I headed back to the Duluth Children's Museum and there I ended up working with the Duluth Children's Museum's own Drew Jensen, one of their employees, to show the children how to build their own satellites and suspend them in what they call a parachute tube so see how well they can fly.
Jensen says, "So we call this soaring satellites and what we're going to do is try to crate a satellite to float up in the air."
"We're going to use different materials."
"Now we're going to see if this is too light or too heavy. So that went straight out the top."
"So there's no one right way to do it. There are multiple ways of doing this. And you're going to get to tinker and play and figure out what works best for you. Okay guys?"
"I'm going to grab some more, okay?"
Colin says, "Can I see? Just barely, that's pretty close."
"Let's see if gravity wins or the air does. And your little bumblebee flew pretty far."
Drew says, "Let's see it Monty."
Colin says, "So what the goal of this project is, by the way, the end goal is to try get these creations, these satellites suspended between this lower line and this upper line using the right amount of weight and surface area to get it to float right in between those two zones."
Drew says, "Looks like a satellite. Kind of spinning and rotating."
Girl says, "It's a robot."
Drew responds, "It's a robot."
Colin says, "We should give it a name, what should we call it.?"
Girl says, "Buzz!"
Colin responds, "Buzz. Should we go see how Buzz floats?"
A boy says, "Buzz Lightyear."
Drew says, "Do you have a name for yours, Athena?"
Girl responds, "Buzz."
Colin says, "Alright, we're going to let Athena go quick."
Drew says, "Okay Max, can you bring yours down, bud?"
Colin says, "Alright, should we see how Buzz flies? And Buzz went soaring!"
"What does this count as?"
Drew says, "Oh! It's so close."
Colin says, "Did you see that hang up there?"