STEAM Summer fun: Floating and Sinking – ציפה ושקיעה

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Join us for some summer fun, playing in water with a STEAM unit that exposes you to the wonders of floating and sinking while also teaching you some Hebrew - and about Israel!

Floating Sinking
birthday-cake 8 - 13 year olds
users 8 - 12 learners per meeting
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clock-o 45 min per meeting
calendar 3 meetings, weekly on Sundays for 3 weeks

Available Times

Date and Time


Available Spots

July 10 - 24, weekly on Sundays
4:30 PM ET - 5:15 PM ET
Show all 3 meetings
$ 36.00
12 spots

Course Details


Join us for some summer fun, playing in water with a STEAM unit that exposes you to the wonders of floating and sinking while also teaching you some Hebrew - and about Israel!

Do you wonder sometimes about how a heavy ship can float on water while a small pin will sink in it? Would you like to plan and build your own floating devices? Are you interested in understanding how and why things work? For example – How a submarine can float and go under water as well? Why do icebergs float in the ocean? How come it is so easy to float in the Dead Sea in Israel but almost impossible to sink there?

If you do, this course is for you!

In this hands-on workshop we will learn some cool facts and create floating objects based on scientific concepts, using simple materials that can be found at home.

We will also talk about the scientific understanding about how it all works. We will learn and use a lot of Hebrew to introduce and perform the STEAM activities!


Class 1: Floating or sinking?

Colors that float, objects that float or sink as we wish: from a paperclip to a submarine.


Class 2: Building boats


Class 3: A homemade Lava Lamp, floating art - sinking and floating projects.

Each learner should have a clear space on a table (or on the floor) for working with materials.
Supply List

For each meeting you have some paper and writing tool (Pencil or pen).

You will also need a large container for water (a large, transparent plastic box will be best), water and paper or cloth towels

For class 1 you will need: 3 glass cups, salt, 3 eggs, 3 spoons. 1 fork, sand (or other sediment that can be poured into glasses - for example: flower, salt or sugar), an empty soda can or small bottle, paper towels, straws, food coloring, cooking oil: vegetable, canola, soy (or any other edible) oil, ice cubes, metal paper clips, 2 one quart-sized (1 liter) clear empty plastic bottles with cap (soft drink bottle), a pipette or a plastic soda straw (preferably transparent) or a ball-point pen cap that does not have holes in it, some modeling clay (“Sculpey" or “Plasticine” works too).


For class 2 you will need materials to build your boats: Some cork (wine bottle caps), toothpicks, plastic utensils, broken toys, popsicle sticks, modeling clay or plasticine, small containers, straws, scissors, fast dry or hot glue, rubber bands.


For class 3 you will need: A glass plate (dinner plate, a ball, quiche dish or any other glass dish), dry erase markers (Expo brand works best), vegetable oil (or mineral or baby oil), food coloring (primary colors or neon), Alka Seltzer tablets (or backing soda & vinegar), flashlight, large clear, transparent plastic bottle or a big clear jar, small cup or another small container.


Sonia Sandler she/her
Sonia Sandler
Currently I am a Computer Science student at the University of Maryland. I was born in Israel and moved to the US in 2019. In Israel I was an assistant tennis trainer to kids in a local club. Hebrew is my native language, but I also speak English and Russian. After moving to the US, I saw the importance of Hebrew instruction, especially among Israeli and Jewish families, so I volunteered in a Jewish Sunday school in my local JCC as a Hebrew teacher assistant. In September 2020 I joined the MoEd staff, first as a teacher assistant and later as a full Hebrew instructor. During Covid we first worked only on Zoom, but later moved to an outside setting in MoEd tents where I worked with K-6th graders.