Last week at Hopeprint was a time for us to test out a new presentation style, that we hope we can implement in the future! Besides showing a bunch of amazing kids a good time, our mission when we started this organization was to teach some really cool concepts that will stick with them for a long time. In order to accomplish this, we recently decided to incorporate a lesson plan into our Hopeprint presentations, in which the kids present to our Hopeprint coordinator, Derek Tefft, at the end of the session!
We started this idea using our classic Disappearing Water "magic" trick, using polyacrylate. We were able to successfully teach kids about the word of the day, "absorption", as well as explain to them that polyacrylate was essentially millions of teeny tiny sponges grabbing onto as many water molecules as they can hold. The kids grasped it, and did an excellent job answering questions about the concept from Derek at the end! We are so excited to continue this method, as it is so satisfying to know these children are walking out of the door with new knowledge of the world around us! Overall, a huge success, and we can't wait to see how next week goes!
We finally had our first session at a new organization last Sunday, known as Outreach! Outreach is a non-profit program that offers service and help to resettling Muslim refugees. We met kids that traveled from many countries, including Yemen, Burma, and Somalia and it was truly an eye-opening experience for us. Many don't realize just how many refugees occupy Syracuse, and we are so glad that they are given the help they need from programs such as Hopeprint and Outreach!
We performed four exciting demos for one of our largest groups yet; around 40 young kids, and we could tell they were intrigued by every second of it. We love seeing that kids are actively raising their hands and trying to participate in any way they can! Those reactions are what tell us we are doing our jobs well, and there's nothing more satisfying. We showed off some new experiments, which we also plan to bring to Eagle Hill next week, including Elephant Toothpaste, Disappearing Water, Pink vs. Clear, and Eggbert! Want to know what these are? Make it a plan to see us at our upcoming events!
We really hope we can come back to Outreach as soon as possible, it was an amazing time for everyone involved! A huge thank you to Sister Tanveer for being so enthusiastic about our program, and to Hebba Ahmad for getting us to Outreach in the first place!
Last Friday was our first time at Eastern Hills, where we entertained kids with the magical science behind dry ice! Ashley Shayya, Sarah Robinson, Siddhi Nadkarni, and Sarah Vollero had a blast teaching our eager scientists about states and changes of matter, while letting them handle the dry ice with gloves!
We repeated many of the activities we did at Hopeprint a few weeks back, while incorporating new ones, such as letting a piece of dry ice fill up a balloon, and touching a quarter to some dry ice to hear the buzzing sound caused by the vibrating molecules inside!
These kids were a blast to work with, and we can tell each and every one of them enjoyed every second of the science we brought. We even had one boy making sure his mom wrote down all the experiments and where we purchased our supplies from, just so that he could try all the activities out at home! Another girl we worked with actually designed her own experiment, and suggested we add warm water to one of the balloons to see if it would cause the balloon to fill up faster! These experiences are the reason we do what we do! We absolutely love getting kids as excited about science as we are, and we hope to go back soon!
Last Tuesday was an incredibly entertaining day for four of our SciExcite members, including: Sarah Robinson, Ashley Shayya, Sarah Vollero, and Isha Fazili! We were very excited to be working with a small crowd of 4 young scientists! While we do believe the more the merrier, we absolutely love being able to work one on one with the kids; it's really satisfying to be able to connect with the kids through exciting science activities!
Because March is Green month, we saw it extremely fitting to learn a little bit about plants! We instructed the four young scientists how to build a terrarium, and in the end, they were privileged enough to donate their hard work to the Manlius Library, along with their frog friend, who was named Mr. Funny.
There was even an exciting take-home experiment this week! We sent each scientist home with a baggy consisting of a wet paper towel and a lima bean, and asked them to make a hypothesis about what they think will happen! They predicted the bean will start to grow! I guess we will just have to wait and see...
Although infrequent, Mad Scientists is one of our favorite events because we are able to hang out with some really cool kids that are growing up in the same elementary schools that we did. We always love some nostalgia!
It's been a little while since our last update, so let's get you up to speed with our latest activities at Hopeprint, which have been a huge success!
A couple weeks ago, we had an extremely exciting time demonstrating some experiments with light and color! Some of our activities included fun with Gloworms and gorgeous light prisms!
Our most recent activity involved balloons, which got all the kids very excited! I mean, who doesn't love balloons, right? Our scientists spent the time demonstrating the effects of static electricity by rubbing balloons all over our heads and making our hair stand on end; we got a good laugh out of the kids, even though we looked like crazy people!
These young students can now perform crazy party tricks, such as bending water with a balloon, or making tissues stand up on their own! We hope these kids share what they learned with their friends!