Great things are happening in the Science and Innovation Center!
Each week, the middle school students roll up their sleeves for lol (love our land) lunches. The grounds are slowly shaping up after the long winter, as students weed, plant, and water the grounds. Feel free to join us on Tuesdays from 11:45 to 12:30. Plant and seed donations are welcome and appreciated!
Our banner is up and our trailer is open for business! Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The middle school students have worked so hard this month to get their non-profit business off the ground. This has been quite an undertaking, and I am so impressed with the investment and energy that some of these young entrepreneurs exhibit.
SIXTH GRADE SCIENCE
This month, the sixth grade students have been focusing on the geologic time scale and index fossils as a means to date rock. On Thursday, they enjoyed a day at Longhorn Caverns where they were treated to a tour of caves by the knowledgeable Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â geologist Al Gerow. Students were able to make connections between their study of limestone formations, erosion and our local geology.
This week we began our Generation Zero series with Keep Austin Beautiful. On Wednesday, Bernard taught us about the history of waste disposal in Austin and the different components of a landfill.
This week we will jump into our final unit weather and water!
EIGHTH GRADE SCIENCE
This month the students in eighth grade focused on work, energy, and simple machines. They enjoyed designing and building a Rube Goldberg machine that poured milk on a bowl of cereal.
This week, the students turned their attention to waves. They used a pendulum to study the properties of harmonic motion. Later, students used Slinkys and wave trays to examine longitudinal and transverse waves.
Moving forward, the students will investigate sound, light, and electromagnetic waves.
KIDS IN THE CREEK
The weather cooperated with us this week! The students thoroughly enjoyed our hike through Bull Creek, taking notice of the riparian zone, the invertebrates and vertebrates, the vegetation, geology, and water flow. Every Monday we will jump into the creek (literally) and investigate different components of the creek ecosystem.