Science Enrichment Programs
To provide to the Haynes children science-based programs that augment the grade-level science curriculum, based on Massachusetts educational frameworks. Our aim is to give the children unique hands-on experiences that allow them to further explore concepts taught in the classrooms. Our programs focus on: electricity, animals, chemistry, lights and lasers, machines, astronomy, sea life, rocks and minerals, insects, weather, and physical science.
On November 1, fourth graders were invited to participate in the Electricity Show presented by Tom Wahle of Techsploration and funded courtesy of HOP. The students saw a demonstration of an electric charge, learned how to create an electric circuit and acted as electrons during electric attraction / repulsion. They learned how to build a battery with household materials and stay safe during lightning and around electrical outlets. Ask your child about the experiments they saw (Tesla Coil and Van de Graaff generator).
Following the Electricity Show, fourth grade classes participated in the hands on Circuits Workshop with Mr. Wahle. The students worked with conductors / insulators, open / closed circuits, and electromagnets. A great time of exploration and learning was had by all!
On November 2, Tom Wahle of Techsploration presented the Science of Weather show to Fifth Grade (funded courtesy of HOP). First, he demonstrated that air takes up space, has weight and that it moves from high pressure to low pressure. Ask your student how he did these experiments! He talked about weather fronts, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Using a Van de Graff generator, Mr. Wahle demonstrated the concepts of electricity and illustrated how lightning bolts are formed.
On October 18, Massachusetts Horticultural Society Plantmobil program visited Fourth Grade. The students reviewed the parts of the plants and their functions (roots, stem, leaves, flower), then dissected their own alstromeria flowers to locate each part. Looking inside the flowers, the students found ova, and connected the flower to the life cycle of the plant. Finally, the students worked in groups to examine terraria filled with plants from different habitats (tropical, desert, wetland, forest) to describe the adaptations of plants to each environment.