FSA MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS BECOME RESEARCHERS DURING CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER FIELD TRIP

On their last field trip of the year, middle school students conducted field base experiences to gather data and information about water quality in our area.  They participated in Project H2O, A Study of Water (Water Quality & Watershed Study) at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.
Students faced real world experiences in hands-on pond comparisons on the grounds of CNC. Students conducted biological assessments of the water quality by sampling macroinvertebrates as bioindicators.  Macroinvertebrates are organisms without backbones, which are visible to the eye without the aid of a microscope.  Examples of aquatic macroinvertebrates include insects in their larval or nymph form, crayfish, clams, snails, and worms. 
They also conducted chemical testing using test kits to measure dissolved oxygen, temperature, nitrate, phosphate, and turbidity levels. Through discussion with naturalists, students began to understand how land use, pollution, and the importance of maintaining good water quality in the Chattahoochee River watershed are important.
This was a great opportunity for our students to see the scientific method in action, perform hands on data collection, analyze data collected by each small group, and to discuss what that data may have revealed. 
It was also a great day for students to relax outdoors and enjoy a picnic lunch.  Each group had a chance to visit with a raptor such as a red-shouldered hawk and to take a short nature walk to see various birds such as a pair of bald eagles.  We all enjoyed the beautiful weather and the nature all around us!  

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS ENJOYED THEIR FIELD TRIP TO THE TELLUS SCIENCE MUSEUM

On Monday, May 12th Kindergarten through 5th grade students went on a field trip to the Tellus Science Museum as an extension of our science instruction here at FSAPS.  Students took part in a 2 hour long program directly based on Georgia Performance Standards for Science and chosen specifically for their grade level. Each program involved four rotations which include a lab, an activity, an in-depth exploration of one gallery, and a stop in the museum store.
Students in Kindergarten and 1st grade were able to show how much they learned during our recent unit on Forces during the program “Magnet Mania.”  2nd-3rd grade students answered the question “What is a fossil?” during the program “Fossiliferous.” Students learned how a fossil forms and discussed factors that affect the survival or extinction of organisms.   Do you have aspirations to be an explorer, a geographer, an astronomer or a doctor? With these careers in mind, students in 4th-5th grade identified which inventions in the Science in Motion gallery will be most useful to them!  They took a tour of the solar system in the planetarium show “Oasis in Space” and their lab will examined an Earth-Moon model and reinforced why the Moon has phases and where to locate the Moon in the night sky.  
After the programs, students enjoyed a picnic lunch in a large, outdoor pavilion and then headed back inside to do some exploring on their own.  We participated in gem mining, were paleontologists in the fossil dig area, and enjoyed all four of the galleries.  We can’t wait to go back next year!