Classroom News - What's going on in Mrs. Marschilok's room???
UP CLOSE and Personal!
On January 12th, 2015 our science students got a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of a live feed presentation with professors and researchers from University of New Hampshire! During the 40 minute assembly middle school students were able to watch and ask questions of the scientists while they used an scanning electron microscope live!
A scanning electron microscope (SEM) is a type of electron microscope that produces images of a sample by scanning it with a focused beam of electrons. The electrons interact with atoms in the sample, producing various signals that can be detected and that contain information about the sample's surface topography and composition.
The students got to see various insects and plants at a magnification of up 500,000 times. The presentation showed the preparation of specimens, various magnification used (a close of up a tick's "teeth"), and the microscope in use live. I was so proud of my students in the way the conducted themselves and the thoughtful questions they asked.
Butterflies in Bloom!
Our class has been raising Painted Lady larva for the last month and today we finally discovered the final product: BUTTERFLIES!!!
Three new butterflies appeared out of their chrysalises this morning!
Our Student Presentations!
Out student presentation for the 2011-2012 school year are just starting up and I couldn't be more proud! The first presenter of the year was Abby and her furry Siberian hamsters. Thanks for sharing your adorable friends with us Abby!!!
Mariah brought in her turtle!!! Thanks Mariah!!!
Halloween In Room 602!
I had so many students who want to carve the classroom pumpkin this October that I'm considering buying several next year and making this an annual event! Thank you to those students who help make an amazing pumpkin!
Our Middle School Garden!!!
In 2009, students, faculty and staff from Mechanicville Middle School came together to create a garden in our enclosed, outdoor area! Everyone's hardwork paid off for we have harvested cucumber, tomatoes, and beans, with pumpkins, carrots and squash coming in the fall!