A couple of weeks ago I shared some of the activities we did for Engineers’ Week last year. This year I’m actually planning ahead so I’m hoping it will be even more fun!
1. Visit a FAB LAB. What is a FAB LAB? It’s a fabrication laboratory where people can create “stuff” using 3D printers, laser engravers, and other equipment. Check out this link to find out what you can do at a FAB LAB or this one to find one near you.
2. Computer Programming – Since E has 2 years of experience programming the LEGO Mindstorm NXT through FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and C will be on a FLL team next season, we will be completing a programming challenge similar to the one found here.
3. Take a fun factory tour – Check out Factory Tours USA to see what factory tours are available in your area. We’re planning to tour a Chocolate Factory with some homeschooling friends.
4. Celebrate Pi Day on 3/14 – I’m planning to do circle art and calculate the perimeter of a very large circle. Of course we will make chocolate pie for dessert.
5. Building Bridges – We’ve recently picked up a couple of books about bridges including one with directions for building your own bridges. We’re lucky enough to live close to a few historic lift bridges, so we will visit some of those. I’m also planning on the boys putting together a model of a lift bridge like the one above.
Some of my plans may go by the wayside if the boys come up with their own ideas, that’s okay. This is a fun week of exploring, creating, building, and designing.