focuses on learning that is unstructured. Kids are given the freedom to tinker with tools like 3D printer (which is amazing!) and get their hands-on on mini projects relating to electricity. Furthermore, the maker space is Halloween themed. Well, he did had a fun time tinkering with different materials and creating many things related to Halloween. I have to say the learning opportunities within the short 2-3 hour session is boundless!
Tinkering with 3D Designing and Printing
Exploring Electricity and Tinkering with the Electricity Kit
Through this session, the kids understand what is a circuit. This is Jaden’s favourite, tinkering with snap circuits! He was making all kinds of cool things with motors, switches, light bulbs and batteries, simply by snapping the right pieces together. The facilitator was great in guiding the kids along, asking questions at the right time and answering the kids questions with no direct answers but more questions!
This is incredibly easy to use and totally safe. I think I need to get one set for the home!
After that, the kids moved on to lighting up a fairy lamp and decorating it. Clearly, he wasn’t so keen in this as he quickly went back to his snap circuits after completing this task, while the girls were more passionate in beautifying their lamps. That’s okay though, as we all know this maker space is meant to be a child-led session.
Spooky Balloon Inflation; Experimenting with Magical Potion and Powder
The kids became little chemist and explored what inflates the balloon. They learnt that the product of vinegar and baking soda is carbon dioxide, a gas present when we breathe out. The carbon dioxide inflates the balloon, that’s the magic! They also tried various ratios for the amount of “Special Powder” and “Potion” mixture. Jaden, being the cheeky one, did add a lot of baking powder for his experiment and his balloon almost exploded! Oh what fun!
Making a Stop Motion Animation Video
Jaden directed his very own stop motion movie using the StopMotion app. He learnt that stop motion is a way of animation which makes still objects look like they are moving. It works by shooting a single frame, moving the object a little bit, and capturing a frame again.
He used a cookie cutter to make a little halloween ghost figure from dough. Together with another plastic mini figurine, he created his first stop motion animation video!
I did a video on all our activities we did at Explorer Junior Maker Space Pop up. Thank you for inviting us to this great learning session!
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