Ruxz_M-rbu5hJUPoenSULdy6Wzk The Science of My Life: January 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Dian Fossey Google Doodle

This was a beautiful reminder of the life and work of Dian Fossey.  Her movie came out in 1989, and my high school Ecology Club went to see it as a reminder that the little tiny impact we were trying to have in our community could have a ripple effect.  Little did we know that soon her colleague, Dr. Goodall, would visit our high school and dedicate the Ecology Center in April 1989.  The connections and memories made that day have affected hundreds of lives in our community, and it helped shape my life.  I am no where near the mountains of Africa, but I know these women were real and dedicated and determined.  We can show those same qualities where ever our lives lead us.

On a petty side note, I do not believe celebrities should be included with the likes of Fossey, Carson, Goodall, Maathai, Earle, and other conservation and exploration pioneers.  Being arrested for a protest is a far cry from dedicating your life to a different world.   Just my two cents.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

ISU Science Methods

I have been really busy this semester, but when I was given the opportunity to teach an additional class for ISU on the CSI campus in Twin Falls, I jumped at the chance.  It is an elementary ed science methods class for pre-service teachers just about ready to student teach.  The class is small, but full of characters! 

I will spend a few posts talking about this experience, sharing what we are learning together, and my reaction to elementary education in general.  But today, I will just post our activity when we discussed how to bring science into holidays and themes and down time. 

A few years ago, I was a parent helper for a Halloween party.  I was in charge of the "game."  Well, I thought a science experiment would fit well with the theme, so I brought cow eyeballs to the school, with teacher and principal permission, and we dissected them.  Great party I thought.  Kids, too.  But the other parent who was there, not a fan! 

Here are a few of my students dissecting eyeballs in our class.  We had some fluid escape a few times.  Good times!

The Science of Sports - Resource from NSF just in time for the Olympics

Science and engineering of the 2014 olympic winter games

Very Cool!