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Jan 2018
Kaitlyn Deis

Dissecting Owl Pellets

To introduce our study of food webs the scientists were invited to dissect owl pellets. We learned that owls hunt for food such a mice, moles and voles and generally swallow them whole! However, the owl can not digest the whole animal that it swallowed. This results in the owl regurgitating all of the undigested parts such as the fur, …

 
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Jan 2018
Kaitlyn Deis

Animals In Winter

With the weather becoming so frigid we began our study of animals in winter. Our discussion started with what the scientists already know… bears hibernate in winter! The scientist were given many different animal pictures and divided into teams to hypothesize about what these animals do in winter! One team had to find the animals that hibernate, another animals that …

 
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Dec 2017
Kaitlyn Deis

All About Animal Tracks!

After learning how to classify animals we started getting into the nitty gritty of mammals. We began by learning about the tracks that the animals make with their front and hind feet. First we hypothesized what animals belong to each track. Then we learned about the unique details of each animals foot and the track that they make. Isaak and …

 
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Dec 2017
Kaitlyn Deis

Animal Classification

Our animal classification continues! The scientist have been practicing sorting animals based on their type. We have been reinforcing the different classifications by playing games, having discussions, and making a collage! Here are the scientists are practicing their presentation skills. Each child shared what they discovered to be unique about birds. This led to an interesting discussion when the children …

 
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Nov 2017
Kaitlyn Deis

OSL Is Back In Session!

The scientists were all so excited to get back in the lab this week! Thank you for your patience over the past few weeks as I was asked to support the Elm room through Khaliha’a illness. All of the days that we missed in the lab will be rescheduled. The first make-up session will be Friday, December 1st! Did you …

 
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Feb 2016
Kaitlyn Deis

The Wonders of Local Animals with Josh Teter

Last week brought the scientists a special treat in the form of Josh Teter, an Environmental Education Supervisor of the NYS Department of Parks and Recreation. Josh is in charge of all that is nature education in the Ithaca and Watkins Glen State Parks and is an expert on the animal local to this area. Josh brought in a variety of …

 
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Feb 2016
Kaitlyn Deis

Fossils, Footprints, Floatation, Live Animals, Volcanoes and More!

Although the Outdoor Scientists have often found themselves inside the lab during these cold and wet winter months, that hasn’t stopped their investigation of the world of natural science! Fossils are incredibly intriguing to both children and adults and it is always fun to learn more about what they are, how they form and how old they are! Rob Ackles, …

 
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Dec 2015
Kaitlyn Deis

Digital Microscope Photography

This year, IMS was SO lucky to receive a huge donation of science supplies from Cynthia Reinhart-King (mom of Julian from the Elm Room). She is a scientist at Cornell and she bought the supplies using a science education grant. One of the pieces of equipment that has pushed our IMS science lab to the next level is the Carson zPix USB …