Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013


This week in the middle school, we have been collecting all of our trash in order to gain a sense of what type of trash we produce and how much of it gets thrown away. Next week, we will take a closer look at garbage and what we do with it as a society.


Watch the video and write a response to what you see and hear. One paragraph, please.

For extra points, watch this one also and comment on it.

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Pitch Drop Experiment!

I was listening to the radio podcast "Radiolab" this weekend and they were talking about speed, how fast or slow things go. There is an experiment being conducted which has been considered the longest running experiment in history. Running for over 80 years now, the "Pitch Drop Experiment" was started in 1927 by Professor Thomas Parnell and involved the movement of tar through a funnel. So far it has dropped through the funnel nine times and is about to drop once more. Interestingly, in all of that time, no one has seen the drop. Go to the link if you want to watch it live. Maybe you'll be the one to watch it drop.

All students should work on creating their advertisement for their energy source.
Students should have at least one page of bulleted notes before they can work on their advertisement.
Students can use any of the modalities for creating a presentation used in the past (i.e. hand drawn, powerpoint, SlideRocket).
Advertisements need to have slogans, and are limited to one page.

Go to the following website: NationalGeographic.com

Pick one article from this page, read it, and write a one paragraph response to it.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Nuclear Power!

This week we will discuss the first non-fossil fuel related energy source. Nuclear energy is a way for us to get electricity without burning coal. In some ways, nuclear power is an extremely clean way to get electricity because there is no carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. However, nuclear power comes with significant risks and challenges. Many people believe that it is definitely not worth it.


Watch the video below.  Write down 3-5 facts about nuclear power that you learned from the video. Then, write down a couple of sentences describing whether you think you support or oppose nuclear power. Give detail as to your reasons.

And/Or this one...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Greetings Middle Schoolers! Welcome to DC Science World!

For the last few weeks we have been talking about energy resources. Fossil fuels are the primary way that we get our power and power, in the form of electricity, is what drives a large portion of our lives (i.e. this assignment). But how does that rock of coal get turned into a game of Fun Run, Minecraft, or an episode of Adventure Time?


Go to the following website: www.nationalgeographic.com

Pick one article on this page about energy. Read it and write a detailed paragraph in response to the article. Describe what it was about and highlight the most important points.