NH-DI Weekly Roundup (April 20, 2020)

Hello everyone!

Every week, NH-DI is going to publish a newsletter for families, which we hope will be full of educational resources and inspiration during this challenging time.

We will feature a hands-on educational activity, which will be developed by our volunteers. We hope these will vary quite a bit from week to week, but they might take the form of an instant challenge, a mini-lesson, an experiment, an art project, or a game.

Additionally, we will collect and share other online resources that have inspired us! Each week, we’ll curate a list of cool activities, performances, and more.

In case you missed last week’s Weekly Roundup, we’ve added a link to the bottom of the Weekly Roundup main page.

Creating Colors: Part 2

This multipart workshop, created by NH-DI volunteer Craig Richardson, is all about color!

  • How our eyes make it possible for us to see in color
  • How new colors can be created by combining light sources, or mixing paints and dyes together
  • The different ways in which animals (and some people) see color
In addition to learning lots of fascinating information, we’ve included a fun hands-on activity!

Did you miss Part 1? You can check it out here!

Secret Codes: Part 3

Want to learn how to send secret messages and crack codes? Check out the third episode in our Secret Codes series by clicking on the video below. This week’s episode explores alphabetic substitution ciphering and you’ll also get to learn all about famous code-breaker Alan Turing!

Miss previous episodes? Click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.

Special thanks to NH-DI volunteer Steve Greenwood for developing this series!

Some fun activities:

Magic Tricks!
Kevin Quantum, a professional magician from Perth, Australia, has been posting a daily video series on YouTube with magic tricks kids can perform using materials they are likely to have at home.

Get Creative at Home with the Peabody Essex Museum
Want to make a paper tube Camera Obscura? Or learn how to fold an origami phoenix? Look no further! 

Finish This Comic!
On this website you will find a collection of comics that are incomplete. Look closely at the pictures, then figure out what you need to add to complete the comic!

Some more STEAM activities to try:

How to make a sundial

DIY sound effects

Paper Airplanes
This website serves as a database of paper airplanes with easy to follow folding instructions, video tutorials and printable folding plans. Find the best paper airplanes that fly the furthest and stay aloft the longest.

Some activities created by DI headquarters and other DI affiliates!

Spiders and witches, oh my!
Your task is to collect items from the Caldron, then use those items to assemble a spider.

Caught in the Act
You are a spy. While out one day on a normal mission, you suddenly hear someone coming! You’ve been caught… or have you?

Virtual Instant Challenge: Object Removal
Your task will be to build a device (or multiple devices) out of a set of materials and use the devices to remove objects from the top of cans. You will not know ahead of time what you will be scored on.

A few websites we recommend

Google Arts & Culture
Google Arts & Culture puts the treasures, stories and knowledge of over 2,000 cultural institutions from 80 countries at your fingertips. From the suffragettes who fought for women’s rights, to performing arts at the Paris Opera, to NASA’s archive of stunning images, discover stories about our cultural heritage. It’s your doorway to explore the art, history, people and wonders of our world.

Learn at Home with Scholastic, Inc
Scholastic Inc. has launched a new “Learn at Home” website, with free daily courses for students from preschool through grade 6 and higher. New classes are being added daily.
NY Department of Education
New York’s Department of Education has a free 10-day curriculum for multiple subjects at every grade level. 
Mystery Science
Mystery Science has free science lessons for grade K-5. Some are of these mini-lessons that are completely digital, and others are full lessons that include an activity. The latter require only simple supplies that you are likely to already have at home.

Share what you’ve created!

Were you inspired by any of the activities or resources in this Weekly 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 weekly post!)

And please share NH-DI’s Weekly 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 Weekly Roundup page.

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

Published weekly 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…