Eureka! Ingenious Inventions
Campers will explore the minds of great inventors as they use their methods to create their own paper phonograph, sail boat, stomp rocket and more! Spend your week with Thomas Edison, Leonardo da Vinci and the Wright Brothers as Mad Science takes you on a journey through time with some great minds leading the way!
Rock, Paper, Scissors!
Inventing means curiosity! Leonardo da Vinci started as an artist and developed many scientific observations that he recorded in his notebooks over the course of his lifetime. Children learn about his many discoveries and try their hand at his experiments, from writing notes backwards, measuring human proportions and building a self-supporting arch bridge to building catapults. The da Vinci-inspired creations they take home include a mysterious spinning stick, a simple harmonica and a model catapult!
Inventing means practicality! Inventions and patents to protect an invention were very popular in the late 1800s. Inventors Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla were locked in several battles over electrical inventions of their era. Children work together to form circuits and recreate Tesla's bright atmosphere for the 1893 World's Fair. They talk about sound and learn that anyone, a child, woman or man, can be an inventor.
Inventing means necessity! Archimedes and Benjamin Franklin both created devices to make their society function more smoothly. This day puts children on a deserted island in which they must work together to invent solutions to collect food and water and to build shelters. They also create messages in a bottle and learn how the ocean currents might carry them.
Think Fast!Inventing means cooperation! Orville and Wilbur Wright worked together to develop the first self-controlled mortorized flying machine. Their team efforts also lead to improved bicycle pedals, faster sleds and cool toys. Children review technological advances in flight and work together to produce improved paper plane designs. These flight fanatics go home with a squadron of paper airplanes for further test flights.
Science Fiction!Inventing means dreaming! Jules Verne and Isaac Asimov wrote about things that would be available in the future. These science fiction writers developed the reality of their current technology into future possibilities. The children develop submarines, follow a telecommunications timeline and develop a design for future transportation. They learn to decipher fact from fiction and play a future-based bingo game. The future inventors get a lesson on lasers and work on protecting a space ship from damaging space rays.