“W” is for…

Wonderful Wednesday at The Works!

After finishing up our book work on Wednesday, we headed to The Works, a place for “hands-on, minds-on engineering for kids.” The museum has a lot of science based activities, and kids are encouraged to touch and try everything. Each month they offer a different workshop that promotes some type of engineering. Today’s workshop was catapults.

The challenge was to create a catapult using only the materials provided, and within the time constraints. Materials included a small wooden base, about 4″ square, up to three popsicle sticks, a clothespin, up to three plastic cups, two pieces of wood about 1/2″x1/2″x4″, rubber bands, and a hot glue gun. Pictured here is my son’s design.

After completing the catapults, we got to launch marshmallows to see how they performed. We could then make design changes to see how that would change the performance. Yes, I did say “we.” Parents got to make them, too. 🙂

We got home just in time for me to start dinner. I made some “clean out the fridge soup.” I had some turkey and some rice in the fridge, which I combined with carrots, parsnips, celery, my last lonely potato, broth and seasonings to make a nice hearty soup. We had a salad on the side to complete a lovely dinner.

As I peeled and chopped, my children were flinging Halloween candy across the dining room with their new creations. Ah, what a wonderful Wednesday.

Do you ever make “clean out the fridge” meals?


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