Sci-Tech Trip Day – Beaker Beaker Style
By Beaker Beaker, Sci-Tech Trip Day Mascot
Meep meep meep meep meep meep meep, meep meep meep, meep meep…. (see translation below):
I, just a lowly beaker used by Robbie during Boker Big Bang experiments, had the distinct and honored pleasure of attending URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy’s trip day yesterday during 3rd Session. I can report that campers treated me with extreme care and compassion, as though I was one of them – even though I have absolutely no facial features or body parts (except of course, my fabulous hair).
Although out of my element with the Robotics workshop, I still was able to attend their exquisite tour of iRobot. As I learned with the campers, iRobot doesn’t just make those cute Roombas that vacuum their floors. I watched Sci-Tech campers learn about iRobot’s other pursuits in robotics for safety and defense; campers even got to play with one of iRobot’s small, rugged robots used to explore potentially dangerous areas (an experience of which I was sorely jealous).
Similarly not familiar with video games (having no hands), I didn’t know what to expect when the Video Game Design workshop received a tour of Harmonix Studio. Besides seeing the interior of a game design studio and posing with their many awards, I witnessed gameplay demos from two unreleased games: Fantasia Music Evolved and Dance Central: Spotlight. Sci-Tech even got in on the fun; a few campers had the opportunity to demo the games with their developers. As a parting gift, we all received awesome bags full of Harmonix goodies!
With the Digital Media Production campers at the MIT Museum, I learned all about the physics in photography (finally a field closer to my own)! Campers experimented with waves and wave interference in water and explored magnetic fields with iron filaments. Donning my awesome shades, I watched the campers play with strobe lights and long exposure photography; they combined the physics they were learning about with light drawing (i.e. photography). Lastly, we all took a quick tour through the museum.
Environmental Science took the campers and me to two awesome science facilities: Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Plant and the WIND Technology testing center. Photos inside these facilities were prohibited, so unfortunately you can’t see me (or the campers) posing with the digestion containers or the entirety of 90’ wind turbine blades. However, we did have an awesome tour though a facility that is essential to providing clean water for the Boston metro area and learned all about the science behind wind turbines (and got to pose with fashionable hard hats)!
Finally, Sci-Tech reached the Boston Museum of Science where I was taken for the ride of my life. Passed off from camper to camper I experienced optical illusions, a lightning show, a 360 degree photo, a chick hatching from an egg, demonstrations on angular momentum, and too many other awesome science/technology related things for me to remember.
Trip day was a Sci-Tech whirlwind, and honestly, I’m just glad to be back at camp. It was great seeing all the amazing things that our campers accomplished and witnessed yesterday, but I think I’m OK just staying as a typical lab beaker for now.