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. Newsletter Date 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 Connect with us! 518.235.2120 [email protected] www.cmost.org 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! 1 Free Child Admission Must be accompanied by a supervising adult CNSE CMOST 250 Jordan Road Troy, NY 12180 (518) 235-2120 www.cmost.org Expires June 30, 2015 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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