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Tension on the surface?!

Published March 9th, 2017

We had a wonderful lesson last week with Casa! We experimented with water’s surface tension, learned about CO2 and photosynthesis and at the end we created grow bracelets that represent all the elements needed for plants to grow! Can’t wait to see what next week has in store!

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Geocaching Sunshine

Published March 2nd, 2017

Yesterday as we were wrapping up Science Wednesday we got lucky with some amazing sunshine for our last day of geocaching! The Fir Grove students got to learn how to use Global Positioning Systems (GPS’s) while searching for caches containing trinkets and review questions!  We got lots of great photos of their finds and treats!

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What is Wilderness to you?

Published March 1st, 2017

Today we started our Wilderness Literature class out at Phoenix Charter School. We played some wilderness games, got to go outdoors and read an article about how nature is good for our health!  There is lots more to come and we are excited to read and learn more about our natural environment (especially while going [...]

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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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