The objective of this month’s Science Club activity was to encourage critical thinking in the students by engaging them in hands-on experiments.
Topic: Weather Wheel
Students of 3rd and 4th grades made flash cards for different weather conditions such as sunny, rainy, windy, cloudy, snowy, stormy, etc. using cardboard, sketch pen, scissors and Fevicol. The Weather Wheel is a great tool for encouraging students to practice and identify the different kinds of weather they experience daily.
Topic: Working model of lungs
Breathing, an unconscious, involuntary, automatic process was explained by making a model of the lungs using plastic bottle, straws, elastic bands, scissors and 3 balloons. Students in grades 5 and 6 under the guidance of teachers cut the lower part of the bottle and affixed a stretched balloon. The straw was fixed to the neck of the other balloon and was secured tightly with an elastic band. The straw was then fixed to the neck of the bottle by making a hole in the cap of the bottle. Students were asked to hold the bottle and pull the knot in the balloon at the bottom. They noticed that the balloon inside the bottle inflates, and as they release the pull on the balloon at the bottom, the balloon inside the bottle deflates. Through this model, they understood the process of inhalation and exhalation.
Topic: Health is Wealth
Students in 7th and 8th grades participated excitedly in a computer based snakes and ladder game. It was different from the usual game as the chambers consisted of healthy and unhealthy foods. Students were pushed down if they landed in a snake chamber and were thrust up if they landed in a ladder chamber. It was a fun way of demonstrating that good health is our wealth, and it can go up or down depending on the choices we make.