This week, the Sparks delved deeper into their Marine Biology study by exploring the vast array of life that exists beneath the ocean’s surface. The learners had a chance to hone their debating skills by discussing the topic “Are sea turtles better than fish?” This provided an opportunity to understand different perspectives and practice healthy […]
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To kick off the start of the session, Spark learners dove deep into the ocean to embark on their focus for this session- Marine Biology! To begin their study, learners explored the ecosystems of each layer of the ocean before flowing into lessons on new works. Sparks engaged in threading, pin punching, cutting, and measuring […]
As the session drew to a close, the Sparks studio concluded its focus on environmental science by immersing themselves in the gifts from the natural world. Following their harvesting of Mexican plums from the orchard, Sparks pitted the fruit during Spark Play, later donning aprons to head into the kitchen to prepare plum jam and […]
As the Sparks dove deeper into their studies of environmental science, their curiosity led them outside of the studio onto a school bus to attend their first field trip of the year- Crowe’s Nest Farms! The Spark learners gained a deeper understanding of a working farm and animal sanctuary by enjoying a hay ride to […]
Sparks’ exploration of environmental science, moved into everything bats and what the fall seasons bring for the largest urban bat colony in the world that calls their city of Austin home. While exploring, Sparks discovered many aspects of bats including they are also mammals (and the only ones that can fly), that they can range […]
As the Sparks’ curiosity grew around this session’s focus on environmental science, they shifted their attention to pumpkins! Groups of learners enjoyed working together to empty pumpkins, separating seeds from the flesh, seasoning them with cinnamon and salt, and preparing them for roasting. They engaged in a chicken pumpkin carving experiment, removing part of the […]