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Activity Fridays – Shark Dissection

On Friday August 1, 2014 students from grades 4-6 participated in a fun, exciting, and educational science activity. SHARK DISSECTION! Students were given the opportunity to dissect a dogshark.  Dogsharks are the most abundant sharks in the ocean. Students learned about the anatomy and were able to recognize the different organs in the shark’s body. The activity was hands on and engaging. Perhaps one day, some of these students will be surgeons in the future!

 


 

Shark Dissection - Excelsius Academy
Students getting ready for the dissection.
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Students are getting excited!
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Waiting for the science teachers to instruct them on the next steps.
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Mr. Son explaining the different areas  and then dissecting the shark for students to see.
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Ms. Garcia joining in with her students to dissect a shark too!
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Ms. Nguyen showing her students the different organ areas inside a shark.
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Students pointing at the different organs of the shark.

ACTIVITY FRIDAYS – Germs / Bacteria Science Project

Everyone knows that you should always wash your hands. But why? And how often? Washing your hands is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. Through this science experiment, students explores which parts of the hand are the most difficult to wash germs off of. Student learned different hand washing techniques and concluded which one is the most effective. Using a special lotion, students can see their germs under an UV flashlight. Students could see the areas that were cleaned thoroughly, and areas that need to be cleaned. Our students had a lot of fun learning about bacteria/germs and learned the importance of washing their hands thoroughly to eliminate bacteria!

Activity: Friday, August 1, 2014

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Before washing their hands, students applied special lotion and see their current bacteria.
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The bacteria is glowing!
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Students experimented with different hand washing techniques and discover that using warm water and soap is the best method!

Activity Fridays – Science of Baking

Science surrounds us everywhere, even in the food we eat! 

On Friday July 25, 2014, students participated in a cupcake activity. Students learned the process of baking, applied what they learned in their math class (ratios, proportions, fractions etc.), decorate their cupcake, and finally get to eat their masterpiece! The goal of this activity is not only to teach the science of baking but to open the student’s mind and guide them be as creative as possible.

The students had a great time making cupcakes and had a delicious snack afterwards! Take a look of our photos below!

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Students prepping their table with ingredients and supplies.
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Our students are so excited to make cupcakes!
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After baking is complete, students decorate their cupcakes!
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Getting ready to start decorating!
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Cupcake making is so much fun!
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Students showing us their complete cupcake.
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Students have to wait and help each other finish decorating cupcakes before they can eat it.
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Students are split into teams from different classes to encourage new friendships.
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Students proudly showing us their cupcakes.
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Students look forward to every Activity Friday.
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Students showing their cupcake designs.
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“Can we make more cupcakes?”

Science Friday – Future Architects & Engineers!

On Friday on July 11, 2014, the elementary students of Excelsius Academy participated in a fun, engaging science activity called the “Straw Bridge Activity”. In this activity, the goal was to build stable bridges using only 30 straws. The students learned how to cut straws and tape them together in ways that would provide a strong base for their bridges. The straw bridge activity helped these students utilize their science and mathematics skills. It also provided them with the basic foundation of becoming possible architects or engineers in the future!

Students listen anxiously as Mr. Montes talks about  the different structure of bridges.
Students listen anxiously as Mr. Montes talks about the different structure of bridges.

 

Students proudly showcase their bridge made out of straws and scotch tape.
Students proudly showcase their bridge made out of straws and scotch tape.
Students having a blast creating their bridge!
Students having a blast creating their bridge!
Their bridge was able to support 3 books without breaking!
Their bridge was able to support 3 books without breaking!
Students work in teams creating their bridge.
Students work in teams to create their bridge.
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Students made new friends and learned the meaning of teamwork.

 

This bridge is made out of straws and scotch tape and is able to support 3 books without breaking!
This bridge, made out of straws and scotch tape, is able to support 3 heavy textbooks without breaking! Our students are future Architects & Engineers!