After School Program Resources
Cooking with Chemistry
Game Design Lab
Take your first steps towards cyber stardom! In YouTube Star, campers will learn about and practice the entire process of developing and maintaining a YouTube channel. Working in pairs, campers will first get to decide on the subject, format and style of their channel. Campers will then record both real-world and screen-captured footage, edit their videos to add music and special effects, and finally upload their creations to YouTube. Be a star and learn how to create awesome videos and share your passions!
To capture both on-screen and real-life footage, we’ll be using a free video capturing software called OBS Studio, available at obsproject.com.
Campers can continue creating and editing videos at home by downloading Lightworks, available for free at www.lwks.com.
For a quick refresher on setting up OBS Studio, the video capture software used in this course, check out this tutorial video:
Be sure to check out the oldest known cat video!
Check out the YouTube channels for some of your favorite creators, and pay close attention to what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. How long are their videos? How often do they upload? What kinds of editing techniques do they use? Get inspired for your own channel!
When planning videos for your channel, it’s helpful to use a storyboard to sketch rough ideas for each shot, and take notes on what you want to say. Here’s a link to a storyboard template you can use.
Q: What is a YouTuber’s favorite Battleship piece?
A: The sub!
Q: What was the most popular dessert at YouTube’s Thanksgiving dinner?
Q: Where do YouTubers go fishing?
A: A live stream!
Roughly 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
The oldest video of cats on YouTube dates from 1894.
On average, between 40 and 60 YouTube channels hit the 100,000 subscriber milestone each day.
Explore small creatures with a BIG environmental impact! In our Bug’n Out program, students will go on local field expeditions and search for bugs, collect specimens and post photographs to iNaturalist—a citizen science project and online social network for nature research. Working with scientists and students from around the world, students will identify arthropod species and document habitat conditions that influence our planet’s health.
An amazing insect gene activity from the Cornell Biology Lab!
Interested in doing a little research on your own? Head on over to Discovery Education for a fun and engaging research based activity designed by entomologists!
Want to learn more about insect classification and diversity? Complete this awesome activity from CNN!
Q: When is a baseball player like a spider?
A: When he catches a fly!
Q: Why wouldn’t they let the butterfly into the dance?
A: Because it was a mothball!
Q: Who comes to a picnic but is never invited?
Fruit flies were the first living creatures sent into space.
Dragonflies have been on Earth for 300 million years!
A single honeybee colony can produce 220 jars of honey!
Tune in to the world of audio engineering! Campers will learn about the science of sound and music as they design and build DIY drums, rubber band-jos, harmonikazoos and more!
Still curious about how musical instruments work? Check out this page from Ducksters that explains the science behind pianos, brass instruments, violins, and more!
Listen to some out of this world music! These sounds were recorded from space by NASA and come from stars, planets, gases, and more! Listen to them on NASA’s website here.
Check out DK Find Out for explanations of the science of sound including waves, volume, echoes, and more!
You can make instruments out of anything! Check out the Viennese Vegetable Orchestra’s amazing, edible instruments here:
Want to make music at home? Check out virtualpiano.net for a piano you can play with your keyboard as well as sheet music and resources to learn how to play.
Build your own Chladni plate to help visualize sound waves with salt! Instructions (and some cool video demos!) can be found here.
Make “secret bells” only you can hear! Check out this tutorial from the Exploratorium.
Q: Why is slippery ice like music?
A: If you don’t C sharp – you’ll B flat!
Q: Why did the chicken join the band?
A: He had the drumsticks!
Q: Why do pirates make great singers?
A: They can hit the high Cs!
The oldest identified musical instrument was a flute made out of bone over 42,000 years ago!
One of the largest musical instruments in the world is the earth harp. Its strings can be almost 1,000 feet long and stretch across buildings or valleys and it makes a sound like a violin!
The world’s smallest instrument is the nano-harp. It was made in a lab at Cornell University and, though it works, its tiny (50 nanometer) strings produce a sound too high pitched for our ears to hear. Even dogs can’t hear the nano-harp!
Activate your sense in the exciting world of making & experiments! Campers learn about the world around them as they design and make kinetic sand, electromagnetic slime and create all kinds of other experiences to light up their brains!
Campers have learned about the materials that they can find on our planet, listed below are some sites that can deepen their knowledge about some of the common materials we’ve learned about!
Check out Nation Geographic for some awesome information about rocks and geology!
Check out the Exploratorium for more information on materials and activities!
Q: What is a rock’s favorite cereal to eat?
A: Coco- Pebbles!
Q: What can run but can not walk?
Q: How do scientists freshen the breaths?
A: With experi-mints!
Q: How do you make a tissue dance?
A: You put a little boogie in it!
Wood, in the form of charcoal, was the first artistic medium. An example of cave art, using charred wood, at Rouffignac in France dates dates back 13,000 years.
The lightest rock is pumice, so light that it can float on water. There is a pumice island or raft floating on the ocean near Tonga. This happened after a volcanic eruption occurred in Tonga in 2006.
Silk, the “Queen of the Fibers,” is produced by silkworms. The silkworm is not really a worm at all; it is a caterpillar that spins a protective cocoon for use as a shelter while it changes from a caterpillar into a moth. This cocoon is the source of commercial silk.
What’s going on in there?! Students learn all about the systems of the human body and what makes us work. With demonstrations, specimens and experiments, students will see how different systems work together to keep us healthy. Students will record observations and discoveries in their personal “Body Books” to share with family and friends!
Q: What is the most musical bone?
A: The trom-bone!
Q: Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road?
A: Because it didn’t have the guts!
Q: What smells the best at dinner?
A: Your nose!
It is estimated that the human body has around 60,000 miles worth of blood vessels!
Your brain sends messages to the rest of your body at 240 miles per hour! That’s faster than most cars in the world can go, even race cars!
Humans blink their eyes about 20,000 times a day. See if you can keep track of all your blinks!
Blast off with EDMO and explore our amazing universe! Students will complete introductory maker activities that investigate the beauty of our solar system and experiment with the principles of flight. Imagination and design skills will be in full force as we re-purpose household materials to create rockets, unique planets and our very own UFOs.
Q: Why did the sun go to school?
A: To get brighter!
Q: How do you know when the moon has had enough to eat?
A: When it’s full!
Q: What do planets like to read?
A: Comet books!
Q: What is an astronaut’s favorite chocolate bar?
A: A Mars bar!
The moon is a natural satellite and all natural satellites are called moons.
One million Earths could fit inside the sun – and the sun is considered an average-size star.
If you could fly a plane to Pluto, the trip would take more than 800 years!
An asteroid about the size of a car enters Earth’s atmosphere roughly once a year – but it burns up before it reaches us. Phew!
The very center of the Milky Way Galaxy is actually a super massive black hole!
Explore Minecraft’s mechanical and digital marvels and learn the fundamentals of computer engineering! In Minecraft, “redstone” refers to a set of game items and blocks that simulate electrical currents and components, allowing the player to create complex, automated mechanisms. Students will learn all about redstone, from basic “circuitry” to the core concepts of computer engineering, like logical gates and binary.
If you don’t already have Minecraft, you can go to minecraft.net to get an account and continue practicing your Redstone skills at home!
Once you’ve installed Minecraft on a home computer, see if you can rebuild the projects made during your after-school program, and perhaps even upgrade them! Try making your contraptions run faster, take less space, look more organized, and so forth.
Q: Hear about the creeper that went to a party?
A: He had a BLAST!
Q: Which musical instrument do skeletons play?
Q: What do they teach in witch school?
Q: Do you hear about the Minecraft movie?
A: It’s a blockbuster.
When diamonds were first added in the Classic version of Minecraft, their file named them as emeralds. This was fixed immediately the next day.
Pumpkins are rarer than diamonds.
Most of the Enderman’s sounds are real people saying “Hi,” “Hello,” or “What’s up?” reversed, slowed down, and distorted.
It takes 10 minutes and 40 seconds to smelt a stack of 64 of something (without interruptions, such as replacing the coal in your furnace).
Turn down the heat and get ready to create edible molecular masterpieces using the power of chemistry. In Cooking with Chemistry, students will investigate the physical and chemical transformations of ingredients that occur during cooking. Through the making of molecular gastronomic recipes such as oil powders, foams, fluid gels, and infusions, students will learn how different substances and chemicals added at the right time during the cooking process can change the molecular structure of solids and liquids, transforming them into completely new and interesting (and edible!) treats.
Q: What is black, white, green, and bumpy?
A: A pickle wearing a tuxedo
Q: Why shouldn’t you tell an egg a joke?
A: Because it might crack up!
Q: What kinds of nuts always seem to have a cold?
The term ‘molecular gastronomy’ was coined in 1988 by Nicholas Kurti and Hervé This.
El Bulli, located in Spain, is the world’s most famous molecular gastronomy restaurant.
The tiny spheres made in spherification are often referred to as caviar.
Design, code, and perfect your very own video game! Students in the Game Design Lab will plan and develop a video game, including the code used to define the rules and mechanics of the game, as well as the artwork for their game’s characters, objects, and environments.
New to programming? Dive into some step-by-step tutorials with Scratch to practice the basics!
If you have access to an Android phone or tablet at home, you can use your Scratch skills to create Android apps with MIT’s “App Inventor” program!
There’s tons of other introductory coding programs out there. Check out studio.code.org to explore all kinds of programming projects for all ages!
Continue practicing coding at home with these awesome programs!
SCRATCH: Go to scratch.mit.edu and click “Join Scratch” in the upper-right corner. Choose a username and password, then enter an email address. Be sure to ask your parent or guardian before choosing an email address!
WOOFJS: Go to woofjs.com/create, and click “Sign Up” in the upper-left corner. Choose a username and password, then enter an email address. Be sure to ask your parent or guardian before choosing an email address!
Q: Why did the fly never land on the computer?
A: It was afraid of the world wide web!
Q: Why did the computer squeak?
A: Someone stepped on its mouse!
Q: What did the computer do at lunch time?
A: Had a byte!
Q: What does a proud computer call his little son?
A: A microchip off the old block.
Name of the first electronic computer was ENIAC. It was massive as it weighed 27 tons and it was spread over 1800 sq. feet.
“Typewriter” is the longest dictionary word that can be typed using keys in only one row on your standard qwerty keyboard.
In 1947, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper was working on a computer at a US Navy research lab, when she discovered a moth jamming the moving parts of the computer. When the moth was removed, the computer started working again. This is why the task of fixing errors in computer programs is called “debugging”.