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Empathy and science – Changing the world

In Innovation Lab last week we explored renewable energy, playing around with solar, hydro, and chemical power.  As always, it was a fun and dirty day! We went outside to explore solar energy and hydro power.  We used a small windmill (which also helped students think about wind power) with a solar panel to explore […]

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Ants and jellybeans: Appreciating small things

In Science Magic this week we looked for magic in little things.  Ants were the starting point for our lesson that mixed scientific investigation, biodiversity, teamwork, communication, appreciation, sleuthing, and jellybeans! There were new students in class, so we started the class with animal-based introductions. Each student told the others about their favorite large and […]

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Earth Week, our impact, and a bit of fun on the side

In Innovation Lab last week we celebrated Earth Day, Earth Week, and Arbor Day by thinking about our impact on the world and then thinking about innovative to reduce negative impacts on the world.   We started with a brief discussion of climate change, reminding students that living things get used to climate, and then […]

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Forests, water, and our world

Happy Earth Day! In honor of Earth Day, Arbor Day, and Earth Week, iSchool students learned about the importance of forests.  The activity is a fun, dirty, outdoor, hands-on exploration of forests using a model of a hill.  It’s also great for family science time. Be careful – you will get dirty! Materials: – Boxes […]

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iSchool at the 2014 Annual School Environmental Action Showcase

iSchool for the Future demonstrated its unique STEAM SELTM approach to science education during Thursday’s 2014 Annual School Environmental Action Showcase, generating interest from students and politicians alike. The iSchool Team The 2014 Annual School Environmental Action Showcase is sponsored by NoVA Outside and George Mason University and brings together schools, students, and environmental organizations […]

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Getting ready for the Environmental Action Showcase at George Mason University

Getting ready for the Environmental Action Showcase at George Mason University, last week our students were movie stars!   Forestville Innovation Lab Update:   After spending the previous weeks reviewing their activities and findings and brainstorming ideas for solving waste and consumption ideas at the school, the students began making a video to share their […]

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