Join students Sophie, Tomás, Emma, and Marcus during Fifth Period! This STEM comic strip chronicles the exciting and often hilarious adventures of a close-knit group of four friends as they learn about science, technology, engineering, and math from their kooky, inspiring, off-the-wall science teacher, Mr. Kepler. When they're not in class, these kids love to explore the vast world of STEM on their own, launching weather balloons, programming computer games, and cataloging insects, sometimes with unpredictable and highly entertaining results!
Check back on the first and third Friday of every month for a new Fifth Period strip!
Have Tomás and Emma stumbled on a new alternative energy source?! Little does he know, Tomás’ dad has unwittingly contributed his kinetic energy to be harvested by Emma and Tomás’ spring-loaded…gear…thingy. They figured they might be able take energy from a ground-shaking earthquake and capture it in a spring, which would then turn gears that generate electricity—but they didn’t bargain on an earthquake so soon! Emma and Tomás’ contraption may not work in real life, but the idea isn’t as far off as you would think. Did you know that scientists are exploring the concept of volcano-powered and wave-powered electricity? It turns out electricity can be generated in some surprising ways!
Try it yourself!
A while back, you learned how to make a lemon battery that could put out a tiny bit of electricity. But now you can harness your own kinetic energy to light an LED bulb. So check out this tutorial on how to make a “shaky generator”, grab an adult to help, and get shaking!