Game Day STEM 6/22: Egghead Day 1

Game Day STEM 6/22: Egghead Day 1

Today, in Game Day STEM, the students used a “Free Fall Impact Tester” to test how well specific materials protect a hard-boiled egg from a free falling object. The goal of the activity was to simulate how well different materials used in helmets protect the head from impact all while learning about free fall distance and velocity.

Ask your student: What is the relationship between the height of a dropped object and the velocity with which the object is traveling? (The higher the height the object is dropped from, the greater the velocity. There is a direct relationship between height and velocity)

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Game Day STEM 6/21: Pole Vaulting!

Game Day STEM 6/21: Pole Vaulting!

Today, students continued to explore the important role that physics plays in sports.  They also investigated how potential and kinetic energy plays a role in pole vaulting. After collecting data, students hypothesized the optimal conditions for a vault, and using an online simulation, they were able to test some of these hypotheses by changing various factors that affect pole vaulting (speed of vaulter, height of bar, etc.).

Ask your student: Is there an optimal amount of flexibility in the pole that would be best for the vaulter? Which factor had the biggest effect on whether or not the vaulter cleared the bar?

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Game Day STEM 6/20: What’s Your Vertical?

Game Day STEM 6/20: What’s Your Vertical?

Today students tested to see how the position of your body affects the way it moves. After selecting a few different angles, the students precisely measured the flexion of their knee, and then measured how high they could jump!

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Ask your student: What angle helped you to jump the highest?

Game Day STEM – 6/19: Splash Science

Game Day STEM – 6/19: Splash Science

To start off the week, in one of their lessons the students investigated splash. They experimented with different variables in order to hypothesize what is necessary for divers to enter the water with minimal splash. Students generated an investigable question, developed a procedure to test their question, and analyzed the results of their experiment.

While testing their hypothesis students dropped many different weighted objects at different heights into the water to see what was different in the splash.

A question to ask your student: What was your investigable question(s)? (various answers)

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What splash do you think this will create? The young scientists are coming up with “testable” questions about how the height, angle of entry, and shape of an object will affect its splash.
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What splash do you think this will create? The young scientists are coming up with “testable” questions about how the height, angle of entry, and shape of an object will affect its splash.
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Students are trying to determine who they will draft based on the athlete’s body type.
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Students are trying to determine who they will draft based on the athlete’s body type.
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The students are “gearing up” for cycling science! Those nifty purple items are gear kits that allow the students to figure out how to manipulate gear ratio for better performance.

Game Day STEM

Game Day STEM

Ever wonder about the math, engineering, and physics principles that are the foundation of sports?

Come to IMSA to examine the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math behind the many of the sports you know and love!

Students will design, build, and race a robotic swimmer, re-engineer an archer’s bow, test cycling tires and gears, and more!

Participants will leave with an understanding of how STEM concepts are harnessed to help athletes maximize their performance.

Summer 2017 is Almost Here!

Summer 2017 is Almost Here!

We are gearing up for summer 2017 and we are so excited to have all of you!

As we get closer to the start of our programs, here is some information that might be helpful to you.

Day Programs:

  • The program day begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs to 3:00 p.m. Morning drop-off/check in begins at 8:15 a.m. – and concludes at 8:30 a.m. Do NOT drop your child off prior to 8:15, as there will be so supervision available before this time.
  • Monday morning check-in: On the first day of the program, it is mandatory for parents to park and walk their participant to the summer program staff for first-day check-in. Your child will be assigned to a group leader who will be their same leader throughout the week.
  • Lunch is included in the program fee and provided through our food service, Sodexho. They offer many options for students, including burgers, macaroni and cheese, a salad bar, fresh fruit, and many other items. You may choose to send your child with a sack lunch if you prefer. Please note: the cafeteria is NOT a peanut free environment.
  • Pick up is promptly at 3:00 PM. We do not provide extended care. Please be timely and prompt with drop off and pick up for the best and safest experience for every participant.  Our personnel need to prepare for the next day after day programs end at 3:00 p.m.
  • Late Pickup Fee:  IMSA day programs end at 3 p.m.  Any parent/guardian picking up a child late will be assessed a fee of $15 per child for any pickup 15 minutes late and $1 per minute thereafter. Late fees are due on the child’s next day of camp.

Residential Programs:

  • Residential program check-in begins at 6:00 PM on the Sunday before the program start date. The entrance will change based on which dorms the students will be in. Please make note of this in your pre-program email!
  • Please plan on arriving to pick up your child between 1:45-1:55 p.m. the following Friday(the last day of the program). There will be a 30 minute program presentation/wrap-up starting promptly at 2:00 pm.
  • We do not honor requests to pair or group friends or relatives during their class during the day; however, they will have the opportunity to mingle during common activities such as lunch and free time.  Program participants are grouped at random to encourage a positive learning experience, meeting new friends while engaging in program activities.
  • We DO take requests for roommates. Friends or relatives (of the same gender) can be paired as roommates if both parties request each other by sending an email to us a studentenrichment@imsa.edu. Please include the program name and week offered, your child’s name, and the name of the child being requested as a roommate. We must receive this at least 10 days before the first date of your program to accommodate it.
  • Your child will be assigned to a group leader who will be their same leader throughout the week.