Category: activities

Holiday Demo

Today we’re off, since it’s Independence Day and people are out at parades and barbecues, and since Ogden School District’s lunch program also takes the day off for the holiday. But since we miss all of you, and since we’ve been scattered in our posting lately, here’s a bonus 4th of July edition activity you…

Day 1

The first day of Science in the Parks is celebratory. I think for many of us it signifies a start to our summer season, and of course it’s a public launch of the program. It’s almost always sunny and even as we feel a little less organized than we will next week (we forgot tape…

spinning and balancing

This is one of my favorite photos, taken a few years ago during Science in the Parks, even though there’s nothing especially fancy about what’s captured here. It’s just a bunch of spinning gyroscopes, an outreached hand to grab one of them. Maybe we take it for granted that these spinning objects seem to defy…

Bubble Making

  One feature of Science in the Parks that’s unique is how we have to make things in large volume and in a manner that’s as interactive as possible. So, we have entire tables covered with lenses and sounds that get propagated in long drain pipes; we build towers that are taller than everyone in…

sand and water

We cleaned up Science in the Parks today. I came home with specks of white powder all over my shirt from when I was taking out some garbage that included the remnant of a 50-pound bag of corn starch. I had a rainbow of food color staining my hands from washing out the bin with…

bubbles

Hosting this parks program for 10 years, there have been lots of awkward and funny slips and spills. Most of these result from “Feel it!” day and the variety of goos that we create on Fridays. In fact, it was a few years ago that Arts in the Parks started going to parks a week…

color changes

While we’re hosting Science it the Parks each summer, we also spend some time looking at future activities.  Just yesterday afternoon, the staff were making sure that the bottles of soda (orange, grape, strawberry, and pineapple Fanta) were drunk as quickly as possible so that we could use the empty bottles for new sound experiments.  This…

Paper Rockets

Learn how to build a paper rocket launcher and paper rockets at home. Paper Rocket Launcher Paper Rockets Template Paper Rocket Tutorial Part 1 Paper Rocket Tutorial Part 2