The Maker Faire in San Mateo is the world’s largest do-it-yourself event, and the Explorabox crew was there in full force! We were able to demonstrate our electricity and magnetism activities including the floating pencil, electric motor, and iron filing dishes.
Of course our main attraction was the real-life angry birds game! Kids were able to physically shoot stuffed angry bird characters at a target that they arranged. By recording the slingshot angle and strength, our visitors could get a sense of projectile motion. That combined with the satisfaction and cheers of knocking over the target made us the “Best booth ever!!!” to quote on of our visitors… 🙂
Our booth won an education award from the fair, which is encouraging for our volunteers. We will continue to work hard to get our first Explorabox kits out and available for children to use and play with!
A special Shared Adventures Day was held for children with disabilities at Watsonville Airport and we were grateful to have attended. An estimated 1,500 people to the airport to enjoy the day, check out the airplanes, and visit various booths. We were there and were one of the busiest booths! Many, many kids and parents came to check out the various science demonstrations (from our exploraboxes) and Keith’s puzzle.
We also had an angry birds game, which ended up being a huge success. We basically built a sling-shot to shoot plush angry birds at a target structure. The kids recorded their shooting angle and force (using a poster) and marked whether they hit or missed the target.
We will be refining this game for the maker faire and collect more data! Using this information we can describe the physics of the angry birds slingshot, which will be explained in our next blog entry.
Hope to see many of our followers, friends, and family at the Maker Faire (May 21-22)!
Thanks for everyone who visited our hands-on booth at the 2010 Take Flight for Kids event, at the San Jose Reid/Hillview Airport on Saturday! We enjoyed meeting you all and had a great time sharing our Explorabox activities with you. It is rewarding to see so many young people and their families get excited about science. A big thanks to our volunteers for making the day a big success!
More pictures from the event are located at our Flikr page. Click here to see them!