Bring on the NoiseSOL: 5.1d, i, 5.2
Students will listen to and “see” sound waves pass through different materials. They will experiment with sound waves and explore how to change their frequency and wavelength. Students will make predictions and observe how the pitch of a sound changes with different musical instruments. They will discover how to transform other forms of energy into acoustic energy, and how we use sound every day.
Modeling an atom, students will learn about insulators and conductors by observing the flow of electrons between atoms. Using an energy ball, students will learn about open and closed circuits. By experimentally removing bulbs from series and parallel circuits, students will differentiate between the circuits. To study static electricity, students will observe how a Van de Graaff generator delivers electrical charge to develop an electrostatic force, and how such force attracts or repels objects.
Gross ScienceSOL: Science 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1d, i, k
Students will take a close look at the producers, consumers, and decomposers of the food chain. Examine owl pellets and see what happens to the rodents an owl eats, learn about mosquitoes and why they bite you, and see how phytoplankton makes up the base of the marine food web. Discover why the world needs dung beetles and dare to eat a grub!
LIGHTen UpSOL: 5.3
What are the colors of the visible spectrum of light? Using a chart, students will identify the relationship between wavelength and color. By observing how the path of a laser beam is altered experimentally by a mirror, a prism and while passing through water, students will discover the principles of reflection and refraction. They will identify whether an object is transparent, translucent or opaque by observing whether or not light and image passes through the object.
Living PlanetSOL: Science 3.5, 3.6, 3.9d, e, 3.10a, 4.5
Through active game participation, students will explore habitats and discover how animals’ behavioral and physical adaptations help them survive their environment. Using a terrarium, students will study a closed environment and the interdependency of plants and animals, discovering why photosynthesis is so crucial to life.
Mad ScientistSOL: Science 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 5.4 ; Math 3.14, 4.10, 4.11, 4.12, 5.11
Students will investigate the nature of science using the scientific method to perform an experiment. They will conduct preliminary observations using scientific instruments and form hypotheses about the materials on which they will experiment. Students will gather data to graph results and draw a conclusion.
Master MachinesSOL: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2c
Students will be introduced to the six simple machines (levers, pulleys, screws, wheels and axles, inclined planes and wedges) and how they can be combined to make complex machines. They will study ordinary tools and vehicles to find out which simple machines they contain. Students will use a simple machine, applying force to move an object.
Moon ColonySOL: Science 3.9d, 3.11, 4.8d, 5.7a ; History 3.10
Take a trip to the future as we colonize the moon. Students will compare and contrast surface conditions of the moon and Earth, and identify energy sources and actions required to sustain a lunar colony. Students will work in teams to build a model lunar colony.
Our Solar SystemSOL: Science 4.7, 4.8
Students will demonstrate the rotation and revolution of the Earth and understand why we have the seasons. Students will identify phases of the moon and see a demonstration of how they occur. Using a time line, the class will learn about the Space Race and the Apollo missions that sent man to the moon. Students will see a model of the solar system and identify the planets. Using common objects, they will construct a large scale model based on relative sizes and distances between planets.
Scream MachinesSOL: Science 3.1a, g, j, 4.1a, 4.2, 5.1i
Students will explore the science concepts engineers apply in building fantastic roller coasters. They will investigate the inertia & force concepts at work in our everyday lives. Students will be introduced to force, motion, and energy through interactive demonstrations featuring gravity, potential and kinetic energy and friction. They will work in collaborative teams to design and model a simulated roller coaster ride, and then use the scientific method to improve the performance of their designs.