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Science

Buttermilk

For Science, the electrons made some delicious butter. They experimented with adding salt or sugar and even made some whipped cream. We briefly talked about how Heavy whipping cream is made and how the agitation starts to separate the fat and it clumps together. Which then leaves you with butter and buttermilk.

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Symmetry

We read the book “Seeing Symmetry” to complement our work from the previous week. Since the book mentioned snow flakes, we did a science experiment with baking soda and hair conditioner to make snow. The Electrons were challenged to research at home to figure out why the ingredients become cold when they are combined.

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Play- dough

The Electrons worked hard in the kitchen to make play dough for the youngest co-op kids to use during art class. Before heading to the kitchen, we made some educated guesses about the ingredients in play dough. We had some expected suggestions (flour, salt, water) and some more interestingly far-fetched (radioactive chemicals, explosives). There was […]

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Balloons

Balloons, balloons, balloons…rocket balloons this week. Larger balloons travelled further and a lego weight helped keep them on track. https://www.sciencefriday.com/educational-resources/balloon-rockets/ 🙂

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Symmetry

This week, we discussed lines of symmetry and then created our own symmetrical drawings. After we got our drawing muscles warmed up, we started self-portraits created on drawing paper using a photo of half of our face and reflecting that half over the line of symmetry to create our portraits.

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McDonaldization

We were asked to read an article about the McDonaldization of our culture. As a class, we took a walk to Sugar Beet food co-op, keeping in mind the article we read. When we returned we talked about what we noticed. How the food co-op op and the neighborhood was and wasn’t an example of […]

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Gas

Mixed the old favorite…baking soda and vinegar to have the gas blow up our orange balloons. https://www.icanteachmychild.com/magic-jack-o-lantern/

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Oobleck

Today we discussed viscosity. (Viscosity: resistance of a fluid (liquid or gas) to a change in shape, or movement of neighbouring portions relative to one another. Viscosity denotes opposition to flow.) We got our hands dirty and made oobleck! 🙂 https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/oobleck-bring-science-home/

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Bouncy Balls

Today we got our hands messy and made Bouncy Balls! https://thestemlaboratory.com/how-to-make-bouncy-balls/

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Data

Today the sociology class looked at research methods, starting with the idea that we take in, assess and draw conclusions from social data all the time (show of hands; whether a restaurant has good reviews; number of texts received; which days are better to go to the museum [ahem, homeschoolers!]) We talked about research methods […]

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