May 30, 2007
To get students excited about 8th grade science, we spent the last week of school studying the basics of physics and Newton's Three Laws. Students put these laws into practice by competing in Junkyard Wars. Given a limited list of supplies, students created race cars, egg parachutes, and weight-bearing structures. On Thursday, May 24th, their contraptions were put to the test as they competed against other students for the title of Junkyard Warrior!
Here are a few pictures of our end of the year projects. The first set are of students picking through owl pellets...owl puke, not owl poop! Owls do not digest hair and bone so they compress these materials and spit them out at a later time. The skeletal remains allow us to study owl and rodent populations, such as which animals are prey in a given ecosystem, if a particular prey is in danger of becoming extinct, and the carrying capacity of a given habitat.