Candy Catapults

candycatHow can you bring engineering to life for your kids? Well in our house it involves flying candy. This week is Engineering Week and I’m sharing a few easy and fun activities for you to try with the kiddos. But today is especially near and dear to my heart because it is Girl Day! has dedicated today to showing girls just how creative engineering can be and how engineering can change the world.

Inspired by this, I thought I would try out my creative side and show you this easy engineering activity on video!  So sit back, relax, grab your daughter, grab some popcorn, and enjoy!

(Note: My kids LOVE making candy catapults when marshmallows are involved so that is what I’m using as ammo in the video.)

Here is a summary:

What you’ll need:

7 craft sticks, 4 rubber bands, plastic spoon, candy to launch

How to do it:

1.Stack 5 craft sticks together and wrap a rubber band at each end

2.Stack 2 craft sticks and wrap a rubber band around one end

3.Slide bigger stack between smaller stack and secure it with a rubber band.

4.Insert spoon and add marshmallows to launch

What happens:

A catapult is a simple machine called a lever. Other examples of levers are scissors, see-saws, and fingernail clippers.

I hope you enjoyed the video and let me know what you think by leaving a comment down in the comments section.

Let me know if you are tempted to shoot candy across the room when the kids are in bed just for the fun of it!

Happy Girl Day 2016!

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Why am I starting this blog?

I am starting this blog to document a journey I want to have with my daughter Allie; an intentional conversation with her about how science touches every part of her life. I will be posting conversations, experiments, and videos to share how we experience science everyday. This is to to encourage her to keep asking questions about what makes the world tick. I hope she will fall in love with science like I did as a girl.

This blog will also be about telling her stories of women in science, from the ones who chose to retire and raise kids to those who have made amazing discoveries in their professional careers. She needs role models – we all do – our big sisters who encourage us and inspire us to be bigger than what we believe we can be. I have asked several friends of mine who are women scientists and engineers, to share their stories with us. These women did not have it easy and more than likely faced a lot of push back from people in their lives. This blog will be about showing her to follow her dreams, even if it is a road less traveled by women.

This journey is to keep her believing that as long as she works hard over time, she will have unlimited opportunities. This is also about inspiring and encouraging her. I never want someone else’s words to limit the potential of my daughter. Most importantly I don’t want her own words to limit her potential.

If you can imagine it – you can achieve it.

If you can dream it – you can become it.

This blog is for my mom because she showed me how to love science in her nurturing way.

This blog is for my daughter who has only just begun to understand what her full potential could be…

So… here we go!

 E is for Engineer

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