Edgecomb Science Club
In our January Science Club the students worked with presenters Jim Parmentier and Fred Cichocki to learn about owls, dissect owl pellets, and identify and reassemble bones found in the owl pellets. Some of the students were able to put together almost an entire rodent from the bones. Students were also able to analyze bones under a microscope which were projected onto a computer screen. Fun was had by all!
Donation of Books to the Eddy School Library
Edgecomb author Lea Wait has given a generous donation of books to the Eddy School Library.
Lea, an author of five middle grade historical fiction novels and numerous adult mysteries, was a recent judge for the Edgar Allen Poe Award committee. When she finished all the reading she had to do for the contest she boxed up the books and gave them to our school. Grades 4-6 are having a great time trying them out! We are lucky to have such a talented and thoughtful author in our neighborhood!
You can learn more about Lea at http://leawait.com/
Aquaculture at Edgecomb Eddy
Thank you to Mrs. Currier for arranging to have Mr. Seth Barker (aka The Kelp Farmer) speak with all our students about the techniques and benefits of aquaculture and farming the sea. Joining in the presentation was Ms. Pauline Dion from Boothbay’s Sea and Science Center.
The students enjoyed tasting some dried seaweed and learning about the various types and the processes for growing them.
Chemistry in the AOS
This was an exciting week for BRES and Southport students interested in the magic of Chemistry. Students from both schools visited the CP Chemistry class at BRHS. For a video of the demonstrations, be sure to check out the AOS or BRHS Facebook pages.
AOS 98 Schools Set up Facebook Pages
Looking for more news about your favorite AOS 98 schools? Check out the Facebook pages set up by each school.
BRHS Intro to Engineering
Mr. Schwehm’s Intro to Engineering class is learning how to design truss bridges. They are using a program that allows them to create a design and use a computer simulation to test it. Their goal is to design a bridge that costs as little as possible to build but still passes a load test. They will later use their new learning to build and test model bridges.
Students in Mr. Gorey’s AP English Language and Composition classes participated in debates today after an inspiring visit from Senator Angus King yesterday. Senator King talked to middle and high school students about his job as a United States Senator and about the need for civility in politics, before he fielded questions from the students. Today’s debates reflected that message as students took on three topics, the construction of a roundabout in Boothbay, the legalization of marijuana, and immigration. These student modeled civil discourse for the school and the community.
Science at Southport
Mrs. Durost's Class Science Experimentation:
On Wednesday, our students worked like scientists by discovering through observation and experimentation the force of magnets. Kay McLeod, who has been working with our class, presented students with a variety of materials for them to experiment with magnets. Students learned that magnetic force could pass through materials such as the table, chair, hand, paper plate, and clothing through 4 materials such as the table, chair, hand, paper plate, and clothing through experimentation. They also were given a list of materials and they predicted which materials would be attracted to a magnet. Students then check their predictions with the materials to see if they were right. Students concluded that materials made from iron and steel were attracted to magnets with magnetic! Materials not attracted to magnetics were not magnetic. We will continue with the lessons on magnetism next Wednesday with Kay!
BRHS Marine Technology Class
Archaeological Dig in Georgetown
Fifth and sixth grade students in Georgetown took part in an archaeological dig along with four archaeologists employed by the Department of Transportation for state of Maine. Students helped with digging in the dirt as well as sifting to uncover artifacts at a Native American Site. The two most exciting finds were an arrowhead dating back 1,500 years and a piece of pottery dating back two thousand years! Students from grades 1-4 also visited the dig site to view the process. This was an incredible learning experience for the students, and although the work was painstaking and dirty, they were sad to see the three day dig come to its end.