes into play! Students will troubleshoot each other's designs and seek out creative solutions, ensuring all bots are wiggling and drawing by the end!
Here's a $7 wigglebot kit. Build directions are included at the bottom of the page!
Messy • Diffusion • Patterns
About: Want to explore how things react in water? Play with some super useful candy? Check out this cool skittles activity!
Items needed: Plates • Water • Skittles
Place skittles around the plate. choose a fun color pattern and arrangement shape. Pour water over the skittles and observe what happens! Can you explain it?
Extension: what happens if you shake it? Use another liquid instead of water? Does that change anything?
Scratch Intro: Dance Party!
Coding • Loops • Motion
Scratch Beginner: Cast a spell!
Coding • Inputs & Outputs • Loops
About: Machines make decisions for all of us day in and day out, and it takes an engineer's mind to meticulously design these machines to make our lives that much more convenient. Delving even further into the innovative world of lego robotics, students will use color sensors, touch sensors, and even motion sensors to program even more autonomy into their robot designs. If my robot detects the color yellow, perhaps it should output an image of the sun?
Scratch Intermediate: code a maze!
Computer Programming • Game Design • Storytelling
Electronics • Circuitry • Conductivity
About: Have you ever played a video game using a banana as a controller? With Makey Makey, learn just how this incredible feat is possible! Utilizing the principles of electronics and circuitry, students will test the conductivity of a limitless spectrum of everyday materials such as aluminum foil, pencil lead, and even various pieces of fruit. With this wide array of conductors, students will see with their very eyes the flow of electrical signals through a closed circuit that they've designed themselves!
Makey Makey Game Control Design
Engineering • Design •Redesign
About: Using Makey Makey technology, students will have the opportunity to design their very own game controller for a whole spectrum of computer games, including Pacman, Whack-a-mole, Tetris, and Zelda. They'll need to put their engineering caps on, though, as they test the viability of other controllers, and brainstorm just how to improve each other's designs and create the most exciting gaming experience for all!
Raspberry Pi Coding with Minecraft
Pi • Python • Game Design
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Program Staff: WMSI staff share a passion and happy enthusiasm for designing and implementing student centered, project based STEM lessons. WMSI staff have strong backgrounds in education, science, and engineering with undergraduate, graduate, and significant work experience in the following areas:
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Experiential education
- Mechanical Engineering
- Systems design
Camp College/Highschool Instructors: WMSI trains highschool and college students to assist with instruction for all of our camps. These instructors gain valuable experience in leadership and group facillitation while also providing mentorship to your children.
What a Program Looks Like: In a WMSI program we provide your children with access to resources, hands-on instruction with project based lessons, and a place to brainstorm and create engaging projects. Camps are also designed to get children excited about projects at home, with lots of helpful links and helpful pictures sent to parents at the end of each day!