Day 155 – Fundamental Particles

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Science 8 – Students followed a WebQuest to learn about Quarks and Leptons. The class was really engaged, even though they had to share one computer for every three kids. When we reviewed the activity and I randomly called on students, they were all able to give an answer and seem comfortable with what they were saying.

Here is a link to the document I gave them to follow: fundamental particles

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Day 139 – TRIUMF

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Science 8 – I took my classes to TRIUMF at UBC today.  It was a good day for a few reasons.  First, it was nice just to get outside of the classroom. Second, for many students this was their first time taking public transportation by themselves and a good way to start that  process. Thirdly, the facility is just plain interesting.

After our tour I polled the kids to see how they liked it.  The feedback was pretty polar.  Most kids really liked it and found it interesting. A reasonable amount did not like it all that much. I think this polarization can be explained by the students’ existing knowledge.  For those that had a hard time with the vocabulary being used in the tour, the tour was not very interesting.  Often times we adults don’t give enough thought into what vocabulary kids know, when giving talks or presentations.

Day 137 – Eye Dissection

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Science 8 – A highlight of the year is the sheep eye dissection.  With minimal guidance, students were able to ethically and responsibly dissect the eye.  My peer tutor was a fantastic help during this activity as there are a few places that kids have problems, most noticeably when puncturing through the eye the first time.

I got a chuckle from the kids after the lab when they told me that “finally,  we got to do a lab.” Apparently a science lab isn’t a lab until animal parts are cut into!