You can centralize all your updates about SERC programs in one place on Facebook. We’ll post home school information, public programs, special events, and special classes. Find us at SERC Education.
American Museum of Natural History Young Naturalists Award Challenge (for STEM)
Do you know students in grades 7-12 that love science and nature and conducting their own science experiment? The American Museum of Natural History, in New York, is hosting its annual Young Naturalist Awards challenge for students around the US. It is open to traditional students as well as home school students. If this sounds like your students or home school group please click here to follow this article to my blog for more information.
We Need Your Feedback About Home School Classes
Although the weather is cold we’re already planning home school classes for Spring. Please take this poll and help us with feedback about topics you’d like to see. You can also e-mail Karen at McDonaldK@si.edu with ideas.
We have decided to create a SERC Education page on Facebook so that you can receive updates not only about home school but also camps, upcoming lectures, talks, special opportunities, weather updates, and more. We’ll live feed into the FB page from this blog as well. We’d like to invite you to join at: https://www.facebook.com/SERCEducation .
For those in the Science and Math in Action Block:
I added one new video that was brought to my attention by one of the home school parents. It’s a great video (26 min) by Disney using Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land. It very nicely covers the Golden Ratio and the magic of math found in every day life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZH3PBdH5WQ
Film Class Students
Here are the links from the previous class about using Window’s Movie Maker and also lav mics.
Learning About Patterns, Golden Ratio, and Fibonacci Sequence
Nautilus shell cross section Photo: Flicker Common Use Jitze Couperus
For those in the Science and Math in Action block here are the pre-class materials for your students. Please have them participate by doing the vocabulary and homework as well as watching the videos and visiting the links before class. I’ll send out a reminder next week as well, after the holiday.
D’Arcy Thompson (person, what did he/she do?)
Benoit Mandelbrot (person, what did he/she do?)
Leonardo Fibonacci (person, what did he/she do?)
Homework: Draw examples of the following symmetry (show instructor first day of block of classes)—
NOTE:We will be cracking open geodes in class so please wear long pants, closed toed shoes, and bring eye protection if you have it. We’ll also have some eye protection to borrow. If you have geodes that you would like to share you’re welcome to bring them to class, but please put your name on them using masking tape.
Some of you may have noticed that I am posting with the name “The Infinite Spider.” This is actually my personal blog user name, through which I am running about four other blogs for Home School, Volunteers, Estuary Chesapeake, and my own blog.
You are welcome to check out my blog or follow the postings at http://theinfinitespider.wordpress.com/. The blog is for those who love nature and those teaching science and nature classes. IF YOU NEED A GOOD LIST OF PLACES TO BUY SCIENCE RELATED CHRISTMAS GIFTS OR CLASSROOM SUPPLIES check out the Nature Gifts and Teaching Supplies tab.
I Need Pictures of the Crab Hydraulics Class, Can You Help?
I would like to write a short article for the SERC blog or newsletter about our blue crab hydraulics class. If you have any pictures that you’d be willing to share please send them to me at McDonaldK@si.edu. Thanks!
SERC Home School & Anne Arundel Bird Club (AABC) Duck Stamp Contest
The Junior Duck Stamp program was developed by the US fish and Wildlife Service to encourage waterfowl conservation and education. Students paint, draw, colors, and design a picture for a stamp, to be published, by the US FWS which is then sold to raise funds for waterfowl conservation. We’re hosting a smaller contest, locally, to encourage students to participate!
SERC Home School students (former and future) grades K-12 are invited to enter the SERC Home School and Anne Arundel Bird Club Duck Stamp Contest. Participants should follow the official rules for the Junior Duck Stamp Competition hosted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/ArtContest.htm#GeneralInformation
Entries for the SERC and MOS contest should be submitted no later than 1/5/2014. Entries may also be submitted (regardless of winning our contest) to the US Fish and Wildlife Service competition too! The winner of the SERC/MOS competition will receive one free year of membership to the Maryland Ornithological Society and a backpack of birding supplies (backpack, binoculars, book, lists, etc.).
To enter send your entries to SERC c/o Karen McDonald, PO Box 28 Edgewater, MD 21037.
For the second class of Rocks, Gems, and Minerals we do not need students to bring in anything to exchange, though they may bring in minerals and gems that they would like to share. Please be sure that they bring anything to share in clearly labeled containers with names on them so that there is no confusion.
If you missed the Ecosystems on the Edge Block1: Class 3 class due to the government shut down please remember to either sign up for one of the alternate dates next week or e-mail me no later than 10/30 for a refund.
We will be offering two make-up dates for the class, on Thursday, October 31st and Friday, November 1st at the normal times (9-10 am for 5-7 yr. olds on both dates, 10:30am-Noon both dates, and 1:30-3 pm on Thursday only).