inspiration and imagination

Coding with LEGO
Coding with LEGO

Did you know that you can use regular LEGO to practice coding? Check out this coded maze challenge from Research Parent!

Once you understand the basics, you can start asking questions like: How can I do this with fewer steps? Can I automate a decision?

Meet Sphero
Meet Sphero!

Miss Laura is sharing our favourite robotic ball: Sphero! Sphero can be programmed using a tablet to do all kinds of tricks! Race and roll, flash and flip, all while learning how to code! On the Sphero website, there are challenges and lessons that are organized by grade level and by topic! Check it out!

Slime Time with Laura
Slime Time with Laura

Time for a chemistry lesson with Miss Laura! Today we’re learning about polymers, viscosity, and molecules, all while making: SLIME!  You’ll need glue, baking soda, and contact solution for this experiment, and of course a space where you can get a little bit messy!

Helping Harry STEAM Challenge
Helping Harry STEAM Challenge

Helping Harry is an accessible STEAM challenge for engineers of all ages! Harry needs a safer place to perch, how high off the ground can you get this little puff with just a few materials? You can only use… 8 pipecleaners, 1 piece of tinfoil, 2 small pieces of cardstock, 2 cupcake liners, and 1 arm’s length of masking tape! Good luck!

Precoding with Patterning
Pre-Coding with Patterning

If you want to understand coding, you first need to understand patterning, so join Miss Laura this week for a precoding, patterning activity! What kind of patterns will you create?

Oobleck
Oobleck

Ever heard of a “Non Newtonian Fluid?” What about OOBLECK? Get messy with Miss Laura today as she mixes cornstarch and water to create some awesome slime. Check out what happens as you move your hand slowly through the mixture. Then, what happens when you move your hand quickly through it?

The Umbrella STEAM Challenge
The Umbrella STEAM Challenge

Put on your engineering hats, it’s time to get inventive! Can you create an umbrella for a toy using materials found around your house? Remember, in STEAM activities, there is never just ONE right answer!

https://youtu.be/2mq327tjrfU
Walking Water
Walking Water

Have you ever see walking water?! Grab some food colouring, water, glasses, and paper towels and join Miss Laura as we discover some colourful capillary action! If you want more experiment inspiration, check out The STEM Laboratory!

Constellations
Constellations

Star light, star bright, what are the stars you’ll see tonight? As the sunsets sooner, it’s a great time to do some star gazing! What constellations can you see in the night sky? Create your own starry skies with Miss Laura this week!

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Telling Tales Festival

Connect with your favourite stories in new ways, learn from the best children’s authors, and ignite your imagination with the Telling Tales Festival! Check out their book lists, activity lists, and great videos from some fantastic Canadian talent. Find it all here: https://tellingtales.org