Friday, December 9, 2016
Keystone Science School
Davis has been gone for two nights and three days to the Keystone Science School. Each day the head teacher sends a report and pictures. It looks so cold!!! Davis has obviously learned how to cross country ski. I can't wait to see him this afternoon and hear all about it. In the meantime, here is the report from last night and some pictures.
"Today we woke up to a balmy 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Everyone bundled up and worked our way to the dining hall for a delicious breakfast. We have been focusing on reducing food waste and I am very happy to report that we had zero food waste at breakfast!
After breakfast, students broke into their field groups and spent the morning practicing skiing and discussing snow science. This discussion culminated in each group designing an experiment of their choosing that they could test in the field. After each group had finalized their problem and developed a hypothesis we loaded up and headed out into the field.
Each group traveled to a separate trail, skied the trail, ate lunch (a beautiful snowy picnic) and then conducted their experiments. They created snow walls, analyzed snow grains, snow density, snow temperature, and snow volume. They had the chance to use real tools, including: spatulas, tape measures, shovels, and thermometers. Students skied back to their vans, returned to KSS and spent the afternoon analyzing their data and creating a video to present their findings (files are being created to share).
We finished the day with a delicious dinner, during which many of our students consumed their very first taco!
Currently each field group is presenting their findings to the rest of the group and answering questions regarding their experiments and findings. We will finish the evening with some oven baked s'mores and stories before heading to bed (it began snowing heavily). "