10/18/16 — We reviewed kinetic & potential energy by using a half-pipe cover and a marble.  Students had to roll the marble down the half-pipe and it had to stop between 10 & 20 cm.  When successful, students did it again with 2 half-pipes taped together.  They had to get the same result.  If successful, they designed their own roller coaster on a link to this blog (Energy Roller Coaster).  That was fun.

11/5/16 — I Need More Space:  I really enjoyed all the activities.  My favorite, though, was creating the phases of the moon board, through which students can place their head and see that it is their point of view of the Sun’s reflection that allows them to see the different phases of the moon.

12/19/16 — The Christmas parties provided me with an opportunity to use our free food day to conduct Edible Science experiments.  We used Oreo cookies to show the phases of the moon, hard boiled eggs to show the layers of the Earth, and we used toothpicks to dig out chocolate chip cookies to represent mining.

1/21/17 — Our Dynamic Earth Workshop:  I LOVE workshops on Geology.  It was so nice to hear the speaker (mud & all).  I’m giving serious consideration to volunteering at the Paleontology lab.  I’m still bummed, though, that the fossil dig never happened.

2/18/17 — STEM Workshop:  I thought the presenters were FANTASTIC (I was one of them, though)!  It was a different take on the regular branches of Science.  The Lego activities were terrific.

3/24/17 — We added fish, snails, elodea, duckweed, and algae to our aquariums yesterday.  The kids are excited to see the connection between a pond ecosystem and a model in their classroom.  I mean, who doesn’t enjoy looking at an aquarium?

3/25/17 — Zoo Workshop:  The behind-the-scenes tour of the herpetology building was fantastic!  I never knew so many venomous reptiles were at the Dallas Zoo.

5/6/17 — Arboretum Workshop:  I loved learning about using leaves, height, and color to grade the vitality of different plants.

6/26-29/17 — The pre-Service Summer Academy was very fun.  I enjoyed intermingling with the college students.  They have a unique POV on subjects that I might not ever have been exposed to.  The hands-on portion is always terrific.

9/16/17 — Technology & Engineering Workshop:  The best part was the engineering challenge when we were at the Perot Museum’s Engineering Hall.  We were given everyday items and told to create something that would insulate an ice cube.  It’s fascinating to see all the different methods educators devised to solve the same problem.

1/27/18 — Earth Science Workshop — I liked how it began with Yes/No.  T posted questions on the screen — Left side Yes/Right side No (identify misconceptions & where teaching needs to occur).  I enjoyed Mineral Identification Stations.  I can see how to adapt this to a lower-Elementary level.  The Kahoot lesson was competitive.  I liked the challenge of making a body fossil vs. a trace fossil.

2/24/18 — Chemistry Workshop — I enjoyed the “Clue” inspired game.  I can see how to incorporate this into a variety of subjects.  I think the speaker would have been more engaging with some “hands-on” activities, even if we could only watch.  The emphasis seemed to be on physical properties, since the 2 hands-on activities were both centered around physical properties of matter rather than chemical properties.