IBM Family Science - Winter Program Handouts

Class Handouts

Below are links to handouts describing what is covered in the Family Science Saturdays classes. We encourage you to read the handouts to learn more about each experiment and we hope you repeat and further explore many of them at home with your siblings and friends, or at school with your classmates. Many of the experiments also make great party tricks, hint hint. Please feel free to make copies of these handouts / worksheets or distribute them electronically.

Kitchen Chemistry


States of Matter: Solids, Liquids and Gases

Waves, Sound & Light

Introduction to Digital Electronics

Introduction to Algorithms

SWIFT Programming

Pre-class Demos:

Be sure to check out the Make a TJ Bot and FIRST Robotics tabs!

Quantum Programming - examples of

Quantum Computing Expert Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty:

Game programming Video:

Getting Started with Qiskit Programming:

Getting to know your Periodic Table of Elements:

How well do you know the chemical elements that EVERYTHING in this world is made of? Start your exploration of the Periodic Table of Elements with this really cool, kid- (and adult)-friendly rendition of the famous Table no scientist can go without: The Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures.

We think it is the best one out there for any age. Put one on your wall or your dinner table. (Eat and learn? Why not!)

Unfamiliar with the names of the elements? Here’s a fun way to learn them: sing them as a song. Have you heard of the Elements Song by Tom Lehrer?

There are several good YouTube videos to help learn this song. ‘Tom Lehrer's "The Elements” animated’ by TimwiTerby (Aug 19, 08) is particularly educational. Also, check out a video of Daniel Radcliffe (the actor who played Harry Potter) reciting this song as a party trick. He was quite good at it! With a day or two of practice, you can be too!

Here are the lyrics of the song, with some annotations to help with the pronunciation and to make things easier to memorize.

Introduction to Programming: SCRATCH

We used to offer Scratch Programming as one of our two-and-a-half-hour class. Since access to computer has become commonplace, we showed you a brief tutorial of this wonderful program as a pre-class demo and encouraged you to learn this material on your own instead. We think Scratch is a pretty cool way to learn the basics of programming and we hope you do too. The handout below has all the information to get you started. Please check SCRATCH out at Scratch Programming at MIT and start programming!

Again, please feel free to make copies of these handouts / worksheets or distribute them electronically.

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