STEAM Day

April 22, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

K-8 Brentwood School students and their families enjoy a special day of activities, tinkershops, explorations, and demonstrations of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Activities like those below and led by Brentwood School teachers, students, parents, and special guests, are sure to engage, inspire, and empower!

FEATURED ACTIVITIES

There were dozens of activities to enjoy at STEAM Day. Listed below is a small sampling of our program. Click here to view all activities.


Drones, Coding, Robotics with Zaniac, the Tesla Foundation, and DJI (Grades 3-8)
Zaniac and Tesla have teamed up to provide an app creation programming activity to program drones. Students will create simple programs that would use bluetooth or wifi technology to remotely control their DJI drones and LEGO EV3 robots. Forget selfie sticks! Use a selfie drone instead! Led by special invited guests Tracy Williams from Zaniac and Keith Coleman from the Tesla Foundation.


Think Inside the Blocks (Grades K-4)
Play with blocks that architects wished they had as children. Designed in 2011 for the UCLA Hammer Museum’s Kids’ Art Museum Project, the architectural firm Marmol Radziner has created a system of blocks and connectors that encourage kids and their parents to “Think Inside the Blocks.” The sculpture grows, falls, and morphs over the course of the day on an 8-foot walnut table, resulting in a collaborative group project. The table’s slots provide a foundation for the kids to build with hundreds of blocks. Led by Brentwood School parents Ron Radziner and Robin Cottle.


Pull, Pick and Peer at the World, Right Before Your Eyes (Grades K-8)
Pull a butterfly out of the computer screen. Pick apart a beating heart. Peer into the center of the Earth, but be careful not to get burned by the molten rock! Experience a new kind of learning using zSpace’s devices for Augmented Reality. Climb aboard their mobile learning lab, don your 3D glasses and see the world open up right before your eyes. Led by special invited guest David Cisneros from the educational learning lab, zSpace.


Make a Most Marvelous Marble Run (Grades K-6)
Create an epic marble run engulfing one side of the Middle School building, using the balcony, the trees, walls, lamp posts, and more for its loops, turns, and jumps. Led by Robert Carlson, cousin of Upper School student Xander C. '16. For inspiration, enjoy The Most Epic Marble Run Ever.


Video Games: Level Up from Player to Designer! (Grades 4-8)
Level up from video game player to video game maker! The National STEM Video Game Challenge and E-Line Media invite you to an introduction to video game design workshop led by special invited guest Mark German from E-Line Media. You will learn about the elements of video game design and then begin your own original video game using the Gamestar Mechanic game-based learning tool. All participants will receive a free premium subscription to Gamestar Mechanic. Why wait? Get started and learn more at www.stemchallenge.org and www.gamestarmechanic.com. Advanced sign-ups for this activity are recommended.


Be a Chocolate Maker for a Day (Grades 3-8)
Join Dandelion Chocolate to learn the secrets of making really good chocolate in this "maker" activity. This will be an all-day demo with some interactive parts on how to make chocolate, starting with cocoa beans and then roasting, cracking, winnowing, refining, and conching them. Adding the sugar and of course, tasting! Led by Todd Masonis, co-founder of Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco and brother-in-law of MS teacher Alex Trivas. Can’t wait to start learning? Click here for a preview, but you will have to wait to taste.


Hold a Heart in Your Hands (Grades 5-8)
Hold a heart in your hands and experience the world of cardiovascular surgery and beyond. In this session we will dissect a heart (maybe a liver, pancreas, kidney and a tongue!) and learn about the tools that a heart surgeon uses in the operating room. Participants will be able to touch the tissue. We will also explore the world of artificial heart technology and cardiac mechanical devices. Sign-up, roll up your sleeves, put on some surgical gloves and hold a heart in the palm of your hand. Everything in life is possible and you can be anything that you want to be. The key is inspiration! Led by special invited guest Dr. Kathy Magliato, one of 200 female cardiothoracic surgeons in the world. Learn more on her website. Advanced sign-ups for this activity are recommended. Check back soon for more details.


SCUBA Adventures: Taste What it's Like to Breathe Underwater (Grades 5-8)
Experience the science and wonder of SCUBA diving. Certified SCUBA instructor Lela Buttery from Scubahaus in Santa Monica will lead several groups of students throughout the day. She will teach you the basics of how to be comfortable and breathe underwater. Sign-up for this activity to enjoy a description of gear assembly and disassembly. A waiver and advanced sign-up for this activity is required. Participants must provide their own mask and snorkel. Fins are not necessary but helpful. Check back soon for more details.



Robot Duels and Face Pong (Grades K-8)

Digital Dragon will run a Robot competition arena where you can create attachments for controllable LEGO® Mindstorm Robots and compete with them. They'll also demonstrate a visual programming language called Processing by putting students themselves in a live version of "Face-Pong," a fun, quick game that uses face tracking to manipulate a digital ping pong ball. Led by special invited guest Philip Isles from Digital Dragon.


Survious VR Experience (Grades 4-8)

Sprint Vector is a new multiplayer adrenaline platformer that merges the physical thrill of athletic competition with the unhinged energy of a crazy game show. Race head-to-head against other players across deadly interdimensional courses designed to challenge you both physically and mentally. You’ll actually feel the adrenaline rush! Paint a garden, creature or anything you like iin the three dimensional space around you using Tilt Brush. Experience complete immersion into virtual reality with the company Survios. Arranged by Lower School parent Seth Gerson and led by Emily Procek and her team from Survios. Preview Tilt Brush



Origami: Follow the Fold (Grades K-8)
Just as Michelangelo revealed the sculptures hidden in the stone, in this activity, you will reveal the hidden animals, flowers, Star Wars ships and other objects hidden in the paper. Learn the art and math of paper folding at this origami station. All ages welcome. Wish to get a head start visit here. Led by upper school student Kaylee Tseng and Brentwood School staff member Corisa Cobden.



Lots of Fun with LittleBits (Grades 3-8)
Invent a inching unicorn. Invent a doodle wizard. Invent a spin roller. What will you invent? LittleBits makes a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small. Led by special invited guest Ryan Prince from Rolling Robots.


Listen to (and Watch) Your Heart (Grades 3-8)
Literally, watch and listen to your own heart beating! Using a handheld ultrasound device and a stethoscope, you will see your heart pumping oxygen and nutrient rich blood throughout your body and hear the lub-dub of your heart valves opening and closing. A parent or guardian will need to be present with you as you peer inside your own body. Led by Brentwood School parent Mark Sklansky, Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at UCLA. Ask him about the hearts of bottlenose. dolphins.and pythons.



Green Thumb Station (Grades K-8)
Sharpen your gardening tools with the Brentwood School Ecology Club and Mimi's Garden Design. Build a small terrarium with micro ecosystems and/or create a small succulent garden. You will be able to take either home as a keepsake from the day. Learn about the interesting properties of succulents that allow them to survive in dry environments. Bring some water; you might get thirsty. Led by Brandon Lopez ‘17, science teacher Laura Feucht, and upper school parent Mimi Kahn.

Light Hacks (Grades K-8)
Explore the Universe thorough optics using telescopes, microscopes and praxinoscopes. How does the internet work? Fiber optics of course! Safely interfere with a laser radio to block the transmission of sound. Read small words on a far away wall with a telescope and tinker with plastic lenses to make your own. Dive into fingerprints, leaves, cloth, and hair follicles. Create animation the old-fashioned way with a praxinoscope that blurs a series of spinning images to create motion. Try to catch the virtual pig! Good luck; it's a holograph! Led by Cejo Lonappan from upper school parent Dr. Bahram Jalali's research lab at UCLA. Learn more.


Make Something Cool With Your Own DNA (Grades 5-8)
Much of what and who you are is coded in your DNA, the double helix molecule that contains all the information that makes you look like your mom or dad or your brother or sister. It is also what makes you a human and not a hamster or a pine tree or a fungus, or a dinosaur like in Jurassic Park. Why not show it off?! In this activity, you will extract and preserve your own DNA to create a necklace pendant or other object. This way, you will always be close to your DNA. Led by upper school parent and USC Professor Dr. Raymond Stevens. Activity best to sign-up for in advance.



Activity Descriptions

"Blinky the Robot" First Soldering Experience (Grades 3-8)

Learn to solder and wear your Blinky the Robot pin all STEAM Day long. Led by Lower School students Hugo C. '24 and Beckett O. '24 and their parents and Lower School teacher Cassy Clarke. This activity is truly a group effort.

Balloon Rocket Car Races (Grades 3-8)

Are you in the mood to race your friends and family with science? Are you in the mood to try new things? Are you in the mode to have fun? Come to the Balloon Car Race Station! Materials, examples of how to make a balloon rocket car and of course, help will be provided. Test your knowledge of science and arrow dynamics by trying to make the fastest car and beating your friends and family. Take a pit stop and join us for a day at the races. Led by Upper School students Max G. '20 and Zach H. '20.

Balloon Twisting (Grades K-8)

Learn the art and science of balloon twisting techniques. Learn how to create small, basic animals. Sh! Animals don't like to be called basic. And hats to add some wackiness to your STEAM Day. Tenacious twisters can even inflate their egos as they learn ways to make more substantial creations. Led by Upper School mathematics teacher and professional balloon twister Fred Rible.

Be a Chocolate Maker for a Day (Grades 3-8)

Join Dandelion Chocolate to learn the secrets of making really good chocolate in this "maker" activity. This will be an all-day demo with some interactive parts on how to make chocolate, starting with cocoa beans and then roasting, cracking, winnowing, refining, and conching them. Adding the sugar and of course, tasting! Led by Todd Masonis, co-founder of Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco and brother-in-law of MS teacher Alex Trivas. Can’t wait to start learning? Learn more.

Be Knit Witty (Grades 4-8)

Learn the basics of knitting or improve your technique. Students will see all kinds of wonderful projects they can create with yarn and needles! Led by Upper School Latin teacher Nicole Bali.

Build Soap Propelled Boats (Grades K-5)

Soap is good for more than just washing your hands. Using simple materials, build a simple soap powered boat. Place your boat in some water, add a few drops of soap and watch it zip around. Learn about surface tension in the process. Led by Upper School students Claudia R. '18 and Samantha H. '18.

Candy Dance Stop Motion (Grades 5-8)

Create your own stop motion CANDY DANCE! You will act as a candy choreographer and director of your own short stop motion video. Be careful, candy dancers are notoriously uncooperative; as they tendto want to jump straight into your mouth. In this one-hour session, participants will be guided through the creation process using an iPad and all your favorite sweet treats! Best to sign-up in advance with a friend for this Exploration as you will be working in pairs. Check out a sample video HERE!

Cartesian Diver (Grades 3-8)

Balance buoyancy and density as you think like a water engineer while creating a Cartesian diver. With the simple materials of an eye dropper and a bottle of water you can create a powerful demonstration of how fish can float up and down so quickly. You will be able to take your Cartesian diver home as a keepsake of the day. Learn More.

CD Hovercrafts (Grades 3-8)

Ever wondered what to do with all those old compact discs lying around? Here's an idea, make CD hovercrafts! Join us with our hot glue guns and balloons and we will show you how to turn them into a neat interactive toy. Personalize yours by drawing on the CD or the balloon. Then blow up the balloon, set it down and watch it go as if it were on an air hockety table. It all has to do with frictionless motion. Led by Upper School students Jon G. '20 and Tassilo v. '20 and Jacob R. '20.

Centrifugal Art (Grades K-5)

Come see centrifugal force in action! Watch your beautiful blobs of pain get pulled to the outer reaches of your spinning work of art to make a beaufiful design. Drop in your paint, spin the wheel, and watch the magic of art and science happen. Led by Upper School student Eliza C. '20.

Code Like a Roman (Code Busters) (Grades 3-8)

Learn how Caesar and the Romans sent top secret information through the use of a Caesar cipher. Code your own messages. Decode other messages. And if you dare, double encode. The idea of encoding data, now an important part of computer science due to the field of encryption, far outdates modern technology. Learn more.

Creative Tessellations (Grades 3-8)

Explore the world of patterns and geometric shapes in art and the world around us. Create a simple or intricate pattern, and use the pattern to produce an original masterpiece. This can be colorful or black and white and will be one of a kind! Led by Upper School student Ben T. '19 and Middle School teachers Jill Henderson and Rachel Gosine-Smith.

Dancing Balloons (Grades K-6)

Watch balloons dance and battle for air space in this demonstration of the Bernoulli Principle. Blow up a balloon, sketch a creative drawing on it and let it go in into the vortex of air created by a several different fans. Learn about how fast moving air causes pressure changes and can make the balloons defy gravity. Led by upper school students Gabby S. '18 and Izzy Levy '18.

Drones, Coding & Robotics with Zaniac and the Tesla Foundation (Grades 3-8)

Zaniac and Tesla have teamed up to provide an app creation programming activity to program drones. Students will create simple programs that would use bluetooth or wifi technology to remotely control their DJI drones and LEGO EV3 robots. Forget selfie sticks! Use a selfie drone instead! Led by special invited guests Tracy Williams from Zaniac and Keith Coleman from the Tesla Foundation.

Egg Drop (Grades K-8)

If you’re interested in some fun, hands-on and maybe a little messy engineering, try building a device to protect an egg from a fall! Let’s get cracking! But don't tell the eggs this. Led by Upper School students Sophia C. '20 and Phoebe M. '20.

Face Pong and Robot Duels (Grades K-8)

Digital Dragon will run a Robot competition arena where you can create attachments for controllable LEGO® Mindstorm Robots and compete with them. They'll also demonstrate a visual programming language called Processing by putting students themselves in a live version of "Face-Pong," a fun, quick game that uses face tracking to manipulate a digital ping pong ball. Led by special invited guest Philip Isles from Digital Dragon.

Fantastic Foam (Grades K-8)

This is the only place in the world where you will simultaneously find lemon volcanoes and elephant's toothpaste. You'll create a chemical reaction resulting in the sweetest citrusy smelling volcano you'll ever see! The Elephant's Toothpaste is another fun, kid-friendly demonstration where participants combine substances to create an even BIGGER, awesome, and foamy explosion. Food coloring will be added to six bottles of the experiment in colored, "rainbow" order. This demonstration will take place several times throughout the day. Led by Upper School students Brian A. '17 and Georgia M. '18.

Giant Jenga (Grades K-8)

Play a massive game of Jenga with 2x4s. Challenge your friend to Jenga duel or simply see how high a whole group can make a tower before gravity has it's way. Learn about the rotational and compression forces affect the tower. Learn the basics of structural engineering and architecture. Led by Upper School student Jack D. '20.

Green Thumb Station (Grades K-8)

Sharpen your gardening tools with the Brentwood School Ecology Club and Mimi's Garden Design. Build a small terrarium with micro ecosystems and/or create a small succulent garden. You will be able to take either home as a keepsake from the day. Learn about the interesting properties of succulents that allow them to survive in dry environments. Bring some water; you might get thirsty. Led by Brandon Lopez ‘17, science teacher Laura Feucht, and upper school parent Mimi Kahn.

Hold a Heart in Your Hands (Grades 5-8)

Hold a heart in your hands and experience the world of cardiovascular surgery and beyond. In this session we will dissect a heart (maybe a liver, pancreas, kidney and a tongue!) and learn about the tools that a heart surgeon uses in the operating room. Participants will be able to touch the tissue. We will also explore the world of artificial heart technology and cardiac mechanical devices. Sign-up, roll up your sleeves, put on some surgical gloves and hold a heart in the palm of your hand. Everything in life is possible and you can be anything that you want to be. The key is inspiration! Led by special invited guest Dr. Kathy Magliato, one of 200 female cardiothoracic surgeons in the world. Learn more at her website. Advanced sign-ups for this activity are recommended. Check back soon for more details.

Human Circuits - Making Music Together (Grades K-8)

It turns out that we ALL have electric personalities. Visit the human circuits activity to learn how and why. Make connections while relaxing on a musical bench. Experiment with energy sticks and different materials (wire, string, etc.) to test conductivity and make human connections. After all, human connections are what it's all about. Led by Lower School parents Renee Sabshin and Kayser Sume. Learn More by clicking here and here.

Inspiring Curiosity with zSpace VR (Grades 3-8)

Pull a butterfly out of the computer screen. Pick apart a beating heart. Peer into the center of the Earth, but be careful not to get burned by the molten rock! Experience a new kind of learning using zSpace’s devices for Augmented Reality. Climb aboard their mobile learning lab, don your 3D glasses and see the world open up right before your eyes. Led by special invited guest David Cisneros from the educational learning lab, zSpace.

Launch a Balloon Rocket (Grades K-8)

Become a rocket scientist by building balloon powered rockets and launching them and various payloads into the troposphere. (We all live, work and go to school in the troposphere, by the way.) Led by Upper School students Sebastian W. '20, Charlie C. '20 and alum Shant Tchakerian '95. Activity may come from "Adventures in Rocket Science" from the NASA website. Learn more.

Learning to Cast a Fly Rod (Grades 3-8)

Is it possible to throw an object that weighs less than a postage stamp 30, 60, 100ft? Say, a "fly" for example! Absolutely! Using a fly rod, fly line and principles from physics including: kinetic energy, momentum....we will teach you how to cast a fly rod. Hope you catch a big one. Led by Upper School parent Bill Chien and special guest Jeff Hernandez from Bob Marriott's Flyfishing Store in Fullerton, CA. Learn more.

LED Land: Fun with Sound and Light (Grades K-8)

Play with sound and motion and see colorful lights react! Learn about LEDs, and how they can be controlled by computers to visualize sound. Led by Upper School librarian and parent Elisabeth Abarbanel and parent Jonathan Abarbanel.

Light Hacks (Grades K-8)

Explore the Universe thorough optics using telescopes, microscopes and praxinoscopes. How does the internet work? Fiber optics of course! Safely interfere with a laser radio to block the transmission of sound. Read small words on a far away wall with a telescope and tinker with plastic lenses to make your own. Dive into fingerprints, leaves, cloth, and hair follicles. Create animation the old-fashioned way with a praxinoscope that blurs a series of spinning images to create motion. Try to catch the virtual pig! Good luck; it's a holograph! Led by Cejo Lonappan from upper school parent Dr. Bahram Jalali's research lab at UCLA. Learn more.

Listen to (and Look at) Your Heart! (Grades 3-8)

Literally, watch and listen to your own heart beating! Using a handheld ultrasound device and a stethoscope, you will see your heart pumping oxygen and nutrient rich blood throughout your body and hear the lub-dub of your heart valves opening and closing. A parent or guardian will need to be present with you as you peer inside your own body. Led by Brentwood School parent Mark Sklansky, Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at UCLA. Ask him about the hearts of bottlenose.

Lots of Fun with LittleBits (Grades 3-8)

Invent a inchworm. Invent a doodle wizard. Invent a spin roller. What will you invent? “LittleBits makes a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small.” Led by special invited guest Ryan Prince from Rolling Robots.

Magnetism: Spooky Action at a Distance (Grades 3-8)

Magnetism is everywhere! Walk too close to this activity and you definitely will feel attractive forces pulling you closer. Resistance is futile. This activity will demonstrate the invisible and spooky forces of magnetism. Watch how this invisible force can make things levitate and hover. Participants will be able to put the magnets in a plastic cylinder and press down on the magnets to test the strength of the repulsive forces. Navigate with a compass to the other side of this demonstration to view how a magnetic field can affect a compass. And lastly, energize the electromagnetic coil to generate a magnetic field to move the needle. Ah, action at a distance! Led by Middle School student Natalie C. '21 and her parents.

Make a Most Marvelous Marble Run (Grades K-8)

Create an epic marble run engulfing one side of the Middle School building, using the balcony, the trees, walls, lamp posts, and more for its loops, turns, and jumps. Led by Robert Carlson, cousin of Upper School student Xander C. '16. For inspiration, enjoy The Most Epic Marble Run Ever.

Make Something Cool with Your DNA (Grades 5-8)

Much of what and who you are is coded in your DNA, the double helix molecule that contains all the information that makes you look like your mom or dad or your brother or sister. It is also what makes you a human and not a hamster or a pine tree or a fungus, or a dinosaur like in Jurassic Park. Why not show it off?! In this activity, you will extract and preserve your own DNA to create a necklace pendant or other object. This way, you will always be close to your DNA. Led by upper school parent and USC Professor Dr. Raymond Stevens. Activity best to sign-up for in advance.

Make Your Own Bouncy Ball! (K-8)

Nothing is more irresistible than a bouncy ball! From early childhood into adulthood there is just something about a rubber bouncy ball. In this activity you will learn a recipe to make your own bouncy ball. Find the best ratio of ingredients to make the bounciest of bouncy balls. Led by Upper School student Lauren G. '19.

Make Your Own Ice Cream (Grades K-8)

Say your out in the middle of the dessert (Pun intended.) and you get a sudden craving for ice cream, but there is no freezer or electricity in sight. Well you just need to find some ice, salt and milk, whatever flavorings you like, and a couple of freezer bags and you'll be in business. Learn about the science of ice cream. This is an absolute survival skill that everyone should know. Led by Upper School Students Sloan F. '20, Daisy G. '20 and Maguire G. '19

Make your Own Lava Lamp (Grades K-5)

If you're like us, you've spent countless hours staring at lava lamps and wondering what makes those blobs go up and down. In this activity you will learn about the science of lava lamps as you make own. It is fascinating to see the simple chemistry behind something that appears so complex. Led by Upper School Students Mckenzie L. '19 and Sarah M. '19.

Makey Makey Dance Revolution

A Makey Makey is a small micro-controller that allows you to turn anything that conducts electricity into a keyboard to control a computer. By anything, we mean play dough, aluminum foil, fruit, or anything with water in it, including YOU! We have created a piano that allows you to dance on the keys to make music. Visit us to play, dance and make music. Led by Jess D. '18 and Gabie Y. '18.

Molecular Art: Spread Your Colors and Fly (Grades 3-8)

Explore chromatography by creating a simple design using water-based markers on filter paper. Hypothesize what colors may separate from the original color/s applied in their design. The experiment is set up by placing the filter paper atop another that is resting in a cup with water which will rise slowly up and seep into the design causing the color/s to separate. You may be interested in recording a time-lapse video of their experiment. Dried filter paper chromatographs will be placed in a space to make up the wings of an eagle. When it's all through, you can consider it an interactive art piece with which you can photograph yourself with wings. Led by Middle School art teacher Becky Dame-Seidler and her husband Paul Seidler.

Molecular Gastronomy (Grades 3-8)

Get a jump start on your Top Chief appearance and learn about the molecules that make up some of the foods you enjoy. You can taste some of the food that we've already made in advance and then make your own. Make a lemon foam and different kinds of caviar pearls. Don't worry, we aren't talking about fish eggs here. Complete recipe cards will be available for those concerned about allergies. Soy lecithin, agar, calcium lactate and sodium alginate are just a few molecules that you will learn about. Join us for delectable day. Led by Sophia C. '20, Hailey E. '20 and Elle N. '20.

Moustrap Car Building (Grades 4-6)

Ever been told you can't play with mousetrap? Well now you can! Construct your own mousetrap car and race your friends in order to win bragging rights. Legos, mousetraps, and a whole lot of fun, but don't get caught in the... Led by Upper School studetns Marlo I. '20, Elton S. '20, and Reza S. '20.

Never Wet, You Bet! (Grades K-5)

Some things literally never get wet. Others don't get wet because they have been coated with Never wet. Experiment, play and learn about this crazy stuff. This activity may involve water guns. So be prepared to get Never Wet. Led by Upper School students Riley E. '18 and Violet G. '18. Learn more.

Origami: Follow the Fold (Grades K-8)

Just as Michelangelo revealed the sculptures hidden in the stone, in this activity, you will reveal the hidden animals, flowers, Star Wars ships and other objects hidden in the paper. Learn the art and math of paper folding at this origami station. All ages welcome. Wish to get a head start visit here. Led by upper school student Kaylee Tseng and Brentwood School staff member Corisa Cobden.

Packable Perfumes (Grades 3-8)

Talking about chemistry. When you arrive to our Packable Perfumes station, you will be treated to some chemical reactions that occur between two liquid substances while making your very own perfume that you will be able to take home. This experiencee will not only be educational but will allow your creativity to flow when making your very own scent! We hope to see you there and help you make a perfume personally tailored to your custom scent! Led by Upper School students Lily G. '20 and Emma M. '20


Paint-a-Piece of Brentwood School (Grades K-8)

Contribute a tile or two to a ceramic mural that will be placed somewhere on campus to beautify our space and commemorate STEAM Day 2017. Led by Upper School students Izzy C. '19, Nikki G. '19 and Middle School Art teacher Ignacio Gonzales.

Pan Harmonograph (Grades 3-8)

Pan Harmonograph (magic the gathering reference) is a fun trial and learning experience focused on the math and science of harmonographs and thereby pendulums. During this activity attendees will be able to create Lissajous curves and learn about why this happens. Led by Upper School student Tucker K. '20

Paper Engineering with Pop-Up Greeting Cards (Grades K-8)

Create a pop up greeting card and see kinetic energy turned into art! You'll be on your way to becoming a paper engineer. All ages welcome, each person will create a card to take home. Led by Lower School librarian Yapha Mason.

Paper Structures and Other Tricks: What Can You Build? (Grades K-8)

Have you ever wondered what shapes can hold the most weight? Have you ever tried to build a tower or strong structure out of paper. Do you think eggs can hold a stack of books? We will explore how the dome shape and circular shape can be used to make incredibly strong structures. Come get paper, roll it into different shapes, add some other fun materials and see what kind of fun creation we can create altogether! How many floors tall will it be? How much weight will it hold? Get ready to be builders and use your creativity to make a strong structure out of ordinary materials! Led by Lower School teacher Nicole Kugler.

Paracord Projects (Grades 3-8)

Why buy a parachute cord rescue bracelet when you can make your own!? Wait, not just bracelets, key chains and straps too! Led by Lower School teacher Jamie Chow.

Planes, Drones, and Quad-copters (Grades 3-8)

Warning, motion-sickness bags not provided. Experience flight from a pilot's view with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Observe several model planes made from foam board kits. Learn about the science of flight with planes that have an onboard system known as FPV (first person view). A 5.8 gigahertz transmitter transmits a live video feed to a receiver which can be displayed on a monitor or video goggles, allowing you to see the perspective of the pilot. Several multi-rotor aircraft will be on display and flown as well. Led by Upper School student James K. '17.

Programming with Ollie (Grades 3-8)

Explore, play & interact with Ollie the robot. Ollie moves pretty fast. Hopefully, you will be able to keep up. Build courses and race with your friends. Led by Lower School technology teacher Pam Horrocks. Learn more.

Scratch Coding for Fun! (Grades 3-8)

Animate your name or design and fly a spaceship around the screen. Coding with Scratch is a fun way to get introduced to the world of coding! Scratch is a blocked-based language which includes many fun graphics for elementary and middle school students. At this activity you get to choose from a menu of programs to create and customize for yourself with the help of experienced high school students. We will send you a link to your program so you can continue building and programming at home! Led by Upper School student Geli K. '18.

SCUBA Adventures - Taste What its Like to Breathe Underwater (Grades 5-8)

Experience the science and wonder of SCUBA diving. Certified SCUBA instructor Lela Buttery from Scubahaus in Santa Monica will lead several groups of students throughout the day. She will teach you the basics of how to be comfortable and breathe underwater. Sign-up for this activity to enjoy a description of gear assembly and disassembly. A waiver and advanced sign-up for this activity is required. Participants must provide their own mask and snorkel. Fins are not necessary but helpful. Check back soon for more details.

Sink or Stomp: Walk on Water (Grades K-8)

Take off your shoes and play a while in a kiddy pool of the strangest liquid you've ever seen. Is it a liquid or is it a solid? Turns out, it all depends on you. It's a non-Newtonian fluid made of corn starch that has some strange physical properties that hardens with fast contact yet seems to melt through your fingers. There may also be a speaker and demonstrate how the fluid/solid reacts to sound vibration/waves emitted from the speaker vs. how it reacts when the speaker is turned off. Led by Upper School students Ethan L. '19, Audrey R. '19 and Emily W. '19.

Slushie Station (Grades K-8)

If you don't want to make your own ice cream, then maybe you would rather have a slushie! Led by Upper School student Aidan R. '18.

Sun Printing (Grades K-8)

Come this activity and see the light! Create a design with a variety of provided objects including leaves, flowers, puzzle pieces, coins, etc. on a sheet of sun-print paper. Place in the sun for few minutes and then soak in water. Opaque objects that do not allow any ultra-violet (UV) light to pass through result in white areas on the paper. Objects that allow UV light to pass through result in dark blue areas. Translucent objects, like a leaf or a crystal that allow some UV light to pass through, cause the paper to partially react and turn blue. This chemical reaction occurs because the blue molecules embedded in the paper are sensitive to UV light. Water causes another chemical reaction, through oxidation, turning the blue areas white and the white areas blue. The whole process takes just several minutes. Led by Upper School student Melina W. '19.

Survios VR Experience (Grades 4-8)

Sprint Vector is a new multiplayer adrenaline platformer that merges the physical thrill of athletic competition with the unhinged energy of a crazy game show. Race head-to-head against other players across deadly interdimensional courses designed to challenge you both physically and mentally. You’ll actually feel the adrenaline rush! Paint a garden, creature or anything you like iin the three dimensional space around you using Tilt Brush. Experience complete immersion into virtual reality with the company Survios. Arranged by Lower School parent Seth Gerson and led by Emily Procek and her team from Survios. Preview Tilt Brush

Think Inside the Blocks (Grades K-4)

Play with blocks that architects wished they had as children. Designed in 2011 for the UCLA Hammer Museum’s Kids’ Art Museum Project, the architectural firm Marmol Radziner has created a system of blocks and connectors that encourage kids and their parents to “Think Inside the Blocks.” The sculpture grows, falls, and morphs over the course of the day on an 8-foot walnut table, resulting in a collaborative group project. The table’s slots provide a foundation for the kids to build with hundreds of blocks. Led by Brentwood School parents Ron Radziner and Robin Cottle.

Thumbs Up! (Grades K-8)

It's always good to have a reminder to look up. Using dental mold material make an impression of your thumb by pouring the impressions up with dental stone, and allowing them to set for about 45 minutes. Explore other activities, return and you'll take home a personalized replica of your thumb in dental stone as a keepsake for the day. This activity incorporates the science of chemical reactions (the alginate and the stone), forensics (impressions of fingerprints), and art (sculpture). Led by Lower School student Alana K. '23 and her father Philip.

Toothbrush Bristle Bots (Grades K-6)

Did you know that toothbrushes are for more than just brushing your teeth? Take a toothbrush, cut off the head, tape a micro electric motor to the top of the head, connect to a battery. Decorate with paper legs, wings or spikes and put 'em on the table. Watch 'em go crazy and flutter about. Led by Upper School mathematics teacher John Lynch. Learn more.

Tripple Dipping Painting (Grades 3-6)

Create zippy paintings using a fun technique called triple dipping! Invent characters, animals and abstractions from your imagination. The concept is to bring to life your own multi-color characters in abstract landscapes or as portraits! You will be able to make as many paintings as you like. There will be small group reviews of the works created to point out all the elements that makes up lively and fascinating paintings. Learn how to create cool titles for your creations. Led by Upper School parent Edith Beaucage and painters Megan Riera and Edith Beaucage. For more information visit Edith Beaucage's website and Luis De Jesus' website. www.edithbeaucage.com.

Vacuums Don't Suck! Ping Pong Ball Cannons Powered by the Air Around You (Grades 6-8)

"Fire in the hole!" Actually "Ping pong ball in the hole!" Experiment with a vacuum cannon that can shoot a ping pong ball at speeds of hundreds of miles per hour using only the air around us. How can this happen? Where does the power come from? Explore and test ways to make the cannon even more powerful! Led by special invited guests Yoshiki Ohshima, Alessandro Warth and Alan Kay from the Viewpoints Research Institute.

Velocity Vortex and Take a Spin on Homemade Segway and a Motorized Lawn Chair (Grades 3-8)

Velocity Vortex - Hosted by the Brentwood School FTC Robotics Team. Use a remote control to steer the robots we constructed this season! After learning how the robots work, you will get to compete against others in this year's challenge, pressing beacons and collecting and shooting wiffle balls into the basket! You will have a limited amount of time to score as many points as you can. High scores will be posted for everyone to see!

Rather be the driver. Take a spin on homemade segway or a motorized lawn chair! The devices were created by one of our amazing parents, Debra Ansell. If you're adventurous and looking for a thrilling activity to do at STEAM day, this is just the place for you! Both activities are led by Brentwood School robotics coach Ronit Kumar.


Video Games: Level Up from Player to Designer! (Grades 4-8)

Level up from video game player to video game maker! The National STEM Video Game Challenge and E-Line Media invite you to an introduction to video game design workshop led by special invited guest Mark German from E-Line Media. You will learn about the elements of video game design and then begin your own original video game using the Gamestar Mechanic game-based learning tool. All participants will receive a free premium subscription to Gamestar Mechanic. Why wait? Get started and learn more at www.stemchallenge.org and www.gamestarmechanic.com. Advanced sign-ups for this activity are recommended. Check back soon for more details.

What Do You Expect? (Grades K-8)

Do you love numbers? Do you love having many chances? This is a number lover's activity, a mathematics probability game. Explore the difference between experimental and theoretical probability by playing a fun, fast-paced card game. If you win, there may even be a sweet treat in the cards for you! Led by Middle School mathematics teacher Mike Kalan.

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