At the beginning of August, Cool Science motored its way to the Sand Creek Library in southern Colorado Springs to help Pikes Pike Community College and the Pikes Peak Library District with their STEAM festival. STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The festival was geared toward pre and early teens and aspiring young scientists.
Cool Science brought a host of activities designed to fool the senses of sound, sight, touch, and taste. "Goofy Ears", which are headphones with pop tubes and funnels, let kids trick their hearing so they couldn’t tell from which direction a sound was coming. Optical devices and cool glasses allowed kids see the world in very strange ways. The young scientists also played with ice melting blocks, where they saw ice cubes melt faster on the “cold” aluminum than on the “warmer” wood. They also discovered if they plugged their noses, they couldn’t taste different flavors of jellybeans.
These and other activities fascinated adults and kids alike. Seeing the science in their own hands, and having a chance to learn the explanations of what was happening in the experiments was exciting for many of the future scientists who came to the STEAM festival!
-posted by Joshua