While it's important to understand what the tools are and what they measure, our most important lesson was HOW scientists use tools. Measuring is a very exact activity, and it takes a lot of time and patience to measure anything accurately.
To practicing our measuring skills we participated in 8 different activities that included the standing long jump, the estimation challenge, the left handed sponge squeeze, the dictionary drag, the paper plate discus, the big head challenge, the right handed cube grab, and the temperature challenge. By completing these challenges, the kids developed their skills using thermometers, measuring tapes, rulers, meter sticks, trundle wheels, balances, and a graduated cylinder.
Take a look at the pictures below to see the Olympics in action!
|Grabbing cubes and determining their mass in grams|
|Estimating and measuring the hallway using a trundle wheel|
|Measuring how far we jump in the standing long jump|
|How many grams of force does it take to move a dictionary?|
|How far will a paper plate fly?|
|Squeezing water into a graduated cylinder to practice measuring volume|
|Timing 2 minutes to see the temperature of our hands|