Funschooling News #15 STEM Edition

Hi! Welcome to Funschooling News STEM Edition!


Are you looking for some inexpensive, family-friendly activities that will help make your week a little more fun and interesting? This week’s learning activities include projects that put those old CD’s to good use.

If you missed the first part of this week’s newsletter that features activities off Still Learning Something New’s September/October Special Days Calendar, you can link to it here. You’ll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 


CD Hover Craft


Play with air power!  

What You’ll Need:
 An old CD, hot glue or super glue, a pop-top water bottle cap that covers the hole in the CD, and a large balloon


CD Science Experiments

Here are some more experiments you can do with old CDs. I hope you enjoy them!

Make Rubber Band Powered Car With Recycle CD Disc – DIY Kids Projects


 
School Science Projects Electric Generator

Free Energy Device with Magnet 100% Free Energy – New



Sacred Geometry

Use and old CD to do math as well!
Here’s a video that features a cultural drawing.

Flower of Life : How to Draw One Using a CD/DVD or Compass

Think of some other fun things you can draw using a old CD!
Here’s another activity that can be done with circles.

https://www.franw.com/2011/08/circle.html

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Tangle & Zentangle Art


Art and meditation can take on many forms and Zentangle patterns combine both of these awesome things in a creative way. 

If this idea has piqued your interest, there are a few rules you’ll need to know before you begin drawing with dots, lines, curves, S-curves, and orbs, and the sites offered below will help you gain an understanding of how to use them to create Zentangle art. 


You’ll find some videos at the bottom of this post that offer instructions on how to make these designs as well.


Note: Please feel free to play with the concept of only using dots, lines, curves, S-curves and orbs to make art as well. Consider it a challenge to only use those things in a drawing!

To start creating, you will need: Paper, a pencil, a fine-tipped pen, and an ultra fine-tipped pen

You will also need: A ruler and scissors to cut paper into 3.5″ squares or tiles.

Sites to learn from…


Zentangle – Learn how to get started with this meditative art from the people who designed it.


IAMBORED: 30+ Easy Zentangle Patterns to Give You Great Ideas For Your Own Zentangle Art – Answers the question: What is Zentangle? and offers some interesting pattern ideas.


Craft Whack: Inspired by Zentangle Patterns and Starter Pages – Offers printable patterns and ideas for making the designs created a little more interesting.


wikiHow to Make a ZentangleExplains what a Zentangle is and the difference between a Zentangle and a doodle.


Renee Tougas: A Beginners Guide To Beginning Zentangle  – The author of this site shares her experience with Zentangle, as a beginner.


TanglePatterns: From the site: An index and graphic guide to the best Zentangle® patterns on the web and how to draw them. Also, What is a Zentangle? and why a pattern is not always a tangle.

Art For Kids & Robots: Totally Easy Zentangle – This site offers a couple of kid-friendly Zentangle activities.

Tim’s Printables: Circle Templates, Pentagon Template 3″, Triangle Template 3″, Kite Template 3″, Square Template 3″ Use the templates to design creative drawings within or on the outside of the template.

YouTube: Tangle & Zentangle Art Playlist – Includes videos for beginners and advanced designers and pattern ideas.

Here’s one of the videos in the list…


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Pentominoes

Pentominoes
Pentominoes are a tiling puzzle used in recreational mathematics. Each of the twelve (12) pieces are made with 5 equal squares that are meant to resemble the Latin alphabet. These pieces can be put together in thousands of ways in order to fill in a variety of areas in puzzle-like ways such as: 3×3, 4×4, 5×3, 3×20, etc..
Real-World Benefits
How these Pentominoes fit into the real world is not very puzzling at all! 
They can be used to calculate: Volume, surface area, and perimeter.
Use them to practice: Symmetry and tessellations.
They build: Spacial awareness, problem-solving skills, deductive reasoning, and creative thinking skills. They also offer an introduction to elementary number theory. 
Learning Resources
Below, you will find links for information about pentominoes, activities that can be done with them, puzzles that can be played online, puzzle pieces that can be made and printed, and instructions for making your own set.
What are Pentominoes?
Wikipedia: Pentomino – Offers an explanation of what pentominoes are, how they originated, and how they are used.

Andrews.edu: Pentominoes – Talks about the origins of the puzzle, benefits, and offers game ideas.

Universal Class: What are Pentominoes? – Explains what pentominoes are, their benefits in the world of geometry, how to use them, and games that can be played with them.

Activity Ideas

Math is Fun: Pentominoes – Shows the shapes used more clearly and offers a challenge as well.

Puzzler.Sourceforge: Pentominoes – Puzzle suggestions to try.


Print or Make Your Own Set

Worksheet Works.com – Pentominoes – Generate your own drawing pentomino puzzles to print out.

CutOutFoldup: Pentomino – Print out the pieces needed and follow the directions on how to use them.

Parents.com – 10 Stem Crafts for Kids – Scroll down for information on how to make your own set with wooden blocks.

Scholastic: Pentominoes – Colorful, printable pieces in a PDF format.

Play Online


Scholastic – Pentominoes Game– Play on line.

Transum.org: Pentominoes – Play a few puzzles on line.

Videos


YouTube: Pentominoes PlaylistVideos talk about the pieces and show how they are used. Here’s one of the informative videos in the list…

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Celebrate Pi Day

Wikipedia: Pi – This site offers a lot of information about PI, including:
Fundamentals, History, Modern quest for more digits, Uses and more. This site has information about Pi Day too.

WikiHow: How to Celebrate Pi Day – Offers 4 ways: Enjoy Pi-Themed Foods, Pi-Themed Ambiance, Throw a Pi-Themed Celebration, and Celebrate the Real Meaning of Pi Day.

Time & Date: Fun Holiday – Pi Day – This site offers information about Pi Day and other Pi related days.

Teach Pi: This site is dedicated to Pi Day and offers videos, book suggestions, news, and more.

Exploratorium: Pi Day: One of the 5 activities offered on this page, Cutting Pi, requires a circular object, string, scissors, and tape. The other activities listed require easy to find items as well.

Fran’s World of Discovery: The Circle – The circle is a fascinating and versatile shape. The activity in this post encourages fraction use.


Scientific American: Let’s Use Tau – It’s Easier Then Pi – Article

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Polyhedrons

What is a Polyhedron?

Math is Fun: Polyhedrons– Offers a brief explanation of polyhedrons and some examples.

Wolfram MathWorld: Polyhedron Explains what a polyhedron is and offers examples.

Wikipedia: Polyhedron – Explains what a polyhedron is, and offers visual examples.

Polyhedra Projects

George Hart: Classroom Polyhedra Activities: Offers a variety polyhedra construction projects.


Math Forum: Polyhedra in the Classroom – Site offers: Projects, visual models, animations, and more.

Math NYU: Gumdrop Polyhedra – Build polyhedra from simple items. Instructions in a PDF format.

NCTM: Illuminations: Geometric Solids – An interactive site about geometric solids.
Polyhedra  Investigations – This UK site allows visitors to interact with solid geometric objects and explains their parts.

Printable Activities

These sites offer free downloads, please use caution when downloading things off the internet. 

Fun Stuff To Do: Geometric Shapes To PrintShapes, Designs & Polyhedra To Cut, Color or Fold
Paper Models of Polyhedra – A free printable PDF file with lots of 3D geometrical figure.
Paper Models of Polyhedra – Printable 3D geometrical figures. To use site, click on the design, then scroll down to the link that will allow you to print the PDF located at the bottom of the picture.
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Heads-Up: Coin Flips and Tricks

For this activity, you will need a few coins, and paper and pencil

Heads or Tails: Before flipping a coin, decide if it will land heads or tails. Write down your prediction.

Roll a coin through your fingers: This is a great way to keep your fingers flexible! There’s an instructional video below.

Disappearing and reappearing coin tricks: A fun way to break the ice! Video instructions below.

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Ten Fun Projects You Can Do With Symmetry

Something is symmetrical when one half of an object is the mirror image of the other. If you need a little more information about symmetry, the site LINKS Learning has a visual explanation.

Here are some examples of symmetrical things: A triangle, face, butterfly, bugs, and many leaves, flowers and sea shells.

Activity Suggestions

Hunt for symmetrical things. Look for symmetrical objects in your home and outside. Take pictures or draw the things you find most interesting.


Take or find pictures of symmetrical things. Print or find a picture of something symmetrical and cut it in half so that both halves are mirrored, then tape or glue one half to a piece of drawing paper, and recreate the missing side with a crayon, colored pencils, or markers. Give the other side to a friend or family member and do the activity together.
Tip: A page or picture from a magazine will work well for this activity.

Make a symmetrical design. Draw or use paper cut-outs to make one side of a symmetrical design, then recreate the other side with a different medium such as: Paint, clay, pastels, colored pencils, etc..

Make symmetrical designs with pattern blocks. If you don’t have pattern blocks, then print out a set of your own using the resource below or cut out paper shapes from construction paper.  Make cool designs with the blocks or paper blocks. When you make one you really like, glue the design to a piece of paper or take a picture of it.

Paint someone’s face in a symmetrical way. A recipe for face paint can be found in the resource section below.

Move in a symmetrical way. Make up a dance, or some kind of moving pattern with your body where both sides do something the same way: first one side, then the other, or both at the same time. Set the movements to music.

Compose a symmetrical beat. Use an instrument, object, or your body to create a symmetrical beat. Below, you will find a video with an example of a symmetrical beat.

Build a symmetrical design with blocks or Legos. Use any building toy to create a symmetrical design.

Draw your own design on graph, grid, or dot paper. You will need coloring supplies for this activity. Printable pages can be found in resources.

Design your own symmetrical coloring page. The video, Symmetry Activity can be used to inspire this project.


Useful resources


Jessica’s Corner of Cyberspace: Free Printable Pattern Blocks

WikiHow: Make Your Own Face Paint

IncompetechPrintable Graph & Grid Paper (Dot paper too.)

Mathematical Music !! – Video



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Spirals

Wikipedia: Spirals – Spirals and helices, 2D spirals, 3D spirals, In nature, As a symbol, and In art.

Mathematische Basteleien: Spirals – What is a spiral? and types of spiral.

Wolfram MathWorld: Logarithmic Spirals – Equation offered.

Phi: 1.618: The Golden Number: Spirals and the Golden Ration – Article: Fibonacci numbers and Phi are related to spiral growth in nature.

Discover Magazine: Article: Why Is Our Universe Filled With Spirals?

Original Beauty: Spirals In Nature – Site offers a photo gallery of spirals found in nature.

15 Uncanny Examples of the Golden Ration in Nature – Site offers pictures and information about spirals and the Golden Ratio.

Fibonacci in Nature – Site talks about Nature’s Numbering system and offers picture examples.

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Geometric Designs

Cleave Books – A PDF file with geometric designs made from simple shapes.

Dearing Draws – Site offers tutorials, videos, and free downloads of geometric patterns.

Creative Bloq23 Glorious Geometric Patterns in Design – See what happens when shapes take center stage.

Design School: 50 Stunningly Beautiful Geometric Patterns In Graphic Design – Geometric patterns that have been used in designs.

Andy Sowards: 60+ Beautiful Examples of Geometric Designs – This site showcases 60 impressive geometry artworks and geometric designs.




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Fractals

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MIQEL: Naturally Occurring Fractals – Includes plants, rivers, galaxies, clouds, weather, population patterns, stocks, video feedback, crystal growth, etc..


WIRED: Earth’s Most Stunning Natural Fractal Patterns – Scroll through a gallery of fractals.

Mother Nature Network: 14 Amazing Fractals Found in Nature – Site offers a gallery with a brief description for each one.

Fractal Foundation: Inspiring Interest in Science, Math, & Art – Site offers fractal shows, pictures, videos, a section to explore fractals, and a blog with more information.

Wikipedia: Fractal – Explains what fractals are. Pictures available.

Kids Discover: Family Nature Walk – Patterns in Nature – Fractal Activities.

Creative Star Learning: Outdoor Maths: Fractals in Nature – Explains what fractals are and offers some outdoor activities.

Fractal Music – The research project offers an introduction to fractal music.

Solomons Music: The Fractal Nature of Music – Fractal-like structures that exist in music.

Plus Maths.org: Fractal Music – Listen to Dmitry Kormann’s fractal compositions.


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