Balloon Cars!

General Topics: Kinetic Energy, Mechanics, Physics, Simple Machines Grade Level: 2-3 In this activity we explored the process of how forces work and how a force in one direction can cause motion in the opposite direction (Newton’s third law). The exercise had the students learning how to make a car powered by a balloon to be blown …

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Check out what SPARKmakers did at MERCY’S STEAM Program Spring 2016!

General Topics: Architecture, Circuits, Design, Electronics, Engineering. Geometry, Physics Grade Level: 6-8   Over the course of 12 weeks (from April 6th through June 22nd), SPARKmakers led a “thinkering” workshop titled Designing Playful Structures, Simple Machines, and Electronic Gadgets at Mercy Neighborhood Ministry of Philadelphia and in partnership with the Internship Program from William Penn Charter School. …

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Motorized Car!

General Topics: Physics, Engineering, Mechanics, Simple Machines, Electric Energy, Circuits, Electronics, Basic Robotics Grade Level: 6-8 In this activity, we made battery powered remote controlled cars. Process: During the first session, we explained the concepts behind circuitry and how we were applying it, and started assembling the H-bridge circuit we would use to control the car. This required an extended …

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Making a Marble Ramp!

General Topics: Physics, Engineering, Simple Machines, Kinetic Energy, Architecture, Design, Geometry Grade Level: 6-8 In this activity we built marble ramps. This exercise teaches students how to plan a design and how to build it, and how gravity, acceleration and momentum affect objects. This is an exercise designed around creativity and problem solving. Process: The students are given …

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