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Use these daily "What If" questions to engage youth to ask questions and think about how this action would change the present. Challenge youth to research current facts about the question and present their findings and solutions. Learn more about the United Nations SDGs 

1 Meter Maker Vehicle

Introduction: Imagine designing or re-engineering cars, trucks or buses you see everyday? Today you can!

Challenge: Build a vehicle that will move using any household items. What will propel your vehicle to move a meter?

Objective: Make something move using a reaction.

Tools: LEGO, elastics, balloons, bottle caps, cardboard, etc.

Véhicule Auto-Propulsé

Introduction: Imaginez que vous conceviez ou réorganisiez des voitures, des camions ou des bus que vous voyez tous les jours ? Aujourd'hui, vous le pouvez !   

Défi: Construisez un véhicule qui se déplacera en utilisant n'importe quel objet ménager. Qu'est-ce qui propulsera votre véhicule pour déplacer un mètre ?

Objectif: Faire bouger quelque chose en utilisant une réaction.

Des outils: LEGO, élastiques, ballons, bouchons de bouteilles, carton, etc.

Build a structure

What is more fun than building a small house for your pet or yourself?  Use any boxes or materials that you have in your home to build a structure. Engineering process. How will you make changes to your design to improve the structure? 

Bâtir une structure

Quoi de plus amusant que de construire une petite maison pour votre animal de compagnie ou pour vous-même? Utilisez les boîtes ou les matériaux que vous avez chez vous pour construire une structure! Processus d'ingénierie:

 

Comment allez-vous modifier votre conception pour améliorer la structure?

Creating you and co.

Imagine you had a logo for a  company that represented your individuality and helped out in your community. What would be your purpose? How can colors affect our message or image? We are often attracted to different colors. The colors of the rainbow, the tints of the colors (pale vs dark), the monochromatic (one color), the primary colors (blue-red-yellow) and the secondary colors (orange-green-purple)attract us all in different ways. What colors would you choose to represent you?

Help your learner with these 6 questions! Design Thinking Questions for Parents/Guardians.

Create Teachable Moments Guide

La création de Vous et Cie.

Imaginez que vous ayez un logo pour une entreprise qui représente votre individualité et qui aide à votre communauté. Quel serait votre objectif? Comment les couleurs peuvent-elles affecter notre message ou notre image? Nous sommes souvent attirés par des couleurs différentes. Les couleurs de l'arc-en-ciel, les teintes des couleurs (pâle ou foncé), le monochrome (une couleur), les couleurs primaires (bleu-rouge-jaune) et les couleurs secondaires (orange-vert-violet) nous attirent tous de différentes façons. Quelles couleurs choisiriez-vous pour vous représenter?

Aidez votre apprenant avec ces 6 questions! Des questions de réflexion sur le processus de design pour les parents/tuteurs.

Questions pour moments d'apprentissage.

Build a home composter

Create a backyard composter that could divert most if not all of your vegetable food waste from the landfill. This is a project in three stages. (1) Identify food waste in your household that could be easily diverted. (2) Create a container/space inside your house easily accessible to you food preparation area, where your vegetable waste can be stored short term before moving to your main composter. (3) Identify a space and gather materials for your outside composter area.

 

Learn to make a composter

Help your learner with these 6 questions! Design Thinking Questions for Parents/Guardians. 

Teachable Moments Guide 

​​Construire un composteur domestique

Créez un composteur de jardin qui pourrait détourner la plupart et même tous vos déchets alimentaires végétaux du dépotoir. Il s'agit d'un projet en trois étapes. (1) Identifier les déchets alimentaires de votre foyer qui pourraient être facilement détournés. (2) Créer un contenant facilement accessible à votre zone de préparation des aliments, où vos déchets végétaux peuvent être stockés à court terme.  (3) Identifiez un espace et rassemblez les matériaux pour votre zone de compostage extérieure.

Créez un composteur de jardin

Aidez votre apprenant avec ces 6 questions ! Des questions de réflexion sur le processus de design pour les parents/tuteurs.

Questions pour moments d'apprentissage

Build a working submarine

You’ve probably made a boat that floats, but how about a working submarine! Submarines are used by scientists, explorers, and even the Navy to travel underwater. Without submersible vehicles, we would never have discovered bioluminescent fish, such as  the anglerfish. What other amazing features do you think are left to discover? In today’s activity, you’ll be creating a prototype of a submarine that can dive and resurface!

Check out this link for an idea of what you can build!

Ready to test your design? Check out this video! 

Find out how scientists and students are using technology and creativity to explore oceans

Submarine Design Thinking Guide

Construisez un sous-marin fonctionnel

Vous avez probablement déjà fait un bateau qui flotte, mais que diriez-vous d'un sous-marin fonctionnel! Les sous-marins sont utilisés par les scientifiques, les explorateurs et même la Marine pour voyager sous l'eau. Sans véhicules submersibles, nous n'aurions jamais découvert de poissons bioluminescents, comme la baudroie. Quelles autres fonctionnalités étonnantes pensez-vous qu'il reste à découvrir?Dans l'activité d'aujourd'hui, vous allez créer un prototype de sous-marin qui peut plonger et refaire surface!

Suivre ce lien pour une idée de ce que vous pouvez construire! 

​Apprenez comment les scientifiques at les étudiants explorent l'océan en utilisant de nouvelles technologies.

 

Guide du processus de design pour l'activité sous-marine

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Déconstruit un Jouet + Circuits de TinkerCAD

Pirater un jouet

Aujourd'hui le défi #FunCréatif : Pirater un jouet. Nous avons tous ce bac à jouets qui contient des choses que nous n'utilisons plus. Quels sont les trésors qui s'y trouvent et combien de nouveaux plaisirs pourriez-vous en tirer? Que pouvons-nous apprendre en démontant un jouet?


Regardez ça >> https://bit.ly/3cWpUyt

Aidez votre apprenant avec ces 6 questions! Des questions de réflexion sur le processus de design pour les parents/tuteurs.

Questions pour moments d'apprentissag

Labo Créatif Naturel

Qu'avez-vous fait dans votre #naturalmakerspace ces derniers temps ? ces derniers temps? Nous aimerions voir vos projets de création. Partagez une photos, une vidéo ou une description de votre initiative sous cette publication. Merci à tous les enseignants / parents et élèves qui ont participé et partagé. Un partage équivaut à des centaines de personnes inspirées. N'ayez pas peur d'être le changement que vous voulez voir dans le monde.


>>https://youtu.be/tW2FFxqj31w

Concevez le terrain de jeu de vos rêves

Créez votre terrain de jeu idéale avec des matériaux que vous avez à la maison et l’espace extérieur dont vous disposez.

Aidez votre apprenant avec ces 6 questions! Des questions de réflexion sur le processus de design pour les parents/tuteurs.

Questions pour moments d'apprentissag

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SCRATCH CHALLENGE

Introduction:  Create your own video game or animated story.  If you did Tuesday's Nature Walk and have images and recorded sounds -- add these to your Scratch project. 

Challenge:  Create and share an animated story or game.

Tools: tablet, computer, scratch junior Internet tools: Download Scratch App  or visit www.scratch.mit.edu

CHAIN REACTION 

Introduction: Create a chain reaction of event using any item you prefer. Think about simple machines and how you can incorporate them in your construction.

Challenge: 

Engineering process.

How will you make changes to your design or improve the structure?

Objective: Build a fun structure. 

Tools: LEGO, staws, pipes, wood sticks, cardboard, etc.

COMMUNITY OF THE FUTURE

Introduction: What will our future look like? Build a futuristic dream school or even have fun building a whole community.

Challenge: Problem solving. Identify a problem and design an original solution with a practical application.

Objective: Re-imagine anything in your community (school, park, streets, hospital etc) how can you make it better? What technology would you create to build it better.

Tools: Build using cardboard, glue, LEGOs, build in the on the BL Minecraft server.

Online Tools:  Download your learning journal at www.brilliantlabs.ca/community-of-the-future Also, visit our Minecraft server to build your Community of the Future virtually. 

MINECRAFT

Introduction:  This is your big chance Minecraft players. Join our Minecraft Server and help imagine brighter future!

Challenge:  There are 6 zones available to build including a Sustainable Development Goal zone, Community of the Future Zone, Dream House Zone, School of the Future Zone, and 2 Fun Zones.

Compatible Devices: Server is only available for Minecraft PE edition which means iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch.

CLICK to get started and follow instructions.

JUNK DRAWER 

Introduction:  This is your big chance Minecraft players. Join our Minecraft Server and help imagine brighter future!You know that messy drawer in the kitchen? You know which one we mean. It can be filled with almost anything. It's the place of forgotten treasures.

Challenge: Ask an adult to look in the drawer to make sure there isn't anything sharp. Now, close your eyes and pick 1-5 items. Find innovative ways to use these materials in new innovative ways, to save money, reduce waste or re purpose for a new use.

objective: Find 3 ways to re-use items chosen. Take photos or create a funny video.

BUILD A LUNAR LANDER

Introduction:  If astronauts lived on the moon how would they get supplies to live and work? How could we deliver those materials without breaking anything? There is a lot to think about. For example, did you know there is less atmosphere on the moon?

Challenge: To create a design hypothesis and test it out.

objective: Build a lunar lander that will land an egg safely on the moon.

Tools: paper, straw, cotton balls, string, tape, sticks, bubble wrap, elastic bands, fabric scraps, paper clips, cardboard, scissors, eggs...

Online Tools: 

ww.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/resources-young/junior-astronauts

Search: Lunar Resupply Mission

FLAT IS BORING: TINKERCAD 3D DESIGN 

Introduction:  Did you ever want to design your own coffee mug or even pencil holder? Did you lose a part of one of your favorite toys? Do you dream of finding your name on a favorite item?

Challenge: Using Tinkercad, successfully design your own 3D object. (We can print it. Let's connect via social channels or www.brilliantlabs.ca/makerfun)

Tools: Computer, tablet. Tinkercad account.

Online Tools: 

Tinkercad.com is a free online 3D design tool (grades K+)

Visit YouTube.com Search: Brilliant Labs for "How to Tinkercad"

Learn Tinkercad. Watch this video!

GEOMETRY DESIGN CHALLENGE

Introduction:  Geometry is all about lines, angles, shapes, and space. Geometry fills our homes and backyards. It is a nice blend of art and logic.

Challenge: Geometry is the part of math that helps you build and create using shapes, angles, dimensions, volume... recreate a geometric pattern using the materials of your choice.

objective: Create a geometric picture using shapes, circles, angles, lines. Be artistic.

Tools: Paper, construction paper, pencil, pencil crayons, ruler (use gemoetry set if you have one). 

Online Tools: See some ideas here

Watch Circle of Life Drawing Time Lapse

MAKE A FLIP BOOK

Introduction:  Did you know that all of our favourite animated movies start with a single drawing? When you switch between individual drawings really quickly you can create your own animations with just a few supplies.

Today, think about bibodiversity (a mix of many different types of animals and plants) is vital to keeping our land and freshwater resources healthy. UNSDG 15 is all about protecting and appreciating the unique species and ecosystems that make our planet so amazing.

Challenge: Pick an animal you like or one you want to learn about. Think about where this animal lives.  Can you draw a picture of this animal? What is it doing? 

Objective: Create a flipbook that animates your animal in their natural habitat.

Tools: Paper (cardstock works best), pencil, markers, crayons, glitter, glue, or any other art supplies. Don’t forget string, a binder clip, or stapler to keep your flipbook together.

Online Tools: 

How to make a flip book.

Learn about animal habitats 

Help your learner with these 6 questions! Design Thinking Questions for Parents/Guardians. 

OCEAN POLLUTION SOLUTION 

Introduction:  How can we better manage oil spills in our oceans? There is a small window of time to act in order to save marine life as possible by containing and removing the oil. An oil spill happens when liquid petroleum (what gas, plastics, and other products are made from) accidentally spills from a vehicle, ship,or pipeline into the environment -- either on land or in the water. The result is very negative for the environment, people, and animals.

Challenge: Observe the effects of an oil spill in a marine setting and explore different methods to contain/clean up with materials and booms to contain it. To build an oil spill containment boom from materials at home. Test absorbent materials (able to soak up liquid) to clean oil from feather/toy.

Objective: Make a boom to contain an oil spill and test materials that are able to soak up liquids to clean oil off of an animal.

Tools: A pan or bowl (clear is best), water, pitcher, cooking oil, food colouring. fork,plastic bags, straws, fabric, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, dryer lint, paper towel, sock, cardboard, scissors, dish soap, feathers OR small toys.

 

Pre-setup: It is important to have a designated area to test so that it will not be ruined if water and oil (with food colouring) spill. Make sure it is easy to clean, maybe protect it with a drop cloth. You can prepare your absorbent materials — cotton balls, paper towels, socks by cutting into small pieces about the size of a toonie. Measure 1 cup of water and 4 teaspoons of cooking oil (in separate containers). Depending on what you use for a boom, you may want to pre-cut to the size of the width of your water container (ocean).

Online Tools: 

Learn about LIFE UNDER OUR OCEANS 

Simulate an Oil Spill Cleanup

Help your learner with these 6 questions! Design Thinking Questions for Parents/Guardians. 

Teachable Moments Guide

CREATE A BUG HOTEL

Introduction:  Next time you see a person crunching on an apple or savoring a chocolate bar, remind them that they should thank a pollinator for providing their snack. More than 150 of our food crops rely on pollinators to move pollen among flowers to facilitate fertilization, which ultimately leads to the development of fruits and seeds. How could you help protect these beneficial insects?

Challenge: Beneficial insects support Mother Nature in the development of fruits and seeds.  We challenge you to Build a bug hotel to offer these insects a space where they can grow and hunker down in bad weather.

Objective: Build an insect hotel, also called nest or house, to attract pollinators to your family’s flower or vegetable garden.

Tools: leaves, twigs, loose bark, pine cones, stones. straw, hay, cardboard tubes, egg cartons, bamboo poles, drilled logs, old roof, ceramic tiles, plastic bottles, crumbly bricks, pieces of concrete, twine, chicken wire, hammer, nails, glue, gardening clay pots.

 

Pre-setup: Research how you can use a variety of materials to  build a bug hotel perfect for each type of insect you hope to attract. Solitary bees and wasps seek places to lay their eggs, so they will be attracted to various-sized holes in wood. They also like to hide out in the open spaces in bamboo poles, which you can cut into small pieces. If drilling holes into wood, vary the sizes from 0.2-0.4 inches in diameter so other species will also fill those spaces.  It’s also important to make this project in a garage or outside so not to scratch the furniture.

Online Tools: 

Bug Hotel for Kids

Make a Bug Hotel 

Help your learner with these 6 questions! Design Thinking Questions for Parents/Guardians

Teachable Moments Guide

TREASURE HUNT

Introduction:  Making everyday little changes can help the enviroment. Do you: use refillable water bottles, recycle, turn lights off, unplug computers, stop running water when not being used or dry clothes on a line? Think of these Saving-Energy-Actions as treasures that lead to a healthy planet.

Challenge: Create a map of your house and mark the places on that map where you and your family are going to make changes or have already made changes to help our environment. For example, a light switch that should be turned off when no one is in the room.

objective: Can you draw your map to scale? Try measuring the rooms with a measuring tape! Now find and plan your SDG household treastures to help our planet.

Tools: paper, coloured pencils, markers, ruler, measuring tape, calculator.

Online Tools: See some ideas here

EGG CARTON CHARACTERS

Introduction:  Let’s get our creative groove going and build an original character from an egg carton!

Challenge:  Make something original and new out of a boring old Egg Carton!  What type of adventure will your character go on ? Do you need to invent a language using algorithms ? Share your story using video, scratch, animation or a funny voice recorder.

objective: Take us on a fun virtual adventure with your new egg carton character.

Tools: Egg carton, scissors, colouring supplies, plus anything else you have to hand such as: paper, straw, cotton balls, string, tape, sticks, elastic bands, fabric scraps, paper clips, cardboard, foam, wood, plastic, scissors, eggs...Make sure your work space is easy to clean, maybe protect it with a drop cloth if you are using paint, glitter, or glue!

Learn how to make these lovable characters.  Watch Now

For Design Thinking Process guiding questions click here

UPCYCLE FASION 

Introduction:  WAIT! Don’t let the recycling depot take all of those maker goodies just yet. Look those unique textures that could become the next trending fashion accessory. Upcycling is a socially conscious, international phenomenon where makers rely on their creativity to repurpose items before they are recycled. Best of all, your design will not only complement your outfit, but it will also make a bold statement of environmental awareness.

Challenge: Be inspired before that recycling bin goes to the curb. Incorporate two items from your recycling bin into a new upcycled fashion trend. Once designed, constructed, refined and admired, prepare a little photoshoot to get your upcycled fashion accessory trending. #upcycletrendz

Objective: Upcycle two items into a new fashion accessory.

Tools: Two items from recycling bin; paper clips; glue; string; dental floss; scissors; tape; repurposed jewelery or other fashion accessory hardware.

Online Tools: 

Make upcycled jewelry 

UN SDG ActNow

Help your learner with these 6 questions! Design Thinking Questions for Parents/Guardians. 

Teachable Moments Guide 

HARNESS THE WIND

Introduction: Have you ever stood outside on a windy day and felt the energy and force of the wind on your body? Maybe you have seen large wind turbines being used for renewable energy? The concept of harnessing the power of the wind is not new and it has come a long way from its early uses of grinding grain or pumping water on farms to helping us power our electrical grids!  Today you will try to make your own windmill and use it to try and move something!

Challenge: Design and build a windmill that will lift a small object, the size of a LEGO character, off a flat surface. Re-use materials from your recycling bin in your construction and re-purpose other materials from around the house!

Objective: Using the power of wind, lift a small object, like a LEGO figure, at least 5 cm above a surface.

Tools: Milk carton, juice container or a small box, cardboard, string, dowel or pencil, LEGO figure or small object, scissors, and glue.

 

ResourceClick to make this project

Help your learner with these 6 questions! Design Thinking Questions for Parents/Guardians. 

Teachable Moments Guide 

BLACKOUT POETRY 

Introduction: How can we have an impact on our world and share our thoughts and feelings? Poetry is a great way to express our concerns about climate change topics such as sustainable access to water.Let’s focus on the importance of our words and create a blackout poetry piece of art to share a message about climate change and water access.

Challenge: Blackout Poetry is a form of “Found Poetry”. You select words that catch your interest from any text you have and then you black out all the words you don’t want.

Objective: Create a blackout poetry piece of art to convey a message with words and imagery.

Tools: A text (paper copy of magazine article, newspaper article, page from an old book etc.), markers or colouring tools, pencil.

Prep: Brainstorm choosing your words before using a marker until you are happy with your choices.If you are using a permanent marker, make sure you have something under your paper to protect your workspace.

Resource

About Blackout Poetry 

Online Blackout Poetry Generator 

Help your learner with these 6 questions! Design Thinking Questions for Parents/Guardians. 

Teachable Moments Guide 

MADE YOU SMILE

Introduction: What if we could flood the internet with videos to make someone smile? To let them know we are thinking about them? To connect with one another?

Challenge: To create a 15-30 second video using a digital media tool. To develop digital media skills.

Objective: Create a video and share it with a family member, friend, or neighbour who might need a smile. Use the stop-moition skills you learned earlier this week.

Tools: Computer, webcam, iPad, tablet, Stop Motion app., stop motion supplies (playdough, LEGO, action figures, craft supplies), audio files ...

Pre-Activity Set up: It is important to have a designated area to film that is well lit and spacious depending on what you are filming. A great starting strategy is to create a storyboard that will help visualize your video creation.

Help your learner with these 6 questions! Design Thinking Questions for Parents/Guardians. 

Teachable Moments Guide 

CONSTELLATION LIGHTBOX 

Introduction: When we look at the night sky and see our universe, filled with an infinite number of stars, galaxies and planets. Some people can recognize the big dipper (Ursa Major) or Orion, but how did these constellations get their name? Why do some stars shine brighter than others? What if you were on a different planet? What would they look like then?

Challenge: Your challenge is to identify a constellation, research its history then construct a box or container that contains a light source, and an interchangeable cover or slide that has holes mapping the chosen constellations. What is the history of your chosen constellations? What are their cultural significance?Your lightbox must be capable of projecting your constellation onto a ceiling or wall.

Objective: Build a series of constellation cards that can be projected onto a wall in a dark room. You may also choose to create information cards about the constellation to go with your lightbox to narrate the story of the night sky to your family.

Tools: Paint, cardboard, construction paper, tinfoil, pencils, pins or a thumbtack, flashlight, scissors, scotch tape, light(christmas lights, electronic candle, flashlight, smartphone).

Resource

Get a Sky Wheel for your community

Make a Star Finder 

DIY Constellation Cards

Help your learner with these 6 questions! Design Thinking Questions for Parents/Guardians. 

Teachable Moments Guide 

HISTORICAL MAKEOVER

Introduction: What would happen if we had never made any art throughout history? What would we know about the past? How can we make sure people in the future have clues about our lives? How can we learn from past art and see how we have evolved? Is there a way we can see gender equity (giving each person access to the resources they need) or lack of equity in art?

Challenge: Create a work of art in your own style, based on a famous work of art from history.

Objective: Give old art a sdg makeover!

Tools: Any art supplies you have - paper, pencils, fabric, paint, markers, clay, instruments, video, anything!

Prep: Find a picture of a historical work of art, from a book or online, but don’t mess with it! You’ll be making a totally new piece.

Help your learner with these 6 questions! Design Thinking Questions for Parents/Guardians. 

Teachable Moments Guide 

#MakerFUN 1PM AST #NATURAL MAKER Every Tuesday & Thursday.

GROW A GARDEN FROM GROCERIES

Introduction: Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a great way to stay healthy and help the environment. Did you know that you can even start growing produce from scraps? Imagine growing green peppers, onions and potatoes from what you already have at home. What can you grow from fruit and vegetable scraps?

 

Activity: Regrow fruits or vegetables from leftover produce.

 

Objective: To improve the health and well-being of people and the planet by growing produce.

 

Tools: Mini greenhouse from #MakerFun challenge, containers or cartons from recycling, soil, water, scissors, seeds and cut ends of produce.

Prep: Don’t throw out those little bits of fruits or veggies in your refrigerator, why not try to regrow and enjoy them all over again. Do you have the ends from onions, or maybe lettuce hearts? What about pepper seeds or even seeds from your favorite fruit? Imagine if you could turn those scraps into fresh produce.

 

Watch Here!

Help your learner with these 6 questions! Design Thinking Questions for Parents/Guardians. 

Teachable Moments Guide 

GROW YOUR FOOD

Introduction:  Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? What comes from your own town or province? What comes from Canada? What  travels all the way from another country to end up at your grocery store? Could you grow most of the food your family needs? Spring is there, it’s time to plan your family garden.

Activity: Create a map of your outdoor space (draw it or use google earth to have a more precise portrait) or find the perfect indoor space to grow plants. Think of the vegetables and fruits your family eats the most. Which ones can grow in our Canadian climate? How could you make the most of your space? What plants are best suited to grow together?

Objective: Create a garden plot (map) detailing what fruits and vegetables you will be planting.

Tools: Paper and pencil or computer, google earth, paint, 3D software, measuring tape, calculator…A sunny area to start your seeds. Your plants will need lots of sun, water and soil nutrients.

Prep: Talk to your parents to find the perfect spot for your family garden. Draw the space or use a google earth photo of the space. If you have no outdoor space available, maybe you can plan an indoor garden. Determine the sunniest area in your house.

Help your learner with these 6 questions! Design Thinking Questions for Parents/Guardians. 

Teachable Moments Guide 

NATURAL SCAVENGER HUNT

Introduction:  Time to get some interactions without any social interactions. What is more fun than a scavenger hunt?

Activity:  Plan an outdoor scavenger hunt for your family. Use your imagination, plan and create or use this cool Brilliant Labs Natural scavenger Hunt. What could you create with the tresors you found?

Objective: Once you found all the objects, put them in groups (or classify) them. Write down what you see. Explain how these objects are similar and different. 

To help you with this activity download this student scavenger hunt journal. 

NATURAL PAINT BRUSH

Introduction: Nature is filled with art and tools. Discovering the art around us is fun and peaceful.

Activity: Explore your yard or forest to find branches, leaves or natural materials to create a paint brush.

Objective: Design and make your very own nature paint brush by using natural elements you find on the ground. Show your support to the #ItWillBeOk movement by painting a rainbow using your paintbrush. Make more than one and enjoy exploring textures and smells... Think about other natural elements you could use for your rainbow.

Tools: A branch, twine, leaves, cones, thorns, other natural elements

BUILD A BIRD HOUSE

Introduction:  How can we help birds find a home? Birds need a safe place to lay their eggs. They need protection from the elements and predators. Can we use natural materials to build these houses? Will these materials attract birds? Could we also incorporate recyclable materials in our design?

Activity: Using natural and recycled elements, construct a birdhouse for birds in your yard. What are their nesting needs?

Tools: Bark, cones, twigs, usnea, branches, light natural elements, plastic bottles, hot glue gun, permanent marker

Prep: Use dry natural elements, moist or wet items won’t stick to the recyclable bottle. Place your glue gun on a heat resistant surface to avoid drippings from the glue.

Make it! 

Help your learner with these 6 questions! Design Thinking Questions for Parents/Guardians. 

Teachable Moments Guide 

WEATHER STATION 

Introduction:  What if you could predict the weather? Good understanding of weather is essential when we spend a lot of time outside. You can enjoy the outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions but you need to be prepared. What are the tools you would need?

Activity: Build your own barometer (a scientific instrument that measures air pressure to forecast changes in the weather). As a junior meteorologist, your job is to hypothesize (or make a guess based on what you know right now) about the weather and compare your hypothesis with the weather at your home by the end of the day. There are several ways to create a barometer. Today, all you need is a pine cone. Pine cones open and close their needles depending on humidity (how much water is in the air). When it is a nice day the pine cone needles will open so its seeds can blow in the wind and when it’s going to rain they will close up.

Objective: Build a barometer with a few pine cones. Line them up on your windowsill and watch them over a few days. Make notes each day and share your findings with your family. Be sure to explain how the weather is each day compared to your pine cones. You can also compare your natural weather station with a store barometer if you have one, or Environment Canada's website.

Tools: Pine cones & paper for your observations/findings

Online Resources: 

Environment Canada 

How to make weather station 

Help your learner with these 6 questions! Design Thinking Questions for Parents/Guardians. 

Teachable Moments Guide 

NATURE WALK

Introduction:  Although we are asked to stay-at-home we are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors, while exercising social distancing. What is more educational than a Nature Walk?

Activity:  Take a walk in your community, forest or nature park.

Objective: Take 10 photos and record 10 sounds that you hear. Keep your images and sounds, you will need them for tomorrow's digital challenge.

Tools: phone, camera, tablet

CREATE A SUNDIAL

Introduction: Can you tell the time outdoor without any devices (watch, phone, tablets)?

ActivityMake your very own sundial and learn everything about how the sun position reflects the time. This is a great science project that requires to step outside every hour from sunrise to sunset.

Objective: Experience the relation between the sun position and our daily time frame. Start great conversations about how people were keeping time before technology.

Tools: Stick, 12 stones and a watch. Guess what time it is and then check on a watch.

Learn How to make a sundial