Today we built our very own buzz bots using a toothbrush head, coin vibration motor, and coin cell battery. Along the way we explored electric circuits and prototyping to arrive at our own unique designs and figure out how to improve the bots' sense of direction, speed, and overall bling.
Then we continued flexing our prototyping muscles (and taste buds) with a gingerbread building contest. A delicious, messy, creative challenge!
Today we got to meet Lynn Riemer, an experienced forensic chemist, illicit drug expert, community advocate and prior member of the North Metro Drug Task Force in Colorado. We learned all about her extraordinary experiences in the field, and the major role chemistry plays in solving crimes.
We also got to experiment in our own version of a crime lab, observing reactions between commonly known powders and various solutions. We were then able to use these observations to correctly identify an unknown substance! [download activity]
This month we met two awesome ladies from HawkQuest who brought us an interactive lecture featuring FOUR living birds of prey:
Great Horned Owl
Peregrine Falcon (fastest animal in the world)
Bald Eagle (top predator in the world, not counting humans)