In Kindergarten, students have been learning about pushes and pulls by investigating the way pinball machines work. As a final project, Kindergarten engineers designed and built their own pinball machines in Science Lab.
First-grade student scientists have been learning all about light and how it interacts with different materials. Students are taking what they have learned and designing a shadow puppet scene using a wide variety of materials. Each scientist will test their scene and then design and build a sound source to go with it.
Second-grade student scientists are learning about the different properties of materials. They have set a design goal to make a new glue recipe that will be sticky and strong. They have recently tested their first glue recipe ideas in Science Lab and are starting to think about how heat can play a role in a revised recipe.
Third-grade student scientists have learned about inheritance and traits. They focused on DNA as the code that makes each organism unique. One exciting activity involved using the DNA code from two parent creatures to identify the traits of a new offspring creature and building a model the offspring out of clay.
Recently, the robots Dash and Dot visited the Community Park Science Lab. Our fourth-grade scientists demonstrated their coding skills by creating their own code for Dash to follow. Some codes had Dash behaving like a dog, being a part of a dance competition, playing cards, and becoming an airplane. Everyone who created their own code presented their work to the class.
Meanwhile, fifth-grade scientists have become water cycle experts. Over the past few weeks used all their water cycle knowledge and designed freshwater collection systems. The goal is to extract a sample of freshwater from a sample of salt water. Tests are running now and our scientists are hoping to analyze their results and make any necessary revisions after spring break.
- Community Park News