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ESSK Week Three, 2019

Digital Den with Stacey

This week in the Digital Den, our campers focused on creating and solving mysteries. On Minecraft Monday, campers created a mystery for their classmates to figure out. A few students created secret rooms with trap doors in Minecraft, while others created a maze for their friends to figure out. We even had some campers lock the clues to their mystery in a treasure box and when broken, the sleuth had to solve the crime based on the clues inside. Minecraft is the perfect tool for our creative campers to start their dynamic detective work. On Wednesday, we used the shark-tracker to see how scientists are using drones and tags to figure out where sharks are on the East Coast. We then used our own drones with cameras to see how real detectives use this resource to see hard-to-reach or dangerous areas. On Friday, our campers practiced programming secret codes to one another in the Raspberry Pi. Next week, we will be coding escape the room experiences in Tynker and Scratch! 
If your child would like to continue their Digital Den experience at home, check out our ESSK Blog!

Dash Robotics with Renee

Wow!!! Can’t believe we have finished our third week. The campers launched Dash into investigating our surroundings. We went outside of the classroom and explored with Dash the robot. Our older groups love Harry Potter so we had a scavenger hunts in search of the seven Horcruxes. The campers have enjoyed getting to know one another and working together to find different items by incorporating their investigative skills.

SnappyXO Robotics with Matt

This week at the Robotics 2 Lab we’ve been playing some fun games on the computer and the campers have made some fun games themselves.
While our newcomers were introduced to SnappyXO with building catapults. Our veterans worked on designing and coding some “Escape the Rooms”, as well as other fun games of their choice.
Our Robotics Lab has been busy creating some fun games on their computers as well as playing with them. They have continued developing their design skills as well as add to the building of their SnappyXO projects.

Engineering with Arthur

Engineering kicked off with a mystery! Inspired by the Fish Hatchery trip, the campers were presented with a scenario where they had to figure out how to get a school of fish back home that were displaced by a blocked off river path! The twist? The dam couldn’t be removed without flooding the lake!
Once presented with the evidence, the campers had to work in teams to build out possible solutions with some guiding questions to aid them, and some were outright fantastic! One group even managed to build a primitive version of the Lock found in Lake Erie! 

 

Science with Tina

I hope you are finding ways to stay cool in the heat! A big welcome to all our new camp friends and welcome back to many familiar faces. This week we have begun preparing the hydroponic garden so that we can plant the nursery plants in it. The campers are learning how the water is recycled to reuse continuously and how it mimics the water cycle. They are learning about the pH levels of water and how it can affect a plants growth. Our outside gardens are doing well. We planted succulents in our outdoor vertical garden. The children learned how succulents differ from other plants and why using them in these particular gardens might be beneficial. We harvested our peas and will plant some cucumbers in that garden. We also have a bunch of baby tomatoes – yum! The campers can’t wait to eat them! Our parsley plants attracted many friends and the campers have enjoyed watching our caterpillars eat their way through the parsley and have found many chrysalises. This block we are investigating the Science of Forensics. The campers started the block by learning how to dust for fingerprints. We put lotion on our hands and left some hand prints around the classroom. We then went back and dusted them with powder and put tape over them to lift them. We made our very own print samples and later used those samples to solve the mystery of the missing meal worms. The campers also were able to identify which of our reptile friends was shedding by using the power of observation and guided inquiry. Looking ahead we will investigate how different materials absorb liquids and try to figure our who left the lovely message for the classes using chromatography.  

Artistic Design with Lori

In this session of Artistic Design it is all about our identity. Who we are and what makes each one of us unique. We talked about all of our likes and dislikes. What we are interested in, our favorite colors, favorite foods, activities and sports. 
Each camper then went to work creating a beautiful picture using their name. Each picture is unique just like the artist who created it. The pictures came out amazing and they can’t wait to share them with you!

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