When we hear the term “endangered species” we typically think of what we call “charismatic megafauna” or the large, usually cute species that are talked about often such as pandas, tigers, rhinos, elephants, etc. However, species of ALL kinds are at risk of extinction: plants, insects, shellfish, fungi, and more. This week we will research just a few of these species and examine aspects such as present threats and potential impact of extinction. We will also talk about conservation measures that are being made to save these species and help keep other species from becoming endangered too.
Environmental Toxicology April 8, 2015Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
Last week we talked about how different elements are bonded to create molecules, polymers, gases, and different substances. This week we explore how different chemicals in varying concentrations affect the environment. We will discuss how everything is interconnected and how the consumption of toxic chemicals can cause ecological problems throughout the food web. We will conduct experiments that demonstrate how pollutants are spread and absorbed by organisms, and how they can build up in tissue.
Chemistry April 1, 2015Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
Every day, all day, we are surrounded by chemicals and elements interacting with one another and making our lives possible. From a tree’s conversion of carbon dioxide into oxygen to our body’s neurons sending signals throughout our bodies and way beyond, we often give little thought to the importance and wide variety of chemical reactions happening around us. This week we will learn more about chemical structure, properties, and the changes that chemicals go through. We are winding down with Science Club for the year, get ready to learn at our last few meetings!
Agriculture- Crops! March 30, 2015Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
The production of agricultural crops may be the most important source of goods for food, clothing, fuel, and shelter for our entire world’s population. Everything from the cotton in our clothing to the cellulose in our toothpaste is derived from agricultural crops. This week we will look deep into the production of several crops and how agriculture affects so many aspects of our lives!
MSU DAIRY TRIP! March 18, 2015Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
Another Science Club field trip is upon us! This week we will be visiting the dairy at Mississippi State University to see first-hard where some of the things we like to eat and use come from. If you’re wondering about the hows and whys of agriculture, this will be a great trip to be a part of. Keep in mind we will be around at least some livestock so comfortable, closed-toe shoes are highly recommended. See you this coming Tuesday!