STEM is an acronym for academic disciplines Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The goal of the STEM community is to improve the way our students learn these important disciplines so the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leader and our students will be competitive in the global marketplace of the 21st century.
Our mission is to inspire kids to experience the world by providing exciting and interesting STEM project kits that can be used in a camp setting that will transform camp into an extraordinary classroom with endless possibilities. Here are a list of the STEM project kits we currently offer.
Slingshot (ages 9-12) – The modern slingshot is over 150 years old and almost a right of passage for a kid. But having them find tree branches or whittling a Y shape from wood is inconsistent and dangerous. Our kit provides quality and consistent materials for kids to create their own. Our STEM curriculum is a 3 page lesson plan that challenges students to create a better slingshot project by making it easier, safer and more fun. Students will truly understand the concept of leverage after bending an 18″ piece of metal 7 times to create their slingshot. They will experience how friction is a necessary force and also needs to be eliminated in different processes. They will understand why some material were used instead of others and will practice measuring using a protractor and calipers. Finally there is an important lesson on personal responsibility and how to use their slingshot safely. If they pass the “Mission Worksheet” they become a member of the Secret Society of Slingshot Makers and they get to keep their slingshot!
New for 2016!
Boomerang (ages 8 and up) – Ever wonder what makes a boomerang return? Gyroscopic precession is the phenomenon that makes a boomerang return. The wings are shaped as an airfoil that create an unbalanced aerodynamic forces that curves its path so that the boomerang travels in an elliptical path and returns to the thrower. Because the boomerang has significant angular momentum, gyroscopic effect causes the plane of rotation to tilt about an axis that is 90 degrees to the direction of flight, and this is what curves the flight in such a way that it will tend to return. Interesting fact, experiments have been conducted aboard Spacelab that prove boomerangs function in space at zero gravity the same as they do on earth.
The first question everyone asks about our boomerang is “Does it work?”. The short answer is “YES!”, however campers need to understand that throwing a boomerang is a skill that needs to learned, just like throwing a frisbee or a football. The lesson plan illustrates how and why the boomerang works. The most important lesson your students will learn is how to take the feedback their boomerangs provides and makes adjustments to their throwing technique to get their boomerang to work better.
Drawing Machine (ages 10 and up) – A harmonograph is a machine that employs pendulums to create a geometric or spirograph image such as the one to the right. Our “drawing machine” uses two pendulums, with 2-liter bottles of sand and water as weight, to control the movement of a pen on the drawing surface. There are almost an endless number of adjustments that students can make to the frequency and phase of the pendulums to create different patterns and different sized art. The project includes everything needed for students build their very own harmonograph with gimbals. We are partnering with the Colorado State University physics department to create the curriculum for this fascinating STEM project. With a projected cost of around $20 each student will be able to take one home with them.
KampKits.com is a proud member of the STEM Education Coalition.