Extreme Math & Science Tuesday: Predator vs Prey

Extreme Math & Science Tuesday: Predator vs Prey

Today, students used their discoveries from Monday and compare them to what they learned using the VenSim model about predator and prey. As a class they discovered what they learned is the same and different than the information they found yesterday. Students also showed how modifying equations work, and tried to model the data collected from the Wolf-Deer Game from Monday with the model.

Ask your student: What happens if there is not enough prey to feed the predator? (the predators begin to die off)

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Vital Signs @ Belle Valley & IMSA – Tuesday: Sheep Heart Dissection

Vital Signs @ Belle Valley & IMSA – Tuesday: Sheep Heart Dissection

Day 2 is over, and our daring dissectors have had an in-depth look at the workings of every mammal’s most important organ: the heart! During their exploration, students continued to recognize the relationship between structure and function that is present everywhere in biological structures. One student commented, “Every piece of the organ has a specific job, and everything is efficient!”

The scientists-in-training will continue to explore this connection between structure and function as the week goes on!


Aurora Pictures

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Engineering Explorations @ IMSA – Tuesday: A Loaded Boat

Engineering Explorations @ IMSA – Tuesday: A Loaded Boat

This week, our engineers are building boats using simple items. Today they used aluminum foil to build their boats to test how much weight they could hold. They learned principles about load, and about the Archimedes Principle!

Ask your students: How did the Archimedes Principle relate to your activity today? Why do you think this Principle is important to know? (Answers will vary)


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CSImsa @ Belle Valley – Tuesday: Lift a Finger

CSImsa @ Belle Valley – Tuesday: Lift a Finger

Our CSI team is well on its way to cracking the case! Today, the scientists-in-training delved into the study of fingerprints. They first fingerprinted themselves in order to learn about the different recognizable fingerprint patterns. Students then examined the fingerprint evidence collected from the crime scene and attempted to match it with prints collected later from suspects.

Our investigators have had a busy two days, but there is more forensic science to be done before the culprit can be apprehended!

Ask your student:

What are the three characteristic fingerprint patterns? (loops, whorls, and arches)

After two days, do you have any theories about the case?

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BioSleuths @ Belle Valley – Tuesday: Honey Bees

BioSleuths @ Belle Valley – Tuesday: Honey Bees

One of the four areas students investigated today was the intricate social nature of bees and how the different types of bees work together to make honey, the honeycomb, and more bees! As a group, students enacted the roles of the bees in a hive and “produced” their own honey. “I can’t believe bees have to work so hard just to make a little honey!” observed one student.

Our intrepid biosleuths also used manipulatives and geometry to discover how and why honeybees have perfected their honeycomb design and concluded that hexagons are the optimal shape for honeycomb cells.

Ask your student:

From which part of the bee’s body does the wax come? (abdomen)

Which type of bee in the colony builds the honeycomb? (worker)


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