2020 Science FairPosted by Carlene Gordon
Did you know that Saran Wrap will not prevent mold on cream cheese; coffee with milk will reduce the likelihood of stained tooth enamel; a rocket propelled by vinegar and baking soda can lift ten times its weight in vinegar; vegetables can provide electricity, you can, in fact, train a fish and nylon socks produce less foot odor than cotton ones?
At the 2020 Unquowa Science Fair our fourth, fifth and sixth grade scientists presented the science behind these facts and so much more! After months of research, planning procedures, trial and error and forming conclusions, student scientists proudly educated the Unquowa community. Visitors to each science fair booth were impressed by the extraordinary display of fascinating scientific research. Congratulations to our budding scientists and a great big THANK YOU to all who came together to make this event a success!
Get Your Hands DirtyPosted by Carlene Gordon
Our students learn by doing! Fourth graders were not afraid to get their hands dirty in a study of soils. We used the Fairfield Audubon as an extension of our classroom to investigate different forms and types of soils. Students discovered the benefits and importance of soil to all life on earth. Students measured and sifted, tested water retention, took temperature readings and searched for the tiniest of life forms. Upon completion of our numerous investigations, student scientist teams were overheard making conclusions including: “Soils are a filtration system,” “Soils provide nutrients for plants and a home for insects,” “Soils hold heat,” “It’s important to not pollute our soil.”
Using Science to Select the Best ProductsPosted by Craig Knebel
Eighth graders put the scientific method to the test by comparing three different brands of products in a chosen consumer product category. The students devised two tests relevant to the products they chose to determine whether paying full price or choosing the discounted item is the best choice. Products ranged from batteries, lint removers, thermoses, shoe cleaners, and paper towels among the many categories chosen this year. The project followed up several labs on dish soap and laundry soap to see if the top brands were “worth” their top price. Mr Knebel
Think Like a ScientistPosted by Carlene Gordon
Science education requires students to develop their ability to engage in scientific thinking. Fourth graders are discovering what it means to be a scientist. How does a scientist ask questions? What tools do scientists use? What is an observation? What is the scientific method? In our first science unit this year, students are learning the answers to these questions and many more! Our fourth graders are asking scientific questions, researching and constructing hypotheses and then testing their hypotheses through experiment and investigation. Students are carefully recording and charting data in order to form valid conclusions. Finally, students are composing their findings clearly and effectively to share with fellow scientists.
Discovering DensityPosted by Carlene Gordon
Fourth graders have learned that density is a property of matter that compares an object’s mass to its volume. Different objects may have different mass but the same volume, as we saw in class when we compared a baseball and a Wiffle ball. Students were asked if liquids could also have different mass and the same volume. To find the answer, students poured various liquids (maple syrup, corn syrup, oil, colored water) into a container and were amazed to see layers form. Students quickly concluded that these liquids must have different densities in order to form layers. The most dense liquids sank to the bottom and the least dense remained at the top.
Science Fair 2019Posted by Craig Knebel
Did you attend the 2019 Unquowa School Science Fair? If you did, you were certainly awed by listening to our scientists discuss their findings on such topics as the effects of caffeine on the brain, how cola will clean a penny, distracted driving, screen time, how rivers form and flow and much, much more. Our student scientists have questioned, researched, planned and experimented for weeks on a topic of choice leading to a supported conclusion. On the day of the annual science fair, fourth, fifth and sixth grade scientists enthusiastically shared their findings through models, demonstrations and carefully crafted poster boards. The entire Unquowa community was delighted and educated by our wonderful student scientists – congratulations to all on a job very well done!