Agent of Change

Former Name: The Engineering of Power & Energy

Camp | Grades 3-8

In this camp students will explore electrical, environmental, marine, and mechanical engineering. They will explore harnessing energy, directional energy transformation, the relationships between potential energy and kinetic energy, and electrical circuitry.

Power and energy are what everything requires to move, turn on, light up, and make noise. In The Agent of Change camp, students will break up into engineering teams and help each other to create unique ways to harness, manipulate, and use energy efficiently. Each day, students will have the chance to add a power-up light to their power and energy meter by completing that day’s camp challenge.

Does Your Boat Float?

In this activity, students explore the concepts of floating and sinking as they design a basic boat using aluminum foil designed to hold a certain number of pennies without sinking. Additionally, they will design a boat that is propelled by flowing water and modify their boat design to move in multiple directions.

Loading Cargo

Students will demonstrate the properties of pulleys and levers as they construct and operate a pulley delivery system to load supplies onto the pirate ship. The activity is designed to help them understand the way in which simple machines are tools to make work easier.

Sailing Away

In this activity, students construct a sailboat and test its effectiveness in the water against a current of air produced by an electric fan. They should observe how the addition of a sail can help a boat use the power of wind to move, testing various materials for a sail and selecting a material based on observations during testing.

Goin’ Fishin’

Students will examine ways commercial fishermen use nets to catch a lot of fish at one time and practice estimating the amounts of objects, comparing estimates to actual amounts. They will design a net that won’t catch endangered sea turtles but will still allow commercial fishermen to catch fish.

Diving For Treasure

For this camp activity, students will apply previous knowledge of material properties to create a Cartesian diver, designing a hook that allows their Cartesian diver to retrieve buried treasure. This activity allows them to explore the concept of buoyancy and understand that marine engineers design various tools to help us explore the ocean.