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Posted On: 28 Feb

Adams Elementary is our Spotlight School of the Week

Adams Elementary School

GRADE: 1st
PROGRAM: Living Lab
Scientist: Maddie

Today, I had the privilege of going to Adams Elementary School in Cary, NC! I was greeted by friendly staff who showed me right to the first graders I would be teaching that day. As a group, we did the program “Living Lab” which explores all things living such as plants and animals. The kids in the 1st grade at Adams Elementary School were excited, energized, and asked lots of  interesting questions that made the program even better. We learned all about what plants and animals need in order to survive in their habitats. We experimented with building our own habitats, we learned about how to keep animals habitats clean by recycling, and even got to hold the world’s best recyclers… earthworms!! The students LOVED holding the squirmy earthworms and even got to take one home with them as a pet!!! We learned about predators, specifically owls! We looked through real owl pellets, which is the bones and fur of the food owls eat! The kids were so brave when picking up bones and fur with their forceps, just like real biologists! The kids also got to look out some real predators! I introduced the kids to Sammy the Scorpion and Rosie the Rose Haired Tarantula! The kids were scared but intrigued at the same time. Some even wanted to pet them! The two predators we DID get to pet were Bandit the Leopard Gecko and Monty the Ball Python! Most of all, the 1st graders I saw were brave enough to feel how smooth a ball pythons scales are! Fun fact: reptile scales are made out of the same material that our fingernails and hair is made up of…. Keratin! We had so much fun looking at the animals that we made habitats to take home with us at the end of the program. In our habitats was soil, grass seeds, a lima bean, and an earthworm! The students took these home with all their new knowledge on how to keep plants and animals alive. I had such an awesome day teaching the 1st grade classes at Adams Elementary School! Bravest group of 1st grader biologists I’ve got to work with in a long time!

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Posted On: 22 Feb

Stough Magnet Elementary is our Spotlight School of the Week


GRADE: 1st
PROGRAM: Astro Adventure
Scientist: Yani

Stough Elementary was by far one of the most welcoming schools I’ve been to. The teachers and staff were all so nice. The school was well decorated and highlighted diversity. This was my first time ever being in a Chinese immersion school. It was amazing to be in a class where the teacher and her assistant spoke predominantly Chinese with the students. When it was my turn to teach the kids were well engaged and loved learning about space. At the end of the program they Thanked me in Chinese. That day was also their 100th day of school so the classes were celebrating. My last class of the day got to make a 100th day of school snack. I walked in just in time to watch them make it before it was time for the program to begin. All the teachers seemed to be impressed with experiments especially when we made the constellation projectors for the kids to take home. I think they liked them as much as the kids did. Over all it was a great day at a great school.

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Posted On: 16 Oct

Astronomy: Did you know how NASA names their Mars Rovers??

This artist’s rendition depicts NASA’s Mars 2020 rover studying its surroundings. Mars 2020 is targeted for launch in July or August 2020 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA has a class assignment for corporations, nonprofits and educational organizations involved in science and space exploration: partner with the agency to inspire future engineers and scientists by sponsoring a contest to name the next rover to venture to the Red Planet.

The contest will allow U.S. students in grades K-12 to propose a name for NASA’s next Mars rover (currently being built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California) and write an essay about their choice. The partner will work with NASA to conduct the contest during the 2019 academic year.

Click here to learn more about the Mars Rover 2020.

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Posted On: 14 Feb

Hemby Bridge Elementary is our Spotlight School of the Week


GRADE: 1st
PROGRAM: Funky Forces
Scientist: Karla

Today was a day full of exciting experiments that had the students discovering different forces and how some of them could even be stronger than the force of gravity! As soon as I entered the school, I could tell it was going to be a fun day, because of the smiling kids who held the door for me, and my giant fun filled cart. The whole first grade was excited and because of the very short walls they could hear all the excitement from the classes before them, so no one was as ready for the field trip as Mrs. McCay class was because they were my last class of the day. I had many students in that class ask such great questions and even had some make some very good hypothesizes on some of my experiments that turned out to be correct!

We built towers of balancing robots and even had a few big ones fall down but they didn’t let that stop them from having a blast! I had one junior scientist even get one balancing birds on each one of their fingers! Way to go! In our other lab we got to see magnets that almost looked like they were levitating and cars that seemed to move on their own without us touching them! At first, we assumed it was magic, but it turns out it was the magnets attracting and repelling each other the whole time. After we experimented with magnets and balancing objects, we used some crazy sounding ingredients to make the students some very own magnetic slime that they got to take home with them. All in all, I think today was one for the books. I had a great time getting to do all these crazy experiences with some awesome junior scientist and I can’t wait to visit their school again!

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