Weekly Roundup – November 28- December 5

This week at Gangplank Junior:

Tuesday, November 30th

Saturday, December 4th

  • (9:00am-4:00pm) FIRST LEGO League Regional Qualifying Tournament. Open to the Public. Located at Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA. Come cheer on the Master Builders and Mechanic Masters!

Sunday, December 5th

Turn up the heat – Science style!

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.

Stories of Candy and Dinosaurs

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.

Weekly Roundup – November 15-21

This week at Gangplank Junior:

Tuesday, November 16th

Saturday, November 20th

  • (Noon-8:00pm) Chandler Block Party – Downtown Chandler will be closing off Arizona Ave between Chandler and Frye for a huge party, with an ice skating rink, food vendors, games and more. Admission is free! Gangplank will feature a Kinect console from Microsoft, as well as a lock picking station. For the parents, a silent auction on beautiful pictures of Downtown Chandler. [Volunteer]

Sunday, November 21st

  • (2:00-4:00pm) ‘Turn up the heat: Science Style!’ – Dissecting frogs gross you out? Get your kids involved in something more dangerous! At the Turn up the Heat: Science Style! event kids will enjoy making real working volcanoes and match-stick rockets.[RSVP here]

Weekly Roundup – November 10-14

This week at Gangplank Junior:

Saturday, November 13th

  • (2:00-3:00pm) Gangplank Junior Book Club¬†– November’s book title is ‘Twilight’ by Stephanie Meyer. We are adding a little twist for this month’s meeting. The club discussed fan fiction in our last meeting. As a result, the group has decided that in addition to reading the book, participants are required to brainstorm two unique ways in which the story of ‘Twilight’ could be changed. Readers are welcome to re-write characters, endings and add in their own flavor.

Sunday, November 14th

  • (10:00am-Noon) DangerScouts ‘Microwave Madness’ [RSVP here]
  • (2:00-3:30pm) Story Writing Workshop – Encourage your child to find their inner creativity and advance themselves in the art of storytelling with a Story Writing workshop at Gangplank. Kids will be taught basics of story structure and then be able to collaborate on story ideas with your friends! [RSVP here]