Our entire Upper Division—4th through 8th grades—have been working hard on science projects, and today is the day they present their experiments and results! Fourth and 5th grades had the opportunity to present to younger students during the day today, and 5th through 8th grade will present tonight to families and each other.
Here are just a few of the fascinating projects pursued by 4th and 5th graders:
* How do different types of soap affect Kool-Aid-dyed hair?
* Donut Time: Testing different age groups for the ability to delay gratification
* Do people run faster or slower when listening to different kinds of music?
Today, after several weeks of research and design work, the 7th graders hosted a museum filled with interactive exhibits on paleontology, natural history and evolution. Fourth grade visitors to the museum had the opportunity to explore questions like:
How did flight evolve?
Why and how did mammals evolve back to an aquatic lifestyle (i.e., whale evolution)?
How do scientists know what color dinosaurs were?
Why/how did some organisms survive the end-Cretaceous mass extinction, while others perished?
What are trace fossils, and what can they teach us about extinct organisms' lifestyles and behavior?
This is the fourth year that 7th grade science teacher Kiki Contreras has included the museum as a project for her students. It's a wonderful synthesis of their scientific work together with design projects in the BIG Lab.
Every year, one of Evergreen's 2nd grade classes presents an extensive showcase around a single theme. This year, the class chose Records World (Whirled)—and they've spent weeks learning about records of all kinds: vinyl records, world records, setting records, keeping informational records, and more! They also considered the shape of records, decorating in a "round" theme and offering visitors a selection of flat, round treats, like pancakes and potato chips.