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Thursday, July 21, 2011

What to Expect this year in Science

What students will learn:
7th Grade Science is a combination of Chemistry and Physics. The use of Scientific Inquiry will be used to investigate these two areas of science.
What students will need:
Students will need to have a science notebook everyday in class. I would prefer the composition notebooks but regular spiral notebooks would be fine.
 Along with the notebook having everything else that is on the Excelsior Springs School supply list will be fine. You can find that list here: Excelsior Springs School Supply List 2011-2012
In 7th grade science Labs will be incorporated throughout the whole year to give the students a hands on approach to learning. For each quarter we will have one major lab we will spend a little more time on that others.
1st Quarter: Skittles Lab (Scientific Inquiry)
2nd Quarter: Chemical Reactions
3rd Quarter: Investigating Newton's Laws
4th Quarter: Building and Launching Rockets. (video below)

What's going on in the world of science:
Some of you may have been following Atlantis, NASA's last shuttle mission, these past couple weeks. This morning, at Kennedy Space Center, Atlantis landed at 5:57 a.m. EDT, after 200 orbits around Earth and a journey of 5,284,862 miles.
Here is an interesting link that explains the future of space exploration. What's Next?