Spring SAVY 2019, Day 5 – Wind and Wings: Beginner Biophysics (1st/2nd)
It was a rainy but fun Saturday! We started class by finishing some research on insect wings and taking some time to compare different types of insect wings. Students noticed many of the variations and remarked on these structural differences. Students also build models of insect wings using their research and incorporating these differences. There were models of dragonflies, mosquitoes, and butterflies. It was so interesting to listen as students explained their choices and what features they were trying to represent. So much happens with these conversations that enrich our learning!
Over the last few weeks, we have watched video clips that show scientists studying bird and insect flight. One benefit of this is that it puts the work we do in class in a real world context because scientists are doing similar things albeit on a different level. We have seen videos of scientists using models to help them better understand bird and insect flight, and we have seen videos where scientists explain their findings and share some surprises. This context helps students see themselves as scientists.
We are looking forward to sharing what we have learned with you at open house next Saturday!
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