I received the Groovy Lab in a Box launch kit for the purpose of this review. The opinions stated herein are 100% my own.
Everyday – all day, the kids ask me if we are going to work on our catapult. They love this – seriously. They are having a ton of fun. Moreover, they are learning about experimentation – taking the information that they gather, and are starting to work on their own designs. Yes, they are not working so well, but that’s what it’s about, right? That’s what I tell them. Do you think that HER2/neu (the growth receptor on a number of breast cancers) was found and sequenced overnight? Do you think it took Dr. Dennis Slamon just one day by himself to discover Herceptin (the drug that blocks the Her2/neu receptor in HER2/neu positive breast tumors and stops growth)? Do you think he did it alone, and it was an easy path to save millions of women?
No, of course not. It took a number of people, clinical trails, ups and downs to get to the final result. That’s what experimentation is.
Over the last few days, we have built two catapults on our path to design our own.
Catapult Findings – Experimenting is Fun!
We have found that our trampoline catapult, made with a cup and a cut balloon was the most affective. It propelled our objects up to 5 feet! Our other catapult wasn’t as affective. We also found that the length you pull the balloon is directionally proportional to the distance of our projectile. So, the further we pulled the balloon, the further the ping-pong ball or pom-pom flew. The ping-pong ball was a more effective projectile than the pom-pom. So, the kids have decided that their catapult will include a trampoline component. We also found that we had to use a rubber band, or better yet, glue to hold the balloon in place on the cup. That was my little Ava’s idea! Should be interesting.
Experimentation ups and downs
Yeah, it hasn’t been all roses in our household. We have had a lot of ups and downs. First, when the box came, the kids got so excited, they started taking it apart. Sigh. Needless to say, mom had to replace some missing components, including the compostable box used for our box and spoon catapult. I replaced it with a normal jewelry book, so all was not lost – but still frustrating.
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Have your kids been working on a science experiment in school? I would love to hear all about it!