Thursday, November 1, 2018

STEAM - Glow in the dark Goo!


 Last time at STEAM...

  Glow in the Dark Goo

The Science Behind Why Things Glow in the Dark
For something to glow in the dark, it requires chemicals that store energy when exposed to light. These substances are called phosphors which radiate light after being “energized” or exposed to light. Once you expose them to light, they slowly release this energy in small amounts of light which causes the objects to glow in the dark.

Borax and Glue Glow in the Dark Slime, glue, borax, fluorescent dye 

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 4 ounces clear non-toxic liquid glue (you can use white glue, but the slime will be opaque)
  • 3 tablespoons glow in the dark craft paint (or 1 teaspoon glow powder)
  • 2 teaspoons borax (sodium tetraborate or sodium borate, not boric acid)
1.    Stir the glue and 1/2 cup of the warm water together until the mixture is uniform.
2.  Add the glow paint (or whatever glow product you’re using) to the glue mixture. 
3.   In a separate container, dissolve the 2 teaspoons borax in 1/2 cup warm water. It’s fine if it doesn’t all dissolve. 
4.   Stir the borax solution into the glue mixture. Use your hands or a spoon to mix the ingredients together to make the glowing slime. You may have excess liquid, which you can discard. 
5.   Glow products store light and release it slowly, so expose the slime to sunlight or bright lights to see it glow in the dark. Store the slime in a sealed container when you’re not using it to make it last up to a couple of weeks.
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Monday, October 22, 2018

STEAM - Minute to Win it

What a blast!
Last time in STEAM we had a challenge of 
Minute to Win it FUN!

Join us October 29th for
Glow in the Dark Goo! 

 Marshmallow Toss
Students partner up and stand across from each other, about 2-4 feet apart.
One person has a handful of marshmallows and the other has a small paper cup. Students have one minute to toss as many marshmallows into the cup as possible.

 One-Handed Bracelets
One minute to thread as many fruit loops onto a pipe cleaner as possible. And then–here’s the clincher–the player has to make that pipe cleaner into a bracelet. Using one hand.  So funny!

Kix Chopstick Race

Players work individually to move as many Kix cereal pieces from a central bowl into their own plastic cups, using only a pair of chopsticks.  Easy?  Think again...

 Stack Attack
Players have 1 minute to completely stack and unstack 21 cups into a pyramid as many times as possible. So fun!

 Sticky Balls
Players blow through straws to roll marbles from one side of the table to the other, trying to get as many as possible to stick on double sided tape.

 Bucket Pong
Standing at one end of a long table, try to bounce as many as possible ping-pong balls into the bucket.


 Dead Weight 
   Three balloons per person
      Cocoa Pebbles Cereal or other (I used rice)
To setup the game, place a 1/4 cup of Cocoa Pebbles Cereal in each of the balloons then blow them up. If you’ve never put things into balloons before, I recommend doing it with a friend. Have them hold the balloon opening up, while you pour the Cocoa Pebbles Cereal inside.
This is one of my favorite games to watch because people think it’s going to be so easy. The goal of the game is either to keep all three balloons up in the air for one minute or to keep the balloons up in the air longer than everyone else playing (however you decide to play it). The fun twist for dead weight is that the Cocoa Pebbles Cereal in the balloons will make the balloons both fall down faster and fall in different directions than a normal balloon might. Have a large enough space for the entire group to do this at the same time or splitting your group up and timing them to see how long they can keep them up.