Any day we get to spend science class outside is a good day! The 8th grade headed out into the chilly morning to model acceleration. They were given various tasks and a stopwatch, and got to work!
This week, 7th grade got to observe the often-overlooked step in the water cycle – transpiration! It was really cool to see the water collect on the inside of the baggie, especially knowing how it got there! Plus, we got to go outside for class, which was a huge bonus 🙂
We’ve officially made it through one week of Simultaneous Learning! We’ve practiced new routines, worked through technical glitches, and also managed to fit some learning in there! It’s been exhausting, but it’s also been really great. Here’s to an awesome year!
Welcome to another school year! While this year is going to look very different, I am confident it’s going to be a great year! I can’t wait to meet you all (or see you again) at our Walk Thru this Sunday, and officially start our year both virtually and in-person!
Keep science-ing this summer! Use the links below to look into some science activities that are probably best done outside 🙂
(Disclaimer – please make sure to ask permission before emptying materials from your cupboard, or making a giant mess)
Exploding Chalk Art – We all know vinegar and baking soda are fun… This activity uses that reaction combined with food coloring and corn starch to make some colorful sidewalk art!
Walk on oobleck – (I hope) We all have gotten a chance to play with this crazy stuff. If not – definitely try it! Mix cornstarch and water together to create this crazy “fluid” that doesn’t always act like a liquid!
This activity takes it to the next level. I’m NOT suggesting you fill a kiddie pool with this stuff (YIKES $$$), but maybe one of those disposable cake pans could work – try to step in and out of the pan without getting your feet dirty!
Giant bubbles! – This activity does involve a kiddie pool. You’ll make your own bubble solution using dish soap and water, then use a hula hoop and some yarn for the “bubble maker”. See if you can fit someone inside the bubble!
Exploding watermelon! – You’ve probably seen the Youtube videos on this one – put rubber bands around a watermelon until it explodes! I’ve personally done this one – it’s fun! It does take a lot of patience (and a LOT of rubber bands…), but the good news is, if you’re willing to rinse watermelon bits out of the rubber bands, they can totally be reused.
We celebrated Valentine’s Day in true STEM fashion today – with a design challenge! Students were tasked with building a device that would safely deliver a Valentine’s stuffed animal to its destination. They were limited to construction paper, string, paper clips, and popsicle sticks. I was impressed with the variety of designs I saw!
Continuing our study of cells, the 6th grade are learning about the chemical compounds that make up our cells – carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Today, we used iodine to test which items of the four we tested (cereal, flour, sugar, and bread) contained starch, which is a carbohydrate!
The 6th graders got to see things a little closer today! We are introducing our unit on cells by taking a look through a microscope at some actual cell samples! Favorite specimens included some nerve cell samples, skin cell samples, and even some bacteria!