Wind Turbines — Engineering the Future — Overview

Alternative energy topics are both popular and relatable with children. This versatile engineering module — containing both electrical and mechanical variants — focuses on wind turbine blade development, which provides an excellent platform for teaching concepts of experimental design. Subtle changes in blade configuration often yield dramatic results that excite the youngsters and encourage them to investigate further.

Hooke’s Law — It’s No Stretch!

Many balances familiar to students, such as bathroom or grocery store scales are examples of spring balances. Hooke’s Law defines the relationship between the force applied to a spring or other elastic material to the distance it stretches or compresses. In this module, students will set up and conduct experiments to test the validity of the relationship.

Storm the Castle

“Storm the Castle” is an exercise in engineering problem solving that’s loads of fun for children of all ages. Students take on the role of “besieging armies”, designing siege engines capable of launching “boulders” (ping pong balls) into the defending castle, earning points depending on where the balls land. They also design a device to retrieve containers of boulders from the “quarry”.

Paper Chromatography — The Colors Within

Paper chromatography is a technique for separating out components in a mixture, such as for testing the purity of compounds. In this module, Kidizen scientists will study the composition and separation behaviors of a variety marker types and colors. They will then employ this knowledge and their chromatography skills to identify the various mystery markers from their inks alone!