CHALLENGE: Float Your Boat

Both the grade 7+8 AND 9+10 students got started in Science class this year with a challenge. They had to design and construct a boat that could hold as many dry beansĀ (or marbles) as possible without sinking. They could use a limited amount of aluminum foil and duct...

A New Home for the Whiteboards

There was a lot of material left over from the construction of 4 sports nets that I built last year for recess/phys ed games, so I decided to use it for making a storage shelf for the science classroom whiteboards. You can't be too organized - and it seems there's...

End of Year Hiking Trip

All secondary students went out for the day to the local mountain, Izumigatake, for some hiking as an end of year break from school. It started with a ride up the ski lift,then we continued on through various paths. Unfortunately, there was a lot of water from the...

Speaker Build Challenge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFhWfJMSGtY As a wrap-up to the Electricity and Electrical Devices unit, students were challenged to build a functional speaker using only four materials. For the actual speaker cone, we had the choice between paper plates and styrofoam...

Power Generation and Google Earth Flyovers

7+8 Science wrapped up the unit on Electricity and Electrical Devices by choosing a form of energy production and locating a local power station using that method. They created short flyover videos in Google Earth to show...

Highly Energetic Infographics

The Enviro Sci class completed work on their infographics on various sources of energy. There was a wide range of sources selected and some very creative ways of displaying data in an engaging way. Most used some form of computer software or online tools to create...

Chemistry Yield Lab Yields Excellent Results

Chemistry students developed their methods and procedures for the Factors Affecting Chemical Yield assignment and took to the lab to run their trials. There was a choice of investigating either sodium hydrogen carbonate (baking soda) or potassium carbonate and...

Energy Consumption at the Electronics Shop

As an inquiry activity in 7+8 Science, students spent a few periods trying to determine an estimate of how much energy an electronics store uses in one full day. These shops are scattered all over Japan and emit a bright glow out into the night. I went to the local...

Dehydrating the Hydrate

Chemistry students completed a quick lab activity in order to apply their stoichiometry skills to determine the amount of waters attached to the copper sulphate crystals from the chemical cabinet. They performed the heating (using the espresso stove and stand!) and...

Decomposition of Water

Chemistry students had a chance to perform an interesting and hands-on reaction using the help of a 9 Volt battery. This was the same activity done with the 7+8 Science class last year and it worked well again. Water was electrolysed into hydrogen and oxygen gas using...

How Does Soil Degrade?

Following their soil analysis activities, Enviro Sci worked in small groups to create flowcharts about the processes soil degradation. They included all topics covered in class and made some nice visual...

A Long Hard Look at Soil

Enviro Sci students spent a few classes investigating the soil types in various areas around the school campus. They performed a number of tests and recorded observations in their chosen area, then presented their findings in Google Presentations (below)....

Diagramming Earth’s Systems

Enviro Sci students have had lots of practice creating systems diagrams this year to better understand various processes. This activity required them to visually show how the systems of the earth are interconnected (biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, etc.). They had...

Seeing is Balancing

Chemistry students were given a visual challenge to balance a combustion reaction using the molecular model kits. They had to build the correct amount of each reactant and product in order to balance. This visual and hands on activity seemed to help reinforce the...

DNA Extraction Lab

A popular activity when studying cells is to extract DNA from different foods. A popular fruit is the banana, which usually works well. This year we also tried onions to compare the results. The onion was definitely more difficult to chop and mince to allow the DNA to...

Beaker Baby Bonanza

Continuing with the Cells, Genes & Reproduction unit, 7+8 students worked through the famous 'Beaker Babies' activity to see how traits are passed on in families over 2 generations. They first created the set of genotypes based on themselves...

Analyzing Traits

As part of the Cells, Genes and Reproduction unit in 7+8, students collected data from other classes about a variety of physical characteristics and abilities. The data pooled together and students worked on displaying the results graphically on chart paper. Some...

Ski Trip 2014

As we do each year, the Secondary students and teachers went to Mt. Zao for the winter ski trip. This year we decided to stay 2 nights and make the trip a little longer to get in more skiing and snowboarding. The top of the mountain gets sticky snow during the winter...