Can a material be a liquid and a solid at the same time? Can you build a bridge using nothing but sticks of wood? How do you clean water? Can you defy gravity? How does a meteorite look? How does a fossil feel? How does a telescope work? How does Jupiter look from Earth? These were some of the many questions elementary school students explored through hands-on science and engineering during a recent Family Science Night at a local elementary school.
As the School Council's Event Coordinator I was fortunate enough to be part of the organizing committee for this event. As the dust is settling I am amazed by some of the numbers. More than 50 volunteering parents, researchers, science enthusiasts, student teachers and alumni contributed to making this event possible. More than 400 people attended the event. We had 13 different activity stations, 7 of which were organized by external organizations and groups and 6 of which were specifically developed for this event. All in all, the event was a resounding success.
This event would not have been possible without the support of the teachers and administration at the school, the financial support of the School Council and the dedicated work of volunteers from the following organizations and groups:
A huge thank you to all of you for promoting science literacy and enriching the education of the students by sharing your expertise and passion for science.
Below is a visual summary of the evening's events. More pictures can be found here.
Science classrooms are unique learning environments unlike any other classrooms. As a matter of fact, some things only happen in science classrooms. Here is a collection of event that happened in my own science classroom over the last school year. It's a growing list, so check back for updates.
Report from yours truly live-tweeting and navigating the melee at GETCA 2015 (Annual Greater Edmonton Teachers' Conference).
Can a pencil be more than just your average run of the mill pencil? The legendary Palomino Blackwing Pearl can take a student or teacher's writing to new heights. We have taken a batch of the Pearls for a spin and are blown away by how much writing and sketching can be transformed by this unassuming pencil.
Dr. Pineda's Classroom is going YouTube with the release of its first screencast on the exciting topic of calculating percents. Only time will tell if this is the start of something big and shiny or just a passing fad.
After several weeks working on setting up habitats for new classroom animals the big day finally arrived. The newest addition to our classroom include aquatic denizens in our new aquarium and a teenage bearded dragon with lots of attitude and no table manners.