Scientists (students) in action- Photos

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I “spy” some awesome scientists! (Unit #6 Edmond Locard)

“Every contact leaves a trace.” ~Edmond Locard

In this unit we will be learning all about what forensic science is and how they use it to help solve crimes. We will use infrared technology provided by the SUU stem center and practice finger printing.

Born in 1877, Dr Edmond Locard was a French criminalist renowned for being a pioneer in forensic science and criminology, often informally referred to as the “Sherlock Holmes of France”.

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He officially formed the first forensic science laboratory. Locard is also renowned for his contribution to the improvement of dactylography, an area of study which deals with fingerprints. After the laboratory in Lyon was established, he developed the science of poroscopy, the study of fingerprint pores and the impressions produced by these pores. He went on to write that if 12 specific points were identical between two fingerprints, it would be sufficient for positive identification. This work led to the use of fingerprints in identifying criminals

In addition to this, Edmond Locard is perhaps most well-known for his formulation of Locard’s Exchange Principle, a theory relating to the transfer of trace evidence between objects, stating that “every contact leaves a trace.” The theory dictates that when two objects come into contact with one another, each will take something from the other object or leave something behind. ~ The Forensics Library

 

 

 

Science in the community- (Unit #5 Gregor Mendel)

We are learning about genetics this month in science. A great opportunity for your child would be to attend the movie Wonder at the movie theater. It is based on the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio and is fabulous. The protagonist was born with a genetic mutation called Treacher Collins Syndrome. Not only is it a great book, but it teaches lessons on choosing kindness and not bullying.

Another option if your child can’t see the movie, is to interview a grandparent and find out what similarities and differences your child has with their relative.

Fill out the science in the community ticket in my classroom, have your parent sign it and turn it into my science bird jar for a treat and a chance to get your name in for consideration for the Einstein Award.

So now go “BOND” over the movie/book Wonder haha! (Get it….bond!)

“Together we make a great pair!” (Unit #5 Gregor Mendel)

“My scientific studies have afforded me great gratification, and I am convinced that it will not be long before the whole world acknowledges the results of my work.” ~ Gregor Mendel

In this Unit we will be learning all about genetics and our heredity, where we come from, DNA, and tying it into our theme of “Science is in our genes.” Learning about DNA way back in my 7th grade class is what first sparked my interest in science. I love learning everything about it. I still research about genetics all of the time. Now onto our scientist of the month.

Gregor Mendel was an Austrian Monk who discovered the basic principles of heredity through experiments in his garden. Mendel’s observations became the foundation for modern genetics and the study of heredity and he is widely considered a pioneer in the field of genetics. He is known as the “father of modern genetics” His experiments showed that the inheritance of certain traits in pea plants follows particular patterns, subsequently becoming the foundation of modern genetics and leading to the study of heredity.

Mendel chose to use peas for his experiments due to their many distinct varieties, and because offspring could be quickly and easily produced. He cross-fertilized pea plants that had clearly opposite characteristics—tall with short, smooth with wrinkled, those containing green seeds with those containing yellow seeds, etc.—and, after analyzing his results, reached two of his most important conclusions: the Law of Segregation, which established that there are dominant and recessive traits passed on randomly from parents to offspring (and provided an alternative to blending inheritance, the dominant theory of the time), and the Law of Independent Assortment, which established that traits were passed on independently of other traits from parent to offspring. He also proposed that this heredity followed basic statistical laws. Though Mendel’s experiments had been conducted with pea plants, he put forth the theory that all living things had such traits. ~biography.com

Books of the Month- (Unit #4 Galileo Galilei & Astronomy)

Middleworld by: J& P Voelkel

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Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow by: Nathan Bransford

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Cosmic by :Frank Cottrell Boyce

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The Jupiter Chronicles by: Leonardo Ramirez

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Kepler’s Dream by: Juliet Bell

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My Weird School Fast Facts- Space, Humans and Farts: by Dan Gutman

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Breadcrumbs by: Anne Ursu

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Reaching For the Moon: by Buzz Aldrin

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The Berestain Bears- On The Moon by: Stan & Jan Berenstain

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The Star Wars Trilogy by: George Lucas

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Science In The Community- (Unit #4 Galileo Galilei)

Ashcroft-Observatory-Entrance-SUUGalileo BONUS: Go visit the SUU Ashcroft observatory.

I have been here a couple times and it is awesome! In our unit on Galileo and astronomy, the students are learning all about the universe. This is the perfect spot to visit and observe the stars and planets.

Phone: (435) 586-1409

The Ashcroft Observatory is located on the hilltop just south of the SUU farm on Westview Drive.

OPEN NIGHTS

In keeping with a long-standing tradition stemming from its opening in the early 1970s, the Observatory remains focused on community involvement and learning opportunities. The Ashcroft Observatory is open every Monday night to all those interested in learning about constellations or viewing distant parts of the galaxy. Interested parties should plan on arriving at the observatory just as the sun sets. As weather or other conditions might alter this schedule, before driving out, please call the number above to make sure someone is there.

This is a free opportunity, and has been of great use in the past to school groups, scout groups and families, but all are welcome and encouraged to enjoy the splendor in the skies. ~SUU

So go blast off to the observatory. The sky is the limit!

Together We Can Rule The Galaxy- (Unit #4 Galileo Galilei)

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered, the point is to discover them.” ~Galileo Galilei

In this unit we will be learning all about Galileo, space, galaxies, stars, the sun and the planets and tying in the solar system to our theme of STAR WARS. Of course the force in strong in my class. Don’t underestimate the power of science haha! I stinkin love Star Wars and actually went to a sight where they filmed The Force Awakens. Okay I know I’m geeking out. Now onto the scientist we will be learning about.

Considered the father of modern science, Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) made major contributions to the fields of physics, astronomy, cosmology, mathematics and philosophy. He invented an improved telescope that let him observe and describe the moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, the phases of Venus, sunspots and the rugged lunar surface. His flair for self-promotion earned him powerful friends among Italy’s ruling elite and enemies among the Catholic Church’s leaders. His advocacy of a heliocentric universe brought him before religious authorities in 1616 and again in 1633, when he was forced to recant and placed under house arrest for the rest of his life. ~ History.com

He improved the telescope, discovered the laws of the pendulum and is famous for discovering that the sun was the center of the universe, not Earth, as they believed at the time.