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.