Wooden You Know

We started our STEM specials this week with Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade. In kindergarten, the students explored the properties of wood and examined different varieties of wood.

We  identified three species out on the playground and used the leaf shape, bark, needles or cones to determine the kind of tree. Who knew wood could be so exciting!

I Learned a New Word Today – Photovoltaics

Photovoltaics is a method for generating electric power by using solar cells to convert energy from the sun into a flow of electrons by the photovoltaic effect. Solar cells produce direct current electricity from sunlight which can be used to power equipment or to recharge a battery. You may have wondered about the fence in the parking lot and the construction going on. The school is having solar panels installed that will supply 30% of the school’s electricity. How cool (or hot) is that?
 

Wooden You Know

We started our STEM specials this week with Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade. In kindergarten, the students explored the properties of wood and examined different varieties of wood.

We  identified three species out on the playground and used the leaf shape, bark, needles or cones to determine the kind of tree. Who knew wood could be so exciting!

We are an Official Weather Station!

Today, Discovery Academy joined Weather Underground as an official weather station. Our weather data from the rooftop garden can now be viewed and tracked online. When the school’s solar panel install is completed students can also track the energy output and the correlation between the weather and electricity generated. A big thanks to the PTO for funding the hardware and to Jon Hand and the Garden Committee for making this available to Discovery Academy. Follow Discovery Academy Rooftop Garden or join through Weather Underground station KCTWETH19

Movement and the Interaction of Objects

Third graders in Mrs. Daniels’ class are implementing the Next Generation Science Standard and experimented with the force of air needed to precisely move 5 objects. They were investigating how an object’s properties affect the amount of force it takes to move a set distance of 2 inches. They recorded 4 trials and reflect and adjusted after each trial. Strategies were shared on methods of success through a final group discussion. It was fun to hear the buzz of a  room filled with excited scientists.

 

 

Fall Harvest

 

Today, students in Mrs. Marshall’s class visited the rooftop garden to explore the garden. They discovered carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, onion, sunflowers, jalapeno peppers and squash. Many students tried the onions and basil and noticed how well the two flavors go together. Making the snapdragons talk was a big hit.