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horizons.gif (27396 bytes) The Crow Caws (game)

(This is a version of Kim's game).  In their patrols, the girls arrange approximately 20 objects on a tray.  One girl is chosen to be "it".   She is allowed to look at the objects for a minute, then she must go to another room.  While "it" is away, each of the other girls takes an object from the tray.

When "it" returns, she can ask as many yes/no questions as she likes (i.e. "is one of the objects smooth?").  If the answer is yes, then the girl(s) who have the object(s) described caw like a crow, otherwise they make no sound at all.

When "it" attempts to guess what the missing objects are, she can only make three mistakes.  The girls then alternate being "it".

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Emergency Opera

Prepare a set of card with emergency situations on them.  Prepare another set with the answers on them.

Give each girl an emergency card and an answer card.  The first girl sings her emergency (with any tune: pop, country, rap, opera, ...) and the girl with the correct response sings the answer.  The girl with the correct response then sings her emergency.  This continues until all girls have read their emergencies and responses.   (This game was very difficult to play as the girls were embarrassed to sing alone).

Some sample questions:

The phone rings and your parents are not at home.
What should you do?

Always answer the phone. Ask who is calling. If it is for your parents say they are busy and can’t come to the phone right now. Take a message.

You get lost in a store or mall and can’t find your parents.
What should you do?

Find a cashier and say that you are lost. Ask for help and stay there until your parents come for you.

Someone touches you in a way that doesn’t seem right and makes you uncomfortable.
What should you do?

Tell the person to stop! Say "Don’t do that to me!" Tell your mother or someone you trust.

You wake up and smell smoke.
What should you do?

Wake up your family if possible. If you can’t get to them, yell "Fire" as loudly as you can and GET OUT of the house FAST to get help.

You are camping and get lost in the Forest.
What should you do?

Do not be afraid. You should stay in one place - or, if you move, leave arrows (made of sticks or stones) to show which way you went. Sing funny songs loudly so you can be heard.

Your clothes catch fire.
What should you do?

You should STOP, DROP to the ground and ROLL on the ground to put the fire out. DO NOT RUN!

You are walking along the street and see an open manhole.
What should you do?

Stay away from the manhole. Tell an adult about it so they can make sure it gets covered right away.

You are alone and need help fast. You do not know where your parents are and do not have a list of emergency phone numbers handy.
What should you do?

You can always dial "O" (operator). Tell the operator what the emergency is, your full name and where you are. Stay on the line until they send help.

Someone calls on the telephone and asks you some very personal questions.
What should you do?

Never give personal information on the phone. Ask your parents to take the call. If they are not home, just hang up.

A neighbour asks you to baby-sit or help out with some work.
What should you do?

Never accept a job without your parent’s permission. Ask them to tell the neighbour if it is okay.

You lose your house key and no one is home.
What should you do?

Plan ahead for this kind of problem. Know a safe place where you can go. Make sure your parents know where you are.

You are in a fire and smoke seems to be everywhere.
What should you do?

Don’t panic! Remember where the exits are. Crawl on the floor where there is less smoke. Cover your mouth and nose if possible.

You have just received a new bicycle.
What should you do?

Have it checked to make sure everything is working properly. Know and use the traffic safety rules.

Someone comes to school and says your Mom sent him, or her, to pick you up.
What should you do?

Ask for the secret code. If she, or he, doesn’t know it, go and tell your teacher or the school office.

You accidentally eat or drink something that may not be safe.
What should you do?

Call an adult right away. Keep the bottle, jar or can that held the strange thing you took. It will help the doctor to know what to do.

A person asks if you will meet her/him somewhere to take your picture and says it is a secret.
What should you do?

Tell your parents and do not meet the person unless and adult can go with you.

Someone seems to be following you in a car or on foot.
What should you do?

There are lots of places to get help. Look for a Block Parent sign, Fire Hall, Store, Police Officer, Mail Delivery Person, etc.

You have been bitten by a dog or scratched by a cat.
What should you do?

Tell an adult right away. See a doctor if necessary. Never play with a strange animal unless the owner is with it.

You have moved and have to take a school bus for the first time.
What should you do?

Take the safest route to the bus stop. Line up. Wait until the bus is completely stopped. Get on and sit quietly. When you get off, wait for the driver to signal that it is safe to cross.

You are at a friend’s home or at school and are asked to go somewhere else before you go home.
What should you do?

Always phone home to get permission before you go anywhere. If you cannot get home, let your parents know where you are.

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Tool Time

The hall is set up with a number of stations to learn how to use different tools.   Following a discussion on safety (this includes handing out safety glasses and earplugs), the girls are divided into groups to work at the stations.

  1. Hammer nails into a piece of wood, following a pattern that is drawn on to the wood.
  2. Screw nails into pre-drilled holes.
  3. Determine parts of the hall that are level and not level - both horizontally and vertically.
  4. Measure the length of various items in the hall.
  5. Sand a rough piece of wood until it is smooth.

This was a VERY popular activity!

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Bee Prepared First Aid Kit (craft)

bee.gif (16809 bytes)(source: I saw something similar at the Guide Store in Vancouver)

bulletBlack film canister
bulletYellow fun foam
bulletYellow pom-pom
bulletGoogly eyes
bulletBrown chenille stem
bulletJewellery pin back
bulletGlue gun & tacky glue
bulletCut two thin strips of yellow fun foam (about " wide) long enough to wrap around the film canister - glue them in place using the glue gun.
bulletCut wings (one piece - shaped like a big heart) and glue gun this onto the back of the film canister - at the location where the yellow strip ends meet.  The wings should be positioned such that the bottom point of the heart is at the LID of the film canister.
bulletUse a ball point pen to write "BEE" on one wing and "PREPARED" on the other wing - it is important to do this AFTER the wing piece has been attached, otherwise you may not see the words after gluing.
bulletGlue gun the pom-pom to the BOTTOM of the film canister - NOT THE LID!  You are making this whole bee such that the canister will be upside down.  This is done so that when you open & close the canister you are not disturbing the pom-pom head.   You can do it the other way, if you want, but I think you'll find that the pom-pom will fall off or get damaged from repeated handling.
bulletUse the tacky glue to attach the googly eyes.
bulletBend the chenille stem and bury the point of the bend into the pom-pom top.  Use tacky glue to secure in place.
bulletGlue gun the jewellery pin back to the back of the wings.
bulletFill the canister with first aid supplies!  We used:  two Band-Aids (rolled around the inside of the canister so that they do not take up any space), a small alcohol pad, a Q-tip bent in half (to fit), 2 safety pins, a small piece of paper with emergency phone numbers (we do not have 911 in our area), a cotton ball and a quarter (insert this last so that it is easy to access without dumping everything else out).

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Engineer Badge Match-Up

We had an engineering night where the girls earned their Engineer badge and their Techno-Whiz challenge crest.  At the beginning of the meeting we did this match-up to learn about different types of engineers.

Engineer Badge

What is an engineer?

Basically, engineers are problem-solvers. They put scientific knowledge to practical use. They design products, buildings and devices that help Canadians. They apply science and math to solve problems creatively.

Engineers are involved with the design, construction and operation of everything from bridges to computer chips to mountain bikes to roller coasters. In fact, without engineers, our modern way of life would not be very modern at all!

Match the type of engineer with what they do:

Structural Engineer They try to keep our country clean by preventing and controlling pollution. They look for new recycling methods and ways to clean up hazardous dump sites. They also develop equipment to monitor and control pollution.
Electrical Engineer These are the "high flyers" of the engineering world. For example, this type of engineers designed the Canadarm on the space shuttle. They also design, construct and test aircraft and their components
Mechanical Engineer They're the real beavers of the engineering world. They design and oversee the building of such structures as bridges, dams and towers.
Chemical Engineer These are the creators of machines. They design, construct and test all kinds - from cars to vending machines to robots.
Environmental Engineer They figure out where and how to extract and prepare minerals from the Earth's crust.
Aerospace Engineer They figure out how to change raw chemicals into products that we can use. Working with anything from cosmetics to explosives to food, they design safe production processes and new products.
Mining Engineer They design and test electrical systems - everything from tiny computer components to gigantic electric generators.

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wpe1.jpg (7766 bytes)Fire Extinguisher Reaction

source: Newton's Apple, on the internet

To demonstrate a chemical reaction, we did the following:

Place a short candle, a slightly taller candle, and a small dish or small glass filled with baking soda in the bottom of a large bowl. Light both candles. Then pour vinegar into the dish of baking soda. Observe the foaming reaction. What happens to the candles? Why?

What extinguishes the candles? When vinegar reacts with baking soda, carbon dioxide gas is produced. This gas is heavier than air so it sinks to the bottom of the bowl and slowly begins to fill up the bowl as though it were water. When the level of carbon dioxide has risen to the level of the flame, the flame will go out from lack of air.

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Structure Challenge

source: Techno-Whiz challenge guidelines

(We also did this activity on our engineering night.)  Explore how to build a tower that is stable and will support itself. 

Materials for each team of four girls:

bulletnewspaper (we actually used 25 large sheets of recycled printer paper)
bullettape (we used masking tape)
bullet25 toothpicks (we didn't use these, but SHOULD have!)

Place a sheet of paper on the floor.  Place a toothpick at one corner and roll the paper tightly around the toothpick, forming a dowel.  Tape it to hold it together.   Repeat to make 25 dowels.

Build a tower with the dowels.  The goal is to build the highest tower possible, without it falling over.

Tips: Build a strong base before trying to build it high.   Cross bracing (i.e. angled dowels)  will provide reinforcement.  They can fold the dowels in half to increase strength.  The trick is to wrap the paper very tightly.  Debate what is more important: the strength of the materials or the design.  Demonstrate how triangles are the strongest shape - make a square (or other non-triangle shape) of 4 (or more) dowels, taping the corners.  Push on one corner to show how the shape "collapses".  Then do the same with a triangle - it will not collapse!

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Mining a Chocolate Chip Cookie

source: Techno-Whiz challenge guidelines

The goal of this activity is to mine (remove) as much ore (chocolate) from the rock (cookie) as possible using the tool provided.

Each girl receives a chocolate chip cookie, a toothpick and a paper napkin.  The girls are then given 2 minutes to remove as much ore (chocolate)  as possible using only their tool (toothpick).  When the time is up, discuss reasons why we shouldn't destroy the rock around the ore when mining (i.e. environmental reasons, increased shipping costs to move both ore and rock to a processing plant, waste at the processing location).  Our girls had completely destroyed their cookies in 2 minutes, leaving NO ROCK at the mining site - just crumbs!

Give the girls another chocolate chip cookie, and another toothpick, if required.   Give them 2 more minutes to mine the new cookie, and then look to see how they have done.  They will get let chocolate from the cookie in the amount of time, but will have been more environmentally and cost conscious!

Discuss other tools that would be useful for this task.

Mining is very important to our way of life.  Most of the components in a house, car, or school come from a mine.  Examples are clay, gravel, cement, copper, iron, gold, lead, zinc, steel (combination of mined products).  Many engineers work together to remove useful products from the earth at the lowest cost possible.  This is accomplished by reducing waste materials and using effective tools.

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