Follow us through the process of creating the new Hopeprint Tech Center, coming soon!
The brand new Hopeprint Tech Center was made possible by a generous $3500 grant from the The Gifford Foundation! We are so excited to add such a unique asset to a place very special to our hearts!
Stay tuned for updates as we continue our project!
Last Monday was our sadly our last day at Hopeprint for the semester. We brought a bunch of our biggest hits to close out the year with a bang, including Gak and Dry Ice! The best part was getting to spend some quality time with the awesome kids at Hopeprint that we've been so lucky to get to know over the past year!
There's good news however! SciExcite will be returning to Hopeprint this summer, specifically for Hopeprint Camp during the first week of August! Though we don't want to give away what we are doing yet, we can give you a hint! It involves lots of colors and t-shirts!!! We are so excited to be able to join some extraordinarily fun kids at Hopeprint again this summer!
Thanks Hopeprint, for an unforgettable year! <3
We had a super messy, but super fun day at Hopeprint today! Our many helpers helped to paper mache our awesome volcano that we built out of cardboard and tape a few weeks ago! All it takes to paper mache is newspaper, glue, and water! It's a super easy and fun way to build your own volcano. Next week, we hope to paint it, and hopefully the week after that, we will be able to make it erupt! We know the kids can't wait, because they couldn't stop asking if it was going to explode!
With our remaining time, we made some Gak, which went very well! Overall, it was a very smooth and crafty day at Hopeprint, and we can't wait for next week!
Students at Hopeprint last week got to experience the joy of building their own volcano, which they will be able to add finishing touches to with paper mache! We can't wait to see how it turns out! We also covered the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar that is going to cause their volcano to erupt! We know they are just as excited as we are to see the finished product.
Our favorite Hopeprint kids showed up last Monday for one of our most popular experiments, which we call the Pink/Clear Competition! Using an indicator called phenolphthalein, our two teams must compete to see who can turn the solution their designated color; either pink or clear!
We continued our lesson plan technique with the kids at Hopeprint this week and brought along one of our favorite experiments: Eggbert! The kids were so excited to see Eggbert get sucked into his house. This is a classic experiment that never gets old for us too! Sarah Robinson led the Hopeprint session while teaching the kids about the science of partial vacuums and changes in pressure!
Thanks to Joe Hughes for our lovely pictures this week!
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!
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!
The members of SciExcite had an amazing time teaching some amazing kids about the science behind dry ice on Monday! For those who don't already know, dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide, and it is much, MUCH colder than regular H2O. Dry ice can be found at a temperature of -109.3°F, and can actually burn you if you touch it. To avoid any injury, we made sure all the kids had gloves on while participating in the activities.
The kids at Hopeprint spent a good chunk of the time playing with our Boo Bubble machine. They were given the opportunity to hold bubbles filled with carbon dioxide, which was pretty awesome! We also demonstrated making a large bubble in a bowl, that burst and let the spooky carbon dioxide gas explode everywhere (no worries, this is perfectly safe!). Our final activity was filling a flask with dish soap, water, and dry ice. This causes a stream of bubbles to constantly flow out, and they're really fun to catch and play with!
The members of SciExcite had a fantastic time with the kids, and we are proud to say Dry Ice Day was a HUGE success!
SciExcite has been granted the amazing opportunity to bring activities to the kids at Hopeprint in Syracuse, New York! Hopeprint's goal to empower resettled refugee neighborhoods and help them thrive with culture and community is truly inspiring, and we absolutely love working with the kids. They never fail to make us smile!
Some members of SciExcite, including Alena Zhang and Ashley Shayya, have been volunteering at Hopeprint for a couple years, and have absolutely fallen in love with the community it forms.
SciExcite was able to bring its first activity to Hopeprint last Monday, and it was an incredible success. We hope to be there weekly! We are so glad that after supporting Hopeprint for so long, that we will be able to give back to a truly wonderful organization.