Students play a gamed called Fueled Up Rummy that was similar to the card game Gin Rummy. They had to complete sequences of how fossil fuels are created. This help reinforce the concept of how fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) are formed. You first need dead plants and animals to be covered with layers and layers of sediment. This causes pressure and heat. After millions of years you have a fossil fuel created. Because it takes millions of years to form a fossil fuels, the energy source is called non-renewable. So if you use a fossil fuel, it can never come return.
We took a tour of Eanes Elementary to see all of the weathering and erosion that happens on campus. Students noticed that weathering and erosion occurs on campus from water, people, animals, vehicles, etc. They reinforced that weathering is when larger rocks break and become smaller rocks and that erosion is the moving of those smaller rocks. Austin declared, "I thought it was cool how you could see the tree eroding and making the ground uneven." Jan stated, "I thought it was very fascinating and interesting because I didn't realize there was that much erosion on campus."
Students got to see actual erosion occur. Sand was placed in a stream table and water was released on two separate instances. The first water acted like a rain from it release. A river and delta were created. To further the concept of erosion, the same amount of liquid was dropped except this time it was released much quicker, simulating a flood. Besides a river and delta forming, students witnessed canyon as well being created. Another observation to help the understand the concept of erosion, was that larger pieces of sand did not much as far as the smaller pieces of sand. Students mastered the fact that the more force an object has like amount, speed and size will result in greater erosion.
Circular Energy visited us to present about solar energy. Besides the main topic, students also refreshed their minds about other alternative energies, fossil fuels and renewable/non-renewable fuels. Students got to see a solar panel up close and touch it. They also learned the main difference with solar energy and other alternative energies. Solar energy acts like a battery so there is no mechanical energy. This make is more efficient to use. Drew stated, "It was great. I enjoyed the slides and seeing a solar panel up close." After the presentation Chelsea exclaimed, "I think solar energy will save the planet!"
I hope you enjoy learning how the garden changes throughout the school year.