Children possess a natural curiosity. I am constantly asked how things work or why something is the way it is. While I may not have all the answers, I try to encourage their curiosity by delving deeper into finding the answers. If man had no questions, or never said, "I wonder why, how, or what causes that?" there would be no need for science. Science's main existence is to answer, or try to answer man's questions about life and this world.
One of our senior students, Hee Sung, wondered what would happen if water, fish oil, olive oil, and expensive organic eye cream were rubbed on rose petals. Would the expensive eye cream keep the rose petal looking young longer than say water or other beauty aids such as fish oil or olive oil? Her findings were fascinating. Water outperformed all the other beauty aids. We must drink plenty of water to stay healthy!
In this photo and the top photo the students were performing experiments using their finger prints after studying the Integumentary System . They also had to do a bit of crime solving using those finger prints. The students worked together in teams, had to pay attention to detail, problem solved, and constructed a conclusion. Although they thought they were having a good time, they were actually learning some tremendous life lessons in that class activity.
Anne and Rebecca are creating Candy "Models" of blood. After learning about the components of blood, they had to precisely weigh out each candy representing blood plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. It was a very sweet lesson.
Who does not like a good challenge? Oak Hill students love challenges and took this one very seriously. They were challenged to name and spell correctly the assigned muscles in the human body. Dryden, Ana, Shelly, and Megha did an outstanding job and aced this competition.
Currently our middle school science students are studying the human body and performing experiments, challenges, and activities reinforcing each lesson. The ESL high school students are performing Botany experiments, writing small research papers, and will soon be planting the Oak Hill Garden!