Looking for Arthropods

Today we visited Betsy Caughlin Donnelly Park to work with the Truckee Meadows Park Foundation and to learn more about arthropods. Students had already done some initial studies on arthropods so the trip focused on finding arthropods and learning more about their local habitats.

The kids were persistent! Despite the challenge of finding the arthropods, the students spent over an hour, lifting rocks, shaking trees, and using aspirators to collect what they could locate.

Apart from the scientific aims, students are also learning more about being citizen scientists and how the general public can help with data collection.

Computer Science Education Week and an #HourOfCode

Today marked the beginning of Computer Science Education Week and, as part of it, we completed an Hour of Code. This is a state supported and nationwide movement to honor the value of coding and make it more accessible to students. You can learn more about it from the Nevada Department of Education’s press release here.

As an extra incentive, we Tweeted to Golden State Warrior Steph Curry our efforts. Curry has promised to select a classroom that participates in the Hour of Code and video conferencing with them.