Sanford Museum 93 Million Mile Club
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Photos by Mike Leckband
93 Million Mile Club'
The Sanford Museum hosted a sun fun day as part of the "93 Million Mile Club" at the Museum on Wednesday July 22. Kids from the age of five and up joined the Museum staff from 11 a.m. to noon for several activities, including looking safely for sunspots using the Museum's solar scope, making several UV crafts, floating a giant solar bag, racing mini solar cars, and eating S'mores from their solar cooker.
Sanford Museum staff member Kerisa Pingel signals the direction to take to the 93 million mile club participants
The race is on -
While at the Sanford Museum's "93 Million Club" on Wednesday, the kids were split up into different groups to take turns at different event stations that demonstrated the power of the sun. This group of youngster headed across the street from the museum to race solar powered toy cars.
The activity done by the kids attending the Sanford Museum's "93 Million Mile Club" was making S'mores. The kids quickly made up the tasty treats and placed the S'mores into a solar powered cooker made out of a pizza box, plastic and tinfoil. After all the activities were done the kids enjoyed their treats.
Ultraviolet artwork -
Michele Deiber-Kumn, Sanford Museum Associate Director is pictured above with a group of kids who just recently completed a art project using ultraviolet materials. Once their artwork was exposed to sunlight it changed how their pictures looked.
What's in the bag?
Once all the children at the Sanford Museum's "93 Million Mile Club" finished at all the activity stations they gathered across the street next to the old Wilson School to perform one last experiment for the day. The kids filled up a solar bag that was 50 foot long with air. Being that the bag was black and conducted the heat from the sun, the air inside the bag soon heated up. Once the 50-foot solar bag was fill with air, all the kids at the Sanford Museum had to do was to make sure that none of the air escaped and then just wait for the sun to heat the air inside. Once the air is heated it would make the bag float due to warm air being lighter the cooler air. With the sun's rays heating up the air inside the solar bag is slowly started to rise to the surprise and delight of the kids that attended the Sanford Museum's "93 Million Mile Club" on Wednesday.
With the sun's rays heating up the air inside the solar bag it slowly started to rise to the surprise and delight of the kids that attended the Sanford Museum's "93 Million Mile Club" on Wednesday.
Up, up and away
With the air finally heated up with in the solar bag the 50-foot long balloon headed towards the sky while kids had fun learning about how the sun effect us all. Photo by Mike Leckband