UNION — The fourth day of USC Union Summer Camp was a busy one as the children taking part in it rehearsed for the play they’ll present this afternoon, launched rockets they’d built, and made “flubber.”
The children spent part of Thursday morning in the USC Union Auditorium where they rehearsed “The Cat in the Hat,” the play they will perform in the auditorium this afternoon. They’ve been preparing for the play all week, studying their lines and making the props they will use.
After rehearsing, the children went out onto the law behind the gym where the rockets they’d put together earlier in the week were being readied for launch. The children built the rockets as part of a program of learning about propulsion, gravity, solid and liquid rocket fuels, and chemical reactions. They were then divided into groups which each built a rocket for launching and recovery Thursday morning.
The rockets were launched and the children reacted with delight and amazement as they soared into the air with one child exclaiming that they looked like they might continue on into space. They didn’t, of course, but instead parachuted back to the ground where, at the direction of summer camp staff, the children gathered around to observe the rockets but not touch them because they were still hot from being launched.
After lunch, the children spent part of the afternoon making flubber. The instructions for making the substance describes it as a “fun and easy slime to make.”
Depending on whether they wanted the slime to be opaque or translucent, the children used either Elmer’s white glue or Elmer’s school blue glue, along with Borax, water, food coloring (an optional item) and, of course, bowls for mixing.
Wearing rubber gloves as they mixed the substance and worked it according to the instructions, the children had fun making the slime which, according to the directions, gets stiffer and more like putty the more it is played with. The children definitely played with their creations until it was time to go outside and make something else that was also no doubt fun to play with.