Pathfinder School Science

Look what is happening in science!

December 17, 2016
by Shane Boland Harrison

We Have a Winner!

Just in Rowan S (7th grader) has won the Think. Create. Design competition sponsored by Newton’s Road 3D. Check out the announcement HERE . Wyatt D (6th grader) and Nettie D (5th grader) received honorable mentions. Be sure to congratulate them for their hard work and creativity!

May 17, 2015
by Shane Boland Harrison

Raised Beds are Ready to Go!

Our annual Spring Spruce Up was held this weekend. This is a time when our school community gathers to clean up from winter and plant new for spring. Grandparent’s and Special Friend’s day is this Friday and students are excited to show off their amazing campus. Yesterday we were able to add 4 raised beds to our garden space near the hoop house. This outdoor laboratory will provide not only fresh produce but a place to observe plant growth and understand the symbiotic nature of growth. We will be planting seeds and transplants these next days and will be eager to see what our toil brings when we return to campus in September. 

A special thanks goes out to Mr. Rob Hansen, our super head of school, who not only wrote the grant but built the beds to make this happen on Saturday. 

New raised beds ready for seeds and transplants! Thank you Rob Hansen!

New raised beds ready for seeds and transplants! Thank you Rob Hansen!

March 23, 2015
by Shane Boland Harrison

Compound, Mixture and Element Quiz

I am working on the Edublog Teacher Challenge. This week I was “challenged” to use a new video software program. I love to take pictures of my students in action and have been using PhotoPeach to create videos that recap a month of Pathfinder science. What I didn’t realize was how easy it is to make quizzes in PhotoPeach. I made this quiz for my 6th graders.

Elements, Compounds and Mixtures Quiz on PhotoPeach

February 10, 2015
by Shane Boland Harrison

Smoke Bomb Fun!

The sixth grade is studying the properties of matter. The phases – solid, liquid, gas and plasma along with the physical and chemical properties of substances, are being contemplated. We made no bake cookies and a smoke bomb. We made the smoke bomb because Sonny, a student, has been talking about this for a long, long time!!! Sugar is a main ingredient for both recipes and as the students stirred their concoctions over the hot plate our vocabulary, and the science to go along with, were discussed. Melting point, boiling point, the addition of energy as heat was added – endothermic, as the cookies and “bomb” cooled – exothermic, all came into play. On days like this I wonder why everyone doesn’t want to be a science teacher when the learning is big, the kids are engaged and you get to light off smoke bombs! Here is a video of the smoke bomb and Sonny discussing it….

February 4, 2015
by Shane Boland Harrison
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Snowy Question Walk



It was a beautiful sunny day so the 6th graders and I went on a question walk. As we hiked I stopped several times and asked for a question from each student. There is science in all questions because science is in everything!

Why is snow cold?

Why does snow fall?

Why does snow taste the way it does?

How do snow flakes form?

Why does the snow crunch?

How come some snow is compact and some is not?

Is snow a solid or a liquid because it can take the shape of a container?

If plants are alive how come they don’t have any body heat?

Why don’t evergreen trees loose their leaves and stay green in the winter?

How is a spring formed and why does it not freeze?

Why is the sun brighter in the winter?

Where do frogs go in the winter?

Why does ice float?

How come some lakes freeze and some don’t?

Why can you slide in the snow?

So much learning – so much fun!

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