In a large open building, there were tables with dozens of science / physics experiments, each one with an informational card describing how it worked. It wasn't always easy to see the experiments with so many excited kids around the tables. Over the course of the morning outing, Sierra School students had the opportunity to totally engage with the super interesting experiments. Our assignment was to choose the experiment that we found most interesting and explain its function and interest. Here are two of the experiments that interested us: The Sinking Soda Can presented a container of water in which held two full unopened soda cans. One sunk to the bottom and the other remain floating.
By Jake Calisto Flores, 8th grader
The Sierra School of Todos Santos students and teachers enjoyed a field trip to The University of Colorado campus in Todos Santos (BCS, Mexico), for a physics workshop, "The Little Shop of Physics" prepared by the professors and students of the university in effort to share with students in our town. Students from the public secondary school, and Escuela Pacifica were there at the same time.
The card of explanation read: The difference is that when you dissolve sugar in water, it doesn't really change the volume but increases the mass, which, in turn, increases the density. In this way, soda with sugar is denser than water; and it sinks. Diet soda, with no sugar, floats.
Another experiment was called: Touch a Cloud. This featured a shallow open dish in which water vapor was constantly produced. The descriptive card read: a cloud is made up of small water droplets plus a good deal of water vapor. When the vapor touches your skin, it condenses into liquid, giving up energy and making your hand feel warmer. When you pull your hand back out, the water begins to evaporate taking energy out of your hand and making it feel colder.
The "Little Shop of Physics" was a super interesting,engaging and meaningful field trip for the Sierra School of Todos Santos students and teachers. Everyone had a fabulous time learning about the laws of physics! Thank you CSU for supporting learning in Todos Santos!
by Diego Milan Augilar (7th grader)
At The Sierra School of Todos Santos (in Baja California Sur), our parents are super involved and invested in making our education and school a fabulous place. All the parents of the students are involved in making our school a better place with the strongest course offering and vision possible. Zephyr Calisto Flores, mother of Aliya and Jake, worked as support teacher last year and then got accredited as an ESL teacher and now teachers IB Language B (the intensive second language courses); she is a talented gardener and manages our Stewardship project of our organic vegetable, flower and herb garden. Gregorio Flores has helped with transporation to remote places for our school camping trips. Arturo Mendoza, Emiliano's father now helps us with transporation from weekly basketball practice. Christian Kar, father of Sebastian and Bellamy, has years of experience as a youth soccer coach in The United States, he has been a coach for our soccer practices with Marco Montaña and also Lourdès Gallardo, Ana Sofia’s mother is helping with school financial matters.
Arturo Milan, father of Diego and Gustavo, a professional iron worker has built all sorts of things for our school: benches, white boards, shelving and more. He also built safety rails in our school. When my brother and I helped build the rails with my dad, we had to measure, cut, weld, polish the rails with a pinwheel, and, finally, paint them; all of this was a 1 week process of hard work. All the Sierra School of Todos Santos students hope that with the help of all of our parents, our project will grow, we will have more students, teachers and be the most famous in Baja California Sur. Students really want to thank our parents for supporting and participating amazingly in our school.
By Tom Ekman, Science teacher.
On the last day of the Fall semester, Sierra students carried out their traditional, celebratory hike through our spectacular desert and ocean surroundings. Our goal in this particular hike was to explore the “secret” routes that wind through our coastal community. This route carried us through secret paths filled with flowers, over big sand dunes to the turtle hatchery, and up a rocky headland with world-class views up and down the Baja coastline.
At one point, students found a perfect rocky launching pad for crazy jumps onto a sand dune; much hilarity and dramatic photos followed.
We concluded with a walk through our state-designated pueblo magico, Todos Santos, and enjoyed the tradition of an ice cream party toend the semester in style.
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