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GSCO STEM Club Activity: Volcano—Acid Base Reaction

Today, we’re going to learn how to make a volcano at home using an acid (vinegar) and a base (baking soda). If you would like more activities like this one, join us every other week on Thursdays after school for one of GSCO’s STEM Clubs. Click here for Daisy STEM Club. Click here for Brownie and Junior STEM Club.

Materials Needed:

  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Cookie sheet or tray
  • Two styrofoam, paper, or plastic cups of any size
  • Scissors
  • Paper, markers, or crayons- If you would like to decorate your volcano
  • Piece of plain paper and something to write with

What is an acid and a base?

Acid– When we hear the word acid, we often think of things that are dangerous. They can be, but they can also be common things we find every day. Acids have a sour taste to them. Maybe you had an acid with breakfast?

Base- A base is a more bitter taste and has a kind of soapy feel if you rub it between your fingers. A base can also be a common item.  Maybe you baked cookies and added something base to help them rise.

Examples of Acids and Bases:

Acid

  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Vinegar
  • Many dangerous chemicals

Base

  • Baking Soda
  • Sugar
  • Laundry detergent
  • Soup and cleaning products
  • Heavy solvents and grease

Now that we have talked about what acids and bases are, let’s do an experiment to see how they work together.

Acids and bases do not like each other and they fight when they are mixed together. This is because they are trying to neutralize each other. When they are mixed, lots of bubbles are created. This is a reaction.

Making a Volcano to Test Mixing an Acid with a Base

First, we will create our volcano body.  You can use any type of cups for this.

Step One: Have an adult help you cut a medium size hole in the bottom of one of your cups.

Step Two: You will also need to ask for help to cut the other cup in half.

Let’s begin:

Creating the Outside of the Volcano

If you would like to decorate the outside of your volcano, you can do it several ways:

  • If your cup is paper or styrofoam, you can use sharpies and color right on the cup.
  • If your cup is plastic, you can decorate a piece of plain paper the same height as your cup. When you are done, wrap the paper around the cup and tape it to fit.

Creating the Acid Base Reaction

  • Step One: Take the small cup and put about one tablespoon of baking soda in it.
  • Step Two: Set that cup on a cookie sheet or tray of some kind.
  • Step Three: Place the “volcano” you made on top of the small container making sure not to spill the baking soda.
  • Step Four: Measure 1/4 cup of vinegar into a measuring cup or glass.
  • Step Five: Ready for magic! Slowly pour the vinegar into the mouth of the volcano and watch the fight! You may not need all of the vinegar.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

GSCO STEM Club Activity: Pigment Transfer

Today, we’re going to learn how to use fresh flowers and leaves to create an imprint on a tote bag, T-shirt, tea towel, or watercolor paper. If you would like more activities like this one, join us every other week on Thursdays after school for one of GSCO’s STEM Clubs. For Daisy STEM Club, click here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/fall_2020_daisy_stem_club_virtual For Brownie and Junior STEM Club, click here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/fall_2020_brownie_junior_stem_club_virtual

You will need:

  • Fresh flowers and leaves
  • Rubber mallet or hammer
  • Hard, smooth pounding surface, such as a wood cutting board or heavy cardboard pad
  • Wax paper or plastic wrap to protect the cutting board surface
  • Your canvas: T-shirt/banners/tea towel (heavy, un-textured cotton works best)or watercolor paper 
  • Goggles or protective eye wear
  1. Place a cutting board* or thick cardboard and mallet/hammer in front of each team of two people, or if making a smaller product such as a banner or tea towel, one per girl.
  2. Gather your flowers and leaves. It is best to use flowers with more delicate structure and those without a large/raised center.
  3. Place your preferred canvas on the pounding surface. 
  4. Arrange the flowers on one half of the cloth and fold the other half over to create a mirror image. If you prefer a singular image, place a piece of paper or scrap cloth on top of the flowers before pounding them. Remember, if you choose to do a mirror image, the SAME image will be on both halves of your canvas.
  5. Gently pound the flowers until the images show. Once you are satisfied with the images, you can open the cloth and remove the leaves and flowers.

** Note: If using a wooden cutting board, place a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap on the surface to prevent permanent staining of the board.  This is not necessary when using cardboard. 

Learn more about pigment transfer and natural dye:

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouts at Home: Figuring Out Fall Fun

We are fully into fall now and Girl Scouts of Colorado knows that many families are searching for fun, safe ways to celebrate the fall season. Whether it is reading spooky stories for Cadette Book Club, discussing fun ways to engage with the outdoors in Naturalist Club, or hosting a virtual camp-in at our Junior Jam Club, GSCO staff is embracing the season through our virtual clubs.

Need a game your Girl Scout can play virtually with her sisters or friends? Try Zoom Charades! Revamp traditional charades by using Halloween/fall/nature-themed topics.

The rules are easy:

  1. Divide up your meeting into two teams.
  2. Think of two fun fall-themed team names and have each girl add her team name into her Zoom name. This way, it is easy to keep track of who is on the two teams.
  3. Have the host of the meeting use the “private chat” feature to message one of the girls a fall charades action.
  4. Set a timer for 30-seconds and have the chosen girl mute her microphone and act out the charades action in the frame of the camera.
  5. Her teammates should try to guess the action before the time runs out.
  6. Make sure to switch back and forth between teams and allow everybody to have a chance!

Here are some action ideas to get you started:

  • Making a s’more
  • Navigating a corn maze
  • Chopping firewood
  • Picking apples at an orchard
  • Raking and jumping into a pile of leaves
  • Creating a scarecrow

How are you innovating your fall fun this year?

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Join Brownie Buddies Club: Every Other Wednesday 4 – 4:30 p.m.

Brownie Buddies is a bi-weekly hang-out club for Girl Scout Brownies. Girls interact with other Brownies and positive adults, giving them a place to socialize, play with others, and have fun while practicing skills like sharing, teamwork, patience, and participation. Register now for one of the upcoming sessions in Fall 2020: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/fall_2020_brownie_Nov4.html 

Sign up once and your girl can attend all sessions or she can just pick a few to attend. Families will receive an email with a supply list (if relevant) and login information before each session.

Career Exploration: November 4

Girls can come dressed as what they would like to be when they grow up! Girls will have the opportunity to explore and talk about various career options. The girls will discover the path to achieving their dream career.  Girls will learn about successful women who are in the role of their desired job.

Fashion Design: November 18

Girls can come and show off their favorite outfit! Girls will discover and talk about the difference between the latest fashion trends and their personal style. Girls will also have an opportunity to design their dream outfit and share with the group. You will need paper and markers for this activity.

Winter Wonderland: December 4 

Girls can come in their coziest pajamas and bring something that represents their favorite winter tradition. We will explore winter traditions around the world and talk about how girls can introduce new traditions to their family! You will need paper and markers for this activity.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Art Club: Origami Kusudama Flower

CSA Art Club is back for Fall 2020! Join us twice a month on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. We’ll get creative together and work on new projects like origami lotuses, self-esteem paintings, and matchbox art! Upcoming Meetings: October 20; November 3 and 17; and December 8. Register here.

Join us in creating pieces like this origami kusudama flower.

  1. Gather five square pieces of paper.
  2. Using one sheet, fold into a triangle by folding the bottom corner to the top corner.
  3. Fold the triangle into a diamond by folding the left and right corners to the top.
  4. Take the flaps and fold them outward to the left and ridge edges of the diamond.
  5. Open one side and insert finger into pocket of flap and squash down. Do both sides.
  6. Fold down the corner tips and fold triangles in half.
  7. Gently glue to sides together, forming a petal.
  8. Repeat steps with remaining paper and glue petals together!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Cadette Book Club: Ghosts, Spells, and Spirits- Just in Time for Halloween

Things are getting spooky in the town of St. Augustine. Our leading lady, 12-year-old Lucely Luna has completely accidentally, conjured malevolent forces forth from an old spell book. With the help of her best friend Syd, Grandma Babette, and Chunk the Cat, Lucely must try to save the town before time runs out. Fans of “Ghostbusters,” “Goonies,” and “Coco” will love this frightfully fun adventure. Sensitive readers beware, there are some scary sections.

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado staff on October 8, 2020 at 4 p.m. for Cadette Book Club as we discuss “Ghost Squad” by Claribel Ortega. Please read the book in its entirety before the book club and come prepared with your brilliant thoughts, poignant questions, and outstanding opinions.

Register Here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/october_2020_cadette.html

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Daisy, Brownie, Junior Art Club: Cloud Dough

Today we’re going to make our own cloud dough! If you would like more activities like this one, join us every other week on Tuesdays after school for GSCO’s Daisy, Brownie, Junior Art Club. Click here to register!

You will need:

  • Corn Starch
  • White conditioner (any kind)
  • Bowl
  • Spatula, popsicle stick, or spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Food coloring (optional; gel is best)
  • Sandwich baggie (to store the cloud dough)

Let’s make our cloud dough!

  1. Add one cup of corn starch to the bowl.
  2. Add one cup of any white conditioner to the bowl. Add it gently, a little bit at a time, so it doesn’t send your cornstarch flying everywhere.
  3. If you want to add food coloring, do it now.
  4. Stir ingredients together. Start slowly so you don’t make a mess, and then, you can pick up speed as your ingredients come together.
  5. The dough will appear sticky at first. If it’s too dry, add more conditioner. If it’s too wet, add more corn starch.
  6. Eventually, you will need to pick the dough up with your hands and kneed it until you like the consistency.
  7. Now, take the cloud dough and make shapes or anything you want. Just have fun!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

STEM Club Activity: Miniature Greenhouses

Today, we’re going to make our own miniature greenhouses! If you would like more activities like this one, join us every other week on Thursdays after school for one of GSCO’s STEM Clubs. Click here for Daisy STEM Club. Click here for Brownie and Junior STEM Club.

You will need:

  • One Paper plate
  • Markers
  • Soil
  • Seeds of any kind
  • Two Clear plastic cups
  • Tape

What is the greenhouse effect? From Britannica Kids: “The greenhouse effect is a warming of Earth’s surface and the air above it. It is caused by gases in the air that trap heat from the Sun. These heat-trapping gases are called greenhouse gases, a common greenhouse gas actually comes from our bodies! Carbon Dioxide! Without the greenhouse effect, Earth would be too cold for life to exist.”

What is a greenhouse? A greenhouse is a building where plants such as flowers and vegetables are grown. Greenhouses warm up during the day by capturing the heat from the sunlight and keep in the heat overnight. The warmth and humidity that a greenhouse provides helps the plants grow faster than they would without a greenhouse. A gardener without a greenhouse is like a cook without a stove!

Let’s make our greenhouse!

Step One: Decorate your plate and cup. You can decorate it with drawings of the plants that will grow in your greenhouse or however you choose. Get creative!

Step Two: Fill one of your clear plastic cups halfway with soil.

Step Three: Take your pinky finger and put four or five little holes in the soil.  Put your seeds in the holes you made in the soil. Then, put a little scoop of soil on top of the seeds!

Step Four: Add some water on top of the soil and place the other plastic cup on top of the other.

Step Five: Tape only one side of the two cups together so the cups can still open on a side and you can water it.  Set your greenhouse somewhere in your house that has sunshine and watch your plants grow!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

GSCO Clubs for Fall 2020: Register NOW

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s summer clubs were so much fun that we’re taking them into Fall 2020. Join us online after school every other week to create your own art projects, have fun with STEM, read books, learn new skills, and hang out with old and new friends. Each club is led by two experienced Girl Scout staff members and joined by girls all over the state. Clubs begin the week of September 21, but you can join any time during the semester.

Below are all the clubs we have currently for Fall 2020. Click on each club for more information about it and to register.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.