Happy Phun Phriday! I bookmarked this a long time ago, and just re-discovered it. For those of you new to the blog, I like to share random things on Fridays that usually have very little to do with education. I suppose you could have your students do some math with this – or you can just enjoy it!
For today’s Phun Phriday post, I have a couple of amazing videos created by people who have way more imagination, time, and dominoes than I do! Both of these videos come courtesy of LaughingSquid.com. Some dominoes sources are: Marbles, The Brain Store and Bulk Dominoes (recommended by Hevesh5, who created the 1st video).
Domino Chain Reaction
For today’s Fun Friday post, I am sharing a video I originally found on The Kid Should See This.
I must admit that I’ve always found it fascinating to watch domino chain reactions, but never really thought about the physics involved.
While I was grabbing the embed code for this video, I noticed quite a few other video suggestions on the side. As always, I would caution adults to preview any videos before showing them to the class. Another video that employs the use of a domino chain reaction that has been making the internet rounds recently is “Dog Goldberg Machine.” It’s an advertisement for Beneful, but quite clever (and cute!)
Got any dominoes around the house? Playing the game or making the chain reaction are both great activities for a rainy – or super hot – day!
Drawminos is a website that allows you to choose from some “Favorites”, allowing you to drop a ball, and to see the shape created by the toppled dominoes. The part that I think will engage many students, though, is the “Create” part, in which you can design your own shape to be revealed once the ball is rolled. It takes some planning and patience to arrange the dominoes how you would like in order to achieve your final design. Once done, though, you can save your design online, and receive a URL for its specific location. This could be a great way to introduce a topic, or to have students integrate their learning, their creativity, and their understanding of Physics!