Lakota Summer Science Virtual Institute 2020
Welcome students in the Lakota Summer Science Virtual Institute 2020 presented by Generations Indigenous Ways! Little Shop of Physics will be hosting a few sessions, where we share and learn about science. We have a wide variety of hands-on materials to explore our world. This page is a place where you can learn more about the different tools you received.
Break visible light into different colors!
Please note: It is never safe to look at the Sun, unless it is full eclipsed or you have special glasses (rainbow glasses do not protect your eyes from the awesome power of the Sun).
Look at different light sources. What do you see? What’s beyond the rainbow?
Please note: It is never safe to look at the Sun, unless it is full eclipsed or you have special glasses (Chromadepth glasses do not protect your eyes from the awesome power of the Sun either).
How are these bending light? Can you create art that will pop off the page? Check out these videos made special for the glasses.
Chromadepth video - Atoms
Chromadepth video - Rain
These beads change color and it is up to you to determine what exactly makes it change (hint the name almost gives it away). Read more about these dynamic beads: Can you get a sunburn on Mars?
This is a great tool to explore your world in finer detail. What sorts of mysteries can you find?
We have tools to measure all sorts of things, this one measures time! How fast is your reaction time?
The infrared thermometers (IR thermometer) measure far infrared (heat you feel) radiating from everything around you. Have you ever wondered why it is colder on clear nights than cloudy nights (Activity: ColderOnClearThanCloudy)? Explore using your IR thermometer!
Please note: The infrared thermometer can not handle the awesome power of our Sun, and pointing this at the Sun may result in frying the sensors.
These are a great tool to learn about energy transfer. The liquid inside is sodium acetate (baking soda and vinegar). Read more about this here about the reusable hand warmers and energy:
This great video shows you what you can do with a large amount of sodium acetate!
Science at Home Kits
This kit includes two magnets, a battery, and an LED (light emitting diode). How many different science experiments can you make with this one kit? I sense you can make well over 20!
You will create your own spectrometer using the CD. You can use cardboard or anything else that will make it dark. Be creative and try things out!
Here is a spectroscope-template-2 to use and a how to video to watch.