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After School Spring 2017: Week 4

Sedimentation Rock Cups

This week, the girls unearthed the truth about what lies in the top layer of Earth’s crust as they became Soil Scientists! 


Before diving in, Girlstart students learned facts about the composition of soil, including the five layers that make soil up. After learning about the layers, they played a game in order to further cement the information in their mind. The game involved acting out each layer as the STEM crew leader called out a specific layer. When Bedrock was called out the girls fell to the floor, spreading out to be as close to the ground as possible. When humus, the top layer of soil, was called out the girls jumped with all their might trying to be as high off the ground as possible. In the collage above, in the bottom right corner picture you can see the girls acting out their interpretation of subsoil, as you would guess this is the middle layer! 

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After School 'to Go' Spring 2017: Week 4

Moving Through Soil

This week, After School To-Go students learned about aquifers, runoff, and other essential concepts in the Environmental Scientist career! Girls created a filter to observe the flow of polluted groundwater through Earth’s soil.

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Hands-On Wednesday

Vertebrates vs. Invertebrates

You may know that some animals (like ourselves) are called vertebrates due to the presence of a backbone, while other animals (like insects) are invertebrates because they do not have a backbone. In this investigation, you will use play dough, a pipe cleaner, and some small weights to see why our spines are so important!

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After School 'to Go' Spring 2017: Week 3

It’s a Landslide!

This week, students learned about concepts used in the Seismologist career! Girls applied these skills to the problem of a landslide in a small town.


In small groups, girls used baking pans and paper ramps to set up their landslide simulators. Small toy houses and a paper bridge were used to model a town located at the bottom of a hill. Sand was poured at the top of the “mountain” to represent loose sediments. Lastly, students took turns shaking their baking pans to simulate an earthquake!

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