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Science in the Park Kick Off

John Conte turtle On Monday my colleague John and I set off to Conte Community School to give the 4th and 5th graders a sneak peek at what will be in store this summer in the parks.

collection demonstrationWe talked about the local water system, turtles, leeches, insects and a few prehistoric plants. The kids got to take a turn collecting from the nearby brook after a quick demonstration by me of how to collect. Then we set up the specimens in white bowls, Petri dishes and containers to observe behavior and try to identify what we found. We did find a young salamander in the water we could not identify.

The kids had some great questions to ask and interesting information to share. I think we could have stayed there all day exploring. Conte Elementary School has the riches biodiversity of any schoolyard in the city.

Join us there this Saturday from 10-12 to do more exploring. Please note the location change from Dorothy Amos Park.

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Posted by on June 21, 2013 in Berkshire BioBlitz, Camps, Children's Art & Science Classes, insects, Science, Uncategorized

 

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The Poetry of Science

Stearn’s Elementary School students recently participated in the Massachusetts Science Poetry Contest. Below are some of their lovely poems. I was going to add photos, but these words create their own images. Don’t you agree?

These are diamante poems. A diamante poem is arranged in a diamond shape and composed of verbs, adjectives and nouns relating to a specific topic.

These poems published here on Dr. Augie‚Äôs will also be published in the “Massachusetts Science Poetry Book K-2.”

A special thanks to Principal Jeanne Bednarski and teachers extraordinaire: Betty O’Neil and Maryann Sherman (Maryann was my one of my favorite elementary school teachers! How cool is that?) for sharing these here on Dr. Augie’s website.

Gabriel S. Grade 2 Most Expressive

Gabriel S.
Grade 2
Most Expressive

Benjamin G Grade 2 Most Expressive

Benjamin G
Grade 2
Most Expressive

Mitchell A. & Lily P. Grade 2 Best Cooperative Poem

Mitchell A. & Lily P.
Grade 2
Best Cooperative Poem

bears

Alana H. & Brenna M.
Grade 2
Best Cooperative Poem

Dion B. Grade 2 Most Original

Dion B.
Grade 2
Most Original

Delanee S. Grade 2 Most Expressive

Delanee S.
Grade 2
Most Expressive

butterflies

Hunter G.
Grade 2
Most Expressive

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Art, Children's Art & Science Classes, Science, Uncategorized

 

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Dr. Augie’s Summer Classes and Camps

bunnyThere are still spaces left at Dr. Augie’s!

SCIENCE AND ART CLASSES for Kids ages 8 to 14 years old.

Your child can spend the week, or just drop in for a day or two.

Please pre-register for day classes. Cost for day classes range from $70 (full day) to $35 (half day).

These are small camps with 1/5 kid to adult ratio. Camp instructors are adult educators with art and science, technology, engineering and math backgrounds.

Join us this summer and discover a fascinating world right in our own backyard. We will have bunnies, butterflies, turtles, tadpoles and plenty of fun!!

NATIVE AMERICAN CLASSES July 8-12, 2013
9am to 3pm Cost $210 or $42/day

ENTOMOLOGY WORKSHOP FOR KIDS July 22-26, 2013
9am to 1:30pm Cost $175 or $35/day

COLOR AND NATURE July 29 to August 2, 2013
9am-1:30pm Cost $175 or $35/day

NATIVE AMERICAN CLASSES August 12-16, 2013
9am to 1:30pm Cost $175 or $35/day

To register for the above classes contact: Lisa Provencher <Dr.Augies@gmail.com> or Camp class application form to print out the application form.

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2013 in Camps, Children's Art & Science Classes, insects, Science, Uncategorized

 

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