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Sometimes, to get kids interested in science, you have to ask the right questions. One of these is: “Hey … would this float?”
When you experiment with liquids and helium, kids learn surprising lessons about weight, buoyancy and density. Hopefully, these are lessons that will stick when it comes time to study these subjects in science class.
Why do things float?
Before you get your home “float lab” off the ground, start with an empty beverage bottle, cap tightly fastened. If you push that empty bottle to the bottom of a bin of water, up it pops. What that tells us is air is lighter than water. This can also be a useful aid in explaining why a helium balloon floats: The gas is lighter than the air we breathe, so when we confine it in a balloon, up it rises.
Float some of these fun experiments
* Grab some favorite LEGO Bricks and a helium balloon (or several, if you’re coming off a special event). Build a small structure and attach it to the balloon. Do you have liftoff? If so, keep adding bricks until it anchors the balloon in place. How many bricks did it take?
* Borrow a page from late-night TV and test small objects from around the house: coins, feathers, pebbles, marbles, small figurines, paper. Before they’re dropped in the container of water, have them predict which are the floaters and which are the sinkers — and why.
* Take the float test up a notch and play with their expectations with this great variation. Gather up several cans of beverages: regular soda, diet soda, sparkling water and juice. Will these cans float or sink in a bin of water? Do the contents of the can make a difference? If so, what are the possible causes?
* Now that you’ve made tasty beverages float, let’s play with eggs. Did you know you can get eggs to float? What you’ll want to do is place the egg in a large liquid measuring cup of water, where it should sink to the bottom. Start adding salt, one tablespoon at a time, and watch what happens. Salt increases the mass of the water, which makes it denser. Eventually, the water becomes dense enough to support an egg. (Fun fact: Older eggs float too, because an air cell inside enlarges with time, giving it enough buoyancy to rise to the surface. This does not necessarily mean they are rotten, however. Before you get started, make sure they’re good and fresh.)
* Now that they know salt changes the density of water, how do other fluids compare? A fun and colorful way to explore this is with a seven-layer density column. Is rubbing alcohol heavier or lighter than water? What about honey? Cream? Dish soap? When you’re done, be sure and round up some small objects and drop these into the mix, and watch to see which layers they land in.
The argument for structured block play
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When somebody mentions construction play–kids building with wood blocks, Lego bricks®, Mega Bloks®, or recycled materials–you might think of children being creative. Designing their own structures. Making something new.
and divergent problem solving.
But not all play is free-wheeling. There is another way to have fun with construction toys, and it might help children develop a special package of skills.
It’s called structured block play, and it’s what happens when children try to recreate a construction by consulting a model or blueprint.
Kids must analyze what they see, perceive the parts that make up the whole, and figure out how the parts relate to each other. To be really successful, kids also need to think quantitatively, and be able to rotate geometric shapes in the mind’s eye (Casey and Bobb 2003). Continue Reading →…
The LEGO® Boost robotics system is now available to order in some markets, with reports of deliveries arriving starting to come in from around the world. Australia will have to wait a few more months before the new LEGO robots arrive to take over our lives. While the global release is scheduled for August 1st, the Australian release date has been ever so quietly announced on shop.LEGO.com. Scheduled for release in Australia, with a limited local retail release (the definition of limited currently remains a little fuzzy) on October 1, 2017, the Recommended Retail Price is expected to be around $AU250. Or half the price of a LEGO Mindstorms EV3.
Centenary Community Connections (CCC) are pleased to once again present the ‘Centenary Rocks! Festival; the premier event of Brisbane’s western suburbs since 2004.
The dates are Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July 2017 at Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks.
Teneriffe Festival July 1 10am to 4pm
The Teneriffe Festival was conceived after Brisbane’s inner city area of Teneriffe was officially named a suburb, early in 2010.
2017 marks the eighth year for the Teneriffe Festival, in which we will celebrate the suburb’s history, energy, cultural diversity, commerce and beauty.
The Festival incorporates a rich program of events, from street markets, concerts and historical displays. Several of Teneriffe’s main streets will be closed, offering our visitors a magnificent opportunity to discover the best that our suburb has to offer.
The Teneriffe Festival attracts an audience of approximately 50,000 people making it one of Brisbane’s favourite festivals.
Bricks4Kidz® Brisbane-Springfield we will be there with all our LEGO® BUILDING on the day.
- Drag racing – Automated Racetrack
- Kidz Build: Free build with: Lego – Duplo – Quarto – Giant Lego
- AFOL Lego display from BrisBricks
- Our New Science Program with LEGO Mindstorm
- Builds from our After School Programs
PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO THE FESTIVAL:
Making your way to the Teneriffe Festival has never been easier with Brisbane City Council’s public transportation services being the most convenient way of getting delivered right to the Festival’s entrance. Take the bus, ferry or Citycat to the Teneriffe Ferry Terminal and walk straight into the Festival.
Bus Timetables: Catch the 199 from the City or the Blue City Glider or Route 60 from West End / City.For changes to the BCC Route 199 and City Glider bus services, click this link: (Coming soon!)
City Cycle: CityCycle has 150 stations available across Brisbane’s city centre, stretching from Newstead to West End and Toowong. Grab a City Cycle and make your way to the Festival! Please note the following stations will be closed for the Festival: Commercial Road – Station 66, Chermside Street – Station 65 and Beeston Street – Station 70, but plenty of other stations close to the Festival precinct are in operation.
By Johnny Davis, Sunday 4 June 2017
Face time: Lego people now outnumber humans. Photograph: Stefan Volk/Camera Press4
From its founding in 1932 until 1998, Lego had never posted a loss. By 2003 it was in big trouble. Sales were down 30% year-on-year and it was $800m in debt. An internal report revealed it hadn’t added anything of value to its portfolio for a decade.
Consultants hurried to Lego’s Danish HQ. They advised diversification. The brick had been around since the 1950s, they said, it was obsolete. Lego should look to Mattel, home to Fisher-Price, Barbie, Hot Wheels and Matchbox toys, a company whose portfolio was broad and varied. Continue Reading →…
DO YOU WANT TO BE BRISBANE AIRPORT’S NEXT ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE?
When you’re brainstorming ideas for a science project – think LEGO®! Incorporating LEGO® Bricks into your experiment will make it more colorful and certainly more fun! They can play a small role or be prominently featured, but either way they’ll be easily recognizable and make the project interesting – for you and for the audience.
When coming up with a science project idea, review the requirements first. Some science fairs allow models, but many require your project to feature a true experiment. A model displays a scientific item or principle, while an experiment is the test of a scientific question. It includes an independent variable that you are changing in order to test your question. Talk with your teacher or science fair coordinator if you need more information about the distinction.
LEGO® Bricks can be used in models or experiments. Here are just a few ideas. Take a look and then see if you can come up with some of your own! Continue Reading →…
Have you heard of fidget spinners? Originally introduced as a fidget tool for kids with ADHD or autism spectrum disorder, they have exploded in popularity with kids everywhere! My boys heard about them from neighbor kids and wanted one of their own. I’ve gotta say – it’s a fun little gadget that demonstrates some neat properties of physics!
13 Cool STEM Books for Kids Who Love Science (and More)
Digital tools that engage kids in the process of scientific discovery get a lot of STEM attention (deservedly so), but reading also hooks kids on science, technology, engineering, and math. There’s a lot more to STEM books than you might think. We found a biography of a 19th-century female inventor, a story about scientifically minded twins that includes gadget-creation projects, and a graphic novel that teaches coding. We’ve selected books that offer engaging stories and tantalizing nonfiction to nurture kids’ natural curiosity about the world and spark an interest in inventions, inventors, and problem-solving.
Take a look at our STEM book picks for preschool through middle school kids. Continue Reading →…
Welcome all to the website about HispaBrick Magazine®. Here you can find news and information related to this magazine, published in Spanish and in English, about the world of LEGO® bricks.
Forthose who do not know it yet, the magazine can be downloaded as a PDF file from the links provided under downloads. If you prefer, you can also get a printed version through bubok. You will only pay printing and shipping costs as this is a non-profit publication.
HispaBrick Magazine started in 2008 as an initiative of some Spanish AFOLs in order to preserve the best MOCs and articles that were published in their community for ‘posterity’. In addition to the warm welcome from Spanish speaking AFOLs, it soon became clear that there was much interest from people who did not read that language. The second edition of the magazine already contained a number of articles in both Spanish and English and as of issue 003, HispaBrick Magazine has been published in two editions of identical content, one in Spanish and one in English. Continue Reading →…
By: Emma Caitlyn
NURSERY DESIGN TAKES THE PRIZE
ISABELLA has been blitzing Lego competitions since she was just 4 years old, but she says her latest win is her best design.
The grade three Camira student was last week named runner-up in the national Lego Friends designer competition for her plant nursery construction.
“I had been encouraging my mother to buy me some plants, so I decided I wanted to build a mixture between a greenhouse and nursery,” Isabella said of her inspiration.
Luckily, her Lego-land fared better than some of the real flowers she planted in a wheelbarrow at home.
By expertly constructing a hinged roof on the greenhouse, Isabella was able to create a shop corner and rows of Lego flowers inside. Outside, birds are in wheelbarrows and barrels full of carrots.
With “only a tiny bit of help” from Lego-loving dad Carlo, who owns Bricks4Kidz Centre in Springfield, Isabella knocked the entire thing together two days before entries closed.
And while she was stoked to come second, the eight-year-old said the circus design she was dreaming up would be next year’s sure winner.
Dad: We are super proud of Isabella. She is an exceptional Lego builder, very creative and knows what she wants. The only help she asked for was to find a few specific Lego pieces in particular colours and help with submitting her entry online for the world “LEGO friends designer” competition.
It’s no surprise that we absolutely love the new LEGO® Batman movie and we’re looking forward to creating some fun inspired by it. But do you know why we use fun themes? Fun themes create awesome springboards for learning moments.
Such learning moments are vital in a child’s development. In a recent article, Maryellen Weimer, PhD describes the learning moment as “a moment of insight, often a possibility or explanation that had never crossed their minds, or a set of ideas that come together and create a new perspective on a familiar issue.” It’s the “Ah ha” moment. And we can create opportunities for these moments by connecting fun + learning!
We have a few ideas on how the LEGO® Batman movie can inspire learning moments at home. Continue Reading →…
Be inspired by Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks, an exhibition where architecture meets creative play.
Twelve iconic mega towers from Australian and Asian cities have been astonishingly replicated at 1:200 scale using only Lego® bricks. Get up close to Brisbane’s own Infinity Tower, the Gold Coast’s Q1, Melbourne’s Eureka Tower and the Sydney Tower. Amongst the international towers are Malaysia’s Petronas Twin Towers and China’s tallest building, Shanghai Tower.
Explore the line-up of astonishing scale-model constructions by Ryan McNaught, one of only 12 LEGO® Certified Professionals worldwide. Continue Reading →…
- Playing with LEGO® is a CHALLENGE for children (and for adults!)
- LEGO® AWAKENS your child’s IMAGINATION and CURIOSITY
- Building with LEGO® helps a child’s brain to PROCESS and ASSIMILATE INFORMATION
- Building and creating things with LEGO® aids in the growth of CREATIVE STANDARDS
- Kids develop a sense of ownership of their own creations, building SELF-CONFIDENCE
Break free from the restraints of gravity with flexible Lego-compatible tape that can stick to walls, toys and curved surfaces.
Bend it like Nimuno Loops.
Lego fans are a creative bunch who know how to take those squared-off bricks and turn them into creations that expand outside the lines. The Nimuno Loops project on Indiegogo wants to put Lego blocks in all sorts of exciting places with a flexible Lego-compatible adhesive tape.
It’s easy to see the allure of Nimuno Loops and their ability to connect your Lego pieces to walls, appliances, toys or even ceilings. The tape can be cut, bent, lifted up and repositioned. It will be interesting to see how well the adhesive holds up over time and through multiple sticks and re-sticks. Continue Reading →…
As kids gets older, they gain more responsibility at school and at home. You’ve probably already begun this process by assigning them simple tasks around the house, such as picking up toys, making their own beds and feeding the pets. Now that school has started, your elementary school student may be bringing home homework for the first time. Since homework will be their reality for years to come, it’s smart to set up good habits now.
Embrace the enthusiasm: It doesn’t happen with every kid, but for some, this big-kid task is an exciting shift in status, especially if they have older siblings. Praise them for having a good attitude and for getting right to work. For good measure, “gossip” with your spouse or a family member about your child’s strong start. Continue Reading →…