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Summer 2010

The Pop Bottle Rocket

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

 

Cauldron Bubbles

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

Light-bending Jell-O

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

The Weather Station

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

Rainbow Flowers

The colours in black ink separate to make pretty flowers.

Bubbles

Students make colourful bubble art.

Buoyancy

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

Kites and Surface Area

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

The Human Sundial

Using math to mark out a human sized sundial.

Windfarm

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

Bubbles

A fun learning activity for any season.

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

Reading the Instructions

Following the instructions

Making the colours of the rainbow

All the colours of the rainbow

Pouring the rainbow into the bottle

Carfeully adding the next colour