Belfry Science here with April’s Newsletter
The science fair is now at a close. The winners of secondary school are Alyssa with 1st, Anna took 2nd, and Ethan placed 3rd. These students worked hard, and it paid off. If you see them around town, make sure to congratulate them. Several of the students went to the Billings Science Expo and we are patiently awaiting the results.
In Biology, we will turn our focus from the science fair to cellular transportation and cell organelles. They will be conducting experimentations on plants to see if cell respiration is happening. The will then learn of the energy transfer in the Krebs cycle. Followed by this they will move on to photosynthesis.
In Earth Science, we will finish up tectonic plates by studying types of volcanoes and other volcanic formations. Followed this, we will investigate Earth’s long history. They will build a timeline that coincides with the geological formations and biological evolutions. The student will learn to solve and use the diverse types of dating models. Then they will dive deep into the ocean ecosystem. They will learn of the life, ocean currents, and the rock formations found there.
For Physical science, we will be building battery-powered cars to learn about simple physics concepts. Like simple levers, gears, and electrical currents. We will learn about speed, acceleration, and vectors. They will then use force tables and springs to see the difference in the laws of motion. They will build small catapults to test the forces section of this unit. Then they will have an all-out battle with their siege equipment. Let the games begin!
Life science will be moving into cellular reactions for plant and animal cells. The students will build and monitor a terrarium for the rest of the school year. They will then learn of mitosis and meiosis. Following this, they will move into basic genetics. They will work on Punnett squares and build organisms.
Chemistry has just finished up working on the reactivity series and precipitate formation. They are now learning how to use a chemical equation to find percent and ratios of moles and grams. This is a complex process where the students must create unit conversions to find unknown quantities of the product or reactants. Following this chapter, the chemistry students will take a more in-depth inquiry on the states of matter. This section will start off by looking at gases and the kinetic theory.