Ben Franklin came to visit the second, third and fourth grade students of McKenzie and introduced students to the simple wonder of static electricity and the basic scientific process.
Kindergarten students had the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle presentation by SWANCC in The Makery and it was great!
On January 29 and 30, each of the first grade classes participated in a creative dramatics session that focused on the art of storytelling through theater.
The first graders have learned a LOT through their Habitat enrichment lessons with Mrs. Nugent.
The third grade went to the Heller Nature Center in Highland Park to learn about the prairie.
Amanda Nugent visited the third grade classes and they learned about how prairie plants are adapted to survive in the harsh conditions of the prairie.
McKenzie fourth graders were treated to a presentation and hands-on activities by School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE) on October 25.
Students observed demonstrations that blend colors to produce white light and that separate white light into colors. Experiments with prisms and diffraction lenses gave students the opportunity to explore the color spectrum of various light sources. A chromatography activity demonstrated separating printed colors on filter paper. Students investigated ultraviolet light and the world through the eyes of an animal. The students made their own color wheel to take home.
Mad Science led the second graders on an exploration of how sounds are created and transmitted through a solid, liquid and gas. Concepts like vibration, frequency (pitch), sound waves, anatomy of the ear and how we hear were addressed. Students experimented with the vibrations produced by tuning forks, and explore how the vibrations of sound jump into the inner ear as they travel through the air as sound waves. Students used Mad Science equipment to “hear” sound vibrations through their fingers, and everyone made a pan flute that demonstrates different pitches.
STEM Night enabled students to learn by doing, visiting several stations throughout the gyms.