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...

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...

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 9, 2015

When going to a farmers market, you expect to find the freshest of ingredients from local vendors and possibly the work of a local artist or two.  Did you know that now you can also experience some weird science?  

 

The Copernicus Academy team helped kids explore carbon dioxide in the form of dry ice today.  Participants combined water and a bit of soap in an essay tube.  After the dry ice is dropped in, the release of the trapped gas begins, only to be trapped again inside soap bubbles.   Kids crush the bubbles, and a cold gas is released, visible as a faint c...

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