What I liked about this project was that I gave them the freedom to be creative with their models. Each student was assigned an element, and in groups of no more than three, had to use their knowledge of the Periodic Table and atoms to find out the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons in their element. They also had to construct their element's atom using the model that represents electrons in various energy levels, or shells. This project really helped to bring together their knowledge of concepts learned in a very fun, hands-on way.
8th Grade Catapult/Trebuchet Project
For this project, the student's applied concepts they had learned about forces and motion to research, design, and build a catapult or trebuchet. Possibly the most anticipated project this semester, and the students rose to the occassion and did a fantastic job! On battle day, they all launched tennis balls to see which catapult/trebuchet launched the farthest. Then, half the 8th grade student body stood on one side of the field and the other half stood at the opposite end...battle commenced with water granades! It was a great end day before our week break1
8th Grade--Egg Drop Project
Project Goal: Design a parachute that can carry an egg safely to the ground. Your goal is to have the slowest time and the safest landing, leaving your egg intact!
7th Grade--Edible Plant & Animal Cells
Students created edible models of a plant or an animal cell based on the parts of the cell that they had learned.
Using the concepts that the kids have learned about forces, it was their job to construct a bridge that would span a 60 cm gap while at the same time supporting a toy car.
7th Grade--Physical Principles: Light and the Eye
Possibly one of the most anticipated and exciting labs so far!! The dissection of the eye was a great success as we solidified our learning of light, the electromagnetic spectrum, lenses, and how the eye has specific biological features that enables us to see.
8th Grade--Intro to Matter Unit
Students used lab time to learn about mass & triple beam balances, and physical and chemicla properties while using test tubes.
Microscope Week! 7th Grade
During this unit, the students learned about handling and care of the microscope, parts and functions, magnification, and preparing slides.