Columbia College Chicago students from the Latino Alliance and the Scientists for Tomorrow staff team participated at the annual Fiesta Familiar 2015 event hosted by the largest hispanic newspaper in the midwest, Hoy. The event held at Lincoln Park Zoo, September 26, 2015 had over 2,000, families attending the event. Not only did they have the chance to see the wide variety of species the zoo hosts, but they also enjoyed different activities that engaged the whole family.
Scientists for Tomorrow was placed right next to the Tiger’s cage in the Kovler Lion House. The first group of kids and adults, were very excited to make the Go Go Gadget Lights and learn about electrical circuits. As the day advanced, the groups kept getting larger, but that didn’t take the fun out of it. At the end of each session, all the participants were allowed to take their little device home and continue testing materials that conduct electricity.
For the last two workshop sessions, the SfT staff team with the help of the Latino Alliance from Columbia College Chicago, changed the activity to a Balloon Powered Cart. The families gathered quickly around the tables and more kids attended the session to make their car.
Marcelo Caplan, Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago taught the lesson on Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion and Electricity.
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