Day 4 was jam packed with activities and design challenges! We started the morning with some free time so that the girls could continue working in Scratch, use their stamps to make art, learn more about the art of origami and tinker with Legos.
After we took a little break to feel the sun on our faces, Matt and Sara came back to present us with our Design Challenge.
Going along with the theme of the week of water, the girls’ Design Challenge was the invention of a water hose head. There were various criteria that their hose heads had to meet, which included the dual use as a sprinkler! Collecting data was fun and a great way to cool off on such a hot day! The design challenge integrated the use of Easel, an online Cad program that connects to the CNC machines.
A special guest, Alex, also came over and showed us what he was working on. And it wasn’t a bad thing that his designs included chocolate!
Even though today was the last day of camp, it was my favorite! We were lucky to have so many special guests!
The morning started off with Sarah, a scientist and educator, talking about what she does as an Astrobiologist! She shared her passion for understanding and exploring life in the solar system and challenged the girls to research what makes something alive.
Then, Libby and Becky came from Time Quest NH to share their story! This was an exciting opportunity to learn about a local business and their connection to engineering, creativity and problem solving. The girls asked great questions, and thought about connections in their own lives that related to game play!
Our next special guest was Mike! He shared a game with us using a small device called an OWL. The girls were able to compete in a relay race that included figuring out math clues! They had to start the game by finding a GPS point. When they found the point, different math problems would appear on the screen, and then when they figured out the answer, they ran back “home” and wrote it on the board. We were all lucky enough to run around outside on such a beautiful day and celebrate with M&M’s!
Devyn was our last special guest of the day! The girls had been helping him with a little project throughout the week, and he finally showed them the finished product! He built a mold to pour liquid metal into! It was also very exciting to watch the metal melt, and see the process used to create a mold from sand!
The girls have shared that they learned so many things at camp this week! They have been able to take things home like 3D printed beads, bug models, stamps, origami animals, and accessible games in Scratch! More importantly, the girls are armed with a plethora of tools that will increase their entry in a variety of experiences and activities. They are walking out of Inventors Camp with so many Superhero Skills! What a magical experience this was!