KIPP Heritage Academy
September 2020 - May 2021
Opportunity X Representatives: Anika Bhatia, Nikhil Jagota, Swathi Badrinarayanan, Rhea Nanavati, Nimisha Gupta
Sponsoring Teacher: Ms. Simran Sabharwal
We are so excited to resume our school program at KIPP Heritage Academy, held afterschool on Fridays!
Every four weeks, the team plans the experiments and collects the materials for the kits. About 15 kits are assembled each time, and then Anika drops them at the school, where Ms. Ly and the other teachers will distribute them to the students!
10/23/2020 ~ Week 1 ~ Blind Spot Activity
For our first online meeting, we did a Blind Spot Activity and saw some fascinating optical illusions! We also reviewed the eye’s structure, how images are processed, and their pathway to the brain. Then, we discussed how blind spots occur and some other instances in which the blind spot comes into play. Finally, we wrapped up with a Kahoot to review what was discussed and showed the optical illusions!
10/30/2020 ~ Week 2 ~ Lava Lamps
Today the students performed a Lava Lamp experiment and set up for next week’s Bouncy Egg experiment! The students had their water bottles filled with water and oil and added food coloring for a bit of personalization. Next, Alka-seltzer tablets were placed in the bottle, and the students excitedly watched how the Lava Lamp was simulated. We then discussed the concepts of polarity, density, and immiscibility to describe why water and oil do not mix and why oil sits on top of the water. Then, we played the review Kahoot and explained the setup of the Bouncy Egg experiment (put the egg in a cup with vinegar and add food coloring for personalization)!
11/06/2020 ~ Week 3 ~ Bouncy Egg
We continued with the Bouncy eggs experiment, took out the eggs from vinegar, and rinsed off the disintegrated eggshells with water. The students then watched a video demonstrating the bouncy egg’s information to review what we would do next. Next, we went over the concepts regarding the reaction between the calcium eggshell and the vinegar, especially how carbon dioxide bubbles are created when the shell is dissolving. We also reviewed permeability in the shells and membranes on the egg while making connections between the egg and human cells’ membranes. We then learned about osmosis: liquids going through permeable membranes. After talking about osmosis, we played a Kahoot!
11/13/2020 ~ Week 4 ~ Rainbow Skittles
This week we started off by talking about the point system and what prizes we would give out to the winners. Afterward, we reviewed the Rainbow Skittles experiment concepts, which included concentration gradients and density. Then we conducted the experiment: circle the Skittles on the edge of a bowl/plate, slowly pour water into the bowl, and watch. We reviewed the concepts once more with a review question and played the Kahoot. This week we had the opportunity to have the teacher’s sister join us! She attended medical school and spoke to us about her experiences and work.
11/20/2020 ~ Week 5 ~ Lemon Volcanoes:
We started the meeting by overviewing the upcoming experiments in the next few weeks. Today’s experiment is an exciting lemon volcano! The concepts of today’s experiment focused on pH, specifically about ions, bases, and acids and how bases and acids neutralize each other when mixed. Next, we moved onto the experiment for the day: cut a piece of lemon in half, scoop a bit of the lemon out, add food coloring if desired, and finally add a spoonful of baking soda into the lemon. Watch as it starts to bubble and rise. The students really enjoyed this one!
12/03/2020 ~ Week 6 ~ Balloon in a Bottle
Today we did a balloon in a bottle experiment, where we learned about pressure changes from different water temperatures. The hot water inside the bottle would partially inflate the balloon, and the cold water outside would induce the change in pressure and cause the balloon to contract and come inside the bottle. The student had to try a few times and heat the water properly before the experiment worked.
12/10/2020 ~ Week 7 ~ Jumping Raisins
This week, we carried out an exciting experiment with raisins and clear soda. The students learned about buoyancy and density to explain how the raisins move up and down through the soda. The bubbles in the fizz allow the raisin to float to the top, but once the bubbles pop, the raisin falls.
12/17/2020 ~ Week 8 ~ Dancing Snowflakes
During our last meeting of the year, we decided to do a themed experiment! This week’s demonstration was related to static electricity, with the use of tissue paper and balloons. The students cut out snowflakes and leaves and rub the balloons with the tissue for a minute. Next, they held the balloon over tissues and watched as it floated and stuck to the balloon. Some students also rubbed the balloons to their hair and watched as the balloon stuck to their heads. Finally, we discussed some resolutions and plans for the holidays!