Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 4AM/PM, Day 5) – The Science of Complexity
Today we learned about decomposers, like bacteria, that break down trash. We found out that when trash decomposes, gasses like carbon dioxide and methane are released – that is why our balloons were inflating. We learned about the carbon cycle and make poster and computer models about how carbon moves through living things, like plants, animals and decomposers. We focused on processes like photosynthesis and respiration.
I also had some students inquire about doing some of our activities from class at home! Students can log in to Scratch, our programming website, with the same username and password that they are using at SAVY at any computer (scratch.mit.edu). Some students asked for information about building ant habitats or conducting ant research at home. Here is a link to a citizen-science ant research project that also has a template for building ant habitats: https://web.stanford.edu/~dmgordon/cgi-bin/acs/.