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Science & Nature

Challenge Camp: You Vs. Science

In this camp held twice a week, students will explore a new scientific concept each class by attempting a variety of interactive, hands-on STEM experiments, activities or games.
Michael Barr, M.Ed
273 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 4 learners
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50 minutes
per class
Twice per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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*If you do not have a particular material, feel free to substitute something similar (make a paper funnel if you don't have a plastic one, etc.). I may also have suggestions for quick and easy to find substitutes during my instructions for each challenge. If a partner is needed, but one is unavailable for challenges, I will give students suggestions on how to complete the activity alone. As always, feel free to message me with material questions. Class 1: Forces 1. a partner (a parent, sibling, etc.) for some of the challenges 2. five pieces of paper (8.5x11) 3. scissors 4. a broom Class 2: Gravity 1. a sheet of paper 2. a small chair (an adult sized chair can be used too if needed). Class 3: Air Pressure 1. a sink (to get water and to catch water that may spill) - As a substitute, use a tub and bring enough water to fill the plastic cup. 2. a plastic cup 3. an index card (or thicker paper - like tagboard or file folder or poster board or thin cardboard (like from a cereal box) cut to index card size) that will completely cover the top of the plastic cup 4. a dry, empty plastic bottle (any size) 5. a piece of paper 6. 2 straws Class 4: Air Pressure's Revenge 1. 2 pieces of paper 2. a kitchen funnel 3. a clear, plastic cup 4. scissors 5. a sink (for water and to catch any water that may spill) 6. a large bowl or small tub (that you could fill with water during class) 7. a balloon (regular sized, NOT a small, water balloon size) 8. a disposable water bottle ( 16oz., 24 oz. or a 2 liter will work, as long as the end of a balloon can be wrapped around the lip of the bottle). IMPORTANT... have a parent help you cut (or punch) a hole in the side of the bottle near the bottom (pea sized will work). 9. a small ball that fits in the funnel (a paper ball could be used as a back-up) Class 5: Friction 1. 2 magazines (same size) or 2 paperback books (same size, about 50 to 150 pages) 2. cookie sheet or another flat, smooth surface (cutting board, large metal pan, etc.) 3. a small paper ball (marble-sized) 4. a large paper ball (fist-sized) 5. 1 paper clip (any size) 6. 1 coin (any size/type) 7. a fork Class 6: The Touch Challenge 1. 2 pencils (sharpened) 2. a partner (parent, sibling, etc. for a couple of challenges) 3. a ruler (at least 12" or 30 cm long) 4. 2 identical containers that you can fit your hands into - up to (at least) your wrists (boxes, bowls, paper bags, etc.) 5. 2 identical coins (any type) 6. 2 large paper clips (you can substitute 2 identical items similar in size to a large paper clip (large bottle cap, etc.)) 7. 2 small paper clips (you can substitute 2 identical items similar in size to a small paper clip (small legos, etc.)) 8. 2 small paper balls 9. 2 pen caps (or substitute 2 identical items similar in size to pen caps) Class 7: The Sight Challenge 1. paper tube (paper towel or toilet paper, a straw will also work) 2. 2 sharpened pencils 3. 3 pennies or any other coins (3 identical) 4. plastic cup 5. a ball that is soft or a small pillow Class 8: The Hearing Challenge 1. a metal pan with raised sides (6 inch x 6 inch/15 cm X 15 cm or larger) - a metal cookie sheet also works 2. 5 different small objects (for example, paper clip, eraser, coin, small ball, spoon, fork, or pencil) 3. 10 pennies (or any 10 coins that are the same type) 4. 2 spoons 5. a paper towel tube (toilet paper tubes also works) - if you don't have an empty roll, just bring a roll that still has paper on it Class 9: The Taste and Smell Challenge 1. 2 small portions of 3 different foods - (for example, 2 banana pieces, 2 cheese pieces, 2 pieces of lunch meat, 2 cookie pieces, etc.) 2. 4 Q-tips, a straw or a spoon (for dipping and tasting) 3. lemon juice (we will use just a squirt) - orange juice or a very small amount of vinegar will also work 4. salt water (we will only need a small amount - about 25 ml to 50 ml) - make sure the salt is at least partially dissolved 5. sugar water (same directions as the salt water) 6. small piece of orange peel - anything bitter can be substituted (like a very small amount of black tea, coffee, or baker's chocolate) 7. This one is strange, but fun... 4 unlaundered (the dirtier the better!) pieces of clothing from family members (we will need to use clothing from at least 2 different family members) - for example 1 shirt from the student, 1 from a sibling and 2 shirts from an adult(s) 8. 2 paper towels or a clean washcloth Class 10: The Energy Challenge 1. small toy car (Matchbox style, Lego car, etc.) 2. a flat surface to be used as a ramp (cookie sheet, longer piece of cardboard, cutting board, etc.) 3. 6 thicker books (when the books are stacked, the total height should be at least 9 inches (20 cm)) 4. 6 feet (2 m) of string (or dental floss or sewing thread (which may need to be doubled to make it stronger) 5. 6 feet (2 m) of string (yup... a second length of string for a different challenge) 6. a large ball (basketball or soccer sized) 7. a small ball (baseball or tennis ball sized) 8. a balloon (not water ballon sized) 9. tape (lighter tape is best) 10. a straw Class 11: The Laws of Motion 1. a plastic cup or bowl 2. a piece of paper or index card large enough to cover the opening of the cup 3. 10 to 15 coins (any type/size is okay, but it will be easier if they were the same type) 4. a large book (big enough to completely cover both of your hands if you were holding it) 5. a balloon 6. a small coin (penny, nickel, etc.) 7. 2 objects that weigh about 5 pounds each (2.5kg each) 8. a timer or stopwatch (to time yourself in a challenge) Class 12: Newton's Revenge (Inertia) 1. a quarter (or any large sized coin) 2. a long, sharpened pencil 3. a piece of bread (We will be spearing this item on the pencil, so other types of food (half a banana, small orange, slice of cheese, etc.) will work). Some students have used a play-dough ball for this as well. 4. a piece of paper 5. a plastic cup (6 oz. / 250 ml or larger)
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Michael Barr, M.Ed
Lives in the United States
273 total reviews
200 completed classes

About Me

Hello! My name is Michael Barr. I have been teaching all subject areas for over 25 years with students in grades K through 8.

My Outschool classes focus on mathematics tutoring and hands-on science classes. For each class, my goal is for students... 
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