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3, 2, 1, Blast Off!

posted Jul 23, 2014, 6:44 AM by Dana Merkel

Rocket Launch Day for STEM Class!


Rafts at Whitewater

posted Jul 17, 2014, 11:19 AM by Dana Merkel


All Group Photo with Judges Jamie Harper & Banjer (A.K.A. The Boy), Sonja & Jordan Romine

Group Photo with Judges

And the winners are....

The Razors

The Razors

Unsinkable Titanic II

The Deep Sea Divers

The Super Star Sharks

All four teams won! Each raft built floated in the water and floated with the weight of group members. Each team also received all their points for their team poster, and team spirit! Way to go TEAMS! 

Whitewater Fun

posted Jul 17, 2014, 11:17 AM by Dana Merkel

Rocket Science

posted Jul 17, 2014, 10:20 AM by Dana Merkel

By: Ruby Kiesel

In stem class we learned about rockets. Forces that make rockets work are gravity, thrust, lift, and drag. Then we made paper rockets. We are going to use an air  pump for thrust. Next week we will launch our rockets. 


Engineering with Rafts

posted Jul 10, 2014, 6:24 AM by Dana Merkel

By: Ellery Kiesel
For Riverway Camp Activities this week we are making rafts. Our group has to come up with a team name. We then came up with a raft design and requested materials. Our group is making a simple raft with a sail and rutter. Next week we will bring the rafts to Whitewater State Park and test them. 

Pond Study

posted Jul 8, 2014, 9:25 AM by Dana Merkel

By: Quinn Larson

We walked to the pond  and collected stuff like fish, snails, water bugs, and a dragonfly nymph. We found lots of life in the pond and that means that its healthy. It was fun.


Buoyancy Boats

posted Jul 8, 2014, 9:24 AM by Dana Merkel

By: Nico Stern


Snakes of the Bluff-land

posted Jul 8, 2014, 9:22 AM by Dana Merkel

By: James Bowey
Last week on Wednesday we went to Whitewater State Park and learned about snakes. We had a fun time. Next the naturalist showed us a video about different snakes. Then he showed us a real snake. Yikes! Then we got to touch it. Cool!

Mulberry Smoothie Moustache

posted Jul 8, 2014, 6:50 AM by Dana Merkel

At one of our afternoon adventures at Tillman Park, the students discovered a Mulberry tree provided ripe mulberries. The students soon began collecting as many as they could. When we returned to school the students volunteered ideas on what the mulberries should be used for. Then after everyone voted the winning idea: SMOOTHIES. Ms.Jackie prepared Mulberry Smoothies with banana and blueberries. According to Wikipedia Mulberry (Morus) is a genus of 10–16 species of trees. They are native to warm regions of Asia, Africa and the Americas, with most of the species native to Asia.Mulberries are fast-growing when young, but soon become slow-growing and rarely grow over 10-15 meters tall. The leaves are simple, often lobed, and ridged. The fruit grows in bunches, 2-3 centimeters long, is red to dark purple in color, edible, and sweet with a good flavor in several species.

Camouflage Walk at Whitewater

posted Jul 8, 2014, 6:41 AM by Dana Merkel

By: Peter Swanson
 We went to Whitewater State Park. A bunch of people caught tadpoles and crayfish. At the beginning we did an activity called Camouflage Walk. We learned about animals that have camouflage. Some had body coverings that made them camouflage, and some had a type of camouflage where it was more of a defense mechanism. For example, a squirrel's fur is grayish-brown because they live in the trees, so they blend in with the trees. Another Animal that has a defense mechanism that is kind of like a camouflage is an opossum. An opossum plays dead when in danger to trick the predators into not eating it because it's "dead". 

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