Round 5 Challenges!

This month’s challenges ask you to think about the idea of reality.  How do we know the things we see and experience are real?  How do we know what others tell us is real?

An image of a hand holding up a paper heart on a stick in front of a blue background

Challenge 1: Challenge 1: Create an Optical Illusion or Perform a Magic Trick

Optical Illusions can use color, light, and patterns to create images that can be deceptive or misleading to our brains. The information gathered by the eye is processed by the brain creating a perception that, in reality, does not match the true image. Perception refers to the interpretation of what we take in through our eyes. Optical illusions occur because our brain is trying to interpret what we see and make sense of the world around us. Optical illusions simply trick our brains into seeing things which may or may not be real. 


Check out this link for inspiration!

Here is another example.  How many legs does the elephant have?

Challenge 2: Become a News Reporter

Create a news article or a news video that covers a current event or historical event. In your article or video, use a combination of factual details and details that could be real but are not. See if your friends or family members can catch the details that are fake. Make sure to include a picture of the event, a person or animal involved in the event, or an important document. These images can be real, or they can be fake. Keep a copy of all the details that are not accurate so you can share them with your friends or family after they try to figure out the truth.  

Challenge 3: Use the scientific method to answer a question related to kindness and well-being or to demonstrate a scientific principle that may also relate to kindness.


Scientific experiment:  Ask a question, then design an experiment that includes a way to collect data to answer it.

Will plants thrive when they hear kind words?

Who says more kind words during the day, teachers or students?

What happens when you increase the number of kind words you use during the day?

Demonstrate a scientific principle:   Think about the laws of physics, energy, and so forth and demonstrate a concept you can relate to kindness.  For example, if you cover a candle with a cup, the candle goes out.  Why?  If you ignore a bully in school, how would it be similar to putting the cup over a candle?

At this link, they demonstrate how unkind words can never be taken back just as you can’t put tooth paste back into a tube.   This demonstrates vacuum and pressure and the power of unkind words that you can never take back.

The Kindness Experiment

Due: April 20th!

Challenge Responses!

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