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Friday, April 21, 2017
With our art teacher the Bumblebees and Ladybugs had an amazing experience at the Glass Museum. We got to watch glass art being created and see the artist herself at work in the hotshop. We saw the difference between transparent, translucent and opaque glass. We found out that once a month the glass museum chooses a piece of art made by a child and creates it out of glass. That inspired the artist in us! We stood inside a structure made of glass and learned that, regardless of the color it will be when it cools, all glass is orange when it is heated in the hot shop ovens. And we saw LOTS of Chihuly glass on display - probably our favorite part!
With our mentors we used craft sticks and clips to create STEAM structures. Some had height, some could move without coming apart, some had inertia and fell over like Dominos, some could balance on one clip and some required more. All were creative, experimental and successful!
Bumblebees and friends built paper airplanes made from two geometric shapes connected by a straw. It was a really windy day for flight but we made some great discoveries about lift, gravity, air flow and drag. We experimented with size, shape, weight and thrust. We flew indoors and outdoors, examining the effects of wind speed on flight (hint: it wasn't always conducive to better flight!)
We blew bubbles! We explored surface tension and viscosity, expansion and compression, the effect of internal and external air pressure and what makes a bubble pop! It turns out that if our hands or fingers or bubble blower or skewer were wet with bubble solution we could enter the bubble without popping it. Why? The soapy solution bonds with itself and preserves the bubble's integrity. But touch it to anything dry and ...POP