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Science is Fun Workshops

 

Can Science be FUN? Is there science beyond the “bagrut material” Is there any subject that interests you in particular?


From the Eggsistentialism workshop
Our SCIENCE IS FUN Workshops are open to all HEMDA students – and parents, too!

Each Workshop meets 2 or 3 times during the afternoons, with a limited number of participants so that each person has a chance for hands-on concrete activity.

We offer the Science is Fun Workshops several times during the year, and will announce the specific time schedule at the beginning of the school year.

Workshops are led by HEMDA teachers who are experts in their fields and want to contribute their share to the FUN of SCIENCE.

The only requirement is that you pre-register – there is no extra fee for participation in the workshops (except for entry fee to amusement park).

 

Science can be FUN!

We will be offering a selection of several Workshops from the varied list below during the year:

 

Rockets, rocket engines and aerodynamics

Led By: Moshe Friedmann and Nir Stav

In Ancient China a man named Wan-Ho tried to fly on a kite powered by 47 rockets, as he disappeared in a burst of smoke and thunderous noise. In HEMDA’s Rockets Workshop, participants learn about what powers rockets, various uses for rockets, aerodynamics of rockets – and we’ll make some, too (and learn what happened to Wan-Ho…)

 

Physics of the amusement park

Led by: Dr.  Idit Gruman and Ms. Corina  polingher

What does physics have to do with the screams we hear from the roller coaster? We feel physics in our bones at this workshop. The first session involves planning measurements and learning how to use sophisticated equipment, while the second session is a meeting at the amusement park. We’ll be taking measurements while we roll over insane curves at 4g. acceleration. If you haven’t lost your appetite, we’ll end the outing with pink cotton candy. Participants must pay for their own admission fee to the park.

 

“Eggsistentialism”: All you wanted to know about eggs but were afraid to ask

 Led by Dr. Dvora Jacobi

Can we stand an egg on one end? Why does the hard-boiled egg white turn brown? And how can we insert a whole egg into a bottle? How many elephants can stand on an egg without breaking it? More magical games in this entertaining and “eggcellent” workshop in which participants learn about some of the mysteries of chemistry and physics contained in the egg.

 

Batteries in the early and late third millennium

 Led by Dr. Ariella Zagiel

Do you know what’s in the sealed container we call a ‘battery’? How does your Walkman work and how does Grandma’s pacemaker operate?  Why does a car battery ‘run down’? These and more questions answered, as we dismantle and build batteries, then carry out a series of ‘electrifying’ experiments. From there, it’s a short jump to the batteries of the future…

 

 The scientist as criminal investigations detective

 Led by Dr. Ariella Zagiel and Ms. Liora Saar

How do lab tests help police detectives at the scene of the crime? How do they identify drugs? What can they learn from a shooting? And how can they detect a forged document? How do microscopic fibers help solve the puzzle? These and more questions explored in our “Science of Detection” workshop.

 

Pharmaceuticals / Medications

 Led by Dr. Dvora Jacobi

How do antacids work? How does Maalox® differ from Tums® or Silain gel®? What’s in Acamol® and what’s in aspirin? What is “shelf life” of a drug and how is it determined? This medications workshop deals in these questions and others from their chemical aspect, but Physics students will enjoy it, too.

 

 

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