NH-DI Roundup (August 2020)

Hello everyone!

Here is this month’s issue of NH-DI’s Roundup. We hope it continues to provide you with resources and inspiration! To view previous issues, head here.

Paper and Cardboard: Part 4

In the Part 4 of our series on paper and cardboard, we’ll show you two different ways to sculpt and carve recycled cardboard.

Even if you can’t draw especially well, you can create some impressive looking works of art using these techniques, because you can start with a photograph. You’ll just need to be able to trace lines, and have the time and patience to carefully cut up a LOT of cardboard. So this might be a good time to review Part 3 in our Paper and Cardboard workshop series, which described methods for cutting cardboard.

While you’re at it, you might also want to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. Thanks to NH-DI volunteer Craig Richardson for developing this workshop!

Some websites we recommend

A resource for teachers, mentors, parents, STEM professionals, volunteers, and everyone passionate about getting children eager to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.

Tynker provides everything needed to learn computer programming in a fun way. Tynker powers the creativity of over 60 million kids and serves thousands of schools and educators worldwide. With 40+ award-winning block & text-based courses, over 3,700 learning modules, and access to popular coding languages, there’s a learning path for every kid no matter their age or level.

How It’s Made
Wondering how fire helmets, bassoons, bowling balls, and paper towels are made? This show will tell you how! While you need a subscription to watch all the episodes, a number of the segments are available to stream for free without an account!

Scratch is a place where you can program your own interactive stories, games and animations. A project of the MIT Media Lab, it’s designed for kids 8-16, but is a great resource for all ages. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego
Founded by America’s first female astronaut, Sally Ride Science hosts a number of student programs. We recommend their STEM Resources, which offers a series of hands-on STEM activities.

Some STEAM activities to try

Bubble Making
Bubble making can be a lot of fun and inexpensive… especially if you know how to make the right bubble solution and tools. There is plenty of useful information about tools and formulae on this site to get you started. The real fun can be in experimenting with the bubble mixtures and creating your own original bubble making devices.

Shadow Puppets & Star Wars Shadow Art
Can you make art with shadows? Check out these two sources of inspiration!

Marshmallow Slingshot

Build a Galaxy
This activity helps students grasp the concepts of 3D modeling and astronomy. Students will learn through the activity and complete a hands on project while learning how things in space work.

Create a Windsock

Some activities created by DI headquarters

Penny Passage Instant Challenge
Have a jar of coins in your house? Dig out those pennies because you’re gonna need them for our STEAM challenge of the week, Penny Passage! For this challenge, kids will build one or more devices that can transport pennies to containers of different sizes.

Card Tower STEAM Challenge
For this challenge, kids will build a freestanding structure out of one deck of cards and earn points for the height and creativity of their structure.

From our friends at Camp Gottalikachallenge

Tiny Rooms with Amanda on Instagram and YouTube
Clapping Game with Anna on Instagram and YouTube
Karate with Clara on Instagram and YouTube
Gardening with Jackie
Instant Floral Arrays with Queen Lou
DIY Planters with Queen Lou
How to Throw a Frisbee with Doug on Instagram and YouTube

Be sure to also check out the Gotta Camp at Home Challenge!

Share what you’ve created!

Were you inspired by any of the activities or resources in NH-DI’s Roundup? What did you build or create? We encourage you, with a parent or guardian’s help and permission, to share your creations on our Facebook or Instagram pages! (Just add your photo as a comment on our newsletter post!)

And please share NH-DI’s Roundup with your friends! Ask them to sign up for weekly emails (if they’re 13 or older), or send them a link to our main NH-DI Roundup page.

That’s all for this issue, but we look forward to sending you more soon! And as always, if you have ideas for NH-DI’s Roundup, email Emily Richardson at emily.richardson@nh-di.org.

Published by New Hampshire Innovation and Creativity Connection (NHICC), the nonprofit organization that operates New Hampshire’s Destination Imagination, Camp Gottalikachallenge, and Girls Engineering the Future programs. Learn more about us…