In just under a year, Gangplank Jr has grown from one event every few months to an event every weekend. We’ve successfully funded and mentored two FIRST LEGO League robotic teams. These activities are successful because of involvement from parents.
From building a drum to designing catapults, Gangplank Jr promotes a range of activities that exploit a child’s natural curiosity, something that is becoming less and less available in schools. As we continue to grow, it’s important to us to have parent feedback and participation at all levels.
Gangplank Jr has big goals for 2011. Come be a part of putting them into action.
Food and activities for the kids will be provided. Please RSVP to attend.
Note: This post is written by ASU Business Senior, Sabrina Scott. Sabrina is one of five interns that elected to do their senior project with Gangplank. Check out her first post, ‘Best Gangplank Work Day‘.
Hosting a Gangplank Jr. activity was one of the most interesting days at Gangplank for me. Fellow intern Dev and I started off the morning with trying to launch a rocket – causing the whole back classroom to smell like smoke – and ended the day with lava oozing off the work tables.
As part of our Gangplank internship, we were dividing into pairs and tasked with planing and hosting a Gangplank Jr. event. Dev and I decided a science day fit in with Gangplank’s mission for its youth program.
Our initial plan was to make volcanoes and matchstick rockets. Due to windy weather conditions, we were not able to make the rockets with the kids. We did, however, experiment ourselves before coming to that conclusion. We were not successful at getting the rocket to launch but instead were surprised by the amount of fire and proceeded to fill the room with a smoky aroma for the rest of the afternoon.
Although the rockets did not work, we were able to make volcanoes with three boys.
These three boys were very creative and made the activity a great success. They sculpted awesome volcanoes out of clay, and created bright colored lava to fill their volcanoes with food coloring, baking soda and vinegar. We proceeded to erupt the volcanoes, learning that when you tell nine-year-old boys to add as much vinegar as they want, be prepared to have a mess to clean up.
Needless to say, their volcanoes had awesome eruptions.
This Jr. event was an exciting afternoon for us interns. We got to hang out with some fun kids and were able to act like kids ourselves. Gangplank is a great place for these kids’ activities. They have all sorts of stuff for the young ones to do and learn. I am glad I got to experience and enjoy an event first hand.
See the video of the eruptions.
Science has never been so…messy. Sure, the science fair at school may have you build a volcano to show chemical reactions, but it has to LOOK like a volcano. At our ‘Turn up the heat – science style!’, participants were given markers and food coloring to design the volcano of their dreams, as well as display how vinegar and baking soda interact with each other. We also added dishing washing soap to create a more viscous, slow-moving lava flow.
Check out the video of the kid’s volcanoes erupting and join us for our next Gangplank Junior event on December 5th, 2010.
ASU Senior’s Doreen Zhao and Dan Dilizia hosted our first ‘Story Writing Workshop’ this past weekend. The event taught kids the basics of writing story and then put them into groups to collaborate on a finished product.
The class began by covering the essential pieces of a story: setting, protagonist (good guy), antagonist (bad guy), conflict and resolution. Students provided the example of Harry Potter to help illustrate the various pieces.
Then…they were off!
It was boys versus girls. Noah and his friend Dylan teamed up to create a Grand Theft Auto, Aliens and Jurassic Park theft thriller that was very elaborate in nature with lots of violence. Three of the girls collaborated on a story centered on the game Candyland, in which a king must compete in a candy eating contest with the evil Dotty that is trying to kidnap the Fairy Princess. One participate chose to work on her own and outlined a action thriller about a man that must complete a quest or the whole world will remain frozen.
Good times were had by all and the creativity was flowing. We hope to continue the collaboration at the next writing event, scheduled for Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 2:00pm.
We had 11 teams show up to the First Lego League scrimmage. Master Builders and Master Mechanics from Gangplank JR both did a great job.
First Lego League Scrimmage from Gangplank on Vimeo.
Today Brandon Franklin and Nicholas DiBiase from Gangplank Studios as a part of the Year of Music helped us make drum kits and learn some basics about rhythm. What are you creating today?
Anatomy of a Drum Solo from Gangplank on Vimeo.
The year of music strikes a gain. Encourage kids to create. Not only music, but their very only instruments as well. Watch out world we have released a group of drum soloists ready to rock your socks off.