Thursday, August 30, 2018

6th Grade Chemical Engineers Making Ice Cream

Suppose you have a great recipe for chocolate ice cream. You like to make it at home for your family and friends. You make it in a little one-gallon machine that goes into your freezer. But what if you sell your recipe to a big food company? Now they have to be able to make thousands of gallons a day. Each gallon of ice cream needs to look and taste exactly the same. What kind of equipment could the company use? How would the recipe change? How can the factory make the ice cream at low cost? These are all questions for GREEN's 6th grade chemical engineers.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

5th Graders Explore Heat Transfer with Slime

 5th graders in GO GREEN learned about Heat Energy and Thermal transfer today by making thermochromic slime. The students tested how hot or cool something was by placing the slime on it and watching it change colors.  


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Can Mrs. Koch's Class Save Sam?

Poor Sam is a worm that has found himself in a rather unfortunate situation. His boat has capsized and his
life jacket is trapped underneath it! Poor Sam can't swim! His oar, his only means of movement, has fallen
into the rocky waters as well! He now sits perched on top of his capsized boat and he needs our help!
This was an engineering, problem solving, and teamwork activity that required the students to only use the provided paperclips to successfully put Sam (the worm) back in his boat with his life jacket on (a gummy lifesaver) and the oar on top. The kids came up with some great strategies and truly had to work together as a team to problem solve. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

6th Graders are Culinary Engineers!

Mrs. Berg's 6th grade Culinary Engineers designed Solar Ovens in order to cook yummy S'mores with Solar radiation and convection! They enjoyed designing, creating and eating their S'mores!

6th grade science classes have been studying the Engineering Design Process and Heat Transfer. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

CSI: GREEN Charter

The 7th and 8th grade GREEN Charter students in PLTW's Medical Detectives observed, explored, and dissected a sheep's brain!

There are many similarities between the sheep brain and the human brain.  Being able to locate important structures in the sheep brain helps with the  understanding of how structures are related to each other in the human brain.  During the course of the dissection, the students identified different parts of the brain in order to better able to appreciate the development of the human brain.

Harvest Party!

GREEN Charter's garden club planted sweet potatoes last Spring and now they are ready to harvest! The GREEN Charter garden yielded over 100 sweet potatoes! A banner crop for this group of elementary gardeners!

GREEN Kindergartners are Crazy About Chicks!

GREEN Charter's Coop Captain, Mrs. Kilpatrick, has been busy with the kindergarten students and our new chicks!  The students are enjoying raising the chicks until they can be placed in our coop with our rabbit friends. They have been practicing writing and getting crafty with chicks!