Coming up: Chain Reactions
Sunday, June 17th, 2018
TO REGISTER: Chain Reactions Extravaganza: A Family Event
More information here on my newsletter: NEWSLETTER Chain Reactions
Chain Reactions is a collaborative experience. You work mostly within your small group.
Independent of each other, each small group builds a contraption investigating cause and effect. Each “machine” consists of a sequence of events, commonly referred to as a Rube Goldbergmachine. It gets interesting when all the machines in the room are linked. Each machine sets off another’s group’s machine, culminating in a performance in which the whole room comes to life.
We will have two types of components in our chain reaction. One is simply physical (ramps, balls, blocks, etc); the other is electrical (batteries, lights, motors, sounds, etc.). Join us for some hard fun!
Learn about cause and effect in an inventive way. Explore electricity, motors, friction, gravity, circuitry, and acceleration. Observing ways objects relate to each other, designs are constructed and tested instantly. Common objects behave in surprising ways leading to unexpected experiments. Solutions and creative designs are sparked by each participant’s individual interests and ideas. Collaborative opportunities are available, too. Each table must trigger the next table’s contraption. The final collective “run” brings participants and groups together in a spirit of cooperation and celebration.
VT STEAMspace at Vermont Teddy Bear is a unique makerspace for kids where students can learn new skills through classes, and then make their own stuff with our tools during open studio time. VT STEAMspace is operated through the Champlain Valley MakerFaire, a 501 c3 nonprofit which encourages making and STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) throughout Vermont. Like our Facebook page Champlain Valley MakerFaire.
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