Day 4: Constructing Lanterns

In my STEAM group (Solar Geo Lanterns), we are working on each making our own solar powered lantern. It is not easy. We are learning so many new techniques, like soldering, which is the fusing of two pieces of metal together, so that electricity can flow through them. We are also learning about Archimedean solids, which are three dimensional shapes. We need to know about these because they are what our lanterns will be shaped as. Another important thing that our teachers are teaching us is closed and open circuits. The reason for this is because we have and are going to be making these, to put in our lanterns and make them light up. I love my workshop; the teachers are really nice, helpful, and attentive. I have a lot of fun, and am learning so much.  – Indigo W, 7th Grade

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Computer Circuit Simulation

Day 3: We explored a computer simulation which helped us understand the relationship between voltage, resistance, and electron flow.

Today in Solar Geometric Lanterns, we played a circuit construction game on our computers, where we learned about connecting and wiring circuits and circuit conductors (pieces of metal that make the light turn on.) – Olivia Schroeder, 7th Grade.

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Soldering

Today, we soldered, which is basically welding.  You take a soldering iron and melt wires to a circuit board.  We did this to practice soldering wires to the board that are connected to switches, batteries, and LED light bulbs, and to complete the circuit.  – Olivia Schroeder, 7th Grade

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