Junior Science Academy: Class Offerings

There are no available sessions left for 2016-2017.

Registration for 2017-2018 will open April 17, 2017

 

Fourth Grade Junior Science Academy Classes

Outdoor Explorations       

  • 1.5 hour program will be offered September-November 17, 2017 and April-May 2018
  • Students go outside on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to make and record observations of plants, and animals.
  • Clouds will be observed and identified.
  • Weather tools will be utilized.
  • Small amount of collecting done with specimens being brought back to the lab for closer observations under microscopes.  Field guides, magnifying lenses, and other field tools will also be available.
  • An indoor version will be offered if inclement weather is present.
  • Meets Science Standard III, Objective 1, 3; Science Standard V, Obective 2, 3.

 

Snail Observations

  • One-hour program gives students a hands on experience designing their own experiments using live snails.
  • Observe and record observations on live snails
  • Learn the anatomy of the snail.
  • Student directed experiments offering different surfaces and different foods to snails, recording the snail's responses.

 

Rocks and Minerals (Formerly "Geology")

  • Observe and record physical characteristics of rocks.
  • Determine the difference between rocks and minerals.
  • Identify minerals by testing their streak marks and acid reactions.
  • Student directed investigations of research specimens.
  • Meets Science Standard III, Objective 1

 


Adaptations (Formerly "Biology")

  • Observe and record adaptations in specimens of Utah's animals and plants.
  • Use Museum specimens, microscopes and other resources for student-centered investigations.
  • Use Mammal skulls to create a food web.
  • Meets Science Standard V, Objectives 1, 2, and 3

 


Understanding Artifacts  and Culture  (formerly "Anthropology")

  • Compare and contrast the Anasazi, Fremont and Paleo Indian cultures.
  • Examine, investigate and make inferences using ancient tools.
  • Use a mano and matate to grind corn into flour.
  • Construct a clay coil pot to take home.
  • Participate in a trading activity.
  • Meets Science Standard ILOs and Social Studies Standard I, Objectives 1 and 2, and Standard II, Objective 1

 

Fossils  (Formerly "Paleontology")

  • Observe and record physical characteristics of fossils.
  • Recognize differences between different types of fossils.
  • Use fossils to make inferences about Utah's past.
  • Make a model cast fossil.
  • Meets Science Standard IV, Objectives 1 and 2

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Fifth Grade Junior Science Academy Classes

 

One-hour Traits class  

For those schools who have time restrictions due to transportation schedules.

  • Students make observations of visible traits in Uinta Chipmunks and pigeons
  • Learn the difference between artificial and natural selection.
  • Understand that traits are passed from generation to generation and are located in DNA.
  • Extract DNA to take home.
  • Meets Science Standard 5, Objectives 1 and 2

 

Standard Traits Class

  • Students will taste PTC and fill out a short personal inventory
  • Students make observations of visible traits in different animal and plant species.
  • Learn how a variety of traits may help species survive in specific environments.
  • Understand that traits are passed from generation to generation and are located in DNA.
  • Extract DNA to take home.
  • Meets Science Standard 5, Objectives 1 and 2

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