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Halloween FLEX DAY!!

Phew! Our first Flex day is in the books! All sorts of wonderful hands-on learning happening today!!

First, our 8th graders worked with ramps and marbles to model all sorts of different collisions, and made some spectacular connections to Newton’s Laws.

Then, our 7th graders made slime using thermochromatic pigment as a fun connection to our lessons on the different methods of heat transfer.

To close out the day, the 6th grade got a special treat of dry-ice-carbonated apple cider! YUM!! While they enjoyed their cider, they put their knowledge of calculating volume to the test by building a treat bag with very specific volume requirements. The stakes were quite high – they could only keep the candy that fit into their bag!

Displacement Method

The 6th grade is introducing our unit on Measurement in Science with a little displacement! The students measured the volume of a small object using a cup of water and pennies. We then held an excellent discussion on the merits and drawbacks of using pennies as an actual unit of measure. Our distance learners even got in on the action!

Boyle’s Law!

The 7th graders are well on their way to discovering Boyle’s Law (relating the volume of a sealed container and the air pressure inside that container) with this fun activity. 

8th grade models acceleration

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!

Enjoying the weather!

Taking a short break in between all the learning to get outside for some fresh air!

7th grade observes transpiration

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 🙂

Happy First Friday!

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 Back!!

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!

Messy Summer Science!

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!
https://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/05/play-recipe-sidewalk-chalk.html

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!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUMX_b_m3Js

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!
https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/giant-bubble-experiment/

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK8dsAeMmPk

A STEMMY Valentine…

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!