STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. STEAM affects every aspect of our lives. From the way we think, to the things we use everyday, STEAM is the reason we are the way we are.

When is STEAM week?

STEAM week will take place on the week of October 28th, 2019. Each day will correspond with a part of STEAM, for example, Monday is science, Tuesday is technology, etc.

What happens when I complete the activities?

The Bridgewater-Raritan Robotics Team is giving out certificates upon the completion of 3 or more activities in this packet. Once you have completed these activities, tag us #Team303 on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook (if you are unable to do this, email us a picture of your completed experiment to outreach@team303.com).

A grand prize will be given to one lucky participant of these challenges. To earn a better chance at winning, tag us on all social media platforms of your preference. This prize will be rewarded at Team 303’s annual STEAM fair on November 2nd, 2019.

To save paper this year, you can access the activity instructions at this address:

http://www.team303.com/steam/

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Monday: Bright as a Penny

Soap and water won’t clean metals very easily. It takes a very special cleaner- lemon juice.

Instructions:

  1. Squeeze the lemon juice into the small glass.
  2. Soak the coin in the lemon juice for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the coin and dry it off using a paper towel.

What Happens: You fish out a shiny coin!

The Science Behind:

        Oxygen in the air combined with copper to form the dull copper oxide coating on the penny. The acid of lemon acts chemically to remove the oxide. The result? A bright copper penny!


Tuesday: Blowing Up a Balloon

Put chemistry to work for you!

Instructions:

  1. Stretch the balloon to make it easier to inflate.
  2. Pour the water into the empty bottle.
  3. Add baking soda and stir it with the straw until it dissolves.
  4. Pour in the lemon juice and then quickly fit the stretched balloon over the mouth of the bottle.

What Happens: The balloon inflates.

The Technology Behind:

        When you mix the base (the baking soda) and the acid (lemon), you create carbon dioxide. This gas rises and blows up the balloon.


Wednesday: Tuning a Glass

You can’t tune a fork, but you can tune a glass!

Instructions:

  1. Line up the 8 drinking glasses in a row on the kitchen counter.
  2. Fill each glass with different amounts of water.
  3. Tap each glass with the pencil and listen for the different tunes.

What Happens: You will hear a different tone from each of the glasses. The more the water there is in a glass, the lower the tone that it makes.

The Engineering Behind:

        Vibrations cause sound. Striking the side of a glass cause it to vibrate. The speed of the vibration depends upon how much glass and water there are to set in motion. The more water, the slower the vibration and the deeper the tone.


Thursday: Wax-Resistant Greeting Cards

Create your own wax-resistant card!

Instructions:

  1. Using the white crayon, create a design on the white sheet of paper.
  2. Use the paintbrush and paint over your design.
  3. Leave it to dry.

What Happens: The design by the white crayon gets outlined by the water colors.

The Art Behind:

        The wax from the crayon prevents the paper from absorbing the water. The paint will appear on areas surrounding the white crayon, giving your card an original design!


Friday: Pyramid Puzzle

Instructions:

  1. Solve the following puzzle by finding out what number would replace the question mark. Show all your work.

Hint: Moving up from lowest row, divide the bigger number with small number to get the upper number.

Find the Solution on the following line.

Solution: 3

STEAM Week Activities, presented by BRHS Robotics Team, 2019