Family Math Odyssey Part 2 – December 13, 2017

The second Family Participation Activity for the 2017-2018 year at Kids For Kids Academy’s Super Science Sleuths program was held on December 13th, 2017. Family Math Odyssey Part 2 found our families participating in the same activities that were presented during the first Family Math Odyssey in October. This time, Groups A and B went on a Measurement Playground Scavenger Hunt. Families used clues to find things on the playground to measure with tape measures. Groups C and D learned about angles and geometric shapes, working together with toothpicks and Play-Doh to construct different geometric structures.

A total of  55 students attended withe their families, representing 90% of our enrolled students.

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Family Math Odyssey Part 1 – October 18, 2017

The first Family Participation Activity for the 2017-2018 year at Kids For Kids Academy’s Super Science Sleuths program was held on October 18th, 2017. This event was held at pick up time, based on feedback from the advisory committee members and our families. We were thrilled to have a total of 57 children attend with their family members, equaling a total of 97% attendance. The event titled Family Math Odyssey Part 1 found our families participating in two different activities. Groups A and B learned about angles and geometric shapes. They worked together with toothpicks and Play-Doh to construct different shapes. Groups C and D went on a Measurement Playground Scavenger Hunt. Families used clues to find things on the playground to measure with tape measures.

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Bricks 4 Kidz Engineering Activity – July 28, 2017

The sixth Family Participation Activity for the 2016-2017 year at Kids For Kids Academy’s Super Science Sleuths program was held on July 28th, 2017. As a special treat, families participated in an engineering event using Legos to explore the concepts of buoyancy, Newton’s Laws of gravity, and momentum. Each family was given a kit and provided instructions to follow a plan and build either a sailboat, Ferris wheel, or swing boat.

A total of 46 children attended with their family members, equaling a total of 74% participation.

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Science and Literacy Integration – June 22, 2017

The fifth Family Participation Activity for the 2016-2017 year at Kids For Kids Academy’s Super Science Sleuths program was held on June 22nd, 2017. For this activity, students worked with families to learn about insects. Students were divided into four groups by grade level. A KWL activity was done first wherein families brainstormed everything they already know about insects. Parent volunteers were used as recorders as the PBL facilitates the discussion.

The book Monster Insects was read by the instructor while the families followed along in their own book. After the book was read, families added anything they learned to the KWL chart. Small groups worked together to brainstorm as many insects that they can think of. Each group presented their lists, adding any new insects called to their lists. Families took home their copy of the book Monster Insects.

Under the advice of the advisory committee, as well as parent feedback, this activity was held after programming on a weekday, as opposed to a Saturday morning. As a result, a total of 54 families attended, representing 87% of our enrolled students.

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Science and Literacy Integration – Saturday, April 22, 2017

The fourth Family Participation Activity for the 2016-2017 year at Kids For Kids Academy’s Super Science Sleuths program was held on April 22nd, 2017. During the activity, which integrated Science and Literacy, families gathered and learned about careers in science.  After the teacher introduced and read the first two chapters of the book Bindi’ Irwin’s Wild Life, families broke up into small groups and finished reading the story.  The book is an autobiography of Bindi Irwin, a child wildlife environmentalist who is following in her father’s footsteps.  Her dad Steve Irwin was a wildlife explorer who died after being impaled by a stingray while filming an educational special.  Following the story, groups brainstormed and made a web with all of the science related careers they could think of.  Families go to take home the book to create a home literacy connection.

A total of 50 families attended, representing 81% of our enrolled students.

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Building a Roller Coaster – February 11, 2017

The third of six Family Participation Activities for the 2016-2017 year at Kids For Kids Academy’s Super Science Sleuthsprogram, our Build a Roller Coaster event allowed families to work collaboratively to construct a roller coaster from foam tubing, tape and cardstock using and identifying the properties of physics.

Each group received two pieces of foam tubing 36 inches in length, masking tape, two marbles and three 8 1/2 X 11” pieces of cardstock. They were given instructions to build a roller coaster. The guidelines included the coaster had to contain one loop and the marble must reach the end without assistance. As the families started their building, some groups realized immediately that there needed to be a launching point higher than the rest of the coaster and they used the paper to extend the height of the foam. There were others who put the loop towards the beginning of the coaster in order to use momentum to allow the marble to complete the course. At the end of the allotted time, there were discussion nquestions regarding the effects of gravity, momentum and force on the marble during the coaster course. We discussed how force and motion allowed the marble to stay on the track even through the loop. Finally, we compared our coasters to the real ones at amusement parks. They too don’t require an engine to move them and the real coasters also start with a steep drop.

A total of 43 families attended, representing 69% of our enrolled students.

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