CLICK HERE TO UPLOAD A PICTURE OR VIDEO OF YOURSELF DOING ONE OF THE ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES BELOW, BY MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY, FEB. 27, TO ENTER INTO A DRAWING TO WIN LEONARDO DA VINCI'S FLYING MACHINE KIT!
The winner will be announced on Sunday, Feb. 28.
These engineering kits are FREE to pick up at Peoria Riverfront Museum, first come, first served (1 each per family). Click on the links to reserve. Kits are available now to pick up Tuesday-Thursday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Friday-Saturday from 12:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Make sure to pick up your kits before the scheduled Zoom workshops!
THE SIMPLEST MOTOR IN THE WORLD
Using just a battery, magnet, copper wire, screw, and bolt, can you figure out how to make the screw spin, the battery spin, and the copper wire spin? After you've given it your best shot, watch the solutions here. (1 per family)
KITCHEN CHEMISTRY ("SOLD OUT")
Pick up these litmus tests from SWE (Society of Women Engineers) and find out which foods in your home are acidic, and which are basic. Join the Zoom workshop at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 25, for guidance from professional engineers! (1 per family)
Make a popsicle harmonica and join a virtual rubber band band at 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 25, on Zoom, courtesy of 4-H and U of I Extension! Recommended for grade levels K-5th. (1 per family)
SQUISHY CIRCUITS AND L.E.D. GREETING CARDS
Experiment with conductors and insulators in simple electrical circuits, and create an LED greeting card, provided by SWE (Society of Women Engineers). Join the 1-hour Zoom workshop at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, February 24 (please provide your own scissors and scotch tape)! Recommended for ages 7-12. (1 per family)
TRIFORCE OF BIGBRAIN CUBED
3 activities in 1 kit: a hovercraft, homemade harmonica, and popsicle LED flashlight! See how to put them together with Robot Casserole's instructional videos here. (1 per family)
SOLVING THE RUBIK'S CUBE WITH ALGORITHMS
Pick up a Rubik’s Cube from SWE (Society of Women Engineers) and learn how to solve this famous puzzle by using algorithms. Join the 1-hour Zoom workshop at 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 21, and again at 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 27, to participate in a competition to win prizes! (1 per family)
Register for these limited-space Zoom workshops by clicking on the links. And remember to pick up any kits before the workshop!
SUN 2/21 @ 12:00 - Robotics with Team "HOW"
SUN 2/21 @ 1:00 - Robotics with Team "HOW"
TUE 2/23 @ 1:00 - Corrosion: An Overview, including Peoria-area Examples (Caterpillar) (recorded presentation here)
WED 2/24 @ 1:00 - Squishy Circuits & LED Greeting Cards (SWE - Society of Women Engineers)
THU 2/25 @ 7:00 - Kitchen Chemistry (SWE - Society of Women Engineers) (get the kit!)
Pasta Bridge - instructions from ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) so you can build a bridge out of pasta at home; 7 bridge truss templates available here; background video with a walk-thru available here
Lava Lamp - instructions from SWE (Society of Women Engineers) so you can make your own lava lamp at home
Marble Race - instructions from SWE (Society of Women Engineers) so you can design a marble race track at home
Slime - instructions from SWE (Society of Women Engineers) so you can make your own slime at home
Planting & Harvesting - agricultural engineering activity from a 4-H project book in development by ISU with a grant from USDA
The Simplest Motor - Nick from Peoria Riverfront Museum shows how to make the simplest motor in the world using one of the museum's free engineering kits
Pasta Bridge - Sarah from ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) shows how to make and test your own bridge made out of pasta (instructions here, templates here), and provides background info on how bridges work, with examples from the Peoria area
Egg Drop Challenge - Mike from ISPE (Illinois Society of Professional Engineers) challenges you to design a container for an egg so you can drop it without cracking it - good luck!
Making Plastic from Milk - with Nicole from SWE (Society of Women Engineers)
Shrinky Dinks - Nicole from SWE (Society of Women Engineers) shows how you can make shrinky dinks with leftover plastic at home
Projectile Motion - explore the physics of projectile motion with the FIRST Tech Challenge Trailblazers and their robot Little Johnny
Hovercraft - learn from Robot Casserole how to make a hovercraft with materials in their free kit, Triforce of Bigbrain Cubed
Homemade Harmonica - learn from Robot Casserole how to make a harmonica with materials in their free kit, Triforce of Bigbrain Cubed
Popsicle LED Flashlight - learn from Robot Casserole how to make a Flashlight LED Popsicle with materials in their free kit, Triforce of Bigbrain Cubed
Corrosion - John & Anca from Caterpillar explain the process of corrosion with examples from the Peoria area