Last week in Sisters4Science at Reavis, we learned about food science with our guest scientist Daina!
Last week in Sisters4Science at Reavis, we welcomed Ms. Brianna from the Anti-Cruelty Society and learned all about careers with animals!
Last week in Sisters4Science at Reavis, we welcomed Ms. Joyce, and she taught us how to extract DNA from strawberries!
Last week in Sisters4Science at Reavis, we learned about Dr. Mae Jemison.
This week in Sisters4Science at Reavis, we learned about proteins and proteases with our guest scientist, Erin!
Last week in Reavis, we made SLIME!
This week, the Sisters at Reavis made oobleck!
This week in Sisters4Science, the girls at Reavis explored engineering! First, we talked about how we would modify or change something about the world or about ourselves to make it better. Trushana wanted to make herself faster and stronger, and Kemonte had the idea to encourage people to clean up after themselves to make the world better. All of the girls had some great ideas for how to fix world problems!
This week, our guest scientist Anna Chen joined us once again at Reavis to teach us about the differences in plant and animal biology. First up, an easy question: What is a plant?
“A plant? It’s just…a plant!”
But what does a plant do? Anna asks us about the differences between plants and animals.
“Animals can run!”
“Animals can eat!”
“Plants are just…plants!”
All good answers! A major difference in plant and animal biology is motion: animals are capable of movement, and plants are not. Animals need to eat food to live, and plants can make their own food. But what about water? Animals can drink water, but what do plants do?
The girls shared everything they knew about the water cycle, and how water from rain ends up in the ground, where it can be absorbed by the roots of a plant. From there, tubes called xylem suck the water up the plant like a straw, so the entire plant can get water and nutrients (“like blood vessels?” Yep!).
To see how xylem works, the girls experimented with the water transport mechanism of carnations, a type of flower. First, we put food dye in a cup of water to change it to any color we wanted. Then, we put the stem of the carnation in the dyed water. The water travels up the inside of the stem through the xylem, and eventually the white flower petals change into the color of the dye!
The girls were very creative with their mixing of different food dyes, and we ended up with a beautiful variety of multi-colored carnations. Thanks for the easy, fun experiment, Anna!
Next week, we’ll be looking back on everything we’ve learned so far with our Reflection of Knowledge. I’m excited to see the girls’ wonderful presentations!
The YOUmedia space in the Harold Washington Library hosted us for our spring kick-off meeting on Sunday, January 12th. The meeting began with a metaphorming activity, inspired from the Art of Science Learning Chicago Incubator introductory activity led by Todd Siler, where the facilitators were challenged to make a visual representation of what “teaching” meant to them as a team. The result was moving and powerful to say the least! Diversity, connectivity, adding life experience to the classroom mixture and investigating the world with students were ideas that were presented using the theme of oranges.
The meeting was interactive and included brain breaks to incorporate movement into the meeting and into Sisters4Science classrooms, utilized a strategy known as Chalk Talk where the facilitators were asked to communicate using only writing, and finished with a fascinating tour of the YOUmedia space led by Daniel Tamayo. Brienne was in love with the 3-D printer and wants to bring her class to the space this semester!
Each facilitator brought a lesson to share and we are excited to announce that Stories from Cory, an initiative to provide books to under-resourced classroom led by Sharon Kiddon, will be providing all of the Sisters with copies of Mae Jemison’s 100 Year Starship for implementation of Tolu’s lesson on female role models.
We are extremely excited for the next chapter in Sisters4Science! We would like to thank our funders: City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services, HUD, Polk Bros. Foundation, Chicago Foundation For Women, Siragusa Foundation, Motorola Solutions Foundation, the Replogle Foundation and Sara Paretsky. We would also like to thank YOUmedia and Stories from Cory for their support. Project Exploration is honored to have such dedicated, innovative and inspiring leaders changing the face of science every week in Sisters4Science classrooms!