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Camp-In Curriculum: Additional Resources

For more information about Sending Messages, contact:

Thea Sahr
Educational Print and Outreach
125 Western Avenue
Boston, MA 02134

Even More Teaching Ideas

Here are a few more ideas for materials or activities to spark people's curiosity and help them learn:

  • Have some working communications equipment available for campers to investigate (not to take apart), such as a telephone, radio, or fax machine.
  • Invent your own code and a way to transmit and receive it.
  • Have some pieces of fiber optic cable to show campers. With a strong light source, you can experiment sending a signal through the cable.
  • Obsolete or broken computer equipment is (unfortunately perhaps) very easy to find. Disassemble an old computer to show campers the hard drive, floppy drive, monitor, mouse, and keyboard.
  • Have an abacus for campers to see. Try using this predecessor of the modern computer to do simple calculations.
  • "Let's have some feedback." "Are you keyed in?" Many common expressions use vocabulary from current technology. What others can you think of?
  • Travel back in time and ask campers to imagine themselves at various times during the past century. What would their lives have been like? What would they have known about telecommunication, computers, or genetics?
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Master List of Materials

The volume of materials will depend on the group size, and the number of times you need to duplicate each experiment. See the individual descriptions for more details.

Telecommunication Activities
insulated wire (18-22 gauge)
1.5 volt batteries
battery holders (optional)
flashlight bulbs
bulb holders (optional)
nails -- 3 inch iron
paper clips, brads, or other small metal objects
hand lens
Morse Code chart (included)

Computer Activities
large jacket or shirt
index cards
insulated wire or foil
1.5 volt batteries
battery holders (optional)
flashlight bulbs
bulb holders (optional)
foam trays
circuit board templates (included)
masking tape

Genetics Activities
index cards
face template and worksheet (included)
colored markers, crayons, or pencils

Take Apart Shop
broken or obsolete machines, appliances
screwdrivers, various types and sizes
allen wrenches, all sizes
goggles (optional)

Putting It Together -- Camper Survey
survey forms (included)
index cards
dried kidney or navy beans (optional)
spoons (optional)
fingerprint patterns (included)
soft pencils
clear tape
hand lens
soapy water and paper towels
rulers with centimeter markings
PTC and control paper
mints (optional)

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Sources for Materials

Science Supplies

Learning Things, Inc.
68A Broadway
Arlington, MA 02174
Rick Onanian

American Science and Surplus
3605 Howard St.
Skokie, IL 60076

Delta Education
P.O. Box 3000
Nashua, NH 03061-3000

Museum Products Co.
84 Route 27
Mystic, CT 06355

Carolina Science Materials

Oriental Trading Company

Foam trays for circuit boards are available from supermarkets or paper supply stores.

Take Apart Shop. Start collecting from fellow staff members, trash facilities, schools, local businesses, appliance repair shops, swap tables, flea markets, and yard sales. People often respond enthusiastically if they know their broken answering machine isn't just going into the trash, but will have some educational use (before it goes into the trash). Companies upgrading their office or computer equipment are also good sources for donations.

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Toole, Betty. Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers. Strawberry Press, adatoole@well.sf.ca.us

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