Thursday, March 15, 2018

Human Body Unit Reflections

After 9 weeks of studying the human body, here are a few favorites from our class...

"My favorite project we did in our study of the human body, was what we did in the immune system. One of the activities we did in the immune system was to show how fast viruses spread. We each got a cup of water and two people had “contaminated” water , but we didn’t know who had the special water. We shared our water using water droplets with each other . Using a special substance over half of our class was affected. This activity showed me how fast viruses and diseases spread."
- Amolika

"My favorite project was coding the Sphero. I loved the challenges of coding the tiny robot."
- Josephine

"My favorite project about systems this year was the Healthy East project. It was when we thought of many ideas to make our campus more healthy. During the project we learned about a couple of new systems and how good food and exercise can effect your body."
- Varun R.

"Our favorite project from our study of the human body was the rat dissection. We enjoyed learning about our body systems through a hands-on project. During the dissection, we could see the parts of the body in a once living animal instead of just a diagram. It gave us a deeper and more relatable experience from which we gained a lot of information. Dissecting the rat was a great way to see and understand the structures of the human body."
- Akshara, Taara, Michelle

"I liked whenever we were learning about our heart rate the most it was very cool. It was cool because we got to test things to see if our heart rate would actually change and we learned why doctors check our heart rate."
- Emily P.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

External Stimuli Lab

"The external stimuli lab was a fun and interesting project. For the lab we chose a stimuli and tested it against an animal like a roly poly. We found out how they react to different types of music. We learned a lot from the lab. For example when we were researching about the roly polies we found plenty of useful information that helped us with our experiments. One of the important pieces of information that we found said that roly polies have sensory organs that let them hear. On FlipGrid, we respond to the younger kids’ questions that have to do with external stimuli of animals."
- Kushal, Rushil, Yadushan, Rohan

"The external stimuli lab was a lab where we used insects to try to answer questions about external stimuli. We used Madascar Hissing Cockroaches to see how they would react to carrots and lettuce. They liked the carrots better. I thought this lab was interesting because it was my first lab that had a living thing in it. (The cockroach). We also used the lab to answer questions that kindergarteners asked about insects. ( like, why do bumblebees sting?) We collaborated and shared with them using an app called Flipgrid."
- Lingesh

View our project on FLIPGRID here.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Cell Survivor

"In Cell Survivor we were given a organelle to learn about and to present to the class about the organelle. During the competition you had to vote out groups that you thought wasn't important to the cell and couldn't live by itself. During this you were given an immunity challenge which would make it to where your group couldn't be voted out. On the last presentation you say we should win instead of you shouldn't kick us out. Then the other groups voted and then you would get a winner."
- Marissa M.

"The Cell Survivor is a big project that combines the TV show “Survivor” and science to make an awesome competition. You first are assigned a organelle and you use facts to make your’s stand out. The first day, you make a model of your organelle and you make a quick presentation. The better the presentation, the better the chance of your “survival”. Everyday people get out based on what other organelle’s think. You can also get immune which means no one can vote you out. Everyday, you take a small quiz. The group that gets the most right and turned it in the quickest, they would get immune. The Cell Survivor is a project that I loved and I will never forget it!"
- Shreya R.

Cell organelles created out of recycled and repurposed items and then photographed and edited using the app Prisma.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cells Lab

"Cells are magnificent parts of every living thing. Studying them helps us learn more about the world around us. To go more in depth, we had done a lab to teach us about differences between animal in plant cells. We took and Elodea leaf and human cheek cells and examined them under a microscope. This helps us realize where the different organelles of the cells were. All in all, the cell lab was an essential part to our science adventures."
- Shrayas and Roma

"The cell lab is where we explored prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells to find and identify different parts of a cell. We found out that most parts of a cell were present in both plant and animal cells, but none were only unique for animal cells. We also learned that every part of the cell plays an important part that helps the cell function properly. We explored different cells and how the parts of a cell can be identified. This lab is also a proof that living things have cells in them. What we finally had to take away from this lab is that cells play an important role and they have cell parts that help the cell function, we also learned the difference and similarities between plant and animal cells."
- Sai Y.

"This week we have been learning about prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, as well as their functions. We did a lab about the cells and how Animal and Plant cells differ and relate to each other. For example we learned that plant cells can only have cell walls, and most living cells have an nucleus, which manipulates the cell. We also further expanded our knowledge of the use of microscopes. The was a extremely memorable learning experience!"
- Payton H and Josephine

"In the cell lab we got to use a microscope to magnify different organisms to up to 400x. We got to see the different types of cells up close and we even got to see the cell wall and chloroplasts up close and also got to see the nuclei. We also got to see our cheek cells up close. We got to see the nuclei of each cell in our cheek."
- George P.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Microscope Lab

"We did the Microscope Lab. First we learned the scientists who made the microscope and helped develop the microscope. We learn that the magnification is objective times 10. We also learn parts of the microscope such as the arm/neck, base, diaphragm, ocular, and some more. We also looked into various substances such as bird blood, heart muscle, tissue and much more."
- Harsha and Shriram

"During the microscope lab I viewed monkey's tounge and heart muscle which looked very cool under the microscope. I also learned that the eyepiece is actually called the ocular."
- Richa
Look at these amazing images that students captured on their phones or iPads through the ocular of the microscope!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Stomach vs Soda

"We are doing an experiment called Stomach vs Soda. This experiment is about how sodas affect the human body, so we are using a cow tissue as our model. Our goal is to figure out how effective sodas can be on cow tissue to see it kids should decrease their intake of sodas and energy drinks. This experiment has a true meaning behind it and it shows us that sugar is not good for our body."
- Sansu, Shreyas, Abhiram

"We are learning about how sugar affects the body tissue. So far, we learned that the sugar in sodas can cause several health issues. Over the course of the lab, we'll be able to find out how the tissue is affected by sugary drinks."
- Yuna, Meghna, Neha, Nicki

Video created by Harish

Friday, September 1, 2017

Epic Fails

"In Science we did a fun project called Epic Fails. We had to use a app called FlipGrid that we would video ourselves talking about a fail. I learned that not everyone is perfect and that even grown ups can make huge mistakes. Also, most fails are hilarious.
- Bella M.

"Can you imagine that your mistakes and fails are celebrated instead of punished? Well this assignment made our fails great achievements. This week we filmed and posted a video of ourselves admitting one of our epic fails. Now every time you ,or your friend, or your family makes a mistake learn from it, celebrate it, and don't do it again."
- Megan P.

Check our our Epic Fail Videos by clicking HERE or watching below!