Going afield!

We finally have ordered our "field" gear for our mobile science lab. Which means starting next week we get to go exploring in the field! We are pretty excited! This last week we received our UV flashlight (blacklight) and have gone out at night to see how different life forms fluorescent and even taken a few pictures. We do need to head out to somewhere that we don't have any other light sources (in other words while it's dark in our front lawn etc. the street lights give off enough light that we don't get the full effect. I'll add a few pictures we've done as well (these were taken with just the ipad and not on the actual camera.)

We've been working on an ocean unit and are currently discussing and learning about the different ocean zones, and their perspective life forms. I'll include some pictures of what we have been working on for that.

We also have our chemistry stuff we are working on, currently working on atoms and then starting with the table of elements. We've made posters, drawn pictures on black paper (hint! if you use black construction paper and use the cheap neon pencils from dollar store, they glow under a black light. another reason we picked up the black light last week!)

Right now we have our new microscope for fieldwork (it's an amscope! we've had such a great time and enjoyed the indoor scope that we went back to Amscope for a field model) We also have 3  LED pocket microscopes for the kids to add to their kits. So far we are really happy with the purchases!We spent about 2 hours on the MicroBrite today AND my almost 4 yo was running on the sidewalk carrying his when he tripped and it got knocked about some...and still works! Not saying it'll survive every drop/trip etc. a 3 yo might have, but it's not as flimsy as they look! The Kids have already decided they need 3 more of them. One for each of their "adventure backpacks" and the three for the mobile lab. The bigger microscope came with a small premade set of slides and 5 blank slips and some equipment to help get started with them. We looked at flower petals, moss, bacteria slide, a couple of cells, etc. and they all showed up beautifully. It'll be a wonderful field microscope to have for under $90! We are so excited to get out and go explore that we may end up going out this next week on one of the really nice days and do some fieldwork!

We've had the wettest year on record at this point where we live and we currently have a "10 day forecast" with only 3 days of rain!! We can't believe it!

on top of all that we've started some Coursera classes and (JOY!!) we found that one of our favorite websites that was down for awhile is back up and we are watching some interactive units there as well! It's been a fun week!


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