Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Chemistry students learned about different types of reactions. Here is a very bright synthesis. 

By the time we are done students should be able to identify the type of reaction and predict the reaction products!

Here we are testing the gas being evolved during the reaction. Nothing like setting things on fire to make chemistry fun. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Another great day of inquiry in biology!

In biology, students are seeing the effect of osmosis on cells (the shell less eggs). 

And then they asked, "Do you think you can hard boil a shell less egg?"

Amazingly enough, yes you can!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Macromolecule Lab in Biology

This week, biology students learned how to perform tests to indicate for the presence of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, & nucleic acids; the chemicals of life. We ended the 3-day lab with testing food/drink products for these macromolecules. Next week they will learn how the cell makes and/or used these macromolecules. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Colorful Chemistry

Chemistry  students explore the d zone of the periodic table and check out the colorful ions found in the fourth period of the table. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Chemicals, FINALLY!

Chem students celebrate mole day by looking at differences in the Group II metals.

Art and Science

Physics students are making mobiles to learn about rotational inertia. Knowledge of lever arms force and torque is helpful when designing your creation. 

Mole Day

Today is the best day on the Chemistry calendar. Mole Day!  On this day we celebrate the fun of Chemistry. Here Morty Mole ready to party!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

More science is everywhere!

Fall is a colorful season. The science behind the changing leaves, the blue sky and the clouds just makes it all even more awesome!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lets Set Things On Fire!

Chemistry classes spent some time burning different substances to determine what they are made of. These same chemicals are used to make fireworks. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Everything Is Explained By Science #2

For this episode we go to the land of pizza to find out how to measure the speed of light - among other things.

Pizza Science

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Technology in Science

Physics students are looking at conservation of momentum.  One of the activities involved the transfer of momentum from one body to another.  The problem is that it all happens so fast.  Students used the cameras on their phones to record the data so they could see the detail.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Newton's Third law

Physics students are putting their knowledge of Newton to work launching balloons. Goal is either longest flight or fastest flight. Who will win?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How well do you know Earth's Energy Resources????

Student groups were given an energy resource found on Earth.  They had to answer the following about each and make a mini poster to present to class.

1) Explain why your energy source fits the category of renewable or nonrenewable.
2) Explain how your energy source is formed and then used.
3) List 2 consequences to the environment of your energy source
4) List 2 places in the world where you can find this source.
5) Example of how one person in your group has used this type of energy source
6) List 2 interesting facts about your source

Thanks to Mrs. Bielenburg for the tech help to make it happen, when mine failed. Below are pictures of kids presenting and samples of their final poster.


Anatomy students taking one for the team by plunging into icy and warm water to see how the body responds to stress.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sugar Cube and Crayon Rock Cycle Follow up.

On Tuesday students were using a crayon or sugar cube to simulate as many process of the rock cycle as possible.  They then had to document the processes and "rocks" that were made by taking pictures and writing descriptions.  They then presented using one of our Google Tools LucidChart.  Here are some examples of finished products.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Rock Cycle......I mean Crayon Cycle........or Sugar Cube Cycle

Today in Freshman Science students used Crayons or Sugar Cubes to simulate all the process of the rock cycle.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Big Science Everyday Stuff

Everyone seems to think that science is big and complicated.  It can be but it doesn't have to be. 

Many big concepts can be shown using the simplest things. This box of bouncy balls can be used to show kinetic molecular theory, conservation of momentum, and the dynamics of collisions. 

Ordinary pennies can be used to explore data analysis and isotopes. 

Paper clips, clothes pins, string, paper, glue, and plastic bags are just part of the arsenal used by science teachers to show the big ideas in small things.