How do animals’ adaptations allow them to survive in their environment? What happens when their environment changes? These are the guiding questions that drive our inquiry into animal adaptations. The third graders have been engaged in hands-on experiments that allow them to understand and experience how animal adaptations help support survival in their ecosystem. We will take our understanding of adaptations one step further as the third graders will investigate biomimicry and use this concept to design an invention to help humans. Enjoy the photo taken in the science lab this week. Students were investigating how blubber helps keep animals warm in cold waters!
Design with Mr. Lenz & Mr. Seehausen
The first few weeks of school brought a lot of activity to the new design lab. As new teachers to Seven Peaks, we have been working hard to understand the school, its students, and collaborate with teachers in order to integrate design thinking with their current lesson plans. So far everything has gone extremely well, and the kids’ excitement and curiosity for the design lab has made the space even more rewarding. We are finally approaching 100% as we put the final touches on the design lab space. We worked long days all summer and built the lab from scratch with the help of other staff members, students, and volunteers. Recently we shut down the lab for two days to complete the installation of a dust collection system, but now that we have it in place, we can begin woodworking projects that require air filtration to keep our lab clean and safe.