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 a recent 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-Mongomery as she explains how she went from being a cartoon animator to designer video games!
Great first day of school! It was so nice to meet all of the new 8th graders and get our science year off and running. In class students made ball and stick models of methane, a flammable gas, and then Mr. Powell made soap bubbles filled with methane. Students made some predictions about the behavior and properties of the methane bubbles and after a demonstration learned that they are highly flammable! We also covered some class guidelines and procedures. Please BRING A COMPOSITION BOOK to class tomorrow.
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.
Tomorrow is your summative assessment on the electromagnetic spectrum and the behavior of light. In class today we played jeopardy to review. You can play the jeopardy game on your own using the following link
In class we discussed compressional waves in particular as to how they relate to sound. We also discussed the theoretical (and kind of gross) idea of the Brown Note.
Mr. Powell is an 8th grade Science Teacher in Western Colorado.