Science Crew newsletter - Children`s Museum of Science and

Volume 1, Issue 1
Dear Parents,
Thank you for your
support and your child’s
participation in the
CNSE CMOST Science
Crew After School
Program. We hope your
child found this
experience rewarding
and learned valuable
information and skills
they can use as they
continue their
education. Furthermore, we hope their
love of science and
discovery has been
heightened, along with
their sense of wonder
and imagination.
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CNSE CMOST Science Crew News
Nanotechnology:
Nano-sized Mysteries, Surfaces, & DNA!
What is Nano?
A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. We
explored size and
scale as we learned
about the unique properties of nano particles. Did you know that
gold actually turns red
when its particles become smaller?
-The CNSE CMOST
Science Crew Educators
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Smaller is More!
Did you know that as
particles become smaller their surface area
and therefore their reactivity increases? Try
this to explore surface
area at home: http://
pbskids.org/
dragonflytv/show/
surfacearea.html
Nano Mysteries!
How do scientists
study things that
are too small to
see? They use
special tools like scanning probe microscopes.
We practiced identifying
objects hidden in play
dough using toothpick
probes, and identified
mystery objects using
only touch: http://
www.nisenet.org/catalog/
programs/
exploring_tools__mystery_shapes_nanoda
ys_2013
Visit our museum and
explore, discover, and
imagine the exciting
world of science!
Love You Water–
Love You Not!
In this lesson we
learned which about
hydrophobic and hydrophilic nanosurfaces. We tested
fabrics and sand to
learn why some do not
get wet!
Human Code DNA
Nano sized structures
affect us in big ways.
Just think about DNA,
the molecule that shapes
us. We had a blast
building double helix
structures out of candy
and looking at some of
our inherited traits.
CNSE CMOST Science Crew News
Magnetism & Electricity
Magnetic Races, Conductors & Insulators, Squishy Circuits, & Electromagnetism!
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Magnetism!
What is it? Why it’s the science behind magnetic attraction and repulsion, of
course. Students also explored permanent, temporary, and non-magnetic materials. Many metals are
temporary magnets, meaning they can become magnetic when in contact with
permanent magnets. Try it at
home: http://
www.stevespanglerscience.c
om/lab/experiments/
balancing-hex-nut-challenge
Science Crew students are electrical engineers!
We explored the properties of conductive and insulating materials. Students built simple circuits
to test conductivity. They learned the importantance of a complete, unbroken circuit. Then, they
created their own conductive slime and used it to
transfer electricity to an LED!
Help us instill
wonder in young
minds. Become a
member!
Did You Know
that CNSE CMOST
runs Vacation Camps
for kids ages 5-11?
Each day has a
science theme and is
packed with experiments, projects, crafts
& games! Learn more
about our camps
online at:
www.cmost.org
How are magnets used in technology? We
modeled high speed MagLev trains and constructed our own Magnetic racing tracks. Science Crew students applied their knowledge of
Magnetic attraction and repulsion to power
their cars.
Complex circuits
Sure, they’re complex,
but we figured them out.
Science Crew students
learned the differences
between series and parallel circuits and applied
this knowledge to create
their own electric sculptures! Find the recipe to
make your own: http://
courseweb.stthomas.edu/
apthomas/
SquishyCircuits/
index.htm
Thank you to GE
for their generous support of
the CNSE CMOST
Science Crew at
five sites
throughout Saratoga and Schenectady counties
for the 2014-2015
academic year.
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