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15March

Hands-On Wednesday

How Liquids Impact a Magnet

You may know that a magnet will attract paperclips, but do you know what happens if you place those paperclips in a liquid? In this experiment, investigate how different liquids affect the attraction of paperclips to the magnet. Before you perform your test, try out your hypothesizing skills - can you predict which liquid will impact the paperclips the most?

Posted in STEM Hands On

14March

After School 'to Go' Spring 2017: Week 6

Where Does Your Trash Go?

This week at After School To-Go, girls reviewed concepts and learned skills used in the landfill engineer career! Fossil fuels, groundwater, and pollutants are all obstacles addressed by these engineers. To tackle these issues, landfill engineers receive training in toxic leak management, hazardous materials, and health dangers. Using a miniature model of a town, students worked together to solve these real-life problems.

Posted in After School Blog

10March

After School Spring 2017: Week 6

River Pollution - Freddy the Fish

Last week, girls explored how pollution contaminates ground water. This week, they learned what effect this pollution has on organisms and how to reverse this as Environmental Engineers! The activity began with the girls brainstorming types of pollution on post-its and sharing their ideas on the board. Ideas ranged from usual pollution such as trash to more specific types such as feces, paint toxins and oil. The affect of these specific pollutants on aquatic animals was then discussed before hearing the story of “Freddy the Fish.”  

 

Posted in After School Blog

09March

After School 'to Go' Spring 2017: Week 5

Fossil Detectives

This week’s To-Go activity was inspired by the Paleontologist career, which relies on knowledge of excavation, sediments, fossilization, and the geologic time scale. Students excavated models, observed different types of fossils, and analyzed the history of a sediment cutout.

Posted in After School Blog

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