Note: Proper footwear, rubber boots or closed toed shoes, is essential for students, teachers and parent volunteers to maximize the learning potential and related enjoyment of these programs.
PARENT VOLUNTEERS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL PROGRAMS (1 adult for every 5 students).
Students will visit a mini-farm, forest and beaver pond, to catch a variety of living organisms (microscopic and macroscopic). They will then classify and identify these organisms using a dichotomous key, microscopes and a TV video view finder. Animal skulls will be analysed, focussing on the adaptations of teeth (herbivore, omnivore, carnivore) as will the variations in plant life found in an aquatic habitat. Rubber boots are essential for this program.
Students will participate in a map reading program building on skills learned as they venture through three progressively challenging levels of maps. Students will only advance after successful completion of each stage.
Students will learn the basic design and parts of the compass. After reviewing the 360 degrees in a circle, North, South, East and West, students, will use a compass to plot a short, basic four point course. This course will then be mapped (sketched) and shared with another group. Increasingly longer and more complex courses will be plotted and mapped, depending on the level of the students.
Students will play a role in the food chain as it may occur on the Niagara Escarpment. Our version of the survival game shows the interdependence of all organisms within a local forest community. It examines food chains, food webs, and shows the concept of energy flow within an ecosystem. Students will experience both the struggle all organisms on the escarpment must go through, and the impact humans can have on wildlife populations, food chains, and ecosystems.
Through a series of dynamic workstations, students will us a variety of materials to discover the basics of electricity. Stations include: constructing series and parallel circuits, static electricity, making a battery, energy efficient light bulbs, testing conductors and insulators, testing wattage used by home electrical devices (e.g. hair dryer) and a mini-wind generator.
Students will investigate the principles of flight by: comparing the adaptations of birds to those of planes, experimenting with thrust, drag and trajectory with a water bottle/air rocket, explore pneumatics (air pressure), investigate the properties of air, construct paper airplanes with flaps and rudders, and use a model wind tunnel to discover the effect of drag on different shapes.