Make, Play, Observe and Record
Make 10 Activities. Interact with Educators through email / WhatsApp. Observe and record in Learning Management System. Quiz for each activity.
Prepare for the Programme
- Participate in the 30 minute educator led preparation session
- Login and explore the Learning Management System
- Collect required household material
- Collect required tools
- Receive the kit
- Material for 10-12 Activities and related variations
- Become a member of a virtual cohort led by an educator
- Nine, One Hour, Online, Interactive Video class facilitated by our Educator
Key points to remember
- Minimum cohort size 5. In case, there are not enough registrations for a cohort, we will offer you another cohort, or a refund
- Kit delivery will take 5-7 days. Keep that in mind when signing up for a cohort. House hold materials and tools like scissors and glue are not part of kit
Force and Motion
22-April to 2-May (10:00 to 11:00)
Acids and Bases
22-April to 2-May (15:00 to 16:00)
29-April to 9-May (10:00 to 11:00)
29-April to 9-May (15:00 to 16:00)
EXPLORE THEME DETAILS
The very core of physics is to study the motion of things: objects, people, vehicles, celestial bodies, atoms, particles, you name it! The speed at which they move; in what direction; how these properties may be altered and changed; and what are the various principles and physical quantities that actually govern these characteristics of motion. It all comes down to one of the most fundamental of physical quantities: force.
The word “force” has become synonymous with one man, Sir Isaac Newton, who, 400 years ago, defined and described force and almost all the fundamental laws that govern motion. Combining this with his theory of gravitation, he paved the way for modern science and society to scale new heights. In this theme, we will try and look at all aspects of his 3 laws of motion – along with gravity – through scintillating hands-on activities that will pique the child’s interest and put her/him on a path of exploration that is bound to be enjoyable and unstoppable.
From making weighing instruments, to turbines and propellers and carts, we will attempt to delve deep into the concepts therein and bring Motion to Life through a series of specially created and curated hands-on TACtivities.
The animal kingdom comprises all kinds of creatures. From the simplest unicellular creature, to the most complex multi-cellular creatures with highly developed organs. Apart from their universal reliance on oxygen, water and food for survival, animals also perform some similar biological functions like respiration, digestion, reproduction and so on. Although perhaps not quite as ubiquitous, but equally important is that most animals also move, or have some form of locomotion. How animals move varies vastly. Swimming, flying and walking may be the broad categories, but even within those, how a bird flies is very different from how an insect flies; or how we walk is different from how a cheetah sprints. On top of that, some animals have bones and skeletons, while others don’t, adding another layer of variation when it comes to describing animal movements.
It is in this context that this theme is designed: children will get to make a wide range of models demonstrating various animal gaits as well as a series of human skeletal joints that will show them the nuances of our own body movements. From swimming fish, to flying birds to our own ball-and-socket joint model, and the marvellously named Straand Beest, children will be exposed to a vast range of materials, techniques and concepts in this field of animal locomotion and will undoubtedly complete this workshop wanting more!
So rather than giving you the run-around, let the children unhinge at ThinkTac’s Themed TACtivity workshop this summer!
All around us, things are made out of something. They are so varied, we often simply call them “things” or “stuff”. If we want to get technical, we say these things are made out of “matter” or “atoms and molecules”. All that we have ever seen, felt, touched, smelled or tasted is made of these “atoms and molecules”, various combinations of them. Breakthroughs in science and technology over the last many centuries have taken us deeper and deeper into understanding what matter is made of: molecules, which are made of atoms, which are composed of subatomic particles: protons, electrons and neutrons; and then the particles they are composed of like quarks….
In this Theme, we will delve into the properties of matter that we can experience on a larger scale: how do things look, feel or behave; what are their physical properties and characteristics; what are different things actually made of; how are molecules and atoms arranged inside a substance and how does that affect their behaviour? A whole host of these intriguing questions will be answered experientially by the children themselves as they conduct a series of simple yet remarkable TACtivities: testing gases, liquids and solids for their compressibility; growing brilliant crystals; testing the solubility of solvents for various solutes; learning about the anomalous properties of water; creating marvellous mushroom clouds; making their own thermometer and indulging in a host of other activities like banging, crushing, pasting and boiling to discover for themselves the fascinating properties of matter!
Come join us, and enjoy chemistry in a fun-filled and safe manner; it’s just a “matter” of time before you get hooked!
At the very heart of chemistry is the study of how different materials, different “chemicals”, react with each other. Some don’t react at all, some need some goading to react, others react with minimum fuss, and some react so spontaneously that we have to hold them back! Much like a diverse group of children in a classroom or playing field, chemicals behave in myriad ways. They all have distinct characteristics, and studying their interactions with each other is the essence of chemistry. Their behaviour has shaped the evolution of the Universe, the formation of solar systems, the creation of life as well as the frenetic pace of human life today.
Among the countless types, three groups of chemicals play an absolutely vital and thrilling role in the world: acids, bases and salts. The most abundant element in the Universe, since it was created and till now, is also the simplest element: hydrogen. A single proton in the nucleus, that binds just a single electron. This humble atom is the fuel that burns all the stars, it is one of the building blocks of life, and it is one of the two elements that makes up the fascinating water molecule. Sometimes, it also decides to share or give up the electron that so faithfully sticks to it. It does this most freely as a part of the water molecule, creating a hydrogen (H+) and hydroxyl (OH-) ion. In water, their concentrations are equal, and so water is called “neutral”. However, there are many chemicals that quite easily dissolve in water and start behaving funnily in it: some produce more H+ ions (we call these acids) while others favour producing OH- ions (we call these bases or alkalis). It so happens that acids love to react with bases, producing another bunch of chemicals, called salts! Salts can be neutral, basic or acidic too, depending on which types of ions they prefer creating when mixed in water!
All sounds very complicated and intriguing indeed, but nowhere will you understand or experience these nuances better than by doing a whole host of TACtivities in this theme with ThinkTac. A staggering set of TACtivities – where you will make your own acid, base, many types of salts, test each one, create your own acidity and base indicators, play with all kinds of colourful substances, inflate balloons out of nowhere and conduct experiments with acids and bases on several biological systems – will undoubtedly enthral all the children who enrol for this most colourful and vibrant of themes being offered this summer. Will this acid test be a litmus test or something else?? Register to find out!