"God made the earth by HIS power" Jeremiah 10:12
Did you ever wonder about something that God created?
We wonder and imagine and explore and find out all kinds of cool things in our fabulous Science Lab!
What goes on in Science Lab?
Well, it's one of our student's favorite places to learn and explore! Students bring in items found in nature, conduct experiments, witness scientific discovery and much more!
In our K3 – K5 program, the children learn science through hands on labs that are designed for their age group using various scientific instruments. The lessons are planned around a theme such as chemistry, anatomy, biology, seasons, earth science, geology, food science, entomology and magnetism. A few examples of these types of studies include experiments such as acids vs. bases, testing of the 5 senses, balloon science, vegetable density test, making butter, shining pennies, and viewing insects with magnifying glass and microscopes.
Our 1st through 6th graders come to the lab to put what they are learning into practice with hands-on experiments that correlate to their lessons in the classroom. Their experiments include making structures to withstand recreated earthquakes, creating different types of volcanos, working with circuits to create electricity, discovering how plants grow in different environments, creating sandbars, making bubbles with various types of soaps and liquids, making candles, and studying how various materials affect absorption.
Our students have become very fond of our school pet, Geronimo!
Geronimo is not an ordinary turtle, he is a fancy Florida Red Bellied Cooter. Sadly, Geronimo's owner had to move and could not take him along. The kind owner wanted Geronimo to have a "good Christian home," so he called Atlantic Shores Christian School in hopes that the school would like to adopt him. Our kind principal thought it was a great idea to put him in our school's Science Lab, where he will have plenty of love and attention."
Geronimo has settled nicely into his new Christian school home. He spends his days thrilling the boys and girls (and parents too) who visit him every day. He has taught us how to check his water ph, basking temperatures, water temperatures, information about the food chain, and much more! On a good day, you can sneak in and find Geronimo taking a sun bath on his basking platform! To find out more about Geronimo, come visit him in the Science Lab at Atlantic Shores Christian School. Be sure to feed him a snack while you are here!
Our Science Lab has had a butterfly, a caterpillar, a rabbit, and many, many plants. In partnership with the Shores Outdoors classroom, our children have made salsa, pesto, dehydrated green peppers, and eggplant parmesan and fresh pizza!
The discoveries never end! One student brought in a huge wasps nest. It is hanging from the ceiling. Research is displayed about the items in the lab once they come in. Students are ALWAYS coming in the beginning and end of the day, just to show their parents something "cool" in the lab.
Innovation in experimentation is very important in our lab. This lab will continue to grow bigger and bigger as the years go on. Once the momentum starts...it just keeps going. Here are some examples of innovative learning this year at ASCS:
• science-themed writing center
• interactive bulletin board that changes monthly
• K3/K4 - uses the lab (weekly) to implement the Saxon science. As part of a unit on the 5 senses, the students explored the sense of smell. Peppers, onions, garlic, ground corn, candy, coffee, crayons, basil, soap powder and limes were passed around and the students chose which smells they liked and didn't like. They all liked the candy smell! Additionally, they conducted an experiment to find out how items that look alike can smell different, and how items that look different can smell alike.
• K5 - is continuing a unit on the Solar System. They read about stars. For enrichment, the students made a telescope with a constellation. An interactive solar system with real time placement of the planets and sun is in the science lab to give the students a realistic model of our solar system in action.
• 1st - for Bible enrichment, the students learned that they are unique creations of God, each having their own set of fingerprints, unlike anyone else. The students "lifted" their own fingerprint, then using a hand lens, determined if they had a whirl, loop, or arch type fingerprint.
• 2nd - Shores Science Lab really cooks! Incorporating a history lesson with math, and the science of cooking, 2nd graders learned how early Jamestown colonists cooked firsthand. Using our internet projector, we watched a demonstration of cooking methods used during this early time in American history. Then the students go to try out their new found skills and make, and then eat, Hasty Pudding, a Jamestown favorite. Next up, Colonial style biscuits and butter made from fresh cream.
• 3rd - while learning the individual steps to the Scientific Method, the 3rd graders visited the lab to put the scientific method to the test. Using the steps to the scientific method, the students wanted to find out what paper towel is the most absorbent. They did a little research, predicted the outcome with a hypothesis, and then did an experiment to confirm or disprove their theory. They recorded what happened during the experiment. After an analysis, they recorded their results. Their conclusion was Bounty paper towels are the most absorbent of the brands tested.
• 4th - insect design brought the 4th graders to the lab this week. Students each brought in a bug to examine. They used the stereo microscope and hand lens to determine their insect's special characteristics, ecosystem, food, protection, and movement. They also examined an abandoned wasp hive that resides in the lab, and determined how the bees work together to make such an amazing home.
• 5th - students are busy making casts and molds to model fossils. The students learned the difference between a mold and a cast, then tried their hand at making one of each. After the molds and casts are complete, they will follow up with details involving the number and location of grooves and other texture markings. Actual fossils are on hand for students to study under the stereo microscope and hand lens.
• 6th - there is just one word for 6th grade science - YUM! Edible cells are on order! Students brought in jellybeans, Jell-O, Twizzlers, Skittles, bacon, fruit, and many other edibles. They had to deign a cell using their edible delights. Gumball nucleus, Jell-O cytoplasm, fruit roll-up cell membranes are just a few of the creative designs noted. No, they did not have to eat them, but they did learn the parts of an animal cell in a fun and informative way!
The students at this campus LOVE the lab, and love to bring in their science "finds" to share with the school. We display everything that is brought in to honor every child's interest and devotion to the lab. It is exciting to see them get excited about Gods creation.
Why did we choose to include the Science Lab in our curriculum?
The proper education of science is critical to the understanding of our world and the many different theories that will face our children each day. This is why the leadership of our school felt it was imperative to single out this area of learning and create a Science Lab where the students can explore theories and watch God's creation unfold before their eyes. The children are able to experiment with the many facets of God's creation and see for themselves the intricate genious of our world's scientific nature. This innovative approach to scientific knowledge is both fascinating and fun to all age groups.