Variety Show- Think Like a Scientist!
We are doing a dance for the variety show. We are doing a song by Blazer Fresh called Think like a scientist. Here is the video if you would like to practice at home. Also, we would like to wear lab coats, so if you can find a cheap lab coat for your child to wear please get it by May 3rd. If you need help, let me know!
Today was an amazing day! The 3rd grade girls, split into two teams, were all chosen to participate in the GEMS expo back in December. Today was the day of the expo at the McWane Science Center in Birmingham. We have been working on projects throughout January and February to present at the expo.
The first team, the Golden Girls, chose a lesson on biomes. They each created a biome using a shoe box to present at the expo, along with their Trifold board. They were so creative and did a great job presenting their biomes and what they had learned.
The next team, the Camouflage Gems, chose a lesson on camouflage animals of course. They learned about the different types of camouflage that animals use. They had a great interactive board that allowed guests to try to find the animals and match them to the correct type of camouflage described on the board.
Other highlights of our day included exploration with author, Heather Montgomery. She discussed the power of asking questions and how everything can help us learn about science. The teams even got to check out some of her treasures, such as a turtle shell, bones, fossils, and fur.
Both teams were awarded viewers choice awards for technology and research. Students will receive their certificates next week.
Check out our gallery for more pictures of our trip!
We had a wonderful trip to the University of Montevallo today! First up was the egg drop competition and our egg survived! The girls were so excited!
Next we participated in the space shelter competition. The girls had to build a shelter that would fit one student, and survive radiation, wind, meteors and aliens. The galaxy girls almost made it to the final round!
While we didn't win, we got to experience fun challenges on a beautiful campus! The girls all got certificates and exciting memories!
We only have ten more days until our field trip to the Engineering festival at the University of Montevallo. It will be a great day full of engineering challenges and fun! We have been working hard on our planetary shelter research and building our edible egg drop container. We will complete all plans and designs on our next meeting, Friday December 8th. If parents are attending, make sure to complete the background check and to pack a lunch. The cafeteria will be closed and only serving food to students free of charge. We chose not to pre pay for teacher or adult lunches so don't forget your lunch!
We also worked on applications for the GEMS U Expo in February. We will find out later this month if our applications were accepted. So more information will go home about that once it is available to us. As always, let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Thank you for allowing your daughters the opportunity to experience GEMS U!
Today the teams worked together to attempt our school challenge... Making a contraption that will protect an egg from a 40 foot fall. The challenge: everything must be edible! We have been working on using the Engineering design process to solve this problem.
1. Ask: What edible materials can we use to protect an egg from a 40 foot fall.
2. Imagine: We made a list of foods we wanted to use, and once we purchased it, how we could use the foods to protect the egg.
3. Plan: They drew models of what they would attempt to do.
4. Create: The girls worked together to follow their plans. It was definitely challenging but they loved it!
5. Improve: After testing the prototypes, we will be working to improve them in the next couple of weeks!
Here is a video of our tests! Check out the gallery for some pictures of the girls in action.
Wow! October zoomed by! We have had a great start to our GEMS U meetings this year. We have been preparing for the Elementary Engineering Festival in December. Information about this will be going home later this week. The girls have been doing wonderful researching and planning for the engineering competition. We will be building a space shelter that will be able to be used on another planet. We are also preparing for our egg drop challenge. This year is the toughest yet... Everything has to be edible! This week we will be practicing building the egg drop container using lists of foods that we have discussed and researched in previous weeks. Stay tuned for more pictures and videos of our science and math in action!
We are very excited to be working with our GEMS-U team. We will meet from 2:45-3:45 each Friday. Meetings will begin on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2017. The dates for the meetings are listed below. We will be engaging in science and math activities and projects. If you have any concerns about dates or times, please let us know. If dates change, notes will be sent home in advance.
Petra Hunter firstname.lastname@example.org
September 22, 2017
September 29, 2017
October 6, 2017
*October 13-SKIP Homecoming
October 20, 2017
October 27, 2017
November 3, 2017
*November 10, 2017- Skip NO SCHOOL
November 17, 2017
*November 24- Skip Thanksgiving holiday
December 1, 2017
Decmeber 8, 2017
*December 12th- (Monday)Field trip to UM