Monday, April 26, 2010

Independent Research Project Posters

All secondary science students at Wells International School are required to do a research project. Students grade 6-12 came up with some very interesting projects such as studying decay of reptilian organisms (which made our lab smell horrible for about a month). Some students really dived into the process of the scientific method and enjoyed working on their projects, however other students procrastinated and were a little overwhelmed with the amount of work they had to do at once. Above you will find some examples of student work.

Rock Layers Aren't That Complicated. Are They?

Today in class, after they had read about careers as a pleontologist and bone detective, Earth Science students discovered what it could really be like to have to compare different out crops of layers of earth to try to come up with a complete geologic column. Students looked at for different layers of rocks (out crops), some which had unconformities (meaning there were some layers that eroded away and left them with an incomplete picture). They had to piece together what they had left to come up with a more complete picture of the fossil record and geologic history of that area.

As the process began students realized that it wasn't as easy as it looked. Some groups found that they had trouble matching layers because they didn't bother to sketch them thoroughly, other groups made good sketches, but found it time consuming, and still other groups found it difficult to piece everything together with missing information.

Hopefully, through this activity students have gained slightly more appreciation for what scientists do, as well as a better understanding of superposition, geologic columns, and dating of fossils. (Pictures will be posted ASAP)

MSNBC Has Some Amazing Photos!

The power of the sun is truely amazing! Check out the other great photos from msnbc's slide show for the week of April 15-22:
Sometimes just taking out a quick moment to view what's going on all over the world gives you more appreciation for the things you have.