Pre-K Students Enjoy Nature Explorers Club

For the past two weeks the Pre-K students in Nature Explorers after school club have been studying trees. We have learned about the different parts of a tree and talked about how trees benefit us everyday! It’s an especially exciting time to discuss trees as fall begins to show its colors! Students were able to take magnifying classes to explore and examine trees around FSAPS. They recorded what they saw and made leaf rubbings in their nature journals. Students were very excited to see bugs, lichen, and sap on the trees! They also learned through exploration that sticks come from dead limbs and branches of trees.


Kindergarten Students Have Many Talents

Kindergarten students are currently learning about identifying problems and planning ways to solve them in Science!  Students are discovering that they can plan, create, and test their own designs.  Today students drew plans in their Interactive Science Journals depicting different configurations of Math in Focus connecting cubes.  They tested their designs by then using the cubes to build their depicted structure.  The Kindergartener’s were delighted to discover that their plans worked!  We’re looking forward to Friday which will be “Plan and Test Day!” Children will be split into Science small groups for a variety of experiments.  Marshmallow and toothpick team bridge building, 9-minute Marble Race individual construction and demonstration, and a modeling clay boat building “Sink or Float” workshop are just a few of the activities planned as a culmination to this unit of study.


Solar Astronomer Visited Fulton Science Academy

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Students at Fulton Science Academy Private School were looking up on Thursday, September 19th.  Luckily they had just been handed a pair of free solar glasses so they could view the sun directly. Mr. Stephen Ramsden, founder of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project, visited bringing not only his solar telescopes and equipment but his vast knowledge of the sun. 

Students viewed the sun through 3 different eyepieces each giving a different perspective on the sun.  There were also additional telescopes hooked up to computers so that students could get a better view of the sun in real time.  
Luckily clear skies and an active sun provided awesome opportunities to view sunspots, solar prominences, and solar flares.  Many students were amazed to actually see things they had learned about in 6th grade Earth Science.  
Mr. Ramsden provided perspective on the distance from the sun to the Earth and nuclear fusion as well as discussing with students the importance of studying math and science. 
Thanks to Mr. Ramsden, many students left school that day with a lot more knowledge and respect for our closest star and its effects on Earth and the living things that inhabit it.
Please click here to view time lapse images and solar images taken that day.