Recently, we took an amazing trip to the Academy of Sciences to study genealogy and beneficial traits. Students got to interact with exhibits showcasing different changes in geological makeup, and watch how beneficial mutations stay with certain species throughout their evolution. It's such a great opportunity to see this stuff in person and interact with it, and really helps to connect the dots from scientific concepts to real life! Hurray for Experiential Learning!
We have also been working on prepping for the great San Francisco Science Fair, which all students will be participating in this winter. After discussing how to create scientific claims and questions, students will chose a topic relevant to them and begin their research. This prep work is invaluable for high school, and requires students to exercise team work, critical thinking, scientific language and process, executive functioning, and statistics in order to properly test their hypothesis. There are so many curious and creative minds in our class - we can't wait to see what they chose to study!