Showing posts with label Science. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Science. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

2016 - 2017 School Year Update

The three of us are enjoying the new 2016 - 2017 school year. We started classes back after Labor day.  This year Jaedan is a 7th grader and Malik is in the 11th. Here are a few highlights from the last two months.

Arduino and 3d Printing 

Lego Mindstorm Ev3 Projects

Science Projects

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Sickle Cell Disease

Continuing our study of cells today we covered Sickle Cell Disease. I remember seventeen years ago I received an official looking letter in the mail from our local health department. The letter informed me that our oldest had sickle cell trait, being a new mother I was upset to get such news. My husband informed me also that he had trait at that time. Thanking God I did not have the trait. Thinking back if only I had knew to ask that question when we first started dating. Not that it would have made a big impact with my decision to date him but I think that is something that should have been discussed. Three children later they all carry the trait.

We have discussed this topic in the pass with our boys but I think our oldest is the only one who truly understood what it meant. So today we researched it again deeper because I knew they all are old enough to understand. We started out looking at the disease and after I asked the big question. What does this topic have to do with us? My younger two were clueless. Then I dropped the bomb and the room went silent and eyes popped out their head. I said all three of you have sickle cell trait. WHAT!!! is all I heard them say then we have it.... 

Now this topic had their undivided attention everyone was paying attention. HOW!!! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? So now when I meet a girl I have to ask her this question? Jaedan suggested when they meet a potential wife that they act like they are watching a video about Sickle Cell and ask if she has seen it. That way they can ease into asking questions. Gotta love that kid.

Let's just say a 45 minute science class turned into a whole day of learning about Sickle Cell and Sickle Cell Trait. This is why I love homeschooling.

Links to some of the material we covered.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Animal Cell 3D Model

We have been studying cells and their organelles. We have looked at the shape and function of the different organelles and which cells contain each type of organelle.

We are focusing on the differences between plant and animal cells. To make the lesson more visual we made three dimensional cells.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Death to the Prokaryotes! (Update)

Above are the results of our apple sauce experiment one month later. The apple sauce in the jar went through the canning sterilization process and has no mold present. The apple sauce in the plastic container was not sterilized, it is covered in three different types of mold we can see. 

The boys can't wait to eat the preserved apple sauce. We tossed the other container straight in the garbage. 

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Biology Cells Prep

The next few weeks in Biology we will be learning about cells. Here are a few models I made to help us in our studies. The above are Pinterest inspired Shrinky Dink animal and plant cells. You can find more information here. Below are definition strip cards I made using Microsoft Publisher.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Coding, Programming and Math


The boys have been following The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming Book. They really enjoy the tutorials.
Ben has been getting familiar with the Arduino platform by following Youtube videos online.


This week in math we have exploring the world of fraction.




Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Enviro Battery

The boys used natural materials like mud, lemons, and water to light a bulb, power a watch, and activate a music chip.