Hoops by Hani

March 14, 2017 – Stop Motion animation projects encourage design thinking, 2-D modelling, and frame-by-frame animation. For one hour of work, students can produce 3 second videos. This top video is called “Hoops”. Great job Hani! We look forward to producing longer films at future STEM after-school meetups! Thank you Mike Belanger for volunteering to host this STEM … More Hoops by Hani

Makey Makey by Britannia Woods

On February 13, 2017, Networking for Youth (N4Y) and high school volunteer Shivam Mehta collaborated with Britannia Woods to build connected game consoles. Supplied with coins, markers, cardboard and a console template, students built console projects as unique and playful as their interests and personalities. This activity is designed to connect the physical (console) to the … More Makey Makey by Britannia Woods

Maker Faire Ottawa 2016: Scavenger Hunt

October 16, 2016 – On Sunday, October 16th, 2016, 30 youth from the Britannia Woods community, and 5 youth from the Morrison Gardens community, participated in the Annual Maker Faire Ottawa (MFO) at Lansdowne Park. Organizers of the MFO field trip provided notebooks & pens to participants to take notes at the event. Age of participants ranged from 6-15 … More Maker Faire Ottawa 2016: Scavenger Hunt

The Disappearing Coin

Refraction or Reflection? On August 22, 2016 campers from the Catholic Centre for Immigrants learned how to make a coin disappear with refraction. We experimented with light. Using a laser beam, we examined the red laser light as it contacts water. The water caused the beam to refract, or bend. Using many LED lights to create a strong … More The Disappearing Coin

DIY Homopolar Motors

August 15, 2016 – With support from Team TREC, campers at Catholic Centre for Immigrants built homopolar motors with three basic supplies: AA battery, copper wire and rare earth magnet. Copper wire is a conductor and AA battery provides the current. Learning Outcomes: Current, Rotation, Rotations per Minute (RPM), Magnetic field, Rare earth magnet, Wavelength, … More DIY Homopolar Motors

Wheels, Axles & Acceleration

August 7, 2016 – TeamTREC hosted a workshop on wheels and axels. Learning outcomes: horizontal acceleration (car moving forward), vertical acceleration (rockets), friction (contact between tires and road), air resistance, engine power. The winning car? Light design, 1 balloon-powered engine and flexible wheels and axles. “Each week we start with a box of crafts. Then we build … More Wheels, Axles & Acceleration

Rockets, Juno and Jupiter

On August 2, 2016, Britannia Woods & Somali Centre for Family Services campers made 60+ amazing Apollo-inspired rockets! Supplies: Gatorade bottle, Star Wars labels, glitter stars, newspaper, neon elastics, NASA rocket diagram and a list of top rocket names (ex., redstone). Learning outcomes: oxidizer, fuel, guidance system, fins, cone, and Newton’s Third law of motion. “I … More Rockets, Juno and Jupiter

Fiber Optics, Cell Towers & Aquila

July 27, 2016 – Congratulations to the awesome campers at Britannia Woods, Somali Centre for Family Services and Catholic Centre for Immigrants on building models of laser beams, cell towers with radio waves, and fibre optic cables. Team TREC worked collaboratively with campers to build and label infrastructure/pipeline projects. Campers also watched a video on Aquila, … More Fiber Optics, Cell Towers & Aquila