Things are hopping in the GEMS Science Lab for Kids as the 2014 Arthropod contestants are run through their paces in events engineered by student scientists and designed to test questions about the adaptive features of a variety of insects from caterpillars to Stink Bugs!
Thank you to all of our wonderful parent and adult volunteers who help GEMS students develop their engineering, science and problem-solving skills! On a bright, sunny day outside, while the music is playing, the students eagerly make their own discoveries about water prof materials, balance, weight and boat design and repair! Lots of fun!
Will my boat survive choppy water? Can my boat sail using the power of wind? Can I design a boat to hold the most weight? These are some of the questions student engineers are working on in the GEMS science lab!
Every student in the school is designing and building a boat made out of recycled materials to enter in the GEMS Annual Boat Regatta! Students are also thinking of “cool names” for their boats!
Kid-size swimming pools will be set up outside on June 16 and 17 to test, repair, change and redesign their boats!
Volunteers are needed on June 16 and 17! Contact Donna Rand firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
19th Annual Boat Regatta Schedule:
9:25-9:55am 1 Cordova
10:30-11am K Rau & K Fagan
11:05-11:35am 2 Raffalo
12:30-1pm K Green
1:10-1:40pm 3 Young & 3 Menon
1:45-2:15 2 Berent
2:15-2:45pm 2 Gosselin
9:25-9:15 PK Shoenfield & 4 Garbart
10-10:30am 4 Saunders & 1 Peach
10:35-11:05 PK Kollmer & PK Sullivan
1:10-1:40pm 3 Lewis
2-2:30pm 1 Mroz & 5 Moore
2:30-3pm 5 Yencho
Time to go back to the Penfield Farm to run and fly with the other chickens! Thank you to everyone at the farm for giving children a chance to watch the life cycle of chickens as they observed the miracle of tiny chicks hatching and growing right before their eyes!
Third grade geologists learned safety and collection techniques before hiking to the Simpson Rock Quarry in S. Glastonbury, CT. With goggles firmly in place and rock hammers chipping, students collected magnificent rocks and minerals! Returning to school they made rock and mineral collections in the school science lab. Minerals such as large books of mica, quartz and feldspar and tourmaline crystals were proudly displayed!
The first grade classes visited the beautiful Penfield Farm in Portland, CT to learn how farmers keep animals healthy! They brought some of the eggs collected in the chicken coops back to school to hatch in the school science lab incubator!