|Playing with oobleck.|
|Dry Ice Bubbles|
|Making our dry ice bubbles!|
|Look at that giant bubble!|
|Goggles demonstrating insect eyes|
Tuesday we learned about incredible insects. Using special insect goggles and other various materials we were able to compare the anatomy of an insect to ourselves. We discussed important adaptations that some insects have such as camouflage and colored our own butterflies to hide around the museum, and then we created an insect of our very own.
We also played a game called "The Waggle Dance" in which some of us were forager bees gathering nectar (scented paper flowers with sugar attached) and the rest of us were worker bees taking care of the hive then matching the scent of the flowers that the forager bees brought back. This demonstrated the real roles of bees in the hive.
|Smelling the flowers for its scent.|
|He found the flower with sugar!|
|Making your own insect.|
|Look at that insect!|
|Seeing how an insect see.|
|Looking at the parts of a cell.|
On Wednesday, we talked about how our bodies work starting with cells! We created a cell and learned how all of the different smaller parts of the cell work in living things.
|Making the lungs|
In order to demonstrate how our lungs work, we created a model lung in which the straw represented our wind pipe taking in air, the larger balloon at the bottom demonstrated our diaphragm contracting, and the smaller balloon inside the cup represented our lungs filling with air when these parts of the body work together. We also checked our vitals such as our heartbeat and blood pressure and discussed ways in which we can be healthy in our group!
|The finished lung!|
|Making the lung "breathe"|
|Checking our vitals|
|A Cloud in a Bottle|
Friday was all about Bats Around the World. Michelle from the Organization for Bat Conservation's Bat Zone brought some live bats to show us. She talked about the importance of bats and even helped us to debunk some bat myths. We talked about how some bats use echolocation to find their food. She had a special machine where we could hear the bat's echolocation.
|Listening to the echolocation of the big brown bat.|
Then we played an echolocation game where we simulated the sonar method of echolocation that a bat uses by playing a game where we used sounds to locate our "food". The bat sent out a sound signal to find the other players (the insects or food). We also made our own origami bats.