This week CCS Middle Schoolers took part in student workshops run by Montshire Museum of Science, provided for by the CCS PTO.
Our 7th and 8th graders Investigated Earth's Energy Balance
Using handheld computers and other digital tools, students measured the temperature and the “reflectivity” of different colored materials. Students plotted the data, reached conclusions about how materials respond to solar radiation, and discussed the implications for earth’s polar regions and the earth as a whole. This knowledge translates to an understanding of how earth reflects and absorbs energy from the sun and is crucial to understanding climate and how it is changing.
Our 5th graders explored Hot Air Balloons and the concept that hot air is lighter than air.
Students worked in small groups building their own hot air balloons. The scientific concepts of density, heat, and other properties of air were revealed as students flew their balloons in the Gym.
Our 6th graders explored River Formation
Students used stream tables to investigate how the force of water moves sediment, shapes rivers, and forms deltas. They also viewed satellite imagery of New England streams and rivers for a different perspective.
Thank you to everyone who donated to the PTO this year, so that programs like this could be possible.