January 4 – On the slopes

Brilliant, clear day with the snow making machines adding to the atmosphere.

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February 9 – DNA

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Past year’s DNA projects in the science classroom.

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February 1 – transformers?

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Monsters v. aliens?

Nope, just the substation down the road. Love the 1950’s tech look!

Danger Will Robinson!

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The “A” in the background dates to when CSU was known as an Ag. school.  It’s a 20 minute uphill hike from our house.

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January 30 – Science Fair Redux

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Random shot of a family at the Science Fair today. My husband judged the top 8 seventh graders and I judged the top 8 eighth graders.

Top 8th grade projects (and I’m writing this from memory after observing 8 presentations! )

1st place:

Bluberrific Antioxidants – The correlation between vitamin c and antioxidants. The student was inspired because by his mother who makes a lot of smoothies. He found that you lose the benefits of blueberries by combining them with citrus fruit.

2nd place:

How humidity affects the growth of Chlorella lipid output. The student had access to a lab, centrifuge and cake press (?). He found that 80 % humidity causes algae to put out the maximum amount of lipids that can then be used as biofuel. At least I think that’s what he said.

3rd place:

Inspired by Sherlock Holmes, this student attempted to determine if the stuff you use to keep your fish Ick disease-free (malachite green + sodium chloride) was a better indicator of blood than hydrogen peroxide.

Very impressive and appeared to be mostly student-done. (You teachers know what I mean!)

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I really enjoyed using autostitch, so here’s a bonus shot of the Science Fair – panorama style.

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January 17 – Science Fair part 2

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This is my 7th grade son’s completed Science Fair project. There is a picture of my 8th grader working on his on January 2nd.

His hypothesis:

The higher a soda’s carbonation, the higher the pH level.

Every year after fighting with my kids for weeks to get these done,  I look at the final project and say: “Well, the teachers will know that this a completely student-done project”.

I think I’ll have him add a question mark to the title, though.

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January 2 – Science Fair

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Cole is working on his science fair board.

His title: Guess the Distance

His hypothesis:

I think that mid thirty-year olds will have the most accurate estimation because they have more experience estimating and their eyesight is still pretty good. I do not think gender will make a difference in estimation skills.

This is a teacher- approved project in the eighth grade.

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