POPCS SmartLab Rotation 2


Island 1
Laser Maze: Introduction to Lasers

The  challenge is to direct a laser beam using mirrors and beam splitters to light up a target. Students will choose challenge cards that tell them which targets to light and the pieces they need. Students will see how many of the 60 challenge cards they can solve!


Island 6 
Vernier Science
Digital Data

The challenge on Island 6 is to conduct experiments of each student's choice using two different Vernier sensors and Logger Lite software.
How do scientists use sensors and other measuring tools to conduct experiments? Why do scientists collect data? 
Students will explore how digital information can be used to learn more about the world around them.


Island 2 
Snap Circuits
Getting into the Flow

How much electricity do you use in a single day? Do you turn on the light in the morning? Do you keep food in a refrigerator? Are you using a computer to see this sentence right now?
Electricity is a basic part of our lives. But how does electricity work? How does it control so many things we use every day?
In this Liftoff Challenge, the challenge is to learn the basics of electricity. Students will also learn how to control it in different ways by building electrical circuits. Students will harness the power of electricity!


Island 3
Scratch: Coding-- It's a Snap

What is Scratch? It is used to write simple computer programs, create computer stories, games, and animations. Students share stories, games, and animations with other POPCS students and will be challenged  to create their own animation with Scratch. If students are new to Scratch, they will complete the Getting Started Tutorial. Then, they can program their animation, story or game!


Island 4
Lego WeDo 2.0 
Milo the Science Rover

POPCS students will build a science rover using LEGO WeDo 2.0. They will then program it to find and collect samples of natural material (plant, animal, rock, etc.) just like NASA’s Mars rovers.

NASA sends rovers to Mars to “seek signs of life". Years ago, scientists found proof that there was once water on Mars. Water is a key to life, but it is not the only thing needed for life to form and survive. Now, NASA's goal is to find other signs of life. Think of a flower. Can it survive on water alone? What else does it need to live and grow?


Island 5 
Platonic Solids

The challenge is to build and explore the properties of platonic solids. A platonic solid is a "perfect" shape. What makes a perfect shape? Is there such a thing as a perfect shape? In this Learning Launcher, students will explore these questions by building different platonic solids with the Goobi building kit.