The kids were a little shy at first, but it didn't take long for them to start getting excited and involved. The Lenox Laser team members facilitating the event were Rachel Krafft, Shelby Smith, Joe d'Entremont, and Jon DeMeo. The first thing they did was gauge what actually interests the kids. A paper was passed around to every child with options like astronomy, photography, microscopy, lasers, etc. with even a space for them to write in their own personal favorites. This was important because the point is not to talk at the kids and make them be engaged in something that they don't like. To build programs in the future, Science Fair Competition of Maryland wants to invest in the community and in the homeschooling system to enrich the learning experiences of the students. What better way to start than to take a poll of what programs should be offered?
When we returned to the office, Joe was ready to show them some awesome experiments using LED lights and kaleidoscopes. He also demonstrated how light bends in variations using red, blue, and green laser pointers and linear diffraction gratings. The kids were amazed. They thought it was so cool to see the different lights reflecting on the ceiling in pretty patterns.
During the activities, Joe took a picture of everyone in the room, including the parents and fellow employees, with one of Lenox's pinhole apertures. Those pinhole photos are included throughout the post.
If you are interested in being involved with our
Baltimore County homeschooling co-op partnership, call (410) 592-3106, or email