June 19, 2017

Copernicus Family Day

The Copernicus families came together in May to celebrate our community and diversity with a “Cinco de Mayo” shindig that was a smash hit!   Families shared a variety of dishes that represented a bit of their family’s background.  Parents and kids also partook in a little crafting, creating works of art using images of family members to celebrate their family’s history.  Kids sang songs including “Los Pollitos” and sported hats they made from reclaimed materials, paint and colorful feathers.  They also played drums they crafted with Ms. Allison...

September 29, 2016

The 2016 Copernicus Summer Olympics were a huge hit!  Copernicus Kids competed in a variety of physical challenges and partook in artistic activities related to the games. They learned about participating in a team effort and even talked about healthy eating habits and exercise.  Kids created flags from their representative countries of choice and talked about geography, cultures, and languages.  Copernicus Kids even created their very own tie-dyed team shirts and team flags!

Some of the Copernicus events included the 10 meter...

July 29, 2016

Copernicus Kids have had an amazing summer so far, especially after a very special Human History Month!  Kids recreated human history while participating in some pretty cool activities. The conversation started with early humans, the movement from our original home in Africa, the development of agriculture and societies, early human tools and technology, and early human art. Kids even participated in some exciting archaeological digs at Copernicus Academy!

Fast forward to modern time, kids discussed how humans collaborate with one anoth...

April 17, 2016

Copernicus Kids have been busy exploring a couple of sources of renewable energy such as wind and sun, as well as experimenting with kinetic and potential energy.  Some of the activities last month included, building wind operated cars, experimenting with light by using plastic solar light bulbs and completing electrical circuits to give energy to an electrical bulb.  They also explored with pulleys, created wind mills, and even cooked using a solar oven!  Conversations about conservation were also a big part of our days including talking about which sources are re...

December 18, 2015

Kids becoming interested in science at a young age?  Yes!  Any activity can become an opportunity to engage a child in a science exercise that is fun and interesting.  December is chemistry month at Copernicus Academy and our kids have been experimenting with many science activities!

 

One of the activities included exploring the effects of vinegar on egg shells over the course of three days.  Kids and teachers talked about how the smelly liquid called vinegar is technically a low concentration of acetic acid which will cause a chemical reaction with the eg...

October 14, 2015

Copernicus Academy helped kids build their very first simple robot at the Mueller Farmers Market this weekend!  Kids enthusiastically talked about the basics of engineering and technology and then dove right into the challenge.  They provided the brain power and Copernicus Academy provided the raw materials.

 

Kids learned about what it means to complete an electrical circuit and about power charges while engineering their robot prototypes with the goal of creating a drawing machine. 

 

12,000 RPM motors, AA batteries and lots of wire, combined with...

September 16, 2015

Introducing kids to physics can start as early as we begin to experiment with the concepts!  How about talking about energy transfer and kinetic energy while designing, constructing and experimenting with a homemade mousetrap car?!

 

Copernicus Academy brought a little bit of physics to the Mueller Farmers Market on Sunday with this very activity!  Kids built their own mousetrap cars and then raced them to their hearts’ delight towards oncoming pedestrians.  Other kids experienced the opportunity to troubleshoot their designs and asked questions about why some parts...

September 1, 2015

The Environmental Science Institute “Hot Science Cool Talks” took place this past Friday, August 28th at UT.  Copernicus Academy participated in the pre-lecture science fair and shared some groovy sustainable activities!  This particular event was pretty cool because it was also in conjunction with the week’s 2 Guys On Your Head segment!  

 

Many came by the Copernicus Academy table and learned about some simple ways to take part in sustainable practices, no matter what the age.  Kids made planters from used plastic bottles and talked ab...

August 21, 2015

Is there anything better than letting some awesome messes just happen?

One of the Copernicus Academy activities of the week had kids taking part in what they described as “crazy art”.  The activity involved a huge blank canvas on the floor, paint, and a few natural elements to include flowers, branches, and even bare feet.  Kids first deconstructed flowers, stems and sticks and threw them randomly all around the big canvas.  They were then encouraged to make the color combinations of their choice and drip, splatter, pour or spike paint on the canvas.  The adventurou...

August 14, 2015

The next time you are at the arts and crafts aisle selecting colors for your latest kid art project, how about also stopping by the produce area?  Better yet, when the spinach in the fridge is withered or the blueberries start to grow feathers, don’t toss in the trash!  Toss in a juicer or a pot of water and make beautiful and natural dye!

 

Take a break from our chemical exhausted “everything”, and create kid safe colors for use as water colors, dye for dying craft fabric, and even re-energizing old clothes.  It is a thrifty, non-toxic way to add to your i...

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