Children’s Blog

Stuffed Animal Sleepover - June

We had another eventful Stuffed Animal Sleepover this week! We thought Chester would be able to keep everyone in line...we were wrong (again)!

Making Frushi at Family Cooking Club

Last night we had another successful Family Cooking Club! This time the kids made their own fruit sushi (aka Frushi)!

The results were delicious!!

TouchTomorrow at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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"On Saturday, June 13, 2015 WPI will again transform its campus into a family-friendly festival of hands-on technology and exhibits in celebration of the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge."

Head, Shoulders, Knees,and Toes

Some of our patrons really enjoy our new "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" display:


Everyday Childhood Encouragement of Experimentation and STEM Discovery

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From Hackbright Academy:

Here are 6 things you can do right now to help your children become more resilient as future innovators and leaders.

April Workshop - Tilting Bird

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The focus of our workshop this month was the tilt sensor, also know as an accelerometer. We talked about how accelerometers use gravity to determine a change in orientation. Older smartphones used accelerometers to automatically change the orientation of the screen, depending on how it was held. The Nintendo Wii remote also uses this same technology for game control. 

Newer phones, like the iPhone 5 and 6, use gyroscopes--or more specifically, MEMS (Microelectromechanical systems) gyroscopes. These tiny gyroscopes (.02mm-1mm) are manufactured using a chemical etching process. I also demonstrated a classic mechanical gyroscope, showing how it balances on a string and how it resists a change in orientation.

We wrapped up the lecture part of the workshop with a short video showing how the inner ear helps us keep our own balance through three semicircular tubes filled with liquid.

The actual LEGO building part involved a model of a bird that made different noises when it was tilted. The sounds were triggered by a LEGO tilt sensor connected to the laptop.

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