Extend the influence of day camp with these three educational science kits

Keep the spirit of day camp alive this winter with mind helicopters, transistor modules and dome geometry. Anyone of these activities is guaranteed to enhance their science, art or mathematical skills.

Puzzlebox Orbit
How about a flying device that teaches your child the concepts of Brain Computer Interface technology. That’s the goal of the Puzzlebox Orbit from NeuroSky. Described as a brain-controlled helicopter that blends science, education, and open source – this unique device is part of a project to explore an open approach to BCI technology.

Puzzlebox Orbit is operated via a NeuroSky EEG headset plus either a mobile device or the dedicated Puzzlebox Pyramid remote. Users can fly the Orbit through focused concentration or by maintaining a state of mental relaxation.

Your child also has access to everything they need to learn how the device works.

What makes the Puzzlebox Orbit truly unique however is the open release of all source code, hardware schematics, 3D models, and step-by-step building instructions which are published freely online.

littleBits
Let your child explore the world of transistors with a kit of Lego-style electronic building blocks. The electronic modules use magnets (instead of solder) to snap together, allowing your child to create their own prototypes. The company’s goal is to move electronics from the late stages of the design process to its earliest ones, and from the hands of experts, to those of artists, makers, students and designers.

littleBits consists of tiny circuit-boards with specific functions engineered to snap together with magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap together for prototyping, learning and fun. Each bit has a specific function (light, sound, sensors, buttons, thresholds, pulse, motors, etc), and modules snap to make larger circuits. Just as LEGO™ allows you to create complex structures with very little engineering knowledge, littleBits are small, simple, intuitive, blocks that make creating with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together.

Zometool Design Series
A fascination with dome geometry and the goal of making Zome geometry accessible to 6 year olds, was the driving force behind this unique learning tool. Maybe more tool than toy, this device has been used by NASA for AIDS research in space and a Nobel Prize winner.

Kits are available either as System Kits or Project Kits. Projects Kits include subjects like: Ice Crystals and Stars, which teaches the building blocks of snowflakes; Pure Carbon, which teaches why diamond is the hardest known material; and DNA, which teaches the code shared by all living beings.

Besides kits, the company offers bundles, spare parts and even books to pique your child’s imagination in the world of geometry. 

Contact us to learn more about the subjects and activities offered at Oasis Summer Day Camp.