Through a variety of audiovisuals, Lower School students document their class experiences.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Satellite Education (By J.A.D., J.M., I.M, J.E.V, and A.Z)

Using HERMES-Delta to answer WDLC questions.
Setting up our live satellite downloads.
Satellite education has many helpful uses. We use satellite education, especially with math, because it helps us calculate many things.  Another way we use satellite education is by downloading LIVE satellite images with the HERMES-Delta program that the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency (EXA) lets us use. When we download images we analyze them to know if there will be changes in precipitation and/or temperature, so we can try to forecast the weather. We can also use satellite images to help us find the mean, median, mode and range. Sometimes for math we also use the WDLC, which stands for NASA’s online Weather Data Learning Center. The WDLC also has a book of lessons, and we use our own satellite images of South America to help us find the answers. We fourth graders think that satellite education is very important for math and the world, because it can help us to be better prepared.

P.S. HERMES-Delta and the WDLC are really helpful, but not as cool as having fun with our teacher Ms. Margot.

Connecting math concepts with authentic learning.

Water Unit: Science Experiments & Field Trips

Field Trip: The Water Treatment Plant

Density (by I.E., S.N., I.M., J.S. and L.M.Q.): We are going to teach you about density. Density is when molecules stick or don’t stick close to together. Our class did various projects on density, such as an egg experiment. The egg experiment was when we put an egg in fresh water first, and then salty water later to see in which type of water it would float. That has to do with density, because when we put the egg in fresh water it didn’t float because the molecules in the egg were denser than the molecules in the fresh water. But the egg started to float in the salt water because the salt made the water less dense than the egg. Here is another explanation: when you put a ball filled up with air in a pool, it floats because the air is less dense than water. But when you put a ball filled up with nails in a pool, it will sink because the molecules in the nails are denser than the water molecules. So now you know what density is, and if you would like to, go ahead and try these experiments at home!
Surface tension (by A.N., J.M.C., E.S., and M.M.). Surface tension means: When something floats in water, but if you push it down it will sink if the molecules in the object are denser than the water molecules. One day we did an experiment about putting a paper clip in water, but it sank and Ms. Margot said, “If you want to, you can try it by yourselves at Centers Time”. When Jose Miguel tried it, the paper clip floated and it looked like it had a skin on the top of the water. It was very weird because we didn’t see air in the paper clip to help it float. We also tried another experiment that was about putting water drops on top of a penny, and we got the penny to hold about 28 drops. We found out that the water “held on” to the penny because of surface tension and adhesion (when water sticks to other things). That’s how surface tension works.

Field Trip: The Water Museum
Capillary action (by J.C., L.M., J.V. and C. V.). One day we did an experiment about capillary action. The experiment we did was like this:  you get a paper towel, 2 plastic cups, and one cup with water and another one that is empty.  Then we had to twist the paper towel tightly and put it half way in the cup with water, and half way in the empty cup.  Ina few minutes we saw what happened…the wet end got to the dry end, and the empty cup filled up with water! The next morning both of the cups had the same amount of water! Because of adhesion, the water got “sucked up” by the paper!