Another year, another science fair! For the past few months, our students have been working hard on their group science fair projects, and their end results were amazing! In their groups, they collected a wealth of data and have been working diligently over the last couple weeks to analyze their data, write a report, and complete their presentations. Students also had to follow detailed criteria as they created the scientific report on their process, including inserting pictures and making graphs of their recorded results. This type of project is extremely important for our students, and provides a chance to exercise skills like leadership, teamwork, executive functioning, research and analysis, and sequence and processing. Through their studies, they discovered some awesome results; ice melts fastest in water, Zipoloc is the best for fingerprints, and people just don't really like green cupcakes! We are so proud of them and all their incredible perseverance in thinking like real scientists - congratulations you guys!
The weather is turning colder, but that doesn't mean our learning has to freeze! We've been doing some great hands-on work in Science to help stretch our brains, and truly start to understand the world around us.
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!
It's happened again! Once again, it's time for Science Fair for our students to dive into the Scientific Process! Our integrated STEAM curriculum lets our students get into detail with collecting data and building graphs in Math, working on our Scientific Writing in Language Arts, and presentation and composition in Art. Through all their hard work and studies, our students were able to place in 2nd and 3rd, out of over 100 entries, in the San Francisco Science Fair this year!
This year, one of our featured students chose to focus her project around the effects of sugar on the human brain. She conducted research by survey, inviting test subjects to participate in the No Sugar Challenge for a week. After analyzing her data and comparing results, she found that out of her sample, most test subjects reported feeling overall less foggy and more focused after not consuming sugar for a week! Congrats to her, and all our students for all their incredible hard work on their projects - You guys are amazing!
We've done it again! This last month, students jumped head first into the Scientific Process to complete their SF Science Fair projects, and came up with some excellent results. With our integrated STEAM curriculum, our students focused on executive functioning to collect data and build graphs, incorporated scientific writing in Language Arts, and learned about presentation and composition in art to make a full-fledged applied learning experience. Through months of work and dedication, our students were able to place 2nd, out of over 100 entries, in the San Francisco Science Fair this year!
This year, our featured students chose to create a project which focused on human interaction with animals, and how our pets affect our levels of stress. As a group, they conducted in-person studies with a test population of over 20 people and recorded the levels of stress for people of varying ages. After collecting and analyzing their data, building various graphs to depict different patterns they observed, and hours of discussion, they came to the conclusion that cuddles with pets lowers stress levels across the board! Congrats to these awesome students for all their hard work - you rock!
This last month students dove deep into the Scientific Process to complete their SF Science Fair projects. Because our entire program centers around STEAM, our curriculum is completely integrated, including our annual science fair projects. The unique approach of integrating executive function into data collection and analysis, building graphs to represent data, incorporating scientific writing in Language Arts, and learning about color and proportion in art for their presentations truly makes for deeper applied learning experience. After so much work and dedication, our students were able to place 2nd and 3rd, out of over 100 entries, in the San Francisco Science Fair this year!