Today students began their first lab of the year. In this lab students make three different paper airplanes. Although the planes are the same size and style, they are made of three different materials; construction paper, printer paper, and notebook paper. The three different materials are all different masses which allows students to test the scientific question, "Does the mass of a paper airplane affect how far it flies?" Tomorrow we will test our planes and analyze our results. The lab sheet for this activity is attached below.
Science is making a guess about the universe, testing (experimenting) that guess, then comparing the results of that test (experiment) with our original guess to see whether it holds true or not.
In class today we drew what we think a scientist looks like. And although there were a lot of safety goggles, lab coats and bubbling beakers, there were also men and women of all shapes and sizes. Science is for everyone and anyone can be a scientist. Historically a field dominated by men, science is becoming more and more inclusive everyday and in fact kids are starting to catch on. According to this sciencemag.org article, children are now drawing scientists as women at a much higher rate than previous decades and this parallels an increase in women in the science field. Throughout this year we will study many different scientists, men and women, young and old, American, Mexican, European, Asian, African, Indegenous and more. Check out the video below about video game designer and computer scientist Lizette Titre-Montgomery as she explains how she went from being a cartoon animator to designer video games!
We also watched a short clip of Dr. Neil deGrasse Tysontalking about why he thinks science is important then compared his ideas with our own.
I'm very excited to start a new school year with all of you. We have a lot of fun and exciting learning planned. It's my hope that you become very familiar with this website, because it will be where we do a lot of our work this year. Check it daily for updates (and even some competitions!). Also, I hope you take a moment to subscribe to my youtube channel Mr. Powell Science to stay up to date on videos from class.
Things you should bring to class every day are a composition notebook (which will stay in the classroom), a glue stick, scissors, and colored pencils.
Mr. Powell is a High School Science Teacher in Western Colorado.