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Practicing Flotation

Published February 27th, 2017

This week at Casa de Belen we worked on floating paper clips, Goldfish and toothpicks on top of water’s surface tension (Hint: some are harder to float then others!)  We got to snack on the left over Goldfish while we experimented and learned all about the water cycle!

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Casa Science

Published February 21st, 2017

Last week we got a chance to learn about the Earth’s atmospheric layers through a sweet activity with lots of colors and liquids!  Check it out!  Thanks Casa de Belen for partnering with us for Science Mentoring Lessons!  We are excited to see what else we can find out about the world around us.

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Science Wednesday Water Cycle!

Published February 21st, 2017

Our Fir Grove 5th graders loved their Science Wednesday class last Wednesday!  This included a review of the water cycle with a shaving cream food color activity!   We learned about precipitation, condensation and evaporation!

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What does a scientist look like?!

Published January 30th, 2017

Last Wednesday we started the Science Wednesday program over at Fir Grove Elementary; as we learn about water chemistry, cycle and forest ecology! Here are some photos of our first lesson and the 5th graders interpretations of what a scientist looks like!

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Forest Thursdays – Dreaming of Spring

Published January 17th, 2017

This past Thursday we made spin-wheel floral creations, while learning the parts of the flower!  The youth at the Boys & Girls Club loved the activity!



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Science Wednesday Success!

Published December 16th, 2016

This Fall Science Wednesday at Eastwood Elementary went spectacularly!  We enjoyed tons of science activities while, learning about water chemistry, weather and geocaching!  The students loved the lessons involving hands-on field work and of course candy!  Here are a few photos of the Eastwood 5th graders during their lessons throughout the 6-week program.

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Climate stewards!

Published April 14th, 2016

The Science Friday students have been working hard on their Climate Stewards project! Check out our blog!

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What does a scientist look like?

Published October 29th, 2015

Students are subjected to stereotypes every day. When I ask my students to draw what they think a scientist looks like, I usually see drawings that represent conventional fallacies: scientists are “crazy”, male, nerdy, they wear lab coats, glasses and have untamed hair.

So yesterday when I asked the 5th [...]

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Exploring Crater Lake National Park

Published October 15th, 2015

Umpqua Watersheds, Inc. organized two field trips to bring 160 4th and 5th grade students from McGovern Elementary to Crater Lake this fall. The students were able to experience the natural wonders of Oregon’s only National Park with hands-on activities and hikes. The students learned about forest and fire ecology, climate change in the national park, geology, and [...]

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UCC Field Botany Tour

Published June 25th, 2015

This past Sunday the UW staff returned from a 6-day journey through Northern California and Southern Oregon with Dr. Ken Carloni’s UCC Field Botany class. The tour consisted of identifying, keying, exploring, swimming, hiking, and learning, and we are so proud of the students and community members for making this the greatest botany tour to date!


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