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Planetary Science/Solar System February 16, 2017

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Many of us dreamed of being astronauts when we were young. We would look up at the stars, the moon, and distant planets wondering what they were like. Scientists today are trying to answer some of these questions, which has brought into existence technology like the Mars rovers. We are learning more and more about our solar system and beyond, but there is still so much left to be discovered! Come learn a little bit about our planets and solar system, our “neighborhood” of the galaxy, this week.

Physics/Rocket Science February 8, 2017

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It has been a blast talking about reptiles and amphibians the last couple of weeks! Now it’s time to blast into our next topic, physics and rocket science. We will be building a couple of different kinds of rockets and exploring the laws of physics with hands-on experiments. Join us for this exciting meeting!

UPDATE: Change in Schedule!! January 31, 2017

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Please note the change in schedule for today and next week. Due to a delayed order of frogs, we will be moving our dissections to next week (February 7th). This week we will talk about herpetology in the classrooms, and there will no longer be a herpetology field trip. We will have preserved and live reptile and amphibian specimens to examine and several activities this week. We apologize for the late change in plans, and look forward to our adjusted two week herpetology unit.

Frog Dissections January 25, 2017

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This week is another Science Club classic! For the next couple of weeks we will be talking about reptiles and amphibians, and we will start with frog dissections. By examining the external and internal anatomy of our frogs, we can learn many things about how they live and function. For example, frogs are able to absorb a lot of the oxygen they need through their skin! This is called cutaneous respiration, and some species of amphibians get 100% of their oxygen through this method (such as the lungless salamanders). At the end of our lab, we will be able to see all the unique anatomy of frogs. See you Tuesday!

DNA Extractions January 18, 2017

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This week is a Science Club classic! We will be extracting and examining DNA from ourselves (humans) as well as plants. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is the genetic map that makes us who we are. We will talk about genetic coding and the makeup of DNA, and compare plant and animal cells. If you have never seen your DNA before, Tuesday is the day!