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Putting It All Together

Forestville Elementary Innovation Lab update:   In Innovation Lab last week we took a look at all the work we have done so far in the Eco-Schools USA process and realized it’s been a lot! We have surveyed recycling, trash, and energy waste, examined composting viability, and tried out novel ways to reuse materials and […]

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Do you know how seeds and tree buds are similar?

We all know what seeds are – but have you ever noticed tree buds? Tree buds are those small, pointy “cones” on branches.  Depending on the tree species, tree buds may be along the branch or only at the end, sometimes alone or in multiples. Tree buds contain baby leaves and/or flowers.  Some are tiny […]

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Wow! Science fun at home – Purple Cabbage pH Indicator

In this activity liquid colors change unexpectedly! It is easily modified by age – young children enjoy watching the colors change, while older children can make predictions. Parents can enjoy being a magician! Materials Purple cabbage Boiling water Child-friendly acids – Lemon juice, vinegars, lemon-lime soda, milk, buttermilk, crushed aspirin, pool water Child-friendly bases – […]

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iSchool expands STEAM SEL to local libraries

iSchool is very excited about its newest endeavor – bringing its STEAM SEL approach to local libraries. In partnership with the Friends of the Great Falls Library, iSchool is offering a 10-week Science Magic program to home-schooled students at Great Falls Library.   Registration for the program quickly reached its maximum of 13 students, and […]

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Science at home – and Family Fun Outside

Here is a great activity you can start with your children now and carry out repeatedly over time.  Have your students select a small plot of yard or garden to observe over time.  Ideally the plot will be in an area that is likely to change – such as a garden – rather than a […]

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Science Wonderland Workshop on 12/8 – FREE Admission!

Join us for fun, hands-on science activities and experiments with a holiday spirit! Children ages 6-11 will build a Science Wonderland out of recycled and earth-friendly materials and make magic instant snow fall over their festive landmark. They will also make “snowballs” out of dry ice smoke-filled bubbles! Children (and their parents!) can create Polish […]

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Biodiversity Fun at Home

Biodiversity Fun – Magic all around us! Imagine you ate the same food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every single day… Pretty boring, right? In fact, you might even get sick – if you were missing some nutrients. Diversity – or variety, or having lots of different things around – is important for life – […]

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iSchool for the Future Curriculum meets multiple Virginia State Standards of Learning

iSchool’s multidisciplinary curriculum meets multiple State Standards for science, math, and social studies in various grades. In particular, the curriculum meets Standard 1: Practices for Scientific Investigation, which is often difficult for teachers to integrate into their daily lessons. Examples of integration between iSchool’s STEAM SEL approach and the 10 strands of Standard 1 include: […]

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