ISEK Virtual Summer Camps 2020

ISEK Virtual Summer Camps 2020

Just because we can’t be together doesn’t mean we can’t work together to create and learn! This summer, we are bringing camp to your screen! Join us every week for our themed ISEK Virtual Summer Camps. You will follow along with a ISEK team member to complete a simple activity related to science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) with household items.

Week 1: Sports and Movement

Playing a sport is a great way to get up and get moving. Movement, which can also be called locomotion, is possible due to the skeleton and muscles that move our whole body. You can compare the human body to a machine. Both can be capable of producing movement to achieve a goal. The human skeletal and muscular systems allows humans to move and be active. Machines can be created to move or transport other objects. Did you know that all of this movement can be calculated and predicted using math and science? This week we will explore the movement of objects on earth and how they can be calculated!

    • Paper Airplanes

    • Learn how to create a paper airplane! We also explore the best airplane designs for certain goals.

    • Kicking It!

    • Dive into some introductory concepts on mass, gravity, forces and general physics!

    • Throwing Machines

    • Ever wanted to build a catapult? Well here’s your chance. Join us to create your very own throwing machine!

    • Math Dash!

    • Learn more about creating and taking measurements. You will even create your own unit of measurement to measure household items.

Week 2: Outdoor Activities

Exploring the outdoors can be educational, relaxing and educational! Sometimes we forget the importance of spending time in the great outdoors. Not only do the outdoors provide us ways to get out and be active but we can learn a lot from structures that naturally occur all around us. The term biomimetics refers to the idea of using structures found in nature to solve human problems. The study of nature has helped inventors create both small scale products like kites as well as large scale products like airplanes or boats. Can you think of any other structures in nature that look similar to manmade items?

    • Spider Webs

    • Get your spidey senses tingling! Spiders are natural born engineers, explore how they create their intricate webs and try it yourself!

    • Fly A Kite

    • Learn how to create your very own kite and explore concepts that relate to drag, lift and force!

    • Float A Boat

    • Ever wonder how massive boats can sail the worlds ocean? Today we will explore those concepts and build our own boats to transfer our precious cargo!

    • Have Fun!

    • Remember to be creative and have fun with these activities!

Week 3: Design & Mechanics

Engineers take a lot of time designing, testing and redesigning their inventions. This ensure that the machine or product does what it is made to do reliably. It doesn’t feel great to have all your hard work not pay off immediately but retrying and redesigning ensures that what you create is the best that it can be. This week we will be focusing on the engineering design process and failing forward!

    • Rube Goldberg

    • Learn how energy transfer from one object to the next causes a chain reaction!

    • Cardboard Arcade

    • Channel your inner game maker and grab a cardboard box to make your very own arcade game.

    • Have Fun!

    • Remember to be creative and have fun with these activities!

Week 4: Nature

We are taking it back outside this week! We are going to take a look at nature and all the amazing processes that occur all their own. While we all live on earth, earth looks different from one area to the next. Each region has it’s own unique environment and ecosystem. These regions can be grouped into biomes. A Biome is a ,”community of plants and animals that have common characteristics for the environment they exist in”. Take a second to think about all the different regions of the world. There are rainforests, savannas, tundra and more. The animals that live in these areas have adapted to live with the conditions and other lifeforms there. While not on earth, there is a whole other region of space above us called “space”. Space has it’s own interesting and intricate object in it that we will also explore this week.

    • Stargazing

    • Today we are going to look up into space. Did you know certain stars are placed into groups called “constellations”? How many can you spot?

    • Animal Habitats

    • Animals live in a variety of places. Each animal has a specific “habitat” that suits them the best and makes them healthy!

    • Be Creative

    • Try to think outside the box and come up with new solutions. Don’t be afraid to make something new and different.

    • Have Fun!

    • Remember to have fun with these activities! Invite friends, parents and others to join in!

Week 5: Science

Science can be used to explore all different aspects of our world. Scientific research gives scientist and engineers more knowledge and understanding of certain topics. This knowledge can then be applied to help innovate and improve current technology. Scientist have many ways of keeping this information organized or keeping procedures similar to get accurate data. These processes are often explained and visualized in flowcharts or other visual representations. Scientific research has fascinating findings like understanding and decoding DNA or aiding in thumbprint identification.

    • Flowcharts

    • Flowcharts are helpful ways to organize ideas, actions and methods. Some people use them to study, create programs or design new products.

    • Monster Genetics

    • Learn about genetics and DNA. DNA makes us and other organisms around us function and look the way that we do!

    • Thumbprints

    • Did you know that each of us have unique fingerprints? Due to this, we can identify a person using just one thumbprint.

    • Have Fun!

    • Remember to be creative and have fun with these activities!