Monday, May 23, 2016

Innovators 6/7/8 Designing the pizza garden

With all the set backs this spring with the poor weather, and the days and days of testing, we are finally ready to begin our planting of the gardens.  Numerous plants are ready for transplanting from the greenhouse and other will be picked up from the local plant supplier.  One of the unique gardens that we have is our pizza garden.  This garden is to be planted based on items that one would place as toppings on a pizza.  The problem before you is this...  The pizza garden is 10 feet in diameter and we are to plant "six slices" of our pizza garden with the following items; tomatoes, onions, peppers, basil, oregano and cilantro.  Calculate the size of each pie piece and the number of plants that each piece should be planted with (you will need to look up the spacing for the each type of plant).  Diagram it out but post your calculations on the blog  

Innovators/8 Capstone Project Presentation Dates

With the end of the school year rapidly approaching, it is now time to lock in the dates for your capstone project presentation.  This event will require your team to present your project from conception to completion.  If you designed a product (invention, device etc.) you must have a physical model/prototype to present to the class.  If you have gone the route of experimentation, you must present your findings based on your hypotheses.  On this post you will lock in your date to present.  Presentations begin on Wednesday June 1st, with a maximum of three presentations a day.

Presentation Rubric

Capstone Project Board Template

Model Rubric


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Innovators/7 Dissection Anatomy, Physiology and Evolution

Our final "official unit for the unit looks at the comparative anatomy and physiology of different classes of animals.  Through dissection, we will be able to look at the evolutionary progress and process that helped Charles Darwin to develop his famous Theory of Evolution.  Although our studies is limited to five diverse organisms (clam, starfish, earthworm, crayfish, frog and perch).  Though this comparative assessment, you should be able to appreciate the various adaptations and advancements that are pervasive throughout the animal kingdom.  Who knows this may be your first stop towards a career in medicine.

Comparative Anatomy, Physiology and Evolutionary Playlist  

Friday, May 6, 2016

Innovators/6 New clues found in crater that was the result of the impact that killed the dinosaurs...

One of our recent posts looked at the the recent launch of a scientific mission to study the impact crater in the Gulf of Mexico that  is responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago.  Scientists have now gather data and found out some interesting information about he impact and the possible aftermath of this mega disaster.  Click on the link below and read the most current information that has been presented about this endeavor.  Discuss the goals of the research and what new information and possible conclusions scientists and paleontologist are suggesting about the end days of the dinosaurs.

Geologists find clues in crater left by dinosaur killing asteroid

Monday, May 2, 2016

Innovators 7/8 S.I.R. Scientific Investigative Reporter

The world is full of scientific mystery and wonder.  There are also issues that concern scientists and the general public based on the effects on both man and his environment.  It is important that the general public is informed and made aware of these issues.  Your role as a S.I.R. is to continually inform the public of the scientific topic that you have selected.  You will report out every month using various informational methods (written, audio, and /or video).  You will be able to use numerous resources but you will have to stay current by only using relevant news from the past or current month only!  For Innovators 8, your reports will be web based and updated with links and posts to the blog.  Please do your job diligently and have fun reporting out!

Topics For Innovators 7 Include:

  • Pandemic     Global Climate Change
  • GMO's          Food-borne Illnesses
  • Environmental Chain Reactions        Stem Cells 
  • Genetic Engineering

Topics for Innovators 8 Include:

  •  Pandemics       Global Climate Change
  • GMO's              Food-borne Illnesses
  • Environmental Chain Reactions     Stem Cells 
  • Wildfires           Hurricanes
  •  Gravity & G-Forces     Steroids
  •  Structural Engineering Failures     Robots
  • Fuel Cells          Artificial Satellites
  • UV Rays            Genetic Engineering

Innovators 6/7/8 May Nature Connections...

May is though to be named after Maia Maiestas, the Roman goddess of fertility.  Flowers and blooms are very prevalent now as spring swings into full steam.  The birds and insects are busy pollinating and producing offspring while the trees are beginning to fill out as their canopies begin to create shaded areas once again.  The days are getting progressively longer as well as warmer a true sign that spring has taken hold.  For a naturalist, this is one of the most exciting times as so many changes are beginning to occur which provides great opportunities for observation and learning to occur.

May Nature Connection Assignments:

  • My Nature Notes pg 153 (2 a week for a total of 8) 
  • Go on a Nature Quest! pg 154 
  • The Picture of the Month pg 155    
  • Learning Your Local Birds pg 160-161
  • Spring Fever (and Hay Fever) pg 162-163 (read for understanding)
  • Quite Bugging Me! pg164-165

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Innovators/7 The genetics of graying hair... do you aready have the gene for it?

The graying of the hair is often seen in two different lights, either you are getting old and that is why your hair is graying, or you can been seen as wise and sophisticated which is usually related to age.  Scientists have now found the gene responsible for the graying of one's hair and there is a possibility that one day the gene could be turned off. Watch the video to determine who is most susceptible to this gene.  Also weigh in on your thoughts about the manipulation of the gene for better or worse.

Grey Hair Gene Video