Thursday, June 26, 2014

June 25, 2014--The Science Dude and Gravity Science

The summer reading program was definitely on a scientific roll this week as the Rockin' Robots heard Mr. Ross Dinwiddie, CCHS science instructor, show a number of fun and unusual science experiments.  Some were "explosive"....not really!  And some were really smelly....really!  Their session ended with teams using toothpicks and marshmallows to create molecular sculptures.
The Cosmic Catz learned all about gravity.  Mrs. Barb Johansen and Mrs. Genene Bowen, retired elementary teachers, showed us all they know how to reach the kids!  They listened to the story Cosmos Zooms, then they went to different stations and learned about how things fall, what things roll and why things roll, and they raced their silly monster vehicles down a ramp and tried to figure out which ones would go fastest.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Our Robotics Engineers Show Off their Creations

These boys and girls learned a great deal about robotics during the two-day workshop.  Special thanks to Tammy Stuhr, Education Director for the Merrick Extension Office, for a great job!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Robotics Workshops @ the Library July 19-20, 2014

The workshops, taught by Tammy Stuhr, Extension Educator, will teach the 27 enrollees how to put together a robot and how to program it with the special software we have at the library.  The robots will be programmed to do specific tasks and can be developed as a 4-H project. The project was made possible by a Children's Grant for Excellence through the Nebraska Library Commission.  Follow their progress through the first day with the photos below.

By the end of the first day, robots were assembled and were programmed to do simple commands like turning corners.  What is in store for tomorrow?


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June 18 - Eco-Bots and Water Science!

Kids ages 7-12 learned about robots and worked in teams to create a mini-robot that was designed to clean up an oil spill.  This ECO-BOT 4-H project can be finalized and entered in the  county fair as a 4-H project.  Contact the County Extension office for details. Extension.  Educator Tammy Stuhr lead the group in creating their robots.

The younger group learned about water.  They learned about things that sink or float,  what things absorb water, and what things dissolve in water.  We talked about the water cycle and how water is important in our lives. After talking about different swimming strokes, we did them to the song "I Like to Swim."  We also read the book Tuck Learns to Swim.  After we did the indoor activities, we went outside to do some "fishing" with magnetic fish, tried to make some gigantic bubbles, and played "Oil, Oil, Water,"  (a variation of Duck, Duck, Goose.")