Participants managed to make computer components out of play-doh at the Sooke Literacy Project Make IT event. (Sooke Literacy Project)

Participants managed to make computer components out of play-doh at the Sooke Literacy Project Make IT event. (Sooke Literacy Project)

Sooke Literacy Project event a science-based success

Exploration and discovery the order of the day

The Sooke Region Literacy Project hosted a special event on Jan 27 and the day was characterized by laughter and fun.

It was Family Literacy Day and this year’s event was based on the theme of Make it! and focused on science, technology, engineering art and math activities.

The program was held at Edward Milne community school and coordinated by the EMCS Society with funding by Decoda Literacy Solutions.

“We partnered with Engineering for Kids, Vancouver Island, and CFAX Santa’s Anonymous to bring some unique and engaging workshops to the event and the Sooke Rotary Club stepped up with volunteers to make the whole thing a great success,” said Kate Barton, the Sooke Region Literacy coordinator.

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One of the messy, yet enormously fun activities involved Oobleck. That’s a non-Newtonian fluid that, unlike most liquids, changes its state in reaction to pressure.

It’s messy, weird, and just plain fun.

Other attendees took on activities that didn’t end in needing a shower.

“Some of the families were treated to a hardware engineering workshops using the Makey Makey to create a computer control pad out of Playdoh, and then use it to play a game,” Barton said.

“Others had a chance to literally spin glasses from thin air using the 3doodler pens.”

All of the families took part in a hands-on demonstration of the award-winning robotics created by the EMCS student robotics champions.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for families to explore some brilliant S.T.E.A.M. activities together, and we’re excited to see what Decoda will task us to bring to the Sooke region next year,” Barton said.

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