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Welcome to Science!

Erin has been teaching science at Park Century School for 5 years.  Her teaching motto is, "Let's figure it out!"  She empowers her students to ask great questions, think about the big picture, and look for solutions.

A lifetime resident of L.A.'s beach cities and UCLA alum, Erin enjoys the southern California climate and lifestyle, but has had many opportunities for unique travel experiences, including building a house in Ireland, teaching English classes in Japan, preparing pasta for Italians in Tuscany, attending a ball on the great wall of China, and publishing articles in the National Geographic Magazine. It is a wonderful world out there and she enjoys sharing her love of science with the students at Park Century!
 

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The 8th grade activity couldn't fit in the lab, so we spilled out into the atrium.  The first group of 8th graders, some from Nora's class and some from Kalpana's class are finishing up a 2 week unit on the atmosphere.  This activity was a way for the students to demonstrate that air takes up space because it is made of molecules that move around and are spread out.  After students made their "wind bags", they decided that they wanted to put them all together to make a tetrahedron structure.
The 8th grade activity couldn't fit in the lab, so we spilled out into the atrium.  The first group of 8th graders, some from Nora's class and some from Kalpana's class are finishing up a 2 week unit on the atmosphere.  This activity was a way for the students to demonstrate that air takes up space because it is made of molecules that move around and are spread out.  After students made their "wind bags", they decided that they wanted to put them all together to make a tetrahedron structure.
Both of the 7th grade classes just finished a science unit on the cardiovascular system.  They learned about the four parts of the blood: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets.  They also learned about the four chambers of the heart: the right atrium and ventricle, and the left atrium and ventricle. They learned how the heart and lungs work together to pump oxygenated blood throughout the body. They used a 4D model of the heart on their iPad to explore the parts of the heart, as well as acted out several of the functions of these chambers in a group game.  The unit culminated with a dissection of a mammalian heart where students cut small windows into each of the chambers and could trace the path of the blood through the heart.
 
The 7th graders had a special treat on Tuesday this week, when Dr. Shavelle, a cardiologist, came and spoke with the students about his fascinating profession.  He had some great before and after pictures of some of his patients' blood vessels before and after their surgeries.
 
Thank you, Dr. Shavelle!
We have some visiting animals in the science lab this month.  Emma brought in her 4 month old corn snake, "Bilbo," to share and Oliver W. brought in his tarantula, "Charlotte."  It's fun to compare and contrast all of these fascinating animals.

Desert Dome Assembly

Good morning, Science-fans! Today, there was a special science assembly for grades 2-6. The California Science Center set up an inflatable dome in the gym that the students stepped inside to experience the sights and sounds of the Mojave Desert. Each class had a 45 minute guided program to learn about ecology, adaptation and desert habitat.

Desert Dome Assembly

Good afternoon, Science-fans! Today, there was a special science assembly for grades 2-6. The California Science Center set up an inflatable dome in the gym that the students stepped inside to experience the sights and sounds of the Mojave Desert. Each class had a 45 minute guided program to learn about ecology, adaptation and desert habitat.
Welcome to the Science Lab, Spike!
 
Spike is an adult male bearded dragon with a great personality.  His favorite foods are kale, crickets, and super worms.  Bearded dragons come from the deserts of Australia, so they like it hot and dry in their tank.  Spike recently had a vet checkup that required some follow- up antibiotic treatment.  Two of our eighth graders are being trained by the vet to oversee his treatment and administer the antibiotics.  
 
Stop in to meet him soon!
Welcome to the Science Lab, Spike!
 
Spike is an adult male bearded dragon with a great personality.  His favorite foods are kale, crickets, and super worms.  Bearded dragons come from the deserts of Australia, so they like it hot and dry in their tank.  Spike recently had a vet checkup that required some follow- up antibiotic treatment.  Two of our eighth graders are being trained by the vet to oversee his treatment and administer the antibiotics.  
 
Stop in to meet him soon!
Welcome to the Science Lab, Spike!
 
Spike is an adult male bearded dragon with a great personality.  His favorite foods are kale, crickets, and super worms.  Bearded dragons come from the deserts of Australia, so they like it hot and dry in their tank.  Spike recently had a vet checkup that required some follow- up antibiotic treatment.  Two of our eighth graders are being trained by the vet to oversee his treatment and administer the antibiotics.  
 
Stop in to meet him soon!

Summer Camp - Bay Area

Here is a blurb from The Galileo Innovation Summer Camps in case you're interested...
 
"NEW innovation summer camps in the Los Angeles area. Bringing over 13 years of imagination-sparking program experience to locations in Brentwood, Manhattan Beach, West LA and Culver City. Imagine a summer camp where kids find themselves engrossed in art projects, science challenges and outdoor activities that make them laugh, think and express themselves with complete freedom."

Coding in the Classroom

Check out this article about using coding in the classroom.  
 
"It is important to have agency over the tools you are using," whether those tools are a pencil and paper or an iPad.  As technology touches more and more of our lives, it is important to give kids a window into understanding how technology works, through an introduction to coding.  At Park Century, all grade levels get to explore some aspect of coding and programming, whether it is designing a computer game, programming a robot or playing with the basic strategies in coding: sequencing, conditional, and loops.  Our lessons are not just an exercise in problem-solving, but an opportunity to cultivate respect for technology.
 
 

Whale Fiesta

On January 25th, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting a exciting event, called "Whale Fiesta," with activities and exhibits for families celebrating some fascinating marine mammals, such as the Pacific gray whales.  This event is free!