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18
September
2013

Preschool Outreach: Cycle of Seasons

During today's preschool outreach, Cycle of Seasons, children had the opportunity to take part in hands-on activities to discover about changes that may occur during the different seasons. Altogether we discussed what the word "seasons" means and how seasons never end; they keep going. As the seasons change from one to the next, we notice that the weather changes and that we may have to wear warmer or cooler clothes.

We explored the book, Sky Tree by Thomas Locker and Candace Chrristiansen, that illustrates and describes how a tree changes throughout the year as the seasons change. The tree's leaves change colors, fall off, and grow back. We furthered our exploration with leaves.

Preschool Outreach: Cycle of Seasons
03
September
2013

Simple Machines!

Last week, preschool-age children experimented with simple machines and construction. They learned about the different types of simple machines, such as pulleys, levers, and ramps.
Photo from pre-school workshop.
27
August
2013

Frogs for Toddlers!

Today, at a Frog themed Toddler Outreach in Powell, children had a blast exploring about frogs. They met two real African clawed frogs and used magnifying lenses to zoom in close to examine a frog's body. Children saw that the frogs had some of the same body parts that we do--hands and fingers, feet and toes, a head, and eyes. They noticed that the frog's eyes are very big and on the top of their heads. They enjoyed observing how the frogs would sit very still and then all of the sudden move their arms and legs to swim around their aquarium.

Frogs for Toddlers!
19
August
2013

Last Day of Maker Corps (For Hannah)

I can't believe it is already our last weekend of the Maker Corps program here at COSI! This weekend we are leaving all the project planning up to our guests! For instance today we did stitch! and all things sewing related were open! Nathaniel and I brought all of our fabric, thread, beads, buttons, batting, conductive thread, LEDs, batteries and much more down to our gadgets area. There guests could make anything they wanted, and I'll tell you what you guys get creative! There were flamingos, pillows, skirts, bows, vests, light up creatures, toys, just about anything that could be thought of was made!
Photo from last day of Maker Corps.
15
August
2013

Last Day of Maker Corps (For Leanna)

Today was a nice last maker day for me! We made light-up frisbees in the Big Kidlab. We took frisbees and used construction paper to design our custom frisbee, and I punched a hole on it where ever they requested for their LED. We talked about LEDs and electricity and circuits and switches. It was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed the project. I had the most adults that I've seen in there come to participate. About 17 kids and 5 adults. Some of these kids are really impressive with their age range and knowledge. A great end to a fun summer of making!
Photo of LED Frisbees in Maker Corps.
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