this week’s adventure
Ever heard of a meteorologist? You know, the people on the nightly news who point at a big map and talk about the weather? But meteorology is about more than predicting beach days or snowstorms—this is the science that focuses on the Earth’s atmosphere, and here on earth, the weather can get pretty wild.
Consider this: Each minute of the day, 1 billion tons of water fall on the Earth. A heatwave can make train tracks bend and turn grapes into raisins. And in parts of Antarctica, the snow falls so hard you wouldn’t be able to see your hand in front of your face. (Brrrrrrrr.) Get ready to explore the incredible nature of weather and why it matters so much for our planet. This week at Camp Kinda, you'll become a meteorologist.
A Note for Parents: This week’s adventure includes some videos, images, and stories about hurricanes and tornadoes. If you feel your child may be sensitive to these topics, please encourage them to skip ahead.
what you’ll need
- A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
- Pens, markers, or colored pencils, and a permanent marker
- A glass jar with a lid (a jam jar works well!)
- A paper plate or bowl
- 2 styrofoam plates
- An aluminum plate (or tin foil to substitute)
- Hot water
- A zip lock bag
- Food coloring (preferably blue)
- Tape (clear + duct)
- A washer
- Dish detergent
- 2 clear containers (like Tupperware or old takeout containers)
- Baby oil (or another oil to substitute)
- Alka Seltzer
- A sweater
- Glitter (optional)
- Small toys like cars or action figures (optional)
A Note on Materials: This week's materials list includes a few items that are a little more unusual—like styrofoam plates, baby oil, and food coloring. If you can find them, we think they make for some really cool experiments. If you can't, no worries, just skip ahead.
this week’s content builder:
Rachel Smith has spent the past 9 years working in KIPP New Orleans and KIPP NYC Schools. At KIPP Central City in New Orleans, she currently leads the Student Support Program, which specializes in programs for students with significant intellectual and emotional disabilities.
See Previous Weeks
Movies: They can carry us to other worlds, keep us company, and make us laugh, cry, or hide under the covers. And we love them for it. But what goes into the art of movie-making? Why are some movies Oscar material, while others are snooze-fests? The movie industry is a billion-dollar industry...but it takes much more than just great acting to make a movie a winner.
How have codes been used throughout history to protect secrets and signal for help? Did the Bermuda Triangle really swallow whole ships? Could aliens have built Stonehenge? Find out this week at Camp Kinda, where we’ll be focusing on History’s Mysteries.
Every week at Camp Kinda, we'll share a new adventure with activities for each day. If you're joining Camp Kinda after camp has started, you can jump in along the way or start at the beginning with Week 1. You can always pick and choose which weeks you want to explore, too. Skip a week. Do two in one. Mix it up! There's no wrong way to do Camp Kinda.