Electric Motor DIY

Electric Motor DIY

An electric motor is a device used to convert electrical energy to mechanical energy. Electric motors are extremely important in modern-day life. They are used in vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, computer printers, machine tools, cars, subway systems, sewage treatment plants, etc, and you can make your own at home! Here’s how: Materials: Copper wire D battery

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The Geminid Meteors

The Geminid Meteors

Nothing is more exciting than looking up and seeing a shooting star streak across the night sky. But we all know it’s not really a star falling from the heavens, but rather a giant ball of rock, ice and dust skimming through the atmosphere. This December we will be able to witness one of the

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How to: Kinetic Sculpture

How to: Kinetic Sculpture

Kinetic sculptures are moving art pieces, that usually do not have a motor, but alternatively use other forms of energy to propel the movement. Wind, water, or an initial manual push are common types of energy which kinetic sculptures harness. The art piece that we are going to make is going to harness energy given

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Exploring Water

Exploring Water

CAUTION: DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS AT HOME Here is an experiment that even the professionals at AstroCamp will not dare to perform. Water can become superheated in a closed system, like that in a microwave, and become extremely dangerous. Superheated water is liquid water under pressure at temperatures between the usual boiling point, 100 °C,

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To Infinity Table and Beyond

To Infinity Table and Beyond

Light, it’s properties, and the ways it can be manipulated are as fascinating as they are beautiful. It can be bent, slowed down, absorbed, and reflected. It turns out that the study of optics looks into all of these different interactions. But what happens when you want to mix the science of optics with a

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DIY Eggshell Geodes

DIY Eggshell Geodes

Geodes, seemingly ordinary rocks hiding pockets of crystals inside, have fascinated amateur geologists for centuries, but did you know you can make your own geodes with just what’s in your kitchen? Materials: Eggs Something to hold the eggs (a piece of the carton works well for this) Water-soluble solid (salt, sugar, baking soda, etc.) Food

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America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day

Jack Johnson sang it best in his song “The 3 R’s”. Reduce, reuse, recycle. This is how to live a more sustainable life, and leave a smaller carbon footprint. First, try to reduce the amount of waste you produce. Second, reuse items as much as possible. Third, recycle appropriate waste products as to have them

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Space Exploration with the Rover

Space Exploration with the Rover

We are extremely lucky to have a rare piece of equipment on display here at AstroCamp. On loan from JPL, we have the model of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers! As a part of our Mars exploration class, “Expedition Valles Marineris”, the model is used to show our campers a full scale example of what

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Fiber Optics: Continuing the Light Discussion

Fiber Optics: Continuing the Light Discussion

Fiber optics allow for the transmission of information, like the internet and cable TV. They carry information between two places using entirely light-based technology. In a cable, there can be as little as two fibers, or as many as several hundreds. Each fiber is about as thick as a human hair. But how does it

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Light: Just Flip It and Look You Will See

Light: Just Flip It and Look You Will See

It is no surprise that we experience and use scientific phenomenons every day. But, did you know that our eyes do that too? At camp, we have a science experiment that demonstrates how our eyes take in light. This hole in the wall is a great model for an eye. Your eye has a few major

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The Moon Phases

The Moon Phases

We can’t take our eyes off it, it helps control our tides, and wolves howl at it; can you name what “it” is? You probably guessed correctly, it’s Luna, also known as the moon! The moon is the largest satellite of Earth, and one of the only natural satellites. This means that there may be other

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Effortless DIY Electric Train

Effortless DIY Electric Train

The relationship between electricity and magnetism is as old as space and time, but is a complicated one. As light propagates, electricity and magnetism flow in and out of each other, forever connected. This connection can allow for some pretty interesting phenomenons in physics. Due to induction, we can get the “train” to propel forward.

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