“Meteor Martin” Lets Hear It From A Scientist!
Hello Scientists, this is “Meteor” Martin and I hope that everyone had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. The past week has been loaded with fun and exciting lessons which included; Cosmic Capers, Invisible Forces, Mystery Science, DNA is Here to Stay, Edison’s Workshop, Forced to Change and finally, Eco Safari.
We first traveled to outer space at Lafayette Elementary and learned about Planets, Stars, Dwarf Planets and other small solar system bodies. The students were able to make their own sundials as well as study and build a glowing constellation. We then made glow in the dark “space mud” with the help of a special ingredient and finally everyone had an opportunity to make a comet to show off to their parents
Our next stop was at Sterling Montessori where we learned about invisible forces such as Magnetism, Gravity and Inertia. We explored how and why magnetism works and were able to see and feel a magnetic field with the help of some strong magnets. The children also made hover disks that could glide on the floor on a cushion of air. Our next experiment involved taking a closer look at inertia and how objects at rest will stay at rest and objects in motion will stay in motion as we had a picnic and attempted to pull out a table cloth from underneath at various speeds while observing the results.
We spent some time with the after-school children at Sanford Creek as the kids took a closer look into the mystery of science and how we can make a penny appear and disappear with the help of refracting light. They also poked holes into a water filled bag with little to no water escaping. Is it Magic or Science???
At Greensboro Academy, we learned about DNA and had the opportunity to fingerprint each child. We then talked about genes and traits and took a closer look at why some children could roll their tongue and others could not. Next, we were able to see a 3D picture of a DNA Strand as well a make an edible double helix. Our final experiment involved extracting the DNA out of a strawberry. The kids loved using different chemicals in order to make the special solution.
We then had a lesson at Franklin Academy where we took a closer look at Thomas Edison and discussed and demonstrated how static and current electricity work. The children were then able to “touch” lightning with the help of a lightning globe and then made their very own electroscope, which takes static electricity and is able to turn it into current electricity. Finally, we took a closer look at the stored energy within a battery and how we were able to use them to power a light bulb and school bell.
Lafayette elementary then had us back with the 5th graders this time to teach and demonstrate lessons involving the Three Laws of Motion by Sir Isaac Newton. The children participated in several experiments looking at inertia with the table cloth pull, chip flip, and clothes pin drop. Next, everyone had a chance to test the 2nd law of motion by walking with a bag of beans and letting it go at various speeds in order to observe acceleration and mass. They were then able to “feel” Newton’s 3rd law by standing on a rotating platform and using a gyroscope that would move the children left or right depending on the direction the gyroscope was moved.
Our Final destination for the week was Turner Elementary where we discussed the lesson Eco Safari. The children were able to talk about, explore, and build their very own rain forest ecosystem starting with the forest floor then moving up to the under-story, then the canopy and finished with the emergent layer. The children then continued their lesson by learning about different aquatic ecosystems including ponds, rivers, lakes, and oceans. They were then able to make a very realistic corral reef to take home.
As you can see, we were very busy this past week or so and covered many different and exciting topics including Outer Space, Magnetism, Gravity, Inertia, DNA, Electricity, Motion and Ecosystems.
I can’t wait until next week!!!