|Rocket Blast Off|
An outdoor crowd pleaser was air rockets. The rockets, constructed from magazine paper, glue, and tape, were placed on a simple PVC piped stand with an empty soda bottle on the end. Kids were then invited to stomp on the bottle which produced the air to propel the rocket. Not only did the kids enjoy the rocket taking flight, but there was a group gathered to try and catch them.
|The Match Game|
|Bread Board Building|
And that was only a small sample of all the activities taking place outside! Inside the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School gymnasium located next to the library, many companies, high schools, and colleges hosted booths to demonstrate their robots such as a robot that hurled frisbees and a Harvesting Robot that could move plants. Other robots explained new surgery or oceanography techniques. It was great to see kids so excited about science. One booth was explaining how someday 3D printers will be able to use the environment to create entire colonies on Mars before we even got there. Everyone's eyes went wide. It sounded like something out of a science fiction novel. Another great maker space activity came from The MIT Society of Women Engineers who hosted a drawbot building event where kids were invited to make a robot made from a simple motor, cup, and markers that draws through vibration to make beautiful art projects. Stay tuned for my next write-up which will highlight my visit to the Artisan's Asylum in Somerville on Sunday.