The S.T.E.M and Arts blog by Aurelius Raines II

The S.T.E.M and Arts blog by Aurelius Raines II
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Let's Investigate!

Science Projects!
Science Fair is Coming! I am preparing material and time lines that will help students prepare for the Science Fair. Although the fair won't be until January 15th, there will be some steps to complete before we get there. 

Step 1: Come up with an idea. 
Sit down with your student, and talk about what their interests are. Then see what kind questions can be taken from that. 
 I and my son love to play Wii Boxing. My son believes that, when his character has been knocked down, that frantically rocking the controller will make him get back up faster. I didn't think so and I could find no instructions or documentation to support that hypothesis. So we tested it. 
*POOF* Science project!

This morning, we wanted if the loud music playing in the car effected his performance on piano tiles. 
*POOF* Science Project!

Yesterday, my son wanted to know how an airplane is made. 
*fizzle* Not a science project. 
There is nothing to test here. Just look it up. Very few testable questions start with "How?" 

Below is a quick video that will help you get started. Remember, you must be patient and you must talk. You are going to have a LOT of lemons before you find a good idea. 

This Week
5th, 6th, and 7th grades studied the scientific method. We did several
experiments in class that taught us the difference between the independent and dependant variable and how to let out data define our conclusion. This is an idea that we will need to explore more because it is foundational to how we practice science. 

8th  grade studied the Theory of Evolution. They needed to know the difference between natural selection and artificial selection and what factors contribute to natural selection. There are a lot of relationships that we need to explore that we will continue to explore next week. 

Next Week (no change)
5th, 6th, and 7th  will learn about the scientific method. This will prepare them for Science Fair greatness! Scroll down for flashcards to help with study. Click Here to play more games using the vocabulary words. 

8th grade students will learn how to make an artificial life form and study it as the learn about evolution and Darwin. This would be a great time to talk them about how you view The Theory of Evolution as a Christian. Click here for vocabulary flashcards.

Scientific Investigation Cards

Evolution Flashcards

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