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Summer 2010

  • WOW Lab science activity Outdoor rocket

    The Pop Bottle Rocket

    Members of the WOW Lab team put the outdoor pop bottle rocket to the test.

  • WOW Lab Science activity Cauldron Bubbles

    Cauldron Bubbles

    An amazing but simple way to learn about measurement, solutions, and density.

  • WOW Lab science activity Light bending Jell-O

    Light-bending Jell-O

    Jell-O is used to describe Snell's Law.

  • WOW Lab science activity The Weather Station

    The Weather Station

    Students learn about different kinds of weather by creating their own snow, clouds, and rain.

  • WOW Lab science activity - Rainbow flowers

    Rainbow Flowers

    The colours in black ink separate to make pretty flowers.

  • WOW Lab science activity Bubbles

    Bubbles

    Students make colourful bubble art.

  • WOW Lab science activity Buoyancy

    Buoyancy

    Why does the diet coke can float but the coke can sinks?

  • WOW Lab science activity Surface Area and kites

    Kites and Surface Area

    How many kites does it take to lift a person off the ground?

  • WOW Lab science activity Human Sundial

    The Human Sundial

    Using math to mark out a human sized sundial.

  • WOW Lab science activity Windfarm

    Windfarm

    This paper-and-pop-bottle windfarm can power an iPod!

  • WOW Lab science activity bubbles

    Bubbles

    A fun learning activity for any season.

  • WOW Lab science activity bubbles

    Bubbles

    Bouncing bubbles.

Collaboration and Outreach

After spending the past two summers developing exciting science activities the WOW Lab project was ready to fully incorporate the science activities into 3-D teaching technologies. In order to accomplish this task the WOW Lab team participated in many science public outreach activities and worked closely with local school boards. We hosted "WOWshops" for both elementary and secondary teachers and held a six week science residency at a Montreal elementary school. Our team presented 12 WOW Lab Blueprints during two "WOWshops" at the inaugural MaST MELS Science Symposium for Secondary Science Teachers.

A New Website

A website was developed by the WOW team for the disseminatation of the WOW Lab Blueprints.  The website format allows for the inclusion of animated teaching aids which provide visual tools for abstract topics.

A Completed Blueprint

There was of course the continued process of re-engineering the existing WOW Lab science activities and the creation of new projects.  One of the new projects went from conception to completion over the summer.  The Rainbow in a Bottle Blueprint completed all research stages after thorough testing from a couple of tough young scientists. 

Rainbow in a Bottle

  • WOW Lab Science Activity Rainbow in a Bottle

    Reading the Instructions

  • WOW Lab Science Activity Rainbow in a Bottle

    Following the instructions

  • WOW Lab Science Activity Rainbow in a Bottle

    Making the colours of the rainbow

  • WOW Lab Science Activity Rainbow in a Bottle

    All the colours of the rainbow

  • WOW Lab Science Activity Rainbow in a Bottle

    Pouring the rainbow into the bottle

  • WOW Lab Science Activity Rainbow in a Bottle

    Carfeully adding the next colour