Our Mad Science Monday was Explosive!!

by Administrator 24. June 2013 13:48

  Today for Mad Science Monday we continued our exploration of acids and uses for baking soda. We did this by erupting a volcano!  The school age children constructed a volcano for us to use for the experiment prior to today's activities and were very proud of their ability to contribute in such a large way.  Many of the school age and pre-kindergarten children were able to make accurate predictions of what would happen when the acid (vinegar) was added to the baking soda. We also discussed the colors that we used such as red and yellow and how together they made the "lava" orange. Surprise came when the children saw how high the solution erupted out of the volcano. We discovered that the eruption would shoot up higher if the vinegar was poured quickly into the volcano creating a high level of pressure. Discussion also continued as we explored both the fast and slow moving "lava" and talked about how this creates different types of volcanos. For our younger age groups, we focused primarily on the colors of food coloring being used and the reaction that happened. This sensory experience expanded the children's knowledge of the world around them while offering a cool form of entertainment! In addition to observing the reaction and discussion of colors, the preschool class also discussed what pressure is and how it causes a volcano to erupt. They were also given opportunities to pour the vinegar and create reactions of their own. Volcanos are an easy fun activity for all ages and great learning experience!

Have a Great Science Day!

Juliet

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Center-Wide Water Play

by Administrator 18. June 2013 11:05

Happy Tuesday!  Today we are hosting our first all center water day.  As I write this, the children are still running around the playground squealing and shrieking in the water.  When I ventured outside to see how things were going, I was pleasantly surprised by all of the good things I saw going on.  I saw the children playing in the bubbly water, asking their friends if they wanted to get wet.  I saw some children going from tub to tub, mixing the colored water to make new colors.  I saw children, splashing in the puddles, and sliding down the slide.  I even saw a few children scooping water to measure in the measuring cups.  No matter their age, the children were talking to one another, trying to get everyone involved in the fun.  I was even proud to see that the more popular items such as the spray bottles were being shared with ease.  The staff are wandering around the playground,  trying to avoid the streams of water that are flying around.  I must say, each year, the water seems a little colder to me.  It makes me happy to see that even when we do an activity that would be considered out of the regular routine, the children are using the skills that we are instilling everyday.  I saw them using their manners, building their friendships, and keeping their sense of humor.  Several of the staff have stopped me to tell me what a good time they had watching the children so engrossed in their play.

Ms. Christy

 

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Mad Science Monday - Silly Soda Pop

by Administrator 10. June 2013 11:16

Hello everyone! 

   Today we held our first Mad Science Monday with great success! For our younger age groups we use the soda pop experiment to focus on the math skills that are utilized in cooking and following a recipe. We discussed how to gather ingredients, follow directions, and measure using both measuring cups and spoons.  The children enjoyed seeing the creation mix together as it fizzed and changed color. Then the children were invited to join in a taste test. For the Pre-K class and school-agers we took our experimentation one step further by broadening our discussion to include how things are made, career choices, and what acids are. We discussed how a scientist at a company will create a product, it is then made and tested, and then presented to the public. We pretended to be "taste testers" in a factory creating a new drink. After our initial creation, some children chose to add more or less of different ingredients, even changing the color of the drink, until they got it just right! We discussed how the lemon juice ingredient is an acid that reacts with the baking soda to make the drink fizz and we also discussed what other uses these products have. We were able to create a drink that was pleasing to most and help the children make a connection to their possible future career choices. Most of all, we had a great time!!!

Thank you for joining us!

 

Miss Juliet

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