Challenges 2017-2018

October 7th, 2017

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The challenge classes this academic year includes the following:

Make Brush Bots: The instructions we followed are here. Kids had such a great time playing with the bots.  It was a big hit with everyone!  You may watch the video here: IMG_6404 (3)

Make Truss Bridge Using Craft Sticks:  The instructions we followed are here.  Kids worked in groups of 3.  There were 5 bridges that we tested for the strength by attaching a scale.

Bridge #1: 48 lb

Bridge #2: 39 lb

Bridge #3: 22 lb

Bridge #4: 19 lb

Bridge #5: 16 lb

Maker Challenge II: Kids were asked to create artwork on a flat surface.  Kabir chose an old photo frame and Arjun decided to do his artwork on a canvas.  They were allowed to use the junk items that were collected over time.

Maker Challenge I: Kids were allowed to make whatever they want using all the junk that were collected over time.



Blood and Circulatory System

October 6th, 2017

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After reading about circulatory system, Arjun and Kabir made fake blood.  Arjun found it repulsive and wouldn’t taste it but Kabir drank it with glee.

Then, Arjun completed the puzzle and discussed the circulatory system with his father.


Digestive System

October 4th, 2017

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Arjun and I read about the digestive system and we repeated the experiments Kabir had done when he was in 2nd grade.

We took graham crackers for the food, coke as digestive juice and water as saliva.

Then we crushed the graham crackers with fork being our teeth.

We had to add water (saliva) to make the bolus.

Then we added the bolus in the ziploc bag (stomach) and coke as the digestive juice.

Then we used muscle power to break down our food in the stomach.

It’s time for our food to go in the stocking representing small intestine.

We had to make some of the nutrients escape the small intestine.

Then we used paper towel to soak water out of large intestine.

Finally, it was time for the restroom.

Hope, this hands-on activity will stay with my boys forever.

Next, we used the blue yarn to get visual image of the length of some of the organs of our digestive system.

mouth (3 inches)
esophagus (10 inches)
stomach (6 inches)
small intestine (15 feet)
large intestine (4 feet)

Also, Arjun completed the puzzle below and discussed the digestive system with his father.

Sheep Heart Dissection

October 3rd, 2017

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Boys participated in Sheep Heart dissection class led by Mrs. Brandy Watson on September 26.

Fossil Hunt at W. M. Browning Cretaceous Fossil Park

October 1st, 2017

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We reached the W. M. Browning Cretaceous Fossil Park located on Twenty Mile Creek at the Hwy 45 Bridge near Frankstown, in Prentiss County, Mississippi on Saturday August 19th at 9 am with shovels, screens and buckets.  Boys were ready with their boots and were determined to find fossils.  Registered Professional Geologist, Robert Langford was there to help us to identify the fossils. Boys had lots of fun but they didn’t find any fossil 🙁