Week 3 of Summer Science Kids ended with us being animal scientists for the afternoon! We each chose and animal to research and present facts on. We were inspired by today's hero of the environment, Allie Boyer. Allie was in 4th grade when she started Purses for Primates, an organization that raises money for the care, protection, and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned orangutans! Hearing about what these young environmentalists have accomplished really inspired us to realize, you're never too young to make a difference!
Today in Alley Pond Pioneers we learned all about owls! Did you know owls have special feathers that help them fly silently through the night sky? They're owl-fly fascinating! Owls are predators and that means they hunt for things like mice, rats, and shrews. The fur and bones of their prey cannot be digested so owls have a strategy for that! They eject all the undigestible parts in a neat little pellet. We got to dissect REAL owl pellets today! Slowly pulling them apart revealed several rodent bones and skulls in each pellet! Check out this video of us during the dissection!
Today was another egg-citing day at APEC! We explored a variety of different nests that birds construct and how those nests protect the young inside. We pretended to be egg-stravagant birds of paradise and invented some dance moves before egg-sploring some models of real bird eggs! Had enough egg puns? We didn't think so! We wrapped up the day with a classic egg-drop challenge. This STEM activity got us thinking of creative ways to protect an egg from breaking in a fall. Every single one of our eggs made it! Hooray!
What an egg-citing day we had learning about our feathered friends today! We investigated the forces of flight and made our own paper airplanes to see how high and how far they could fly. Mr. Jacob showed us some awesome beak and tallon models and we learned what and how birds use those parts of their bodies. Our animal guest was a ring-neck dove - did you know doves are some of the fastest flyers in the animal kingdom? It's true! Many dove species can reach horizontal speeds upwards of 50 mph!