Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Free Snowman... some assembly required

The Spark:
Nothing puts a smile on people's faces like a snowman sighting!  You can spot them everywhere, on your neighbours lawn, in a park, along the sidewalk, but the funniest snowman sightings are the unexpected ones.  This snowman-building quest takes you on a sort of scientific exploration of snow.  Specifically, what type of snow is best for building snowmen?  The answer has a lot to do with what the temperature is, and how much moisture is in the air.  We will be working with (and playing with) all types of snow in future quest but we should consider all of them to start off with.  Powdery snow occurs in very cold temperatures where there is very little moisture in the air.  It can be shovelled away very easily and cannot be packed into a snowball.  This snow is not good for building snowmen.  Slushy snow is very wet and full of ice crystals.  It too is not good for snowman building.  Icy snow looks like regular snow from afar but is basically just a sheet of frozen snow and snaps under your feet when you walk through it.  Not good for snowman construction either.  Finally, there is sticky snow.  A fabulous snowman building material!  It contains just enough moisture in it that when packed together to make a snowball it just slightly melts and, presto, you've got a snowball.  

Are you interested in building the most amazing snowman of all time?  Then start your snowman-builidng quest to find out more about sticky snow.  Start your quest by asking the question WHY?

Start Your Quest:
Why:  To go on a scientific exploration of the different types of snow and to find out what qualities are needed in order for the snow to be classified a sticky snow.  
What:  To build an awesome and unexpected snowman using sticky snow.  To share my awesome snow-building adventure with others by creating a snowman-assembly kit.
Where:  In my own neighbourhood
When:  As soon as I can get myself organized
How:  Find out below.  It's a S.N.CH.!  Or is it?

Take Action:

Look outside your window.  Have you ever noticed that snow sticks to everything?  When you see this, get yourself ready and go outdoors, you may have a 'sticky snow' situation.  Get ready to conduct a scientific experiment to see if you can build  snowman.  Try to form a snowball.  

Make two snowmen assembly kits, one for you and one to share.

Place your 'sharing' snowman assembly kit in a plastic bag so that it is waterproof and add this sign to it...

Now, take your snowman assembly kit, use the sticky snow, and make your amazing snowman.   

Don't Stop Here:
Keep researching and exploring the different weather conditions needed to build the perfect snowman.  What are the qualities needed in order to get 'sticky snow' and why does snow stick to everything it lands on?  If you have a hunch about something just drop us an email and we'll give your hunch a whirl and get back to you.  

Quest Check:
Keep checking back with us on a regular basis to see if your interests match our quests.

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