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posted Nov 24, 2010, 4:31 PM by K Day   [ updated Dec 5, 2010, 2:08 PM ]
Unfortunately I didn't snap any pics this week :( It would have been a great week for it too! Imagine if you will a 2'x8' (yes feet) lever base, a 6'6" daddy on one end and 7 kiddo's on the other. The kiddo's loved the huge lever and conducted many experiments on it. Youngest child - Oldest child, Smallest child - Biggest child, and so on. In addition to the Mega Lever we had table top experiments, cross word puzzles, boards of nails (a hammer claw is a lever) and a coloring contest. The lesson really seemed to stick and the kiddo's had a lot of fun. 

The lesson material was comprised of bits and pieces of information but I want to especially mention COSI and MSI. COSI is the Columbus, Ohio's Center of Science and Industry. They have great lever activities online. You can also visit COSI and do life sized activities at their center. MSI is Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Lever experiment A is based on MSI's "Build a Lever" experiment. Although we didn't do everything exactly the way MSI does, the base idea was compliments of MSI. After the initial experiment the kiddo's began using a variety of things in their cups such as rocks, coins, paperclips, pencils, etc.  If you are looking for ideas I encourage you to check out their websites. THey are a wealth of information! 

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K Day,
Nov 24, 2010, 4:53 PM
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