Science in the community (Unit #12 Thomas Edison & Engineering)

Lego Leagues

robotics club

BONUS: Visit an SURC-ET: Southern Utah Robotics Coalition event OR be involved in the Junior First Lego League @ North OR visit an automotive or mechanic shop

In class we will be building and engineering with PVC pipes, legos and snap circuits. Get ready to “gear up for success”, because this is your “shortcut to awesome” in science class.

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Science in the community (Unit #11 John Muir & Rachel Carson: Botany / Environmental Science)

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BONUS: Go recycle bottles, paper and other items and drop it off at CMS recycling drop offs OR plant a tree

In class we will be learning all about ecosystems, food webs, pollution, and talking about humans affect on the Earth and what we can do to improve it. We will be learning about the Brianhead fire and its aftermath. The students will participate in an oil spill challenge and some Lorax activities and games.

I love learning about how to help save the planet. It can be in small ways that can make a big impact- like turning off the lights at home, not wasting water and turning it off while we brush our teeth and not watering our lawns when it is super hot outside, recycling, etc. I hope the students know they they can make a difference.

Science in the community (Unit #10 Charles Darwin & Biology)

Lady bug nursery

Darwin Bonus: Go visit Ladybug nursery/greenhouse OR plant something in your garden OR find me an Earthworm and bring it to science class.

In our unit on Biology we will be learning all about plants and how Biology is the study of life and how living things survive and change. We will be dissecting flowers in lab, planting seeds, making plant diaries, observing earthworms and learning all about them by holding them, measuring them, and filling out an observation sheet.

Go get some ladybugs, a flower or a plant or find a worm in your yard and have fun with biology.

Science in the Community- (Unit #8 Dot Richardson)

biomechanics

Richardson Bonus: Go to a local sporting event at SUU / High School or visit a fitness gym

In our unit on Dot Richardson and Sports medicine/Biomechanics, we will learning about human anatomy, sports science, biomechanics, how our bodies get energy and use energy and how our bodies basically work, especially when it comes to sports. We will be learning how anthropometric characteristics work to our advantage and disadvantage in sports.

Anthropometric characteristics are traits that describe body dimensions, such as height, weight, girth, and body fat composition. The physical therapist uses tests and measures to quantify anthropometric traits and to compare an individual’s current data with his or her previous data or with relevant predictive norms.”

What is Biomechanics?

Biomechanics is the science concerned with the internal and external forces acting on the human body and the effects produced by these forces. More specifically, Biomechanics is the study of human movement and describes the forces which cause this movement.

What is the role of Biomechanics?

Biomechanics can play a crucial role in both injury prevention as well as performance enhancement. It is important for athletes of all ages and skill levels to understand the importance of education to develop proper mechanics. Education can come in multiple forms, but with the emphasis on the visual learner in today’s society, visual feedback is one of the most effective ways to modify an athlete’s technique and allow them to perform at the most efficient level possible. An athlete’s ability to perform efficiently and injury free are two key features in performance outcome and can both be improved with Biomechanical analysis.

So go get your head in the game and have fun cheering on your local sports teams!

 

Science in the Community (Unit #7 Alexander Fleming)

Fleming bonus: Research a bacteria or a virus and what it does to us and bring it back to me OR visit with a doctor/ nurse

Since we are learning all about germs that come from bacteria and viruses, I thought it would be great if they could research one and bring it back to my desk.

Here are some germ jokes I thought I’d share because I’m nerdy like that.

Two bacteria walk into a restaurant.
The hostess looks at them and says, “Sorry, we don’t serve bacteria.”
The two bacteria reply, “But hey, we’re the STAPH!”

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!)

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!

Science in the community- (Unit #3 Marie Curie)

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Curie Bonus: Attend Steam Scream @ SUU Ballroom with your family

October 16th: 5:00-8:00 pm (Open to public during evening hours)

This is a great opportunity for the students to get hands on stem education at our very own Southern Utah University.

thunderbird

 

OR

Find one way you use chemistry in your everyday life. Ask your parent to help you figure out one way, (acid/base reactions, digestion, exercise, cooking, combustion, soaps, plants, elements in your body, etc.) experiment with adult supervision if needed and then tell me about it when you turn in your science in the community ticket.