The second graders explored the concepts of balance, counterweight, and stability. They observed various systems that are unstable and learned to modify them to reach equilibrium.The students balanced various two and three-dimensional objects and used key terms such as counterweight, center of gravity or balance point while recording their observations.
The third graders are investigating the structure of life. They are learning about the life cycle of plants and the various methods of seed dispersion. They identified the distinguishing characteristics of fruits and vegetables. Students enjoyed doing the seed soak experiment with lima beans where they carefully analyzed the collected data. They planted red kidney beans and are observing and recording it’s growth to understand the life cycle of a plant. To understand seed dispersion better, the students designed and built a wind dispersed seed structure for their engineering and design project. They tested their prototypes and measured the distance traveled.