Learning STEM with Kids while Camping: How to build a power pack #TransformingInnovation

This past weekend we spend Father’s Day weekend at a local Ontario Provincial Park. We invited friends and family to join us for a new annual event. We had a blast watching the kids play at the beach, riding their bikes and roasting marshmallows over the open flame. My in-laws joined us camping but my parents couldn’t stay for the weekend but they did come for a visit at the park. It was a great way to spend time celebrating the fathers in our life.

We were asked by Energizer to get hands learning STEM with the kids. The team at Energizer sent over a kit filled with items we already have around the house that we could learn a little Science with. We knew my father would love to tinker with this project and our weekend away would be a perfect opportunity to get the kids involved with Grandpa. As a Mechanic he went to school and learnt all about STEM, so this little project was his element.

How to build a power pack. 

Making STEM with kids

In order to complete our STEM projects we needed to first build a power pack. It was simple to make using two Energizer D batteries, electrical tape, insulated number 22 copper wire and two metal paper clips. 

Making a Simple Circuit

Did you know? 

Energizer, a leader in the battery industry, recently launched the new Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ battery – Energizer’s longest lasting AA high-performance alkaline battery, high-performance AA battery, and the world’s first battery made with 4% recycled batteries!

This battery is a first step in a journey towards a goal of developing batteries made with entirely recycled materials – hoping to reach 40% by 2025. 

Making a Simple Circuit

All of these projects should only be made with adult supervision.

Making a Simple Circuit

  1. Place two Energizer D batteries side by side with the positive terminal right-side up on one battery and the negative terminal right-side up on the other. Use electrical tape around the middle of the batteries to secure them together.
  2. Standing the batteries upright, place a paper clip between the positive and negative contacts. Use a piece of electrical tape to secure the paper clip in place.
  3. Turn the battery pack over, exposing the two unused battery contacts. Place the stripped portion of one of the wires on the battery contact and secure it in place with a three-inch piece of electrical tape. Make sure you use plenty of tape to make sure the wire is secure. Repeat this procedure with the other battery and wire.

Your power pack is now ready for you to power some simple STEM experiments.

**It is important that the bare wires do not touch each other and cause a short circuit. We covered the ends with electrical tape when not in use.

Making a Simple Circuit Making a Simple Circuit Next up we made a simple circuit to test the conductivity of our power pack. Grandpa made it look easy. Learn how to make your own simple circuit on Energizer.com.

09-DSC_0758 Making a Simple Circuit and Conductivity Test That wasn’t it, we also used our power pack and simple circuit play a game to measure chance.

Game to Measure Chance This STEM game to measure chance was where I really could see and understand how it all came together.

Game to Measure Chance Learn how to make your own STEM game to measure chance on Energizer.com.

STEM Game to Measure Chance Recently, Energizer launched the Join Our Journey Campaign where they invited young Canadians to Join “Our Journey” by entering drawings of their dream creature to energizerjourney.ca. The top five young Canadian’s have been chosen and they need your votes for a chance to work with experts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to see their creature brought to life with the Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ battery, and win $10,000 towards an RESP!

The Join Our Journey campaign celebrates the world’s first innovation, and encourages and inspires the next generation of thinkers and innovators to begin a STEM journey of their own, so innovations like this can happen in the future.

Energizer invites you proud Canadians to:

Help choose the next child innovator by voting for their favourite dream creature by June 26th @11:59pm EST.

Vote here! 

Get involved with STEM at home, through fun experiments that can be created using simple materials you may already have on hand.


Energizer is Generous!

One In R Dream reader will win National Geographic’s Elements of Science kit, along with some EcoAdvanced batteries and some other goodies.

Canada only {excluding Quebec} ends July 13th EST.

Thank you for reading In R Dream!

Comments

  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I love the idea of the Magnetic Compass and I think it would be fun, I hope my grandchildren do too. 🙂

  2. Amy Lovell says:

    the st3eady hands game sounds great

  3. Viv Sluys says:

    My daughters and I would love to make a flashlight or electromagnet this summer

  4. Judy Cowan says:

    I love that by the pictures you can tell that the kids were really into this activity!

  5. Victoria Ess says:

    we would make the “Make a Flashlight”!

  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I think that probably the Magnetic Compass would be the most fun, I hope my grandchildren do too. 🙂

  7. Amy Lovell says:

    steady hands game

  8. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d complete the Magnetic Compass with my niece!

  9. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Hmm, I think the Magnetic Compass would be fun I hope my grandchildren do too. 🙂

  10. Victoria Ess says:

    I would love to make a magnetic compass this summer.

  11. Karla Sceviour says:

    we would make the “Make a Flashlight”

  12. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Oh well, I think the Magnetic Compass would be fun for my grandchildren, I’d hope they do too. 🙂

  13. Victoria Ess says:

    We would complete the Magnetic Compass!

  14. Amy Lovell says:

    the steady hands game for sure

  15. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’d definitely like to make the magnetic compass and I’m sure it would be fun for my grandchildren.

  16. Judy Cowan says:

    Flashlight would be something my nephew would love to do.

  17. Carol Denny says:

    We would do the magnetic compass project

  18. Amy Lovell says:

    stady hands game

  19. Victoria Ess says:

    We would do the magnetic compass project first!

  20. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I think the Magnetic Compass would be fun for my grandchildren.

  21. Judy Cowan says:

    Love that you can see from the pictures that the kids where really interested – love that when it comes to learning.

  22. Victoria Ess says:

    We would definitely make the Magnetic Compass first!

  23. Elizabeth says:

    I’d love to make the Magnetic Compass and I’m sure my grandchildren would love to help me 🙂

  24. ivy pluchinsky says:

    We would make the Magnetic Compass, sounds super neat

  25. kathy downey says:

    Making a compass would be another fun project

  26. Judy Cowan says:

    Making a compass would be another great project to do.

  27. Amy Lovell says:

    The steady hands game sounds fun!

  28. Victoria Ess says:

    We would make the Magnetic Compass together!

  29. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    For us it’s the Magnetic Compass that would be our first try 🙂

  30. kathy downey says:

    We would make the Magnetic Compass

  31. Judy Cowan says:

    Building a flashlight would be an activity we would like to do.

  32. ivy pluchinsky says:

    The telegraph set looks like fun!

  33. Victoria Ess says:

    I would love to complete the Magnetic Compass

  34. Magnetic compass would be fun to do

  35. Tracy D says:

    The telegraph set looks like fun!

  36. ivy pluchinsky says:

    would love to make the a Magnetic Compass

  37. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    A Magnetic Compass would be my choice but what my grandchildren would choose is a different matter entirely 🙂

  38. kathy downey says:

    I think it would be fun to make an Electromagnet

  39. Silvia D says:

    Love your pictures and story! Everyone had fun and learned alot!

  40. Brandee H says:

    I think it would be fun to make a flashlight with my son.

  41. Amy Lovell says:

    The steady hands game sounds really fun!

  42. Judy Cowan says:

    Would love to build the flashlight with my niece & nephew.

  43. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    My grandchildren and I would be building a Magnetic Compass 🙂

  44. kathy downey says:

    A Magnetic Compass would be fun to make

  45. ivy pluchinsky says:

    We would enjoy making a Magnetic Compass.

  46. Judy Cowan says:

    Love your pictures of this activity and seeing the family work together!

  47. Victoria Ess says:

    A Magnetic Compass would be fun to make with my niece!

  48. Amy Lovell says:

    the steady hands game sounds coooll.,

  49. Silvia D says:

    Make an Electromagnet would be fun and educational!

  50. Sunshine G says:

    I’d make a magnetic compass – I’ve always wanted to see how they work!

  51. ivy pluchinsky says:

    the steady hand game

  52. Judy Cowan says:

    The Steady Hands Game looks like it would be a fun activity to do.

  53. Victoria Ess says:

    A Magnetic Compass would be fun for my niece to make!

  54. I’d complete the Make an Electromagnet project!

  55. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    My grandchildren would be interested in a Magnetic Compass which would impress me and I think they would enjoy making one.

  56. ivy pluchinsky says:

    I’d love to make a magnetic compass

  57. kathy downey says:

    The steady hands game

  58. A Magnetic Compass

  59. Judy Cowan says:

    Love your photos showing everyone working together on these activities, so nice to see 🙂

  60. Victoria Ess says:

    We would enjoy making a Magnetic Compass together

  61. Amy Lovell says:

    The steady hands game sounds super fun!

  62. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    so a while ago I voted and that worked, next time it said voting was over, today I voted and after voting it said voting over – weird!

  63. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    A Magnetic Compass would impress me and I think my grandchildren would enjoy making one.

  64. Florence C says:

    How to Make a Magnetic Compass

  65. kathy downey says:

    Love to try the Flashlight

  66. Judy Cowan says:

    Building a flashlight would be perfect since we spend a lot of the summer camping.

  67. Victoria Ess says:

    We would enjoy making a Magnetic Compass.

  68. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I know my grandchildren would enjoy making a Magnetic Compass.

  69. ivy pluchinsky says:

    making a flashlight

  70. kathy downey says:

    Making a compass would be loads of fun to do

  71. Judy Cowan says:

    The Steady Hand Game also sounds like it would be fun to complete.

  72. Amy Lovell says:

    The steady hands game!

  73. Your pictures remind me of making a bug in electronics class when i was young.

  74. Victoria Ess says:

    We’d complete the Game to Measure Chance!!!

  75. It would be fun to make a flashlight.

  76. Jonnie H says:

    We would make flashlights

  77. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    A Magnetic Compass is what I think my grandchildren would enjoy making 🙂

  78. Silvia D says:

    I think a Simple Telegraph would be interesting to make

  79. kathy downey says:

    Making a flashlight would be fun

  80. Judy Cowan says:

    From the pictures it looks like the kids were really interested in this activity!

  81. Julie Bolduc says:

    I love how hands on your project was

  82. Amy Lovell says:

    The steady hands game looks fun! I always have shaky hands so this would be quite the challenge! lOL

  83. Victoria Ess says:

    We’d complete the Game to Measure Chance! Fun!

  84. Tina L. says:

    Making a flashlight would be useful.

  85. Silvia D says:

    The make a flashlight would be so fun.

  86. Amy Lovell says:

    The steady hand game seems like it would be alot of fun!!!

  87. kathy downey says:

    I think we would do the Game to Measure Chance.

  88. ivy pluchinsky says:

    Making a compass would be fun to do

  89. krystyl olson says:

    Making a flashlight would have ‘wow’ factor for even the younger ‘I-dont-know/care-how-electricity-works’ crowd. making a flashlight will have a tangible aspect 🙂

  90. Judy Cowan says:

    Making a compass would be another fun project to do.

  91. Victoria Ess says:

    We’d complete the Game to Measure Chance!

  92. kathy downey says:

    We’d love to do the Game to Measure Chance.

  93. ivy pluchinsky says:

    We’d do the Game to Measure Chance.

  94. I think we would do the Game to Measure Chance.

  95. Amy Lovell says:

    The steady hand game lookslike it could be fun!

  96. Victoria Ess says:

    We’d complete the steady hand game.

  97. heidi c. says:

    How To Make a Flashlight would thrill my kids!

  98. Victoria Ess says:

    We’d complete the Game to Measure Chance.

  99. Silvia D says:

    i think the Make a Compass would be fun and interesting!

  100. kathy downey says:

    I would love to try making a compass with my grandkids

  101. Victoria Ess says:

    We’d do the Game to Measure Chance.

  102. Amy Lovell says:

    the steady hand game sounds fun!

  103. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I would like to try making a compass with my kids since I have no sense of direction.

  104. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I think my grandchildren would enjoy making a Magnetic Compass.

  105. I think Sophie would love to do the How to Make a Flashlight activity.

  106. Julie F says:

    The steady hand game would be a great project for my elder grandsons

  107. ivy pluchinsky says:

    I would do the flashlight project with my niece

  108. Anu Chopra says:

    We would do the flashlight project with my son.

  109. Amy Lovell says:

    we would do the steady hand game for sure

  110. First – I love these! GReat experiments and learning opportunities. Love it! I’ve shared with my homeschool community. 🙂

    Second – I’d totally do that quiz game because it reminds me of one that I made with my dad back in like Gr. 4.

  111. sarah sar says:

    I would love to make a flashlight with the kids!

  112. andrea amy says:

    My son would love the make a flashlight!

  113. Brenda Lacourciere says:

    How to Make a Flashlight

  114. lynn clayton says:

    How to Make a Flashlight with my son great for when were camping

  115. kathy downey says:

    Love to try How to Make a Flashlight with the grandkids.

  116. Judy Cowan says:

    Make a Flashlight would be a good one to do when we are camping.

  117. Juliee Fitze says:

    Going to make – How to Make a Flashlight with the grandkids.

  118. Amy Heffernan says:

    I think we would love to try and make a circuit!

  119. I would like to try and make a flash light this summer with my kids.

  120. We would do the Make a Flashlight project

  121. i too like the compass project. i think it would be fun to use while hiking

  122. Doris H says:

    We would try the Make a Compass project.

  123. I’d love to make a magnetic compass with my kids, http://www.energizer.com/science-center/how-to-make-a-magnetic-compass

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

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