This week the physical science department has been full of educational labs, as well as important lessons. Chemistry students have been learning about the behavior of supersaturated solutions.
What better way to demonstrate that than making rock candy? While sugar does slowly crystallize into a delicious piece of candy, students also were able to use sodium sulfate to demonstrate the immediate crystallization of a supersaturated solution.
This is always a favorite lab to participate in. The Chemistry standards explore the foundational principles of chemistry that allow students to investigate how chemistry impacts their everyday life.
Earth Science students are currently studying the importance of carbon and the cycling of carbon among Earth’s systems. They can now recognize the slow and fast processes that carbon atoms undergo and where our fossil fuels come from. They will also be able to see the changes in our atmosphere due to human activity.
Overall, our Earth Science standards investigate processes and mechanisms that encourage students to use computational thinking to explain sustainable and natural resources, focusing on responsible stewardship.