Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Science on the Street, BSA, and Upcoming Events!

Over Columbus Day weekend SciStreet visited the Massachusetts Boy Scouts Jamboree at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds. Over 7,000 scouts and staff from all over New England were challenged with energy and design activities!

Among the challenges were powering a small radio with a battery made out of fruits and vegetables. Groups of scouts experimented with series and parallel circuits, and one group used a total of 8 potatoes and apples to get almost 12 Volts out of the system!

Scouts build a battery out of apples, lemons and potatoes!

Starting to string things together in series to increase the voltage.  Here are some simple instructions on how to build your own fruit & veggie battery.

Groups also tried out the Marshmallow Challenge.

Using just 20 strands of spaghetti, 1 meter of masking tape, and 1 meter of string, teams must build the tallest free-standing structure that can hold the marshmallow on top!

Teams start the Marshmallow Challenge

The winning tower measured over 100 centimeters! (Troop 14 from Holliston)

Science on the Street goes beyond community festivals. Find us organizing workshops connecting classroom teachers with scientists, and at after school events. Check out new upcoming events where you can find Science on the Street in your community!

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