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Hosted by Blue Lake Elementry School District, Northern United Humboldt Charter School, Rio Dell ASES Program and Pathmakers
*Supply sacks can be requested when registering for the event.
For the 2020-2021 school year, all Family Maker Nights will be held via Zoom. Each one will feature one or more hosts and a variety of activities designed so that you can follow along and do them at home. Videos of the activities will also be archived so you can watch them and do the activities later if you want.
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5:30 – 6:00 | Native STEAM: Water is Life
6:00 – 6:25 | Take a Spin with Pi and Engineering
(an activity “double feature”)
6:25 – 6:50 | Color Blend Wheel
6:50 – 7:15 | Paper Plate Marble Maze
We would love to be able to share your creations with others. Please submit your photos and we’ll post them here!
Please let us know who attended the event and how we did, and how we might be able to make it better next go-around.
5:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Tanya Trump, HCOE Family Maker Night Coordinator
Please watch the three videos at the top of this page independently before we begin at 5:30 p.m.
5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Merry Kate Lowry, HCOE Pathmakers
We will hear testimony from Indigenous singers, scientists, youth, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge teachers about the sacred nature of water, and explore the intersection of Nature, science, art, song, and sustainability through discussion and directed art. The UNESCO Heirs to Our Oceans Youth Summit “Water is Life” science experiment will be shared.
Guided Art Activity
Collective Molecular Photography Experiment (Download PDF)
6:00 – 6:25 p.m.
Laurie Lynch, Blue Lake Union Elementary School
Two fun activities will be included in this presentation. There will be an exploration of Pi ( 3.14159265358979323846…) using yarn and circular objects. Followed by engineering a whirly twirly copter using the template found in your supply sack (or download here).
Use yarn to measure the diameter across the middle of various circular objects around the home (for example: jar lid, mouth of a cup, plate, roll of tape, CD, etc.). This activity will help kids better understand the concept of Pi.
Create a whirly-bird copter using a template. Test it out as is and change the engineering of the copter and see what happens.
Pi Activity: yarn*, scissors, tape*, circular objects (reasonable size, not too big or too small) to wrap yarn around
Whirly Twirly Copter: cut-n-fold template*, scissors, scotch tape* and/or paper clips* (optional)
* = found in the supply sack
6:25 – 6:50 p.m.
Rebecca Zuspan, Northern United Humboldt Charter
Make a color wheel to spin and create the color white.
Participants will make a color wheel using card stock and a circular object with the colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Then string the color wheel with string and twirl so that the string is spun tight. Hold each end of the string with each hand. Pull and loosen string to make the color wheel spin quickly. See the colors turn to white.
* = found in the supply sack
6:50 – 7:15 p.m.
Tanya Trump, HCOE and Liz Houchin, Rio Dell School District
This maze is easy to put together and customize. Only a few supplies are needed. If you want, decorate or paint your paper plate in advance.
Create a marble maze from a paper plate and paper straws.
* = found in the supply sack.