What a sunny and joyful Saturday afternoon!
Parents and children of nine families from The MIT Club of Hong Kong walked into the hall of LEAD Centre staring at the beautiful scenery from the window. What’s waiting ahead is a fun and mind challenging workshop. Time to design and create fun-filled Rube Goldberg machines!
Loads of rolling tracks, balls of different sizes and other useful Gigo construction parts were laid out in the middle of the venue. Such colourful parts grabbed children’s attention very quickly and at once, they were so excited to join the parts together allowing balls to roll on it.
Before even putting their hands on to building their own project, experiments demonstrating theories on physics were introduced so that planning and creating their desired track could be much easier. Everyone was eager to look at the simple experiment demonstrating the effect of gravitational force. They realized that gravity has an equal effect on both sizes of balls when dropped on to the floor and was determined to apply the new knowledge to their creation.
Topic of the day was amusement park. Using levers, tracks and circuit, children and parents focused on their task hoping for a perfect outcome. However, at times, children like to express their creativity through unexpected ways such as creating Gigo swords, guns and leaving their parents trying to solve and figure out solutions.
At times, ideas may run out and may need some time to think and observe, hoping for a surprising result. I bet the tall tower must have taken him a long time!
Experimenting and observing the motion of the ball on a slope and at the same time, trying to think of a way to make his own dream amusement park.
Isn’t he so concentrated? I wonder what he is trying to create! Using his new knowledge, probably a lever!
With the help of dad and mom, their dream amusement parks were constructed firmly. Inputting different creative ideas, the final piece was done in two short hours!
Everyone was excited to show off their own dream amusement park in the sharing session. Every single one of it has their own unique design and everyone was amazed at each other’s design.
This long series of battery has to be linked together to make the huge turbine work. Doesn’t it look like The Bald Eagle from Ocean Park?
This family has made a large swing. What so special about it? It rotates by 360 degrees! Will you be brave enough to try it if it actually exists in amusement parks? Such a cool invention!
Great job guys!
Throughout this program, the whole family had a chance to input creative ideas into the process of making the amusement park. Children may even come up with ideas that parents have never thought of! The interaction between the parents and children may result in unexpected and surprising outcomes!
Continue to use your creativity and do not be afraid to explore and try new things in your daily lives! Hope you had fun with the Machine!
Photo Album : http://comecreatelead.hkfyg.org.hk/webgallery/2011/mitclub/
Written by Janice