Program Updates: Science with Virgil Beck and Kristin Moore

6th Grade

How can the same piece of clay sink, float, and hover? Sixth graders are learning that the shape they mold the clay into makes the difference and that getting it to hover is SUPER tricky!! They’ve also explored why giant ships like the Titanic, with its swimming pool and restaurants, could float, and ultimately sink. Putting their knowledge to the test, sixth graders will start building popsicle stick boats in their quest to hold more pennies than the school record (30 - currently held by 7th grader Finn).

7th Grade

The 7th graders started the year exploring the common characteristics of all living things. We completed an activity trying to help an alien understand why cars were not alive. They then used microscopes to practice making scientific illustrations of microscopic organisms. They are now learning how a cell has parts inside it to help it perform all the functions of life. They will conclude the unit by developing and using a model to describe the workings of a cell as a whole and the ways parts of cells contribute to its function.

8th Grade

The continents are moving! Eighth graders explored the evidence left over the past 300 million years that the continents were once connected and have drifted apart. If you look at a map of the Earth, you’ll notice that it looks like the continents could fit together like puzzle pieces, but WHAT force(s) could be strong enough to move the surface of the Earth? If you’d like to know more, check out this video. Next up? What will the Earth’s surface look like 100 million years from now?