Monarch Butterfly Tagging – submitted by Kent Cheesman

We are tagging the monarch through a program call Monarch Watch which is a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program based at the University of Kansas that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its spectacular fall migration.

Click here for their website 

This year our school has raised over 120 Monarch larvae. To date we have tagged and released 92 Monarch butterflies. Many students are intrigued by the program and have been contributing with larva found at home, providing milkweed to feed the larva and providing oranges and flowers for the Monarchs when they emerge from their chrysalis until there are released.

This endeavour has provided many educational pluses as students are very interested in the life cycle of not only the Monarch butterflies but also the many other “critters” they are finding and researching throughout our school yard. It has also been the starting point for many related classroom inquiries and writing activities as well.

Thanks so much for sharing Kent

Kent Cheesman is the Principal of Cookstown Central Public School.

 

Dry Ice Crystal Ball Bubble – SICK Science | Experiments | Steve Spangler Science

It’s the world’s coolest crystal ball.

Create a soap film on the rim of a bucket and, with one other simple ingredient, you will have made the world’s coolest crystal ball.

Source: Dry Ice Crystal Ball Bubble – SICK Science | Experiments | Steve Spangler Science

Science Facility Safety – a new Safety Resource from STAO

Science Facility Safety (SFS) is a new STAO resource which outlines best practices in the safe use and management of science facilities.  This free resource is a companion document to STAO’s other publications, Safe ON Science and Safer Use of Chemicals in School Science Laboratories.

Examples of focus areas in SFS include Classroom Infrastructure, Storage of Flammables, Ventilation, Eye Wash Stations/Emergency Showers, and Waste.  This resource concludes with a very useful and comprehensive safety checklist.

SFS is available free of charge thanks to the generous support of  Enbridge and Shell

Download your copy at  https://stao.ca/cms/en/component/edocman/science-facility-safety