Friday, July 27, 2012

What We Want to Do Now

We want to try to save energy.  We can try to use the sun as heating by opening the blinds in the winter.  In the summer, we could close the blinds to keep the heat out.  We could also build a passive house when we grow up.  Check out a cool passive house here.  When we're not in a room, we can make sure to turn off the lights.  If we have to cut down trees, we could build furniture out of the extra wood.  We can also only run the dishwasher and washing machine when it's full.  We could replace our toilets with dual-flush toilets to save water.  Dual-flush toilets save water because when you pull the handle up it uses less water, so that's better for liquid waste.

When we get home, we want to try doing dragon genetics at home.  We want to make our own dragons with play doh or Sculpey clay. 

We also want to collect worms and put them near plants so they can mix up the soil and make it better for the plant to grow.  Some of us want to have a worm compost bin, but some do not.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wednesday - Worm Day!

Here are some of the most interesting things we learned yesterday:


 - How to make a compost bin.
 - You should place the food on different sides of the compost bin so that the worms have to move back and forth across the bin.
 - Worms excrement make good compost.
 - Worms have legs that are so small that you can't see them.
 - Worms eat almost anything, even tea bags and coffee filters and coffee.
 - At the museum, we saw beautiful Native American art.  Then we used the ideas from the baskets to make our own flower pots.
 - At the museum, we saw art that was made out of painted fabric.
 - There's a tectonic plate 40 miles off our coast called the Juan de Fuca plate.  It could cause an earthquake tomorrow or in 100 years.
 - Stuff from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami is washing up on our shore.
 - We changed lyrics to a song to sing about Earth Week.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tuesday - Fun Day

We started the morning by collecting and pressing flowers.

Next, we learned about worms!  They are good for the earth, because they eat and digest fruit and vegetable scraps and other food products and help the soil.  Red wriggler worms are 80% protein. We also learned about trash.  Oregon has four landfills.

We made blueprints designed our dream houses.  We had to follow some building codes that were really difficult.  We tried to design passive houses, which is a house that saves a lot of energy by holding in a lot of heat and keeping out the cold air.  So instead of using solar and wind energy, they use less energy all together.  That way, you have to pay less money for heating bills.

In genetics, we started to make Punnett squares to figure out what type of children our dragons would have.  We chose two dragons to be the parents, and they each had different genetic codes.  We filled in the Punnett squares according to those genetic codes.  We will roll dice to figure out what type of children the dragons will have.

Finally, we learned about flowers and plants.  We dissected a lily to find the different parts of the flower.  We learned which parts are male and female and made observations about the lilies.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday - Awesome Day

We started the day by looking at elements of houses.  We designed a bathroom with tape on the floor that had various amounts of square feet.

Next we learned about genetics.  We learned about disease, a man named Mendel who used peas to figure out the laws of genetics, and that our parents passed on traits to us, which we will pass on to our kids.  We also learned about dominant and recessive traits.

After that, it was lunchtime!!

After lunch, we read a book about creation stories.  Then we started writing our own creation stories.

Finally, we learned about the earth and the three kinds of rocks: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic.

What We're Looking Forward To

We're looking forward to lots of things this week:
 - Going to the museum and seeing Native American art.
 - Making blueprints of our dream house.
 - Worm composting!
 - Earthquakes!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Welcome!

Welcome to our blog!  We are a group of 4th and 5th graders participating in the Awesome Academic Adventures camp this summer.  This week is Earth Week, and we'll be studying all sorts of interesting topics about science, art and world cultures connected to the earth.  Check back every day for updates about what we've been learning.