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St. Philip’s students take advantage of sophisticated state-of-the-art science lab
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Kindergarten through fifth grade students at St. Philip’s school have been utilizing their state-of-the-art science lab to study living things. Using the Internet to research plants, they learned that each ecosystem has an effect on all animals and plants.
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St. Philip’s Episcopal School is emphasizing its science laboratory for the 2009-10 school term. This state-of-the-art lab gives the students the opportunity to pursue their scientific curiosities with sophisticated equipment in a structured environment under the direction of their individual classroom teachers and Donna Classen.

Kindergarten through fifth grades have been studying units on living things. Using the Internet to research plants, they learned that each ecosystem has an effect on all animals and plants. With this knowledge, the first grade looked inside seeds using magnifying glasses, while the second through fifth grades identified plant parts and then used microscopes to observe plant cells. Various classes performed plant-related experiments in their classrooms as well. Some classes planted and rooted plants, studying how the roots affect them. Others have performed experiments attempting to color flowers and vegetables, observing and estimating the time frames for the dyeing of each.

Professionals, such as Dr. Joe Perry and Dr. Rachel Hensch, have offered to demonstrate sophisticated scientific equipment and its usage in their practice. Studies are planned to demonstrate how elements such as the weather and water table may effect where citizens will settle or establish their businesses. Excursions will be taken to facilities such as the fresh water and the wastewater treatment plants to advance their understanding of this concept.

Power Point will be used to write research papers, further integrating technology into the science program. In the lab there will be hands-on experiments on evaporation, condensation and electricity as well as studies that highlight how natural elements affect everyday life using kitchen and basic chemistry. The goal of the newly enhanced studies in the lab is to stimulate thought about cause and effect relationships and create excitement and curiosity in science.
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