Our first Space FACT or FICTION game!! Sit down if you think it's false and stand up if you think it's true.
Learning about rotation (turn/spin) and revolution (orbit/go around) with balls and pipe cleaners. We talked about how the rotation of the earth causes day/night (takes 24 hours) and that revolving around the sun takes 1 year or 365 days. We also discovered that the tilt of Earth on it's axis is what causes our seasons.
Revolving and Rotating around our 'sun'!! This activity helped us put into perspective day/night and year cycles. Now make sure you rotate 365 times before you get back to where you started!!!!!!
A rotation demonstration!!
We made our Earth rotate and revolve around the sun. We also saw that the moon revolves around us!!
A fun game of Space Junk!
Today we talked about planet Earth and some things that make it unique among the other planets in our solar system, so our craft today was a paper mache light up globe. We completed the base coat today and set them out to dry.
After learning about the surface of the Earth and it's atmosphere, a quick (and edible) lesson on the interior of the Earth was next. We were left wondering what the other planets might be made of.
We played a few games before heading home for the day.
DAY 2: The Moon
Some morning activities to get us thinking 'spacey'.
What would you bring to the moon? The campers worked in pairs to decide what was important. We then compared our list to one from NASA. I was thrilled with all of the great thinking going on... Water is number one because you can't survive without water. Matches won't be any good because fire needs oxygen. Maybe we could light a fire with the oxygen tanks. We wouldn't need a fire to be warm us if we were there in the daytime because it's super hot.
Moon FACT or FICTION
We watched our good friend Bill Nye talk about the moon, and then we discussed the composition of the moon, noting that it was very similar to the Earth. We thought about some theories on how the moon was formed (was it part of the Earth at one time??) We looked at pictures of the moon and saw that it had craters and determined that it was probably meteors or asteroids that made those big craters. We wondered why they don't hit the Earth....thank goodness for our atmosphere!!! Of course we had to test our theory about how the craters were formed!!
Indoor break this morning
Next up was craft time!! We added some of the flour from our previous activity to white paint and made it a bit 'lumpy'. We painted a moon and used various items (caps, cork, etc.) to design craters. They all turned out perfect!! Great work campers!!
On to moon phases where we learned that the moon doesn't give off it's own light, it reflects the light from our sun. Depending on where Earth and the moon are positioned in their revolutions through space, we will see "bright parts" of the moon's surface at different angles...aka moon phases.
We played a quick Moon Memory Game. This activity helped us learn a bit more about each other! I would bring my Xbox 360, I would bring my superman toy, I would bring my hairbrush...
An edible activity is always a hit!!
Time for some Moon Ball!!
And then we added the land and water to our Earth crafts from the previous day.
DAY 3: The Planets
We started out the day making planet booklets.
Planet FACT or FICTION time!
Then we got crafty and made some 'Ring Saturn' games.
Time for a little break.
Next up we had to figure out the order of the planets.
Now how will we remember that?? My Very Excited Mother Just Served Us Nachos? Maybe we can make up our own mnemonic!!! My Vulture Eats Mango Jelly Sandwiches Usually Never?!?
After that we headed outside to put our learning into action. The campers were challenged to line up in the correct order without talking. Too easy of a challenge for these campers!!
Time for a little fun and games!!
After break, the campers worked in groups to make videos for their chosen planet. One group made a game show about Saturn, another was about an astronaut staying at a hotel on Mars, and the third was a travel agent selling a trip to Venus! Since one of the campers used their name in the video I will not be posting them (privacy protection), but I must tell you that they were FABULOUS and very entertaining!!! Great job campers!!
We played a quick game of Astronauts and Aliens.
Then they made up some space themed chalk games to play before heading home.
DAY 4: Galaxy, Star, Meteor, Comet, and Asteroid Day
Today started with the campers drawing a picture of something they had learned thus far at camp.
After that we played Galaxy FACT or FICTION!
We took some time to talk about galaxies and tried to understand just how vast the universe truly is! Looking at photos of different galaxies inspired us to create some amazing galaxy mobiles.
A quick game of comet, meteor, asteroid FACT or FICTION.
Our good friend Bill Nye taught us a bit about comets and then for craft time we made some super fun comets!!!
Next up...Star FACT or FICTION!
After talking a bit about stars we played a game of Star Catchers.
We made some constellations. When you shine a light through them, it projects the constellation onto the wall!!
Then we finished up our Earth projects by poking holes for the light to shine through. We tested them in the dark and were thrilled with how they turned out!!!
DAY 5: Space Exploration
Getting started with some morning activities.
Time for Space Exploration FACT or FICTION.
We talked a bit about what it's like to be an astronaut, and some of the history of space exploration. Then it was time for a game!! We played Space Explorers vs The Solar System.
Time to build some rockets!!! These were AWESOME!!!!
The plan for the afternoon was a field trip to the park, however, mother nature was not cooperative. The campers were disappointed, but we made the best of it with a space movie and some popcorn. ...and a little dance party!!!
We finished off Space Camp with some space games developed by the campers themselves! We had a great week, and the campers were sad to go at the end of the day, having to say goodbye to their new friends!!