6th Grade November News

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This month, the learners in 6th grade have continued their study of space, focusing on Earth-Moon-Sun interactions such as tides, seasons, moon phases, and eclipses. The students build their understandings of these concepts through inquiry labs and research.

Ilan investigates the solar eclipse.
Ilan investigates the solar eclipse.
Sammy describes the moon phases.
Sammy describes the moon phases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our trip to the Texas Museum of Science and Technology was both fun and informative.

So glad this creature is extinct!
So glad this creature is extinct!
Students used colored beads to learn about the electromagnetic spectrum.
Students used colored beads to learn about the electromagnetic spectrum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here the girls work together to explore the relationship between velocity and crater size.
Here the girls work together to explore the relationship between velocity and crater size.
Negev measures crater depth in relation to velocity of an asteroid.
Negev measures crater depth in relation to velocity of an asteroid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the past few weeks in our STEM classes, the students in 6th grade have been building an understanding of Earth cycles and processes as they pertain to sustaining life on our planet, as well as life support systems on the International Space Station.  The students are now tasked with applying this knowledge as they design and construct a habitat for human settlement on a planet or moon of their choice.  The learners will need to synthesis their knowledge from a variety of experiences and research in order to be successful. It has been our good fortune to learn from Greg Chamitoff, an expert in space habitats, who last week addressed challenges such as radiation, air, food, water recycling, waste management, and communication systems to name a few.

This group brainstorms a top 10 list of challenges to staying happy and healthy in a sealed container.
This group brainstorms a top 10 list of challenges to staying happy and healthy in a sealed container.

 

Astronaut Chamitoff teaches us about life support systems aboard the ISS and the challenges of living in space.
Astronaut Chamitoff teaches us about life support systems aboard the ISS and the challenges of living in space.