Science Club

Our schedule is semester-based and follows standard academic calendar for colleges and universities.
Time: Sundays, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Now learning:
We just started in late May 2012 a new course on communication. The course covers basics of communication in different species, methods of producing sounds and other forms of communication, special topics in cross-cultural communication, non-verbal communication, messages sent via sound, light, solids and liquids; music as a form of communication, and more.
Recent topics:

  • Electromotor
  • Mechanical energy sources (electric generators, wind, water, muscle power)
  • Chemical energy sources (batteries, lemon battery)
  • Other sources of energy (heat, light)
  • Helium balloon car engine
  • Rubber/spring powered vehicles
  • Rocket engines on cars and boats
  • Hovercrafts
  • Propellers on airplanes and cars
  • Leaf blower hovercraft (full size, capable of carrying a person)
  • Water rocket
  • Matchstick rocket
  • Dry ice rocket
  • Air rocket
  • Vinegar and soda rocket

Upcoming topics

Gasses

  • Dry Ice Sciencet
  • Parachute Hot air balloont
  • Air cannont
  • Dry ice balloon blowert
  • Airplanes, steering airplanet

Gravity

  • Pendulums
  • Catapults
  • Levers
  • g-Force (acceleration)

Human Body

  • Checking for vital signs (breathing, pulse, blood pressure, temperature, light test, reflexes)How infection works and why it is important to wash hands: we will run a series of experiments to see how bacteria infect apples, how apple skin protects the fruit from bacteria, and how bacteria are spreade
  • Senses: vision, touch, hearing, smell, taste

Communication

  • Using sound waves
  • Light
  • Solids
  • Secret codes and spy tools
  • Electricity
  • Liquidse

Sound

  • How sound works
  • Making sound using drums, strings, glass, water, wind (though a pipe and across a pipe), and explosives (popping air balloons, shooting cork gun)
  • Seeing sound
  • Cup-and-string phone
  • Bottle xylophone

Soap science

  • Giant soap bubblese
  • Soap as a water tension breakere
  • Soap as a cleanere
  • Soap-engine boate

Properties of matter

  • Changing states: gasses, liquids, solids
  • Friction
  • Elasticity
  • Thermal conductivity
  • Thermal capacity
  • Magnetism

Geography and Astronomy 101

  • Navigation: compass, objects in sky, natural signs
  • Map and Globe models
  • Gravity and Orbits
  • Seasons
  • Eclipse
  • Natural disastersm

    Topics covered before 2012
    Dry Ice Science

    Properties of dry ice

    Dry ice bubbles

    Dry ice rockets

    Dry ice balloon blower
    Air

    Parachute

    Hot air balloon

    Propellers on airplanes and cars

    Air cannon

    Airplanes, steering airplanes

    Hovercrafts: CD hovercraft, leaf blower full-size hovercraft
    Human body

    Checking for vital signs (breathing, pulse, blood pressure, temperature, light test, reflexes)

    How infection works and why it is important to wash hands: we will run a series of experiments to see how bacteria infect apples, how apple skin protects the fruit from bacteria, and how bacteria are spread

    Senses: vision, touch, hearing, smell, taste
    Rockets

    Water rocket

    Matchstick rocket

    Dry ice rocket

    Air rocket

    Vinegar and soda rocket

    Using rocket engines on cars and boats
    Sound

    How sound works

    Making sound using drums, strings, glass, water, wind (though a pipe and across a pipe), and explosives (popping air balloons, shooting cork gun)

    Seeing sound

    Cup-and-string phone

    Bottle xylophone
    Soap science

    Giant soap bubbles

    Soap as a water tension breaker

    Soap as a cleaner

    Soap-engine boat
    Vinegar and Soda Science

    Volcano eruption

    CO2 air balloon blower

    Vinegar and Soda rocket

    Slippery stuff: We learned that different surfaces have different friction and tested how covering a surface with water and oil makes it more slippery.

    Changing states: we learned that just about anything can be solid, liquid and gaseous depending on temperature and pressure; in our lab tests we turned ice into water and then into vapor, then we used candle wax to make wax toys.

    Bouncy and elastic stuff: We learned that some materials are elastic and some are not and that different materials have different bouncing properties – some are bouncy and some are not. In a series of experiments we testing bounciness and elasticity of different materials and discussed where and how bouncy and elastic materials can be used.

    Geography: We learned how to use a compass while hunting for an ancient treasure stolen and burred by pirates.

    Magnets: We learned about properties of magnets, played magnet soccer, made a few cool things that use magnets and made magnets by rubbing air balloons against our cloths.

    Lemon Battery: Using lemons, pennies and nails, we made a real electric battery that produced current strong enough to light up a LED light.

    Hover craft: We made real hovering hovercrafts from old CDs air balloons.

    Dry ice: We learned about the properties of dry ice and used it is about a dozen experiments

    Rockets: We learned how a rocket works and made half a dozen of different rockets that used water, air, CO2 and soap as fuel.