This fall, I again took my science classes across town to the woods for our annual biocube field trip. Cool days helped make the mile walk much more pleasant than last year’s trip! I was disappointed that someone had destroyed the cube from last year over the summer. In retrospect, I should have taken the cube back to school when we were done with it for the year. Thankfully, I had made a spare so we were able to proceed with the project. The great part about this project is that every trip is a new adventure of discovery. This time, students discovered a deer skeleton and hair close to our work area, and they had quite the time speculating why its skull was missing!
After running this lesson a second year, I think the project will work better if each group has its own biocube to bring to the woods. A lot of time is lost calling each group up to examine the class cube and then they have to wait while the contents is excavated and brought to them. The digital cameras are also of sufficiently low enough quality that photos really aren’t coming out well enough for students to post on iNaturalist. I think we would be better served with some iPods in durable cases so we could attach microscope lenses to the camera for clear and up close photos. I plan to reapply for the SVSU/Dow Corning Foundation summer program this year to revamp the tools I have and tie in what I learned in Washington D.C. this summer.
The STEM Sisters are Elementary Teachers working together on STEM related topics and projects.