Solar Grasshoppers and Robogirls

June 30, 2008

Things are sure heating up as we head into week 5 of Xplorations Summer Science Adventures, otherwise known as summer camp, here at the Musuem.  It’s so exciting to have the energy of over 400 kids a day buzzing around you.  It’s awesome to see their creativity and excitement as they delve into their science projects.

I got jazzed when I read about the robotic grasshopper in “Science Friday” last week.  It just so happens that some of the campers at the Museum make a grasshopper “robot” of sorts in our Roving Robots camp for 6 and 7 year olds.  Our tiny “robot” works on solar power and he never stops shaking!  Check out the video.

This is just one of the many projects they make in their fun filled week at camp.  They also build circuits, experiment with gears and motors, and even program a special robot that looks like a bee!

Speaking of robots, check out the cool robo-girls in the next video.  The Museum loves its science girls.  They have programed their NXT Mindstorms robot to do all sorts of cool things.
In this video they are testing their robot to see if it can follow a thick black line using a light sensor.  They will then go back and make corrections to the program and try again.  I love seeing more and more girls sign up for our robotics and engineering classes.  We have to give those boys a run for their money!

Check back to see more exciting stuff that goes on at camp.  There is never a dull moment here!  I would also love to hear ideas for new and super cool summer camps.  Give me your 2 cents.  What should our next summer camp topic be?

Authored By Kat Havens

Kat has been both the spokesperson for the CSI: The Experience exhibit and project manager for the Imperial Rome exhibit and has a love of all things historical and cultural. She is responsible for the Xplorations summer camp program, coordinating weekday labs during the school year, writing department curriculum and presenting at teacher trainings. Kat has worked at the Museum since 1996.

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